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Movies: October 18, 2013

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
A slice-and-dice teen body-count flick whose whiplash twist ending is too little, too late. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) CChris Nashawaty

Argento’s Dracula 3D
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 46 Mins.
Entertaining kitsch. The mood is pure Hammer Films horror: the writhing bosoms, the blood smeared like tomato sauce across the mouth of Dracula, played by Thomas Kretschmann with a benign haircut but lots of zest. In the age of the designer vampire, Dario Argento rekindles the grandeur of Dracula: When he sinks his fangs, you almost taste how good it tastes to him. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) BOwen Gleiberman

CBGB
R, 1 Hr., 41 Mins.
A chintzy dud that trashes its subject. Alan Rickman shambles around as Hilly Kristal, the owner of the Bowery dive-turned-legendary punk club CBGB. Too much of the film is devoted to Kristal’s deadbeat style. It’s fun to see actors like Rupert Grint as Cheetah Chrome (he’s excellent); less fun is Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry (she’s way off). CBGB makes a hash of chronology and never hints at the exciting danger this club possessed. C-Owen Gleiberman

Enough Said
PG-13, 1 Hr., 32 Mins.
James Gandolfini gives a teddy bear performance in this beautifully bittersweet romantic comedy. A-Chris Nashawaty

Escape From Tomorrow
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Surreptitiously filmed at Disney World and Disneyland, this indie family fable turns the famous rides, characters, and theme-park prefabness into a backdrop of wholesome creepiness. Its message — laid on a bit too thick — is that Jim (Roy Abramsohn), a miserable dad hooked on dreams of escape that devolve into nightmares, first learned to live in fantasy at the Magic Kingdom. Heavy! Yet still worth seeing. (Also available on iTunes and VOD) BOwen Gleiberman

Gravity
PG-13, 1 Hr., 31 Mins.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are U.S. shuttle voyagers lost in space in Alfonso Cuarón’s awesome technological daydream of a movie. AOwen Gleiberman

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
A pair of kids are left to fend for themselves in the housing projects of Brooklyn when the police take away one of their addict mothers (Jennifer Hudson). Anchored by two charming lead performances from youngsters Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon, the story never over-romanticizes their plight, but neither does it fetishize their misery. There’s joy lurking even in its more harrowing moments. B+Keith Staskiewicz

Man of Tai Chi
R, 1 Hr., 45 Mins.
The martial-arts fight scenes in Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut are pretty cool, with lots of acrobatic high-kicking and graceful camera work that would fit right into The Matrix. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is more like the Matrix sequels: a pretentious mix of Asian action clichés revolving around a tai chi student (Tiger Chen) who joins an underground fight club run by a satanic crime boss (a risibly straight-faced Reeves). (Available on iTunes and VOD; in theaters 11/1) C-Adam Markovitz

Prisoners
R, 2 Hrs., 23 Mins.
When the daughter of Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) goes missing, he tries to torture a suspect into confessing. A Owen Gleiberman

Runner Runner
R, 1 Hr., 31 Mins.
Not even the debonair Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck can radiate enough golden-boy charisma to blind you to all the snort-worthy logic gaps in this empty-headed thriller about a Princeton math whiz (Timberlake) who falls under the tutelage of a sadistic online-gambling mogul (Affleck). But watching them try is kind of fun. CAdam Markovitz

Rush
R, 2 Hrs., 3 Mins.
During its racing scenes, Ron Howard’s Formula One drama is tense and thrilling. BChris Nashawaty

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