Movie Briefs 3.3

Are We There Yet? (PG) 2 stars
You may ask yourself that question as you watch a kid-phobic man
take a road trip with the kids of a single mom he wants to woo.
Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too smug to
bear. At least there’s a heartwarming end to the excursion.
Are We There Yet? (PG) 2 stars

You may ask yourself that question as you watch a kid-phobic man take a road trip with the kids of a single mom he wants to woo. Cube is cute and Long is lovely, but the youngsters are too smug to bear. At least there’s a heartwarming end to the excursion.

Sex/Nudity: 2 instances of innuendo. Violence: 14 scenes ofcomic violence. Profanity: 4 mild profanities. Drugs: 1 scene with alcohol.

Director: Brian Levant. With Ice Cube, Nia Long, Jay Mohr, Aleisha Allen. (95 min.)

Because of Winn-Dixie (PG) 2 stars

New to a small town where her father is the preacher, a young girl makes new friends including a couple of aging women and a friendly pooch she names after the grocery store where she finds him. Bland, amiable, innocuous.

Director: Wayne Wang. With Jeff Daniels, AnnaSophia Robb, Cicely Tyson, Eva Marie Saint. (106 min.)

Constantine (R) 2 stars

Reeves plays a James Bond of the supernatural, tracking down demons and helping a mournful woman solve the mystery of her twin sister’s suicide. The story is a retread of the old “Exorcist” and “Omen” formats, but it delivers as much action and spectacle as fans of the genre could want.

Director: Francis Lawrence. With Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Peter Stormare, Tilda Swinton. (118 min.)

Hitch (PG-13) 2 stars

Smith is terrific as a “date doctor” who teaches klutzy men how to woo the women they fancy. But the screenplay is silly – anything for a laugh – and the comedy is far too long. Nice work from James and Valletta, perhaps inspired by Smith’s refusal to let the material drag him down.

Director: Andy Tennant. With Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Amber Valletta. (118 min.)

Imaginary Heroes (R) 4 stars

Harris’s debut drama shows rare promise as it tracks the engrossing emotional life of a suburban family that goes through a series of crises after a tragic event. While the ultimate message is hopeful, Harris’s screenplay pulls no punches in its tragicomic portrait of two generations facing challenges they’d assumed their all-too-comfortable circumstances would shield them from. Superbly acted.

Director: Dan Harris. With Sigourney Weaver, Emile Hirsch, Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams. (111 min.)

Million Dollar Baby (PG-13) 4 stars

Eastwood gives his deepest performance ever as an aging gym owner who reluctantly agrees to train a female prizefighter, played by Swank in excellent form. Going all the way with both triumph and tragedy, it’s as bold as it is engrossing.

Director: Clint Eastwood. With Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman. (129 min.)

Son of the Mask (PG) 1 star

Cumming’s antic acting is the only asset of this boisterous comedy about Loki, the mischievous Norse god, looking for a mislaid magical mask, which a young cartoonist has now stumbled on. The special effects are ubiquitous but not very special.

Director: Lawrence Guterman. With Alan Cumming, Jamie Kennedy, Bob Hoskins, Ryan Falconer. (94 min.)

The Wedding Date (PG-13)

Dismal romantic comedy about a young American woman who hires a male “escort” to pretend he’s her boyfriend at her sisters wedding. Flatly written and directed, and whatever happened to old-fashioned screen chemistry between stars?

Director: Clare Kilner. With Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Jack Davenport. (89 min.)

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