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Film Capsules

When smaller is better

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) — Matt Damon and Emily Blunt star as star-crossed lovers in this new thriller.

Beastly (PG-13) — A teen take on the Beauty and the Beast story, starring Vanessa Hudgens.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) — Martin Lawrence puts on a dress again. Brandon T. Jackson joins him.

Black Swan (R) — Nina (Natalie Portman) has finally scored her big break with the New York City Ballet. But a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), goes deeper and darker, threatening Nina's star-making turn. Director Darren Aronofsky's most psychologically unhinged film is one of the most twisted thrillers of the decade. (Michael Gallucci)

Cedar Rapids (R) – The Office's Ed Helms plays a small-town insurance agent let loose at a convention. It's like a Midwest Hangover.

The Company Men (R) — Salesman Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) had a great morning on the golf course and practically whistles as he walks into a meeting in a very quiet conference room. "Who died?" he asks his stone-faced team. Minutes later, he's fired — one of three men let go during a purge in this meditation on the recession. The Company Men is a wake-up call to reassess more than your résumé. (Wendy Ward)

Drive Angry (R) — Nicolas Cage stars in a movie about some dude who escapes from hell to hunt down the bastards who destroyed his family. Really.

The Eagle (PG-13) — Roman soldier Marcus Aquila (played with stoic determination by Channing Tatum) goes on a quest to bring back a treasured golden eagle emblem lost, along with a squad of men, 20 years ago. Based on the 1954 novel The Eagle of the Ninth, this adaptation has more in common with 300 and other crimson-colored epics set in the time of tunics and leather lappets. The Eagle wants to go deeper than its predecessors, but ends up a shallow reflection of them. (Gallucci)

Gnomeo and Juliet (G) — Shakespeare's classic told with garden gnomes, in 3D.

Hall Pass (R) — Owen Wilson leads a cast of horny guys who get the OK from their wives to have a little fun on the side in the latest comedy by the Farrelly Brothers.

I Am Number Four (PG-13) — An alien who looks like a teenager is hunted by other aliens in a small Ohio town.

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (G) — Documentary about the pop music sensation. It's in 3D.

The King's Speech (R) — The future King George VI of England (an excellent Colin Firth) stammers whenever he's asked to speak in public. His loyal, persistent, and tough wife (Helena Bonham Carter, also excellent) finds Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush, terrific too), a speech therapist who guarantees he can cure George's stammer. They spar furiously at their first meeting, but you just know their relationship will turn all warm and fuzzy on the way to George's recovery. One of the best movies of 2010. (Gallucci)

No Strings Attached (R) — Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher play a sex-only couple whose relationship turns into something more.

Drive Angry (R) – The first 45 minutes of this steaming slop bucket of fresh-ground movie will make you poop in your popcorn bag. There's gore, T&A, shit blowing up, bitch-slapping, guns, stabbing, electrocuting, and car crashes. This flick tries really hard to be almost all 100 percent Good Parts. Billy Burke, Amber Heard, and freaky-ass William Fichtner chew on all the scenery and spit it in your face -- all in 3D. Plus Nicolas Cage as a guy who revs out of hell in search of the devils who killed his family. Interestingly enough, the car chases are kinda boring and they slow the flick down, so we hope they can fix that in the sequel, or maybe switch to power boats. We can't wait to see that at the drive-in. (Joe MacLeod)

The Roommate (PG-13) — Remember Single White Female? It's like that.

Take Me Home Tonight (R) — A night in the life of a bunch of drunken post-college kids in the late '80s. Anna Faris and Topher Grace star.

True Grit (PG-13) — This redo by the Coen brothers is a bit detached. Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) kills 14-year-old Mattie Ross' (Hailee Steinfeld) dad for no other reason than he's a mean bastard. So Mattie tracks down one-eyed U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and hires him to bring Chaney to justice. (Gallucci)

Unknown (PG-13) — Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens from a coma with amnesia. He remembers enough to head back to the hotel he's staying at in Berlin. His wife eyes him frostily and produces a new husband (Aidan Quinn), parading as Dr. Martin Harris. The new Dr. Harris whips out a driver's license and wedding photo to prove it. Even a Google search confirms Quinn is Dr. Harris. Making matters worse, Neeson is being followed by shifty Europeans in black SUVs. Unknown is chock-full of cheap thrills: car accidents, eye-gouging, bloodied bodies, an explosion. It tosses terrorism and bioengineered corn in the hopper and churns out a headache-inducing genre flick, complete with extreme close-ups, shallow focus, and rapid cuts that make you want to rip the camera from director Jaume Collet-Serra's hands and zoom out. (Jenn Ladd)

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