Movie Reviews: September 25, 2009

Bruce Willis — or is that his robot clone? — pulls double duty as an FBI agent in Surrogates, the stronger of two derivative sci-fi movies opening today.

Bruce Willis — or is that his robot clone? — pulls double duty as an FBI agent in 'Surrogates,' the stronger of two derivative sci-fi movies opening today.

Surrogates (PG), 3 stars (out of 4)
Pandorum (14A), 2.5 stars (out of 4)
Today brings two highly derivative sci-fi movies, Surrogates and Pandorum, each laden with more debris than WALL-E’s junk pile. Take a deep breath for the ripoff rap sheet, which is far from complete.
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Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day (14A), 3 stars (out of 4)
The Three Stooges of Sunnyvale are making their last drunken loop of the trailer park and lord knows, we’ll miss them.
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Bright Star (PG), 3 stars (out of 4)
Jane Campion says she sought for “everydayness” in Bright Star, her portrait of the chaste love between the poet John Keats and girl-next-door Fanny Brawne, and she succeeded almost too well at it.
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Fame (PG), 1.5 stars (out of 4)
The abysmal failure of the hip-hop/Rent/Stomp hybrid remake of Alan Parker’s gritty 1980 hit Fame has less to do with a bad script and poor narrative skills than with a radical shift in understanding – thanks to the plethora of Idol-type TV shows in recent years – the realities of pursuing a life in the performing arts.
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The Boys Are Back (14A), 2.5 stars (out of 4)
To their credit, director Scott Hicks and star Clive Owen demonstrate enviable restraint in their efforts to avoid making a sentimental feast of The Boys Are Back, a true-life drama about a rakish British sports writer who is forced to come to terms with his grief, the realities of fatherhood and the demands of his profession when his wife dies after a brief and harrowing battle with cancer.
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Dead Snow (18A), 2.5 stars (out of 4)
Refusing to let matters of taste or sensitivity get in his way, Dead Snow director Tommy Wirkola trumps them all with a sight that’s new even to horror fans: ravenous zombies in Nazi uniforms.
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Delta (14A), 2 stars (out of 4)
As slow-moving and silent as the meandering waterways that twist through its Danube River setting, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s Delta doesn’t make it easy for audiences.
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It Might Get Loud (PG), 2 stars (out of 4)
Davis Guggenheim’s contrived documentary is a largely unrewarding essay on the mystique of the ubiquitous electric guitar that focuses on the obsessions, techniques and stylistic approaches of three guitar legends from different generations – Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, U2′s The Edge and White Stripes’ Jack White.
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New Video Releases
30 Rock: Season 3 is among the new videos released this week. For the full list, click here.

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