Movie review capsules

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive


In his much-hyped new film, writer-director James Cameron once again combines brilliant imagery and grade-school-level storytelling. Grade: B-

"The Book of Eli"

Denzel Washington is Eli, traveling across a post-apocalyptic America while closely guarding a book containing the knowledge that could redeem society.


Not vampired out yet? Then check out this sci-fi flick, in which star Ethan Hawke's working on a synthetic blood substitute for the undead.

"The Horse Boy"

Based-on-a-true-story account of a father who takes his horse-loving autistic son to Mongolia in an effort to connect with him.

"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"

Terry Gilliam's latest film will grab headlines as Heath Ledger's last, but the dark fairy tale is just as noteworthy as one of the director's best. Grade: A-

"Leap Year"

Cliches and all, this fairly conventional romantic comedy, starring Amy Adams as a woman desperate to marry, succeeds in its simplicity. Grade: B

"The Messenger"

A terrific war movie without a glimpse of the battlefield - gunfire is traded for raw grief as Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson's soldiers deliver news of deaths. Grade: A-


Somehow, Rob Marshall found a way to make his star-studded musical adaptation of Fellini's masterful 8 1/2 boring. Grade: C

"Sherlock Holmes"

The newest big-screen incarnation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective is uneven but entertaining, coasting mostly on the charms of Robert Downey Jr. Grade: B-

"The Spy Next Door"

Jackie Chan has to fight off a Russian terrorist after his girlfriend's kids accidentally download a secret formula.

"Up in the Air"

Whip-smart, funny and genuinely moving - it's the perfect movie for these unemployed times, but its theme of finding connection in isolation is timeless. Grade: A

"Youth in Revolt"

Michael Cera reprises his role as awkward young sexuality personified, but at least he gets some fresh laughs by playing against his persona with a bad-boy twist. Grade: B