Movie review capsules
"A Single Man"
As far as directorial debuts by fashion designers go, you aren't likely to see one better than Tom Ford's, a heart-stopping portrait of grief lined with hopefulness. Grade: B+
In his Golden Globe-winning new film, writer-director James Cameron 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.
The music biopic may be a well-worn road, but this fictional tale of a grizzled country singer (Jeff Daniels) still resonates. Grade: B+
The only extraordinary thing about this based-on-a-true-story tearjerker is that Brendan Fraser continues to find work. Grade: D+
David Fincher's cult favorite exploration of violence, starring Brad Pitt, plays at 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Studio 35.
In an attempt to stave off Armageddon, an archangel (Paul Bettany) tries to protect a waitress who might be pregnant with Christ in his second coming.
"The Lovely Bones"
Despite a great performances from Saoirse Ronan, the subject matter (the unsolved murder of a young girl) makes this a tough sell for mainstream audiences. Grade: B
As an emotionally stunted maid in a wealthy Chilean household, Catalina Saavedra offers a refreshing mix of unflinching awkwardness and unexpected humor.
The quietly beautiful portrait of a woman and her art is a reminder of how thin the line is between genius and madness. Grade: B+
"When in Rome"
After stealing coins from a supposed "fountain of love," Kristen Bell unsuspectingly ignites the passions of the guys who threw them in.
"Youth in Revolt"
Michael Cera reprises his role as awkward young sexuality personified, but he gets fresh laughs by playing against type with a bad-boy twist. Grade: B