It's the fight of the century - as in the 21st. In this corner, Atom, a rusting, second-generation automaton with the humility and heart of The Iron Giant. In the other, Zeus, a shiny state-of-the-art 5G robot that combines the titanium armature of The Terminator and the zirconium ego of Donald Trump.
Anna Faris is a giddy, carbonated blonde who gives the impression that her go-to cocktail is Cold Duck laced with Red Bull. She will do anything for a laugh, and does, in What's Your Number? Faris is endearing even at those times when this frantic I've-slept-with- 19-guys comedy is barely endurable.
Visually ravishing and narratively dry, The Mill & the Cross is a restaging of "The Way to Calvary," the 1564 allegory by Flemish master Pieter Bruegel the Elder. As art history, the movie is splendid. As a film, it is didactic and photogenic - but not cinematic. This said, it boasts a most imaginative use of computer-generated images and lucid explanation of how a painting came to be.
For that British social observer Bridget Jones, the world neatly divides between singletons and smug marrieds. For Kate Reddy, Bridget's spiritual cousin and the working-mum heroine of Allison Pearson's corking novel I Don't Know How She Does It, the division is not about marital status.
What does it mean, exactly, to man up? For those familiar with Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 film Straw Dogs, Rod Lurie's faithful - yet surprisingly dissimilar - remake almost succeeds as an object lesson in the difference between being a man and being a macho animal. But it fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
The King Kong of ape documentaries - or is it the Oliver Twist? - Project Nim chronicles the animal wrongs perpetrated upon an anthropomorphized chimpanzee named Nim who was adopted, used, and abandoned by a series of researchers. Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable.
Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.