Following Dexter is Showtime newcomer Ray Donovan (10
p.m. Sundays), starring Liev Schreiber as a man with a messy job — one
we’ve seen before. But that familiarity doesn’t make it any less
Director Philip Noyce keeps the action red hot for a laughably implausible espionage story about Angelina Jolie's Russian double-spy character Evelyn Salt. It seems like the producers want to pursue 'Salt' as a female Jason Bourne-type franchise if Jolie's star power is strong enough to warrant it, but the screenwriter might want to work on things like intention, subplots and tone. Grade: B-.
Ang Lee's clumsy adaptation of Elliot Tibers and Tom Monte's book 'Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Lift' can't decide if it wants to be a comedy, a drama or merely a slice-of-life reflection on a small-town community transformed by a cultural happening in 1969. There are flashes of inspiration here, but nothing to sustain a feature film's worth of narrative import. Grade: C.
'Wolverine' arrives at an interesting moment in the history of the comic-book blockbuster. 'The Dark Knight' raised the stakes with its quagmire of moral complexity, and the filmmakers here seem to be trying to learn some of its lessons. But after 107 minutes, it doesn't appear that they learned enough of them. Grade: C.
Director Edward Zwick tells the true story of the Bielski brothers (Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber), who escaped the Holocaust by forming a Jewish partisan force, a displaced community that included civilian refugees, in the woods in what now is Belarus. They not only survived but also proved effective fighters against both the invading Nazis and their local collaborators. Grade: B-.