New in theaters
'Rambo' is back, and he's taking no prisoners; 'How She Move' weds footloose choreography to a familiar story; 'Untraceable' unleashes yet another cinematic serial killer.
New in theaters How She Move (PG-13)
Raya Green (Rutina Wesley) has lost her big sister to drug addiction, and the legal and medical expenses have left their Jamaican immigrant parents unable to pay for her private school. Raya decides to turn her step-dancing skills into tuition money. Since female dance crews seldom win big contests, she realizes she'll have to dance her way onto a male crew. The plot is serviceable enough, but it's really just an excuse to showcase some remarkably original choreography and athletic dancing, especially when the crew competes in a national contest in Detroit. Grade: B– – M.K. Terrell
Former Green Beret John Rambo is back, and, no, he's not applying for Social Security. He's enjoying a peaceful existence collecting cobras for a sleazy Thai jungle entertainment business when some missionaries hire his boat to take them upriver to Burma. When the group fails to return on schedule, Rambo assembles a team of mercenaries to spring them from an army prison camp. The movie pulls no punches in showing the abject cruelty of the troops and the extremely violent measures Rambo takes to defeat them. Torture, depravity, kidnap, massacre, and gore abound. You've been warned. Grade: C – M.K.T.
FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane), investigating cybercrime, encounters a site that features live streaming of a kitten starving to death inches from a bowl of milk. The next subject is human. The site promises each hit will increase the level of torture till the victim dies. When family and friends become targets, Agent Marsh becomes desperate to shut down the site. Police warn that logging on makes citizens accomplices to murder. One wonders if seeing movies depicting such cruelty makes audiences complicitous in spreading inhumanity. That said, this well-made thriller's ending almost makes up for what goes before. Grade: B – M.K.T.