Movie Reviews: October 21, 2011

Paranormal Activity 3

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Paranormal Activity 3 (14A) Rating: ★★½☆
The makers of this creepy cash cow resisted the impulse to call this “prequel threequel” something awkward like Paranormal Activity: The Awakening. They’ve kept it simple and at a lean running time of 81 minutes. Even better, they didn’t try to overload it by making it Paranormal Activity 3-D. Instead they kick it old school, by moving most of the action to 1988, to flesh out an evolving back story about the poltergeist antics of the first two movies, which take place about 15 to 20 years later.

The Three Musketeers (PG) Rating: ★½☆☆
“There are no grand causes left,” righteous Aramis (Luke Evans) moans in The Three Musketeers, and weary viewers can sympathize. The very existence of this film illustrates barrel-scraping desperation of the Hollywood kind.

Johnny English Reborn (PG) Rating: ★★☆☆
Having worn out his welcome with his interminable Mr. Bean character — his Chaplin/Hulot copycat finally fizzled with the flatulent Mr. Bean’s Holiday in 2007 — Rowan Atkinson seems determined to do the same with Johnny English, his parody spy stumbler. Despite a deafening lack of public roar for a sequel to Johnny English, Atkinson (or his banker) has deduced the need, eight years later, for another raid on the Austin Powers/Get Smart! playbook of James Bond buffoonery.

Dirty Girl (14A) Rating: ★★☆☆
“If the girl’s on top, who’s the one getting screwed?” It’s a question the titular star of Dirty Girl poses, although she may not like the answer. The fact is, no matter how frequently Danielle puts out in whatever sexual position for the horny teenage boys at her high school, being loose doesn’t win her friends or fill the emotional void in her life and it certainly doesn’t make her a rebel with a worthy cause.

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