IF WE END the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we might be able to repatriate leaders who could reduce the courage deficit and the numskullsurplus in Washington.
Gary Thompson: "Attack the Block" has a cast of nobodies, the cheesiest special effects this side of Velveeta, and it's the best sci-fi movie you'll see this summer.
EAST IS EAST, West is West, and never the twain shall meet.
JESSICA CHASTAIN appears to be the hardest-working woman in show business.
IN 1947 GRAHAM GREENE wrote a screenplay for the first adaptation of his novel "Brighton Rock," but left his original idea for the film's ending on the page.
Gary Thompson: Guillermo Del Toro has vowed his "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" will cause folks to poop in their pants, but if you go, don't bother donning Depends.
Gary Thompson: The title rube in "Our Idiot Brother" will be tagged as an updated Forrest Gump, but his roots go all the way back to Voltaire's original dope, Candide.
If the trillion-dollar war on drugs has failed to put a dent in substance abuse, perhaps a viewing of "Magic Trip" will succeed.
RACING SUPERSTAR Ayrton Senna was handsome, famous, supernaturally talented and, because he was all of those things, compulsively photographed.
IN THE misleadingly titled "One Day," the will-they-or-won't-they/made-for-each-other scenario gets stretched tortuously on the rack of time.
Gary Thompson: The new "Fright Night" is pointlessly released in 3-D, but most of the money goes to the right places, a smartly chosen cast and script.
Gary Thompson: Brevity is the organizing principle of the fast, foul and frequently funny, "30 Minutes or Less," which plops Oscar-nominated nerd Jesse Eisenberg into a posse of R-rated comedy pros.
Gary Thompson: There is something "Mad Men"-ish about "The Help," a movie that invites us to gawk at the spectacle of racism and white privilege much as "Mad Men" ogles sexism and male privilege.
THE TITLE character in "Terri" is a chubby teenage boy tormented at school and overmatched at home, where he's caring for the faltering uncle meant to be his guardian.
"SARAH'S KEY" is a competent, slightly chilly drama referencing a shameful period in French wartime history.
SURELY THIS YEAR'S greatest movie bargain is "Another Earth," the sci-fi Sundance sensation made for about $1.35.
Gary Thompson: For half an hour or so, "Crazy Stupid Love" is like an expanded version of the classic how-to-talk-to-women bit in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
Michael Rapaport was probably on his way to making a so-so music documentary about a reunion tour when bad fortune fell in his lap.
"Tabloid" is the hilariously strange-but-true documentary of Joyce McKinney, a media-savvy nutcase decades ahead of her time, thank the Lord.
Gary Thompson: Justin Timberlake is like the model in that shampoo commercial who begged us not to hate her because she's beautiful. How much good fortune can attach itself to one guy?