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"African Cats"

Disney's documentary follows a mother lioness and cheetah as they raise and protect their cubs. It's narrated by Samuel L. Jackson - no, that's not a joke.

Aardman Animations Retrospective

The Gateway is showing this collection of films from the revolutionary stop-motion claymation group that brought us "Wallace & Gromit" and the Academy Award-winning short "Creature Comforts."

"Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

Werner Herzog's documentary on the world's oldest known cave paintings is a wholly unique experience that proves 3D can be instrumental to a film's success.

4 stars

"Dangerous Parking"

This week's Late Night Movie at the Gateway is a British import about an indie film director trying to defeat the addictions that are destroying his life.

"Fast Five"

With action that's silly and exhilarating, this popcorn flick delivers what it should. Cars go vroom. Stuff goes boom.

3 stars


What happens when a 16-year-old girl sets out on a ruthless assassination mission? A pulse-pounding action flick that's also intelligent and well acted.

3.5 stars

"Of Gods and Men"

The story of Christian monks living in northern Algeria during a terrorist attack against foreign workers is a tense, yet thoughtful film.

3.5 stars


Set in 1970s France, a trophy wife's tyrannical husband is kidnapped by striking laborers, forcing her to run the family business.


So-so animation and a story that feels like a patchwork of Pixar tales means this movie never really takes flight.

2 stars

"Scream 4"

It took 11 years to make a reboot that's worse than the first three films - Wes Craven is slipping.

2.5 stars

"Something Borrowed"

Even with its flaws, this chick flick starring a delightful Ginnifer Goodwin and a one-dimensional Kate Hudson has enough laughs and entertainment value to even keep guys' interest.

3 stars

"Source Code"

This taut sci-fi thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal is more awesome the less you know going into it. So just go see it.

4 stars


The indie superhero comedy starring Rainn Wilson has some rather funny moments, but it's ultimately too dark for its own good.

2.5 stars

"There Be Dragons"

A sub-par cast and melodramatic dialogue make this historical drama about the Spanish Civil War worth skipping.

2 stars


It's a solid and entertaining superhero flick thanks to star Chris Hemsworth's ability to bounce between hammer-wielding heroics and deft humor.

3 stars

"Win Win"

Starring Paul Giamatti as a lovable lawyer and wrestling coach, "Win Win" is weird, funny and, of course, a winner.

4 stars

"Your Highness"

This tale of medieval silliness includes both lowbrow humor - think full-frontal Minotaur nudity - and Oscar nominees (James Franco, Natalie Portman).

3 stars

"Water for Elephants"

Based on the best-selling novel, it's the story of star-crossed lovers (Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson) set against the backdrop of a 1930s circus.