The following movies have been previously reviewed by Free Press movie critic Randall King, unless otherwise noted.THE AMERICANGlobe, Grant Park, Polo Park, St. Vital. 14AThis too-cool-for-school crime thriller stars George Clooney as a morally haunted black-market gunsmith for hire at the service of international assassins, signing up for one last assignment in Italy. There, he is befriended by a priest and a prostitute. Assuming you buy into the assumption that a guy who looks like George Clooney may be forgiven any sin, not matter how egregious, you may still be turned off by the movie's sheer pretentiousness. ''1/2AVATAR: SPECIAL EDITION 3DGrant Park. PGJames Cameron's otherworldly epic set on the planet of Pandora is rereleased with nine extra minutes of footage. ''''COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKYGlobe. 14AA recreation of the brief love affair between the French designer (Chanel model Anna Mouglalis) and married-with-children Russian composer (Mads Mikkelsen) initiated when the fashion genius invited Stravinsky, his consumptive wife and their four children to stay at her country home. As a visual history, the film has merit, but as an erotic work, it has all the steamy sensuality of a nature documentary on the mating habits of wolves. ''1/2DESPICABLE MEPolo Park, St. Vital. PGA super-villain (voiced by Steve Carell) intent on stealing the moon recruits a trio of cute orphans to steal a purloined shrink ray from his even more villainous competitor. Set in the same bailiwick as the superior The Incredibles, it lacks that movie's epic scope and boundless imagination, but it compensates with its penchant for elaborate sight gags and appealingly misshapen (morally and otherwise) characters. '''1/2DINNER FOR SCHMUCKSSt. Vital. 14AThis remake of the French comedy The Dinner Game stars Paul Rudd as an ambitious investment broker who is tempted to invite a well-intended dolt (Steve Carell) to participate in a cruel dinner party/freak show hosted by his supercilious boss. The comic heavy hitters are there and the premise is fruitful, but somehow the comedy never gels. ''1/2EAT PRAY LOVEGrant Park, Kildonan Place, St. Vital. PGJulia Roberts stars in this glib, glossy and centreless adaptation of the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert about a woman who embarks on a year-long trip around the world, including India, Italy and Bali, on a voyage of self-discovery. It's best, perhaps, to enjoy it as a travelogue. The rustic, crumbling ruins of Rome and the...
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