Opening this week
"City Island" ★★★ - When prison guard and aspiring actor, Vince Rizzo is asked to reveal his biggest secret during his drama class, he inadvertently sets off a chain of events that turns his mundane suburban life into total chaos. Vince takes great pains covering up his half-truths from his family, but soon it becomes clear that everyone-his hot-tempered wife, college student daughter, long-lost ex-con son, charismatic acting partner and even his drama coach -all have secrets of their own. Everyone's furtive deceptions collide with hilarious results. With Andy Garcia, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, Emily Mortimer. Directed by Raymond De Felitta. Rated PG-13. 100 min.
"Prince of Persia" ★★ - An epic action-adventure set in the mystical lands of Persia. A rogue prince named Dastan reluctantly joins forces with a mysterious princess Tamina and together, they race against dark forces to safeguard an ancient dagger capable of releasing the Sands of Time-a gift from the gods that can reverse time and allow its possessor to rule the world. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley. Directed by Mike Newell. Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action. 116 min.
"Sex and the City 2" ★★ - See review above.
"Clash of the Titans" ★★ - The ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. With Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos. Directed by Louis Leterrier. Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality.
"Date Night" ★★★ - A run-of-the-mill married couple's date turns upside down. With Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, James Franco. Directed by Shawn Levy. Rated PG-13 [See Full Rating] Crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference. 88 min.
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" ★★★ 1/2- Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. With Lena Endre, Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace. Directed by Niels Arden Oplev. Not rated. 154 min.
"How to Train Your Dragon" ★★★★- Hiccup is a Viking teenager who doesn't exactly fit in with his tribe's longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup's world is turned upside down when he 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. Directed by Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders. Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language.
"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. Directed by: Jon Favreau. Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some language. 95 min.
"Letters to Juliet" ★★★ - When a young American travels to the city of Verona, home of the star-crossed lover Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet fame, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. After answering one letter dated 1957, she inspires its author to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love. With Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal, Franco Nero. Directed by Gary Winick. Rated PG for brief rude behavior, some language and incidental smoking.
"MacGruber" ★★★ 1/2 - Will Forte brings Saturday Night Live's clueless soldier of fortune to the big screen in the action comedy MacGruber. With Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer. Directed by Jorma Taccone. Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity.
"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.
"Shrek Forever After" ★★ - A fourth entry appears with more adventures of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, and Puss in Boots. But in addition to all the laughs the first three films have brought, "Shrek Forever After" features a whole new element in the series: 3-D animation. With Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Jane Lynch, Eddie Murphy, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas. Directed by Mike Mitchell. Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor and brief language. 93 min.