Short Reviews

The Bounty Hunter (PG-13) ★☆☆☆☆

Short on chemistry, but surprisingly big on violence, Hunter casts Gerard Butler as bounty hunter Milo Boyd, who is thrilled when he’s offered the job of capturing his ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston). There isn’t a single laugh to be had in this shoddy flick with inflated production costs. Aniston is a caricature of herself, Butler’s accent becomes grating and Screenwriter Sarah Thorp’s (Twisted) script feels like it was farted rather than written. .

Repo Men (R) ★☆☆☆☆

In director Miguel Sapochnik’s blood-and-bullets adaptation of Eric Garcia’s Repossession Mambo, Remy (Jude Law) and Jake (Forest Whitaker) are medical repo men for a company that sells organs. Carice van Houten piques interest as Remy’s wife before Alice Braga (I Am Legend) takes over dystopian duties. Sapochnik uses every blood-splattering cliché: Like porn, you know it when you see it, and you’ve seen all before.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (NOT RATED) ★★★☆☆

An enigmatic mystery thriller fueled by the intensity of goth heroine Lisbeth Salander (ferociously played by Noomi Rapace) who comes to the aid of Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) to solve a 40-year-old mystery. Although her large back tattoo is never addressed directly, the Asian symbol of primordial vengeance lurks gracefully at the frayed edges of every scene.

The Runaways (R) ★★★☆☆

The Runaways follows the crash-and-burn experiences of the 1970s manufactured all-girl rock band of the same name. Dakota Fanning delivers her best work as the band’s bisexual vocalist, while Kristen Stewart channels Joan Jett. But Michael Shannon steals the show as their famously eccentric producer. Debut filmmaker Floria Sigismondi is keen on telescoping meta meaning, while Jett and record producer Kenny Laguna executive produced.

Suggested Next Read

Movie Reviews

Short Reviews

Movie Reviews

She’s Out of My League (R) ★★★☆☆ Not as crass, or as sophisticated, as the Apatow-themed humor that it aspires to, She’s Out of My League succeeds on the strength of its gawky leading man. Jay Baruchel combines humble innocence with comic chops to inspire heartfelt laughs. Baruchel plays a geeky guy with a dead-end job who somehow scores a date with the beautiful Molly (Alice Eve). This film won’t knock your socks off, but sometimes it’s OK to leave the socks on. Our Family Wedding (PG-13) ★★☆☆☆