A heads up for those who want like to mix a little creativity into your cinematic fix: Cincinnati World Cinema's most popular event, the annual Oscar Shorts & More, still has one more screening at The Madison Theater in Covington 7:30 p.m. Sunday. (Go here to read my earlier post about the program's various films.)
Elsewhere, this week's traditional movie house openings include a brain-tickling thriller with Robert De Niro in a supporting role; a legal thriller with Matthew McConaughey in a leading role (word is he keeps his shirt on for most of the film); a sci-fi comedy from the director who gave us Superbad and the underrated and under-seen Adventureland; and a 3-D-enhanced big-screen presentation of Michael Flatley's super-bad dance movies.
LIMITLESS — Neil Burger — the director behind the excellent The Illusionist (the 2006 version starring Edward Norton) and the far less excellent yet still interesting The Lucky Ones — returns with a thriller starring the suddenly ubiquitous Bradley Cooper as an aspiring writer whose life is turned upside down when he starts taking a drug that allows him to unlock his brain's full power. Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish co-star. Leslie Dixon adapts Alan Glynn's novel for the big screen. (Opens wide today.) — Jason Gargano (Rated PG-13.) Review coming soon.
THE LINCOLN LAWYER — Mystery writer Michael Connelly's series of spin-off books provides the basis for this sturdy but rushed legal thriller. Matthew McConaughey ages nicely into the role of hotshot Los Angeles defense attorney Mick Haller. (Read full review here.) (Opens wide today.) — Cole Smithey (Rated R.) Grade: B
PAUL — A pair of British comic book geeks (Shaun of the Dead's Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, who also co-wrote Paul's screenplay) traveling across the United States meet a CGI-generated alien outside New Mexico's Area 51 in director Greg Mottola's sci-fi/comedy adventure. The supporting cast includes Jason Bateman, Seth Rogen, Jeffrey Tambor, Jane Lynch, Sigourney Weaver and Bill Hader. (Read full review here.) (Opens wide today.) — tt stern-enzi (Rated R.) Grade: B-
LORD OF THE DANCE 3D — Irish-American step-dance guru Michael Flatley gets the 3-D treatment in this big-screen adaptation in which the Lord of Dance (Flatley) and the nefarious Dark Lord partake in a duel inspired by ancient Irish folklore. Marcus Viner directs this 3-D extravaganza, which will have only a one-week run in theaters. (Opens wide today.) — JG (Not Rated.) Not screened for review.