Opening this week
“Greenberg” ★★★ – Roger Greenberg, single, fortyish and at a crossroads in his life, finds himself in Los Angeles, house-sitting for six weeks for his more successful/married-with-children brother. In search of a place to restart his life, Greenberg tries to reconnect with old friends including his former bandmate Ivan. But old friends aren’t necessarily still best friends, and Greenberg soon finds himself spending more and more time with his brother’s personal assistant Florence, an aspiring singer and also something of a lost soul. With Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Mark Duplass, Brie Larson, Juno Temple. Directed by Noah Baumbach. Rated R for some strong sexuality, drug use, and language. 107 min.
“Letters to Juliet” ★★★ – See review above.
“Just Wright” not yet reviewd – When NBA All-Star Scott McKnight suffers a debilitating injury, tough-talking physical therapist Leslie Wright pulls out all the stops to get him back on his game. But their professional relationship turns personal when Leslie finds herself falling for Scott, and discovers the feeling may be mutual. With Common, Queen Latifah, Paula Patton, Phylicia Rashad, Pam Grier. Directed by Sanaa Hamri. Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language.
“Robin Hood” ★★★ – Retelling of the classic Robin Hood legend. Russell Crowe stars as the bow-wielding hero, while fellow Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett plays Maid Marian. With Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Max Von Sydow, Cate Blanchett. Directed by Ridley Scott. Rated PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content. 140 min.
“The Back-up Plan” ★★1/2 – A single woman opts for artificial insemination after dating for years and failing to find the right guy. With Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin. Rated PG-13. 106 min.
“Clash of the Titans” ★★ – The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. With Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos. Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.
“Date Night” ★★★ – A run-of-the-mill married couple’s date gets turned upside down. With Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco. Rated PG-13 for crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference. 88 min.
“Hot Tub Time Machine” ★★★★– After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives wake up in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures. With John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover, Sebastian Stan, Cornelius Crane Chase, Lyndsy Fonseca, Collette Wolfe, Charlie McDermott. Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language.
“How to Train Your Dragon” ★★★★ – A Viking teenager encounters a dragon that challenges he and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. With Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig. Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language. 98 min.
“Iron Man 2” ★★★ – The world is aware that billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the armored Super Hero Iron Man. Under pressure from the government, the press and the public to share his technology with the military, Tony is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor because he fears the information will slip into the wrong hands. With Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle) at his side, Tony forges new alliances and confronts powerful new forces. With Robert Downey, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, Garry Shandling, Samuel L. Jackson, Leslie Bibb. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language. 95 min.
“Kick Ass” ★★★ – Aaron Johnson stars as a teen who steps out of his house one day with a mask and a painted baseball bat and starts to fight crime even though he has no superpowers. With Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong. Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children. 117 min.
“The Losers” ★★1/2 – Director Sylvain White adapts the Vertigo comic about a team of mercenaries who wage war on the CIA after they’re double-crossed in the field and left to die. With Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Óscar Jaenada, Jason Patric, Holt McCallany, Peter Macdissi, Peter Francis James, Tanee McCall. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality and language. 98 min.
“A Nightmare on Elm Street” ★★ – Nancy, Kris, Quentin, Jesse and Dean all live on Elm Street. At night, they’re all having the same dream – of the same man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, a beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face and a gardener’s glove with knives for fingers. With Jackie Earle Haley, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown, Connie Britton. Rated R for strong bloody horror violence, disturbing images, terror and language. 95 min.
“Oceans” ★★1/2 – Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and “Oceans” boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Narrated by Pierce Brosnan and featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies. Rated G.