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Sterritt * This is a story about the on-and-off romance of a young man and woman over several years. Why don't they just settle down with each other and save us all 107 minutes? The movie never makes that clear. What's the point, except to allow Kutcher fans peeks at the acting talent he usually keeps hidden?Skip to next paragraph
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Director: Andrew Douglas. With Ryan Reynolds, Melissa George, Philip Baker Hall, Rachel Nichols. (89 min.)
Sterritt *** Here's what happens when a good Long Island house goes bad. Not to mention a family, a baby sitter, and a doorknob with a mind of its own. This remake stays close to the eponymous 1979 horror movie it's based on, except for being 10,000 times as scary.
Director: Danae Elon. With Danae Elon, Musa Obeidallah, Amos Elon, Mahmoud "Musa" Obeidallah. (79 min.)
Sterritt **** The filmmaker looks for a Palestinian family who lived with her household during her childhood in Israel. Also present is her father, a respected author with strong views on the difference between Israeli security and Zionist goals. It's unlikely there will ever be a more moving portrait of the shared selfhood, usually veiled by politics, common to Palestinians and Israelis.
Director: Damon Dash. With Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Rashida Jones, Capone, Devon Aoki.(91 min.)
Sterritt *** A white pop-music reporter snoops for gossip about Dash's mostly black record company, and soon becomes comically embroiled in the hip-hop world's internal politics. The picture repeats itself a lot, but Dash is a good sport in poking barbed fun at the PR machinations of today's music business.
Director: Alex Gibney. With Bethany McLean, various Enron executives. (110 min.)
Sterritt **** Spellbinding documentary about the rise and fall of Enron, which aspired to be the world's leading business until it was sabotaged by its leaders' outrageous financial fraud. If you followed this scandal as it unfolded, you won't learn much new here. But as real-life stories go, this is as riveting - and as revealing about the dark side of American business - as they come.
Director: Bobby & Peter Farrelly. With Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Jason Spevack. (101 min.)
Staff *** Lindsey, a hard-working city woman, starts dating Ben, a sweetly attentive schoolteacher, during Boston's winter. Come spring, a different side of Ben emerges. The one devoted to the Red Sox with an obsessiveness of costumed Trekkie at a sci-fi convention. A date movie that should appeal to men and women alike, the film uses gentle comedy to explore the nature of compromise in a relationship. By Stephen Humphries
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan. With Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoë Saldaña, Judith Scott. (106 min.)
Sterritt * Updated version of the 1967 hit "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," which broke cultural ground by putting Hollywood's stamp of approval on interracial marriage. The contrived remake, about an African-American woman whose father has trouble accepting her white fiancé, is almost too flat to sit through.
Director: Garth Jennings. With Martin Freeman, Zooey Deschanel, Mos Def, John Malkovich. (110 min.)
Sterritt * An ordinary man is beamed to safety by an interstellar friend just before Earth is demolished by aliens who need room for their new hyperspace highway. This long-awaited movie adaptation of the late Douglas Adams's book, TV, and radio franchise is surprisingly bland. Die-hard fans should enjoy it.