Monday, February 27, 2012

84th Academy Awards



Well it's over.  We can finally close the book on 2011.  Here are my thoughts on this year's Academy Awards:

In general, they did everything wrong this year.  It was way too safe.  There seemed to be something wrong with the audio; It was muffled and had an echo.  The show ran long.  And for some bizarre reason they presented all the boring awards first and let the boring speeches drone on, which leaves less time for those that we actually care about.  (Did the band have the night off?)  I have long believed they should just give out the 'boring' awards that no one cares about at a separate event and just give them quick mentions.  Will they ever learn?  As expected, the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards were much more fun to watch. 

But let's start at the beginning:

We all love Morgan Freeman.  But why open the show with him rather than host Billy Crystal?  That was almost as bizarre as Freeman's casual wink to someone in the audience.  Does he not realize this is a formal event and one of the most watched TV program worldwide?

I love Billy Crystal.  I think he's the best host in the history of the Oscars and this was his ninth time.  Yet this year he seemed a bit too safe, although he did loosen up as the night progressed.  But his unassuming, uncontroversial style is probably right for the most prestigious and elegant night in Hollywood.  Ricky Gervais-type cheekiness just wouldn't be appropriate.

Two years in a row good, but not the best film won Best Picture.  Don't get me wrong, both The Artist and The King's Speech are very good movies, and I immediately knew when I saw each one at the Toronto Film Festival they would be strong contenders for Best Picture.  But there were many better films.

The biggest surprises of the night were the Best Actor and Best Actress awards.  George Clooney and Viola Davis were robbed.  I really think Academy voters awarded Streep the prize before they even saw her movie.  I saw it.  She was good.  Davis was great.  And Clooney (and Pitt and Oldman) were way better than Dujardin.

Hugo received way too many technical awards.  And Harry Potter received none.  Outrageous.

My Best Presenter awards go to Robert Downey Jr., Chris Rock, Emma Stone, Will Ferrell, and Zach Galifianakis.  Thank you all for adding a few minutes of entertainment to an otherwise dull three plus hours.

My Best Acceptance Speech award goes to Christopher Plummer.  At 82, that guy's still pretty with it.  If you haven't seen 'Beginners' yet, you should.

The movie montage consisted of very safe entries like 'Forrest Gump', 'Titanic', 'A Few Good Men', and 'When Harry Met Sally'.  What's the point?

The interview montage of A-list celebrities' first experiences at the movies and their opinions of what makes a good movie was a nice idea but too short, and with too little substance.  And why the hell would they ask Adam Sandler what makes a good movie?  Clearly he doesn't know the answer.

The Wizard of Oz focus group sketch with the Christopher Guest troupe was alright but unnecessary.  If Guest hadn't been a pal of Crystal from the old SNL days, it would've been cut, for sure.

They decided to incorporate the Cirque Du Soleil acts that normally occupy that theater.  Two swinging Cary Grant impersonators?  Bizarre.  I actually saw the Cirque show when I was in L.A.  It's not fantastic, but it's obviously better in person than watching it on TV.  At an already-too-long awards show this was just unnecessary.

The 'what's everybody thinking' bit was humorous.  I was kind of hoping Crystal would reference Nick Nolte's mug shot.

When the President of the Academy takes the stage it's always the right time to go to the bathroom.

I must reiterate what I said last year.  Who the heck cares about the short films?!?  Very few people have seen them.  Even I tend not to because they're rarely very good.  This year I saw the animated shorts and they were very unmemorable. 

Meryl Streep presented honorary awards to James Earl Jones, Dick Smith (a makeup guy), and Oprah Winfrey.  Bizarrely random!

I generally find the In Memorium segment touching, but it wasn't as effective this year.  They really need to show longer clips of the more notable folks' work.

And now, if you care, the award winners and presenters, in the order they were presented:

Cinematography:  Tom Hanks presented the award to Hugo.  I blew that one.  I'm not off to a good start.

