"Win Win" has been compared to "Little Miss Sunshine," but that's no reason not to see it.
In "Insidious," a demon invades the home of a terrified young couple, but it's not the house that's haunted - it's their child.
In an era when even low-budget movies have slick digital presentation, the infectiously crude "Kill the Irishman" is a tonic of knocked-out teeth.
Gary Thompson: In "Sucker Punch," a purported wise man says that we should never write checks with our mouth that we cannot cash with our butts. It's like something Confucius might have said, if Confucius were Charlie Sheen.
"Jane Eyre" is the lumbering Bronte-saurus of cinema, still un-extinct after 18 adaptations.
Gary Thompson: For those not hip to L.A. writer Michael Connelly's series of crime books, "The Lincoln Lawyer" refers to a defense attorney who operates out of his limo.
Starring/writing roles for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost position "Paul" as a sci-fi "Shaun of the Dead," but it's not in the same universe.
Gary Thompson: In the irresistibly of-the-moment thriller "Limitless," everybody's chasing an underground drug that functions as Viagra for the brain.
"Battle: Los Angeles" has figured out how to make a gung-ho tribute to the fighting spirit of U.S. troops - just add aliens.
THOUGH DESIGNED to draw comparisons to "Twilight," the LOL "Red Riding Hood" brings another movie to mind.
In case you didn't get your '80s fix in 2010 - "Hot Tub Time Machine," "MacGruber," "Let Me In" - 2011 delivers another dose with "Take Me Home Tonight."
Gary Thompson: "Hall Pass," a minor entry in the Farrelly oeuvre, is actually kind of tame. The title refers to the one-week marriage furlough granted to a pair of suburban guys, and if you're expecting a barrage of Cialis and hooker-fueled sex bingeing, then you don't know the Farrellys.
F. SCOTT Fitzgerald's much-debated idea that there are no second acts in American lives is undeniably true of characters in contemporary Hollywood comedy.
I can't tell you how relieved I was to discover that "I Am Number Four" is not about Brett Favre.
"Unknown" rips off a bunch of movies, but not the movie it wants you to think it's ripping off, which is "Taken."
The thriller "Sanctum" is being sold under the banner of James Cameron, though all he really did was lend out his proprietary 3-D "Avatar" cameras.
Though CNN's "Parker Spitzer" sets the modern standard for creepy man-woman chemistry, "Barney's Version" is a close second.
As a remorseless killer with Justin Bieber's hair, Javier Bardem proved in "No Country for Old Men" that he can take the trappings of any role and make it work.