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This Means War

(Twentieth Century Fox)

McG, whose heavy-handed direction made a mess of the last Terminator movie, tries his hand at romantic comedy with this labored story about two CIA agents dating the same woman, played by Reese Witherspoon. The director stages scenes with his usual carelessness, throwing together action sequences with little concern for plot or common sense. Chris Pine (Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot) and Tom Hardy (seen in approximately 73 percent of the movies that have been released over the past couple years, including the upcoming Dark Knight Rises) rightfully seem pained, bored, and confused by the whole thing.

Certified Copy (Criterion)

Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's 2010 twisty mind-bender — available as a luscious Criterion Blu-ray — starts in one place and ends up in a completely different one. Juliette Binoche hooks up with a British writer in Tuscany. And then the games begin.

Red Tails (Lucasfilm/Twentieth Century Fox)

The true tale of the black Tuskegee airmen who fought in World War II stays grounded for far too long for this movie to be called thrilling or anything like that. But it comes close a few times, especially when the crew takes flight and heads into combat.

The Woman in Black (Sony)

Daniel Radcliffe — or Harry Potter, as we will always refer to him — stars in this semi-spooky ghost story set in a small village in the early part of the 20th century. The scares are subtle ones — more mood than blood. And in the end it's more bark than bite.

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