Art Direction:  Tom Hanks presented the award to Hugo.  Got that one, but I wish Harry Potter had taken it.

Costume Design:  Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez presented the award to The Artist.  Got that one.

Makeup:  Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez presented the award to The Iron Lady.  Missed that one.  Poor Harry Potter just got the shaft.

Foreign Language Film:  Sandra Bullock presented the award to A Separation.  No surprise there.

Supporting Actress:  Christian Bale (who really should invest in a white shirt) presented the award to Octavia Spencer of The Help.  No surprise there.

Editing: Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper presented the award to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Missed that one.

Sound Editing:  Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper presented the award to Hugo.  I should have listened to Entertainment Weekly.

Sound Mixing:  Tina Fey and Bradley Cooper presented the award to Hugo.  Again, I should have listened to Entertainment Weekly.

Best Documentary:  Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. presented the award to Undefeated.  Missed that one.

Animated Feature:  Chris Rock presented the award to Rango.  Got it.

Visual Effects:  Emma Stone and Ben Stiller presented the award to Hugo.  Once again Harry Potter got the shaft and Hugo gets undeservingly awarded.

Supporting Actor:  Melissa Leo presented the award to Christopher Plummer for Beginners.  No surprise there.

Score:  Penelope Cruz and Owen Wilson presented the award to The Artist.  Got that one.

Song:  Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis presented the award to Man or Muppet from The Muppets.  With only two nominees (which was bizarre), this was a pretty easy call.

Adapted Screenplay:  Angelina Jolie presented the award to Alexander Payne for The Descendants.  Called that one.

Original Screenplay:  Angelina Jolie presented the award to Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris.  That was the favorite.

Live Action Short:  Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph presented the award to The Shore.

Documentary Short:  Rose Byrne and Melissa McCarthy presented the award to Saving Face.

Animated Short:  Ellie Kemper and Wendi McLendon-Covey presented the award to The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Director:  Michael Douglas presented the award to Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist.

Actor:  Natalie Portman presented the award to Jean Dujardin.  Outrageous.  The biggest upset of the night.  Both Clooney and Pitt were robbed.

Actress:  Colin Firth presented the award to Meryl Streep.  Again, outrageous.  Viola Davis was robbed.
 
Picture:  Tom Cruise presented the award to The Artist, as expected.

OK, so my predictions weren't great this year.  I missed two major awards, Actor and Actress, a bunch of the technical awards, Cinematography, Makeup, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects, as well as the Documentary.  Not great, I admit.

So was I too critical and too long winded?  Let's hear your thoughts.

I'm tired.  Good night and farewell, 2011 movies.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oscar Predictions


OK, so I probably should have posted this a while ago.  But truthfully, I'm no better at predicting these than Entertainment Weekly or any of the seasoned pros.  So if you really want to score in your Oscar pool, just check out EW.com and who won the Critics Choice Movie Awards (CCMA), the Golden Globes, and the other 9000 awards shows that took place in the last 8 weeks.  Nevertheless, here are my picks:


The six major awards are almost a lock.  You'd be crazy to pick anything other than the following:
Picture: The Artist
Actor: George Clooney
Actress: Viola Davis (although Meryl Streep is always a strong possibility)
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (although Max Von Sydow is a contender)
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Director: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

The following four are very good bets:
Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants (or possibly Moneyball)
Animated film: Rango
Foreign Language: A Separation (or possibly In Darkness)

The technical awards are a lot tougher to predict, so I use EW as a guide:
Cinematography: Probably Tree of Life (but it also could be War Horse or Hugo)
Costume: The Artist
Makeup: EW says The Iron Lady.  I'm going with Harry Potter, which won at the CCMA.
Score: The Artist.  (But War Horse was good too.)
Song: I liked the soundtrack to Rio better, but Man or Muppet will win.
Art Direction: Hugo won at the CCMA and EW predicts the same.  I'd love to say Harry Potter, but I'll stick with the favorite: Hugo.
Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes won at the CCMA and EW predicts the same.  I'd love to say Harry Potter, but I'll stick with the favorite: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Editing: The Artist
Sound Mixing: EW says Hugo.  I have no idea, but Transformers 3 just feels like a better pick.
Sound Editing: EW says Hugo.  I have no idea, but Transformers 3 just feels like a better pick.

