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This Week's New Movies: If "The Green Hornet" Presents a "Dilemma," Opt for "Barney's Version"




    A trite, dopey romcom, a super hero misfire, a lovable curmudgeon, a crazy ballerina, a grieving mother, a wandering eye, a martial arts three-quel, a hospital romcom... what're you in the mood for?

    “The Dilemma”
    The only good to come out of “The Dilemma” is the cash infusion enjoyed by the great rock duo The Black Keys, who have two songs featured on the soundtrack, thereby ensuring their financial stability for at least a couple more albums. Otherwise, “The Dilemma” is an exhaustingly trite, unfunny, vaguely misogynistic noncom that has bad answers for stupid questions. In theaters everywhere, read our review and watch the trailer

    "Barney's Version"

    [NATL] "Barney's Version"
    Paul Giamatti stars as a thrice-married Canadian soap opera producer who feels compelled to set the record straight about some of his less proud moments. Co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver. (Published Friday, Dec. 3, 2010)

    “The Green Hornet”
    There are a some fun performances, a couple of interesting ideas poorly pursued, action sequences of varying degrees of quality and an ending that drags on forever. All in all, “The Green Hornet” is a bit of a mess. Ironically, your best hope for enjoying "The Green Hornet" is not to be a fan of "The Green Hornet." In theaters everywhere, read our review and watch the trailer

    “Barney's Version”
    Though “Barney’s Version” doesn’t quite merit the “let’s get this in theaters so it’s eligible for the Oscars” push, it is nonetheless a good film featuring some fine performances. In limited release, read our review and watch the trailer

    "The Dilemma"

    [NATL] "The Dilemma"
    Ron Howard directs Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder and Channing Tatum in this comedy about a guy who can't decide whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. (Published Monday, Sept. 20, 2010)

    “Black Swan”
    Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream," "The Wrestler") directs doppelgangers Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in a dark, twisted psychological thriller about Nina, a ballerina (Portman) unraveling as she prepares to dance both the pristine, pure white swan and the manipulative, seductive black swan roles in Swan Lake. Going into wider release, read our review and watch the trailer

    “Rabbit Hole”
    There is no grief greater than that of burying a son or daughter, and so it is to the credit of all parties involved that "Rabbit Hole" is not simply a relentless downer, but a thoughtful, and at times even funny portrait of a couple trying to navigate that distinct brand grief. Going into wider release, read our review and watch the trailer

    “Every Day”
    Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt are a happily married couple living in New York City with their two kids and her dad. But their domestic bliss is threatened by a wanton hussy played by Carla Gugino. We've got a feeling Liev's gonna learn just how lucky he is to have Helen. In limited release, watch the trailer

    “The Heart Specialist
    A romcom set in a hospital, it was finished four years ago, which never bodes well, but would you look at this cast: Wood "Avon Barksdale" Harris, Zoe Saldana, Marla Gibbs, Mya, Method Man and Ed Asner... Wow. In limited release, watch the trailer

    “Ong Bak 3”
    Martial arts legend Tony Jaa returns for the third and final installment of the beloved series, for showdown with his arch enemy, Demon Crow. In limited release, watch the trailer

    “Plastic Planet”
    Documentarian Werner Bode travels the globe to show us what a omnipresent threat plastic has become to our health and our planet. In limited release, watch the trailer

    “A Somewhat Gentle Man"
    Stellan Skarsgård stars as a gangster recently out of prison, and trying to assimilate to life on the outside in this dark co. In limited release, watch the trailer

    “Twelve Thirty”
    The home lives of a mother and her two daughters is turned upside down when all three find themselves in different types of relationships with the same young man. In limited release, watch the trailer