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THE BOURNE LEGACY

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, Polo Park, St. Vital. PG

A Bourne movie without Jason Bourne feels like a squeeze at the franchise cash cow: The Bourne Lactation. But this fourth entry adds something fresh into the mix with a new tormented hero, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), and a different dynamic: The Bourne Legacy is largely an oft-riveting old-school damsel-in-distress story, courtesy of an endangered scientist played by Rachel Weisz. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2

THE CAMPAIGN

Grant Park, Polo Park, St. Vital. 14A

Will Ferrell plays a slothful incumbent Democrat congressman in the fight for his life when he is challenged by a nebbish Republican (Zach Galifianakis). We're used to politicians talking out of both sides of their mouths. This is a political comedy that attempts that feat. It's a rude and crude farce but movies that step on that third rail of filmgoer appeal -- politics -- always pull their punches. 'Ö'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER

Globe. 14A

Rashida Jones co-wrote and stars in this rom-com about a woman who attempts to maintain a close friendship with her about-to-be-ex-husband (Andy Samberg). It's debatable if you can even call this a romantic comedy given it's about a protracted breakup, but given the option between this and the usual boy-meets-girl/boy-loses-girl/boy-gets-girl-back formula flick, we'll take C+J gladly.

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THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Polo Park, Polo Park IMAX, Portage Place IMAX, St. Vital. 14A

Christopher Nolan completes his Batman trilogy in style with this apocalyptic tale of class warfare in Gotham City, as Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) is forced out of exile by a mysterious terrorist known as Bane (Tom Hardy), as well as the feline cat-burglar Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). Even at its most outrageous, there is a recurrent ping of realpolitik plausibility here that distinguishes this movie from all other superhero movies and summer blockbusters in general. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö

THE EXPENDABLES 2

Grant Park, Kildonan Place, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A

A group of over-the-hill action heroes -- Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Dolph Lundgren et al. -- and their more modern confreres (Jason Statham, Liam Hemsworth) return for another impossible, high-velocity mission. It's explosive and absurd, but it has a certain nostalgia value. 'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Jay Stone)

HIT AND RUN

Kildonan Place, Polo Park, Towne. 14A

A former getaway driver (Dax Shepard) abandons the Witness Protection Program to drive his girlfriend (Kristen Bell) to Los Angeles so she can land her dream job, resulting in violent comic hijinks. Actor-turned-writer-co-director Shepard attempts to splice Tarantino-esque dialogue with action out of Smokey and the Bandit so it should not be a surprise the movie, while occasionally amusing, never really gels. 'Ö'Ö1/2

HOPE SPRINGS

Grant Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A

Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones are a 31-years-married couple whose relationship is in need of a shakeup. You don't have to be married for 31 years to feel inspired by the film's message about the importance of keeping your relationship alive. Without a single special effect or explosion, this is an unexpected summer movie with real punch. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Christy Lemire)

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

Polo Park, St. Vital. G

Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary) and Sid (John Leguizamo) are back for another round of extinction-themed hijinks. The script is the weakest in the franchise, but there's something darkly compelling about watching evolutionary Armageddon dressed as family fluff. 'Ö'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by Katherine Monk)

IRON SKY

Globe. 14A

Iron Sky reimagines the history of Nazi Germany with a lunar twist. In a delectably demented plot, a group of renegade Nazis eludes capture and sets up camp on the dark side of the moon, where they live in relative peace until a visitor from Earth convinces them the time is right to return to their native planet and launch an attack. It's as silly as string but an entertaining ride, nonetheless. 'Ö'Ö'Ö (Reviewed by T'Cha Dunlevy)

KILLER JOE

Grant Park. 18A

A desperate drug dealer (Emile Hirsch) puts a hit on his own mom after she steals his stash, but his contract with the titular hitman (Matthew McConaughey) involves making Chris's fey younger sister, Dottie (Juno Temple) collateral. Not recommended for anyone looking for a relaxing evening at the movies, but there is much to love in the most vivid expression of Friedkin's feel-bad misanthropy since To Live and Die in L.A.

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LAWLESS

Grant Park, Polo Park, Towne. 14A

This tale of a moonshine war in wFranklin County, Va. between crafty hicks and vicious city-slickers is partly undone by its mismatched cast, including Shia Labeouf as the youngest brother of a moonshining family, Tom Hardy as the clan's taciturn leader and Guy Pearce offering an unwelcome revival the '70s staple character, the homosexual psycho villain. 'Ö'Ö

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN

St. Vital, Towne. G

An achingly sweet but oddly emotion-free tearjerker about a small-town couple (Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Garner) who long to have a child of their own. It strains to find the magic, joy and heartbreak in a story manufactured with those traits in mind. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Roger Moore)

PARANORMAN

Kildonan Place, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG

A lavish stop-motion adventure about an outcast young boy who sees dead people, and comes to the realization he may be the only one who can save his town from marauding Puritan zombies and a vengeful witch. It's darker than the usual kiddie fare, but also more rewarding in its elegant dissection of how fear is the most destructive monster of all. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2

THE POSSESSION

Kildonan Place, Polo Park. 14A

A divorced couple (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) are alarmed when their younger daughter (Natasha Calis) starts to behave strangely after acquiring a mysterious locked box at a yard sale. One of the film's more disturbing visual effects is how the demon pushes a victim's eyeballs around every which way during possession. That aside, this movie's box of tricks is mostly filled with genre clichés and the only rolling eyes you'll encounter are your own. 'Ö'Ö

PREMIUM RUSH

Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A

A reckless bicycle courier (Joseph Gordon Levitt) accustomed to risking his neck actually finds his life on the line when he is given a special delivery envelope for which some shady individuals are willing to kill to acquire. It's silly yet satisfying B-movie entertainment that moves with the swiftness of a Schwinn -- a ride made fun particularly by Michael Shannon's enthrallingly comic performance as a dirty cop in mad pursuit of a bike messenger's cargo. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2 (Reviewed by Jake Coyle)

ROBOT & FRANK

Grant Park. PG

Frank Langella plays a crusty senior and ex-jewel thief who returns to his old larcenous ways when he is given a helper robot whom he programs for illicit activities. Science fiction trappings aside, the film is primarily an astringent character study. Cute robot notwithstanding, the film's most special effect is Langella, who brings his intense, laser-like focus on being truthful to Frank's fundamentally selfish nature. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2

TOTAL RECALL

Polo Park, St. Vital. 14A

Colin Farrell stars as a man who plunges into a deadly adventure when he visits a futuristic memory implant boutique and discovers his whole identity may be a lie. This remake of the Paul Verhoeven film from 1990 offers one improvement over the original: Farrell, unlike Arnold Schwarzenegger, can act. But like the middle mammary of a triple-breasted mutant Mars dweller, Total Recall 2012 ultimately feels extraneous. 'Ö'Ö1/2

TURN ME ON, DAMMIT

Cinematheque. 14A

A 15-year-old girl is obsessed with matters erotic, including phone sex, in this oddball coming-of-age story from Norway. The most important achievement in its breezy 75-minute running time is delineating how teen girls can suffer the same sexual awkwardness as teen boys, without resorting to the outsize sexual humiliations of American teen comedies. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2

THE WORDS

Globe, Grant Park, Polo Park, St. Vital. PG

Writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) achieves literary success after publishing a novel he didn't write, forcing him into a reckoning for stealing another man's work. It's bad enough writer-directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal shoot their movie like a lifestyle commercial sustained over 96 minutes, the film is utterly devoid of humour and employs a too-clever narrative device that tends to subvert its own momentum. 'Ö1/2

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 10, 2012 A9

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