I haven't seen the docs or the shorts, so I have no idea.  I defer to EW:
Doc: Paradise Lost 3
Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Live Short: The Shore
Doc Short: Saving Face

We'll see tomorrow night how I fared.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day - FOX 35 Orlando 2/24/12


Check out my appearance from this morning where I gave my thoughts on 'Wanderlust', 'Act of Valor', and 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/entertainment/movies/022412-flieder-flicks-friday

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close     Grade: A+

The Descendants                Grade: A+ 

The Artist                            Grade: A

Rampart                              Grade: A

A Dangerous Method        Grade: A-

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol     Grade: A-

This Means War                 Grade: A-

Thin Ice                               Grade: A-

Wanderlust                        Grade: B+

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy         Grade: B+

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows      Grade: B+

Man on a Ledge                Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

The Grey                           Grade: B

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island     Grade: B

Big MIracle                        Grade: B

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo       Grade: B

The Iron Lady                     Grade: B

My Week with Marilyn     Grade: B

J. Edgar                               Grade: B

Hugo                                   Grade: B

Safe House                          Grade: B-

The Vow                              Grade: B-

A Separation                      Grade: C+

Contraband                       Grade: C+

The Woman in Black        Grade: C

Albert Nobbs                     Grade: C-

Haywire                             Grade: C-

Red Tails                            Grade: D+

Underworld: Awakening     Grade: D+


Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance    Grade: D

Act of Valor                       Grade: D

Wanderlust


'Wanderlust' is the latest R-rated comedy from writer/director/producer David Wain, writer/producer/actor Ken Marino, and comedy uber-producer Judd Apatow.  Sure, Apatow is a household name by now, but many still aren't familiar with Wain and Marino, at least by name alone.  You should be though, because with increasingly outrageous comedies like 'Wet Hot American Summer', 'The Ten', and 'Role Models', as well as wacky TV like 'The State', 'Stella', and 'Children's Hospital', they're certainly making a name for themselves in the world of comedy.  And regulars Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, and Michael Ian Black also deserve credit (although the latter two only have a cameo in this film).  This is arguably the best comedy team in the business; So good they deserve a name, like that Will Ferrell/Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn 'Frat Pack'.  So, let's see, how about The Wack Pack?  (Nah, Howard Stern has dibs on that one.)  Wainarino?  (Wait, they're not a celebrity couple.)  Wain's Chain?  Nope.  Waining Men?  Too gay.  Waining Champions?  Don't force it, it'll come to me.

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston play yuppies caught in the rat race of New York City.  Like many of us, they work too hard and stress too much about money, only to spend it on the things they think will make them happy but never do, like an outrageously expensive yet ridiculously small studio apartment in the West Village.  But through a series of events they happen upon a commune and get to sample a different way of life.  Call it 'Green Acres' meets 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'.  In typical Wain fashion, the comedy is often inappropriate, uncomfortable, and laugh out loud funny.  But unfortunately it's a bit inconsistent.  Some scenes are hilarious, and others drag on too long without payoff.  Yet, is there a better lead in a comedy than Paul Rudd?  I think not.  So even when it slows down, this movie's still an enjoyable ride and you should go see it this weekend.  I just wish it were a touch more consistent to get to that A- level, but I don't think it's quite there.  Nevertheless I look forward to whatever's on deck in Wain's World.  Ah, there it is.

