Movie review capsules

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

"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-

"Cop Out"

Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen baseball card. Kevin Smith directs. What else do you need to know?

"The Crazies"

The remake of George Romero's horror classic centers on a Midwestern town where a mysterious toxin transforms residents into mindless killers.

"Crazy Heart"

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

"Dear John"

Everything you need to know about this new romantic comedy can be summed up in seven simple words: "Based on a book by Nicholas Sparks." Grade: C+

"The Last Station"

A historic drama about the last days of "War and Peace" author Leo Tolstoy and his wife of five decades is surprisingly fun given the subject matter. 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

"The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers"

The Oscar-nominated documentary, about a Pentagon insider who leaks top-secret info to the New York Times, screens this weekend as part of the Wex at Gateway series.

"Shutter Island"

The Scorsese/DiCaprio reunion is a pulpy, scary labyrinth. It'll turn off those who don't like a challenge and those who expect high art from Scorsese. Grade: B+

"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

"White Stripes' Under the Great White Northern Lights"

New doc following the alt rockers on a 10th-anniversary Canadian tour will screen at Studio 35 tonight before it's released in a White Stripes box set later this month.

"The Wolfman"

Benicio Del Toro stars in a remake of the classic horror film, about a man cursed by a werewolf bite.