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.
Showtimes: SurrogatesPandorum

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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