Grade: B+

Act of Valor


The public awareness of Navy SEALs, that elite team of special forces that operate at sea, in the air, and on land (and thus the acronym), seems to wax and wane.  It certainly seemed to hit a relative peak back in 1990 when Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn starred in a pretty forgettable film called 'Navy Seals'.  Since then they seem to have fallen out of the public eye.  That is until Osama Bin Laden was killed last year.  Now they're the flavor of the month and it's not surprising to have another movie made about them.  But make no mistake, 'Act of Valor' features actual active duty Navy SEALs, not Hollywood actors.  This is a weird hybrid between a documentary, a narrative film, a promotional video, and a motion simulator ride for a new Military themed hotel in Vegas.  And that combination just doesn't work for me at the Cineplex.  When I go to the movies I look for storytelling, dialogue, character development, and casting.  I didn't get any of that here.  And I don't want real life heroes who can't act playing heroes in movies, just like I don't want Hollywood actors who aren't trained in Black Ops conducting secret missions in the Middle East.  Let's stick to our day jobs, people.  I was completely bored from start to finish and found myself wishing Charlie Sheen, with his tiger's blood and adonis DNA, would make an unannounced cameo.  (Spoiler alert:  He doesn't.)  The only real surprise is that this film is getting a wide release, while compelling films like 'Rampart' have been in severely limited release limbo for months.  I don't get it.

Grade: D

Rampart


Woody Harrelson gives yet another powerful, gritty, mesmerizing, tour de force performance for director Oren Moverman ('The Messenger') as an L.A. cop spiraling out of control.  His character already has a history of alleged police brutality, and now trouble is heating up again.  Reminiscent of Michael Chiklis' character in 'The Shield', Nicolas Cage in 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans', and Denzel Washington in 'Training Day', Harrelson adds a new memorable entry in this exciting genre.  And helped by a terrific supporting cast, including Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Ned Beatty, Steve Buscemi, and Harrelson's co-star from 'The Messenger', 'Ben Foster, this is a must see for those like me who love a gritty film about the downward spiral of a man with questionable morals.  This was one of my favorite films at the Toronto Film Festival and it was just as good the second time around.  Harrelson easily gave one of the best performances of 2011, and it's a shame that Oscar didn't recognize that.

Grade: A

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance


There's a wide range of feelings towards the first 'Ghost Rider', the 2007 film starring Nicolas Cage based on the Marvel comic character of the same name.  Much like Cage himself, some people love it and some hate it.  I fall in between, but actually more towards loving both the film and Cage.  To me, Nicolas Cage generally makes great movies even greater (e.g. 'Kick-Ass' and 'The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans'), average movies good (e.g. 'Drive Angry' and 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice') and bad movies palatable (e.g. 'Trespass' and 'Season of the Witch').  But even his over-the-top guilty pleasure style of acting doesn't make this sequel worth your time.  There's really very little to enjoy here.  The script is terrible, the dialogue inane, and the casting poor, with the notable exception of Ciaran Hinds, a great actor who's been in less than great films as of late (Yes I mean you, 'Woman in Black'.)  So even if you're a fan of Cage or the first 'Ghost Rider', think twice before checking out the sequel.  I sure wish I could get my afternoon and $11.25 back.

Grade: D

Friday, February 17, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day - FOX 35 Orlando 2/17/12


Check out my appearance from this morning where I gave my thoughts on 'Safe House', 'The Vow', 'This Means War', and 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island'.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/entertainment/movies/021712-flieder-flicks-friday


In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close     Grade: A+

The Descendants                Grade: A+ 

The Artist                            Grade: A

Carnage                               Grade: A-

A Dangerous Method        Grade: A-

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol     Grade: A-

This Means War                 Grade: A-

Thin Ice                               Grade: A-

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy         Grade: B+

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows      Grade: B+

Man on a Ledge                Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

The Grey                           Grade: B

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island     Grade: B

Big MIracle                        Grade: B

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo       Grade: B

The Iron Lady                     Grade: B

My Week with Marilyn     Grade: B

J. Edgar                               Grade: B

Hugo                                   Grade: B

Safe House                          Grade: B-

The Vow                              Grade: B-

A Separation                      Grade: C+

Contraband                       Grade: C+

The Woman in Black        Grade: C

Albert Nobbs                     Grade: C-

Haywire                             Grade: C-

Red Tails                            Grade: D+

Underworld: Awakening     Grade: D+


Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance    Grade: D

 W.E.                                   Grade: D

This Means War


Chris Pine and Tom Hardy play CIA agents and best friends.  Pine is the cocky bachelor who has no plans to settle down.  Hardy is the divorced dad who wants to find love again.  And then they both happen upon Reese Witherspoon and the competition is on.

