Kenneth TuranKenneth Turan is the film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR's Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes.
Beat Down: An awkward teen's initial forays into DIY superherodom are pretty disastrous — but soon enough Dave Lizewski (aka Kick-Ass, played by Aaron Johnson) begins to attract the attention he was hoping for.
Survival Until He's Fit: Newly imprisoned Malik (Tahar Rahim) looks to a veteran gangster for strategies that'll keep him alive. Jacques Audiard's film is a contender for the foreign-language film Oscar.
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In The Ghost Writer, Ewan McGregor plays an unnamed author charged with writing a memoir about the former U.K. prime minister. Catrall plays the premier's seductive mistress.
Behind Enemy Lines: With Earth in trouble, humans are off to Pandora — and the native Na'vi are ready to fight for their home. Genetically hybridized and assigned to infiltrate them, combat veteran Jake Sully (Sam Worthington, left) goes native himself when he meets Neytiri (Zoe Saldana).
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'Lovely,' isn't she? Saoirse Ronan brings an appealing naturalness to the part of a murdered girl looking down on the world that survived her, but Peter Jackson's film of The Lovely Bones misses the delicate balance that made the novel work.
Last Call: George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate hit man hired to fly around the country and fire downsized employees. A frequent flier and a professional drifter, Ryan leads a life devoid of attachment.
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