Movie review capsules

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

"An Education"

Star Carey Mulligan earns her Oscar nomination in screenwriter Nick Hornby's excellent adaptation of a coming-of-age memoir. Grade: A-

"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 once again combines brilliant imagery and grade-school-level storytelling. Grade: B-

"Broken Embraces"

Pedro Almodovar's stab at Hitchcockian noir doesn't measure up to the Master of Suspense's work, but Almodovar aficionados will love it. Grade: C

"Crazy Heart"

The music biopic may be a well-worn road, but this fictional tale of a grizzled country singer (Jeff Daniels) still resonates. Grade: B+

"Edge of Darkness"

A complex plot prevents what could have been a taut little thriller from being anything more than an average Mel Gibson revenge flick. Grade: C

"Extraordinary Measures"

The only extraordinary thing about this based-on-a-true-story tearjerker is that Brendan Fraser continues to find work. Grade: D+

"From Paris With Love"

John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers are special agents trying to stop a terrorist attack in Paris.

"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

"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-

"Takedowns and Falls"

Screening at Studio 35, this documentary follows a Pennsylvania high school wrestling team on the path to a state championship.

"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.