Let's be honest.  That pitch sounds terrible.  Totally trite.  But it's all about how you do it.  And director McG ('Charlie's Angels') knows how to make a stylish, fast paced, fun, action comedy.  The cast is great, the wall-to-wall soundtrack keeps the energy high, and the colorful set designs are a joy to look at.  This one's fun from start to finish and excellent for a date.  If you liked 'Knight and Day' or 'Killers', or yearn for a better version of 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' then this one's for you.

Grade: A-

Thin Ice



Greg Kinnear stars as an insurance salesman who gets in over his head when a series of unexpected events occur and he crosses paths with some quirky people.  Alan Arkin, Billy Crudup, Bob Balaban, and Lea Thompson are among the supporting cast.

This dark comedy crime film (which premiered at Sundance last year under the name 'The Convincer') is a pretty fun ride.  Kinnear is always a really likeable lead, and Arkin has had a renaissance in his career the last five years, making every movie he's in better just because he's in it.  Sadly, I knew exactly where it was going from the very beginning, but that didn't keep it from being a fun watch.  To say any more might spoil your enjoyment of it, and I don't do that here, so just go see it.

Grade: A-

Friday, February 10, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day - FOX 35 Orlando 2/10/12


Sorry, no clip today.  There were technical problems so I didn't go on, otherwise I would've given my thoughts on 'Safe House', 'The Vow', 'Journey 2: The Mysterious Island', and 'A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas'.

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close     Grade: A+

The Descendants                Grade: A+ 

The Artist                            Grade: A

Carnage                               Grade: A-

A Dangerous Method        Grade: A-

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol     Grade: A-

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy         Grade: B+

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows      Grade: B+

Man on a Ledge                Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

Young Adult                       Grade: B

The Grey                           Grade: B

We Bought a Zoo              Grade: B

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island     Grade: B

Big MIracle                        Grade: B

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo       Grade: B

The Iron Lady                     Grade: B

My Week with Marilyn     Grade: B

J. Edgar                               Grade: B

Hugo                                   Grade: B

The Muppets                      Grade: B-

Safe House                          Grade: B-

The Vow                              Grade: B-

War Horse                           Grade: C+

A Separation                      Grade: C+

The Darkest Hour              Grade: C+

The Adventures of Tintin      Grade: C+

Contraband                       Grade: C+

The Flowers of War           Grade: C

The Woman in Black        Grade: C

Albert Nobbs                     Grade: C-

Haywire                             Grade: C-

Red Tails                            Grade: D+

Underworld: Awakening     Grade: D+

The Devil Inside                Grade: D+


W.E.                                   Grade: D

Safe House


Ryan Reynolds plays a low level CIA employee, assigned to a safe house in South Africa where wanted enemies of the U.S. are brought and 'interrogated'.  Denzel Washington plays the captive, who's also the target of an unknown assassin.

This isn't a must see film or even a particularly memorable one, but it's action packed, and Washington and Reynolds are both very watchable actors, so even when the material isn't that compelling, it's still pretty entertaining.  The film is dark and gritty and the action sequences are intense and brutal.  And from a technical standpoint, the sound effects are so intense I was pretty convinced I actually got shot a few times during the movie.  And in Philadelphia, the chances of that happening are not insignificant.  (Don't worry, I made it out ok.)  So this one gets a mild recommendation if you're a fan of the cast or the genre.

Grade: B-

The Vow


Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum play a married couple very much in love.  But their love is put to the test after a car accident leaves McAdams with no memory of their relationship.

