Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)


This assemble-the-troops sci-fi war flick is all bark and no bite. A global military attack by alien forces has left seven cities decimated, but the focus is on Los Angeles. The attacks—including alien soldiers with weapons surgically attached—draw Marine Staff Sgt. Michael (Aaron Eckhart) back for one more tour of duty. There’s no context to the grand spectacle violence on display. The pass-the-ammo-and-blast-away is the only theme to this complete waste of CGI technology.

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Shocked and Awed by Swamplandia!

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Shocked and Awed by Swamplandia!

By M. Scott Krause

Karen Russell’s debut novel, Swamplandia! (Alfred A. Knopf, $25), is both magical and menacing. It’s the story of the Bigtree family, a group of eccentrics who run an alligator-themed amusement park in Florida. The park’s main attraction is the family matriarch—Hilola Bigtree—who wrestles alligators while her husband, Chief Bigtree, works both the spotlight and the microphone.