January 23, 2011 12:00 am
"Nowhere Boy" ***½ (R; 1:38) — This unusually fine biopic mines gold from the muck of John Lennon's Liverpool upbringing. Aaron Johnson is uncanny as troubled John, Kristin Scott Thomas is superb as the stern but loving aunt who raises him and Anne-Marie Duff adds a sexual charge as the estranged mother who reunites with John and introduces him to rock 'n' roll. (Joe Williams)
"Red" ** (PG-13; 1:50) — On the run from assassins, a retired CIA agent (Bruce Willis) kidnaps a pension clerk (Mary-Louise Parker) for a cross-country mission to locate some old allies (Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich). The cast is crowd-pleasing, but the action is limp, the jokes are unfunny and the script is an insult to our intelligence. (JW)
"Secretariat" **½ (PG; 2:00) — Diane Lane turns in a heartfelt performance in this formulaic drama based on the true story of the racehorse and 1973 Triple Crown winner. But as the thoroughbred's trainer, John Malkovich is reduced to wearing funny hats. (Calvin Wilson)
Coming Feb. 1
"Conviction," "Let Me In," "Never Let Me Go In," "The Tillman Story"
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