Now let me begin by admitting that, as a guy, I can still appreciate a good chick flick.  And when it's done right, the 'falling in love/falling out of love/not remembering love' genre can be really powerful, with 'Blue Valentine' and 'The Notebook' being two great examples.  Now, this movie is not as good as either of those, or even as good as 'One Day' or 'Like Crazy'.  (And Channing Tatum is certainly no Ryan Gosling.)  It just doesn't hit the emotional mark like those other films.  You won't cry your eyes out at its lows and you won't feel elated at its highs.  But the film has its moments and is a fairly easy watch with a good cast (Tatum, notwithstanding) including Sam Neill, Jessica Lange, and Scott Speedman.  It's not a bad date movie for this weekend or Valentine's Day but, ladies, keep your expectations in check.

Grade: B-

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island


Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson heads the cast of the sequel to the 2008 film 'Journey to the Center of the Earth'.  But don't feel like you need to have seen the first one.  This one stands on its own, with only one cast member, Josh Hutcherson, crossing over both films and the common link of author Jules Verne being the inspiration.  This time out the journey is to find the titular mysterious island, as written about by Verne.  And just like the first film, there are a lot of things that work.  For one, Johnson consistently proves himself adept at blending action/adventure with comedy, just like his predecessor in the first film, Brendan Fraser.  Add Michael Caine, Luis Guzman, and Kristin Davis to your supporting cast, as well as 3D that actually helps the film, great visuals, and an exciting orchestral score and you have yourself a movie worth seeing.  Sure, there are a bunch of ridiculous roll your eyes moments, like how they can solve super complex riddles and mysteries in a matter of minutes, but if it keeps the running time shorter, I'm absolutely willing to suspend my disbelief.  And for a family friendly film, this one provides a pretty decent amount of entertainment value.  Let's call it 'Indiana Jones' meets 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' meets 'Jurassic Park'.

Grade: B

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chronicle


These days it's refreshing when the latest documentary-style narrative film starring a cast of unknowns (in order to make it seem realistic) isn't a terrible horror film.  (If you saw 'The Devil Inside', you'll feel me on that sentiment.)  This one's about a group of kids who stumble across a mysterious hole in the ground and happen upon an alien object.  Suddenly they have the power of telekinesis (which, for those of you non-comic book geeks, is the ability to move things with your mind.)  Now there's nothing revolutionary about that plotline, of course, so it really just depends what you do with it.  And this movie does a pretty good job with it, starting slowly, but eventually building to a pretty exciting climax.  The cast is unmemorable for sure, but the running time is short, and the third act makes it worth seeing, particularly for the comic book geek in you who'll appreciate 'Unbreakable' meets 'Cloverfield'.

Grade: B+

Friday, February 3, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day - FOX 35 Orlando 2/3/12


Check out my appearance from this morning where I gave my thoughts on 'The Woman in Black', 'Big Miracle', and 'In Time'.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/entertainment/movies/020312-flieder-flicks-friday

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close     Grade: A+

The Descendants                Grade: A+ 

The Artist                            Grade: A

Carnage                               Grade: A-

A Dangerous Method        Grade: A-

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol     Grade: A-

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy         Grade: B+

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows      Grade: B+

Man on a Ledge                Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

Young Adult                       Grade: B

The Grey                           Grade: B

We Bought a Zoo              Grade: B

Big MIracle                        Grade: B

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo       Grade: B

The Iron Lady                     Grade: B

My Week with Marilyn     Grade: B

J. Edgar                               Grade: B

Hugo                                   Grade: B

The Innkeepers                  Grade: B-

The Muppets                      Grade: B-

War Horse                           Grade: C+

A Separation                      Grade: C+

The Darkest Hour              Grade: C+

The Adventures of Tintin      Grade: C+

Contraband                       Grade: C+

The Flowers of War           Grade: C

The Woman in Black        Grade: C

Albert Nobbs                     Grade: C-

Haywire                             Grade: C-

Red Tails                            Grade: D+

Underworld: Awakening     Grade: D+

The Devil Inside                Grade: D+