Wall*E

  Director: Andrew Stanton Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, John Ratzenberger Rating: 5 stars (out of five) Pixar’s Wall*E continues an amazing run of top-flight entertainment marred only by the execrable Cars, a misstep already made up for with last year’s charming Ratatouille. Wall*E does right exactly what Pixar always (minus one) does right. What’s more interesting about this film is the two specific risks it takes as the Emeryville animators continue to push themselves and their audiences. First, the usual victories: Wall*E gives us a tale of adventure starring a likable hero whose...

Wanted

  Director: Timur Bekmambetov Starring: James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman Rating: 3.5 stars (out of five) Wanted has been designed as a delivery system for intense, repeated brutality presented in a creative and nonsensical manner probably meant to prevent you from thinking...

The Love Guru

Director: Marco Schnabel Starring: Mike Meyers, Jessical Alba, Romany Malco, Justin Timberlake, Verne Troyer Rating: 1.5 stars (out of five) Can we just hold a funeral for Mike Meyers’ creative potential, and then all get really drunk at the wake? In The Love Guru, Meyers taps every...

The Promotion

Director: Steve Conrad Starring: John C. Reilly, Seann William Scott, Gil Bellows, Fred Armisen Rating: 3 stars (out of five) A low-key comedy about the depressing nature of mundane, lower-middle-class workaday reality, where the shot at being promoted to manager of a supermarket is enough to...

The Incredible Hulk

  Director: Louis Leterrier Starring: Edward Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson Rating: 3 stars (out of five) You know how everyone complained that there wasn’t enough action in Ang Lee’s Hulk movie? The folks behind this new not-quite-sequel have made damned sure that no one’s gonna be saying that this time. The Incredible Hulk has so much fast, intense violence that its PG-13 rating is pretty decisive proof of the arbitrary nature of these ratings. The violence is going to be the main attraction, or repellant, with this film. The storyline itself, in which a hunted Edward Norton goes back to...