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On the Screen

****: Inspired brilliance

***: Solid filmmaking

**: Mild entertainment

*: Embarrassing dreck


Unless you are a twelve-year-old girl, don’t see “Aquamarine,” whose best scene is a montage of girls at a shopping mall. There isn’t really much point in explaining the basic plot, because it will probably sound very familiar — one giant clich after another. Actresses Emma Roberts, Joanna ‘Jojo’ Levesque, and Sara Paxton continue their downward spiral with this flick, which will probably guarantee the end of their careers before any of them even lose their virginity. (Alice Macdonald)

****Brokeback Mountain

Ang Lee’s gritty and realistic film has been called revolutionary for being a mainstream movie about cowboys who fall in love with each other, but the story is in truth incredibly simple. At its heart, “Brokeback” is a beautifully crafted film that tells a story strikingly similar to some of the oldest tales of love in our society. (Andrew Guerra)

**Curious George

The question is whether we, as adults, can sit through an hour and a half of watching a non-talking monkey and a man in a bright yellow suit voiced by Will Ferrell. The answer, surprisingly, is an emphatic yes. What really sells the movie to adults is the amount of emotion generated with such a simple plot, although the most delightful aspect by far is the music. Before long, you may find yourself buying the soundtrack to a movie that is quite funny and enjoyable, even to those over the age of five. (Yong-yi Zhu)

**Eight Below

“Eight Below” is a nature movie riding the waves of last year’s successful “March of the Penguins” and “Grizzly Man.” Disney decided to hop on the bandwagon, but had to bastardize the genre with their requisite gag-inducing scenes. I am happy to say that even Disney can’t completely ruin a good thing; if you need an escape and some brain candy, not to mention beautiful scenery and some terrific canine acting, you could do worse than this Antarctic adventure film. (Alice Macdonald)

*** Match Point

This film deviates from the usual Woody Allen offering. It boasts young, sexy stars and is set in upper-class London instead of his beloved New York. Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays a young tennis coach who marries into an upper-class British family but falls in love with his brother-in-law’s fianc e, Nola (Scarlett Johansson). The biggest surprise is that this film is a thriller, with each scene building unbearable tension. (Kapil Amarnath)

*** Night Watch

As the highest-grossing film in post-Soviet Russia, “Night Watch” is not only a very good action movie but also an interesting reflection of the Russian state of mind. All characters, especially the protagonists, are morally impure in this movie, and the word “police” is taken as a synonym for well-regulated corruption. Though it is not radically different than standard Hollywood fare, the film — based on the first of Sergei Lukyanenko’s sci-fi novel trilogy — gives an excellent action fix with a taste of exotic fantasy.

Compiled by Kevin Der, Jacqueline O’Connor, and Nivair H. Gabriel