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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.


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.


Top-notch animation and Johnny Depp at his silly best make for a crazy fun flick about a lizard that's far from home.

3.5 stars


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

2 stars


A movie about a murderous tire with telepathic powers is original, but it loses steam when it delves into David Lynch-esque levels of weirdness.

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

"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

"Soul Surfer"

You'd expert the true story of a 13-year-old girl who didn't let a shark attack stop a career in surfing to be inspirational, but instead it's rife with sports and Christian-movie cliches.

2 stars


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

2.5 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


The thriller about a jaded call girl and a fledgling hooker getting caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse after witnessing a murder is this week's Late Night Movie