by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & HANCOCK & r & & r & Ah, one of those superhero-as-drunken lout stories. Will Smith plays John Hancock, a man of unknown origins who can fly, beat up villains and bounce bullets off his chest. But he shouldn't fly when he drinks because a sloppy path of destruction usually trails in his wake. Here's a film that starts off funny, and is loaded with fantastic visuals, but ends up elsewhere, somehow becoming a rumination on family relations as well as public relations. An outrageous story, with unexpected plot turns and solid acting from Jason Bateman and a glowing Charlize Theron. (ES) Rated PG-13
KIT KITTREDGE: AN AMERICAN GIRL
There's absolutely nothing wrong with a wholesome, old-fashioned movie about kids and families getting by during the Depression -- especially if you're an 8-year-old female viewer and you're wealthy enough to own one of the absurdly expensive dolls the film is based on. Cute little Abigail Breslin takes the title role -- a reporter in the making who's trying to figure out who's pulling off home robberies and blaming it on residents of a nearby hobo camp. Well done, but nothing special. (ES) Rated G
Russian director Sergei Bodrov's sweeping steppe epic about the history and legend of Genghis Khan, a man who would eventually conquer one-third of the known world, is by all accounts a massive film, with a size and scope that hearkens to the great old Hollywood epics while still having modern flourishes and a clarity of vision that make the large-scale battles harrowing and comprehensible. (LB) Rated R
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.