Larry David, of 'Seinfeld' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' fame, is an acquired taste I no doubt won't ever wholly embrace. That being said, I had far less difficulty than you might imagine giving Woody Allen's latest film, 'Whatever Works,' the benefit of the doubt despite the presence of David as Boris Yellnikoff, a pompous boor. Grade: B-.
The workmanlike narrative, for all its good lessons, can't compensate for the unremarkable 3-D effects, which barely rise to the level of the best 2-D has to offer. This 'Battle' is a visual fizzle that needed to sizzle in the pre-summer warm-up. Grade: C-.