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"Alice in Wonderland"

Tim Burton's 3D journey down the rabbit hole dominated at the box office, but it's mostly style over substance. Grade: B

"And the Winner Is ..."

Grandview Theatre's showing this Cleveland-produced movie, starring Jerry Springer, about a small town that decides to elect its next mayor beauty pageant-style.


Gateway kicks off a month of comic books and superheroes with Jane Fonda's sexy sci-fi romp, this week's Late Night Movies pick.

"The Bounty Hunter"

From the man behind "Sweet Home Alabama" comes this painfully formulaic date-night movie. It's as good/bad as you think it is based on the trailer. Grade: D+


In this B-grade erotica flick, a wife hires a hooker to seduce her presumably cheating husband, then report back to her with all the graphic details. Yeah, that'll end well. Grade: C+

"Food Inc."

For the Let's Retake Our Plates film series, Studio 35 is screening Robert Kenner's doc, about how big business is infecting the way our food is grown, fed and processed. Grade: A

"Ghost Writer"

Roman Polanski's political thriller is a well-acted and expertly executed thriller for grown-ups from someone who knows how to pull that off. Grade: A-

"Hot Tub Time Machine"

Pulling no punches and never asking the audience to accept its irrationality, it's a clever comedy despite being inherently stupid. And Rob Corddry's offensive brazenness is wonderful in what's sure to be his coming-out party. Grade: A

"The Last Song"

A rebellious Miley Cyrus is sent off to the beach to stay with her dad for the summer. This is a Nicholas Sparks adaptation, so it's safe to say there's also a love story angle.

"Return of the Living Dead"

The '80s zombie comedy, screening at Studio 35, is filled with hordes of the undead and plenty of punk-rock music.

"She's Out of My League"

It's a raunchy romantic comedy in the vein of Judd Apatow starring an Apatow alum, but it's a pale imitation that's good for only a few laughs. Grade: C-

"Small Change"

A new print of Francois Truffaut's 1976 classic film, a comedy following the daily lives of young French children.

"Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too"

Janet Jackson, Jill Scott and the rest of the cast reunite for this much-anticipated sequel to Perry's 2007 meditation on marriage.

"The White Ribbon"

Michael Haneke is a master at making audiences squirm with films that aren't so much terrifying as they are relentlessly unsettling. His strange and starkly beautiful black-and-white import will stick with you. Grade: A-