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"The Back-Up Plan"

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

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

A 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 is the 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

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch"

John Cameron Mitchell's classic gender-bending rock musical kicks off a monthlong Late Night Pride series Friday-Sunday at the Gateway Film Center.

"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. Grade: A-

"It Came from Kuchar"

In the vein of great mad-genius stories like "Crumb," this doc is a loving and offbeat portrait of eccentric filmmaking brothers George and Mike Kuchar. Grade: B

"The Joneses"

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


Irreverent and 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 action flick is testosterrific. Grade: A-

"A Nightmare on Elm Street"

A faithful reboot of Wes Craven's classic bedtime bloodbath features updated effects and a solid lead, with Jackie Earle Haley filling Freddy's sweater. Grade: B-

"North Face"

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

"One Too Many Mornings"

A listless twentysomething struggles to come to terms with booze, his buddy and his best friend's girl in this Sundance Film Fest pick. Filmmakers Anthony Deptula, Tina Kapousis and Elisha Christian will answer questions after a special screening, 7 p.m. Saturday at the Drexel.

"The Room"

Tommy Wiseau's cult favorite, playing Saturday at the Drexel, is so awful, giggling surrender is the only appropriate response. The midnight screening will be preceded by the first chapter of "Stingray Sam," an episodic sci-fi musical about a cowboy lounge singer on Mars.

"The Secret of Kells"

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