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A cute if tiring experiment, this doc follows four kids from different cultures through their first year, using an unobtrusive single camera and no voiceover. Grade: B

"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 on the Train"

Starring Catherine Deneuve, this arty psychological drama follows a young woman who makes up a story about an anti-semitic attack.

"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

"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-

"Iron Man 2"

Robert Downey Jr. and his magical mechanical suit are back for more thrills, thankfully avoiding the villain-overload that's plagued other sequels. Grade: B

"Velvet Goldmine"

Gateway's Pride-themed Late Night series continues with the glam-rock pic starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a bisexual performer modeled after David Bowie.

"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.

"Robin Hood"

Russell Crowe will be the latest in a long line of actors to tackle the folk-hero outlaw in this Ridley Scott flick.

"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+

"The Yellow Handkerchief"

Take time to enjoy the scenery in this leisurely road-trip flick, about three strangers cruising emotional backroads in post-Katrina Louisiana. Grade: B+