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Friday
Aug192011

'Spy Kids 4,' 'Fright Night,' 'One Day,' 'Conan the Barbarian' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Spy Kids: All the Time in the World: In the fourth Spy Kids film, Jessica Alba plays a former secret agent who comes out of retirement when a villain threatens to take over the world.  Her stepchildren join in on the fun when they find out what their mom does for a living.  Joel McHale and Jeremy Piven also star in the film, which is screening in "4D."  Rated PG.

-- Fright Night: Anton Yelchin is a high school senior whose new neighbor, played by Colin Farrell, is a vampire.  Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette and former Dr. Who star David Tennant also star in this remake of the 1985 horror film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated R.

-- One Day: Anne Hathaway's Emma and Jim Sturgess' Dexter strike up a friendship in 1988 that evolves over the course of 20 years.  The story details their experiences with one another each July 15 during that span.  Rated PG-13.

-- Conan the Barbarian: Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa plays the titular character, who attempts to protect his people from supernatural powers and exact revenge on the warlord who murdered his father.  The film is screening in 3D.  Rated R.

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Thursday
Aug182011

Movie Review: ‘Conan the Barbarian’

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic (NEW YORK) -- The original 1982 Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is a classic. The new Conan the Barbarian, not so much.
 
In this new version, Jason Momoa plays the titular barbarian warrior. While his acting isn’t particularly impressive here -- he’s much better as Khal Drogo in the HBO series Game of Thrones -- his physique and good looks are very impressive, which will go far with the ladies and some men.
 
The plot is straightforward: Conan as a child sees his father murdered and village destroyed, all by the ruthless warlord Khalar Zym.  Fast-forward to sword-swinging, muscle-flexing adult Conan, who fights men, monsters and dark magic to exact revenge for the events of his childhood.  No doubt Momoa has a promising future as an action hero but he’d be better served by a character with a richer inner life. And like so many other movies heavy on 3-D and CGI-enhanced landscapes and effects, Conan fails to deliver a story and characters that have depth.
 
The one exception to that criticism is Stephen Lang as Khalar Zym. One of the gifts from Avatar, in which Lang played the hard-as-nails Colonel Quaritch, was putting an incredible character actor like him in such a high-profile film and reminding the world he exists. There’s no question Lange’s Conan the Barbarian character is evil -- hell-bent on resurrecting his dead wife, becoming a god and ruling the world -- and yet Lang manages to make us feel for him. If the rest of the film matched Lang’s performance, Conan the Barbarian would be one the year’s best. Instead, we’re left with a slightly below average, violent action adventure fantasy flick with a few entertaining sequences.
 
Two and a half out of five stars.

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