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"The Back-Up Plan"

The light-on-laughs bastard child of a rom-com and a maternity comedy, J.Lo's mommy movie could've used a little more time in the oven. Grade: C-

"Furry Vengeance"

Brendan Fraser's real estate developer is met with protest from a group of woodland creatures who don't want their homes destroyed.

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

A layered and moody murder-mystery, the Swedish-language adaptation is lucky to have landed Noomi Rapace for the "tough but damaged" lead role. Grade: A-


Ben Stiller's the incredibly unlikable guy at the heart of writer-director Noah Baumbach's awkward, funny and sweet love story, one of the year's best. Grade: A


Guillermo del Toro brings the titular demonic hero to life in this comic book adaptation, Gateway's pick for this weekend's Late Night Movie.

"How to Train Your Dragon"

An example of 3-D done right - what looks like a cut-and-paste kids flick is actually a pretty thrilling action movie, one that's dominating at the box office. Grade: A-

"The Joneses"

A clever conceit - four salespeople posing as a family unit try to sell their American Dream lifestyle to the neighbors - ultimately falls flat. Grade: C+


Irreverent and over-the-top violent, this DIY take on superhero angst is smart and witty enough that it shouldn't be relegated to cult status. Grade: B+

"The Losers"

With a story that's a roller coaster of betrayal and ridiculous twists, this mindlessly fun CIA action flick is testosterrific. Grade: A-


South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's brilliant new film, about a single mother desperate to find the killer who framed her son, cements him as a cinematic superstar. Grade: A-

"North Face"

The mountain-climbing scenes in this 1930s-set story of a pair of German men attempting to scale a treacherous peak are riveting - luckily, there's plenty of them. Grade: B


The Drexel is showing 2003's horse-racing-based Oscar nominee along with a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby for Drexel Derby Day, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday. They'll also serve mint juleps and derby pie - yum!

"The Secret of Kells"

The many charms of this old-school, hand-drawn work of art may be lost on those moviegoers who've grown addicted to the eye-popping excess of 3-D movies. Grade: B+

"Soylent Green"

Soylent Green is people! Whoops, spoiler alert. Studio 35's screening the '70s sci-fi classic starring Charlton Heston on Thursday.