GROWN UPS

Adam Sandler's movies will never be liked by critics. They are what they are. Will you like Grown Ups? Does Sandler make you laugh? If you said no, don't bother. If you said yes, you will enjoy it. With this cast it should have been funnier but I was still laughing. Biggest gripe? The movies takes itself a bit too seriously near the end. But who cares? I regressed and enjoyed Grown Ups. — Stormy Curry

PREDATORS

Ads tout the fact that Robert Rodriguez wrote the script for Predators. After seeing it, he probably should not be proud of that fact. The first half is pretty much a retelling of the first one. The middle has some cool fights but nothing we haven't seen before. The ending? You tell me. There isn't one. The film doesn't so much end as stop. It felt like they ran out of money or just gave up. What could have been an awesome series reboot ends up putting the final nail in the coffin of a franchise that used to be fresh, fun, and exciting. And I reiterate once again: Mr. Brody…fire your agent! — Stormy Curry

THE LOSERS

If only all movies could be as fun as The Losers. Jason Patric is the funniest evil guy in years and Jeffrey Dean Morgan continues to prove he should already be a superstar. And extra points to any movie that uses a Journey song not once, not twice, but THREE times. Most flicks wish they were half as cool as these Losers! — Stormy Curry

MAD MEN: SEASON 4, EPISODE 1

For three seasons, Don Draper has wrestled with an identity crisis. In the smashing ending to the first episode of Season Four, Don seems to once and for all embrace the fiction he's created — and his return to self-confidence, arrogance even, is what we want to see more of. Peggy, too, is growing a pair. And with just two words (“It'll pass.”) I fell in love with Christina Hendricks all over again. Still mad for MAD MEN. — Jeff Schultz

PREDATORS

Based on the title, I thought this would be about television executives. But these PREDATORS are monster hunters who look like only slightly evolved Creatures from the Black Lagoon. Midway or so through, Laurence Fishburne shows up for about ten minutes — and his wacky performance steals the show. But then it's back to explosions, battles, and iridescent green blood. A decent enough Saturday matinee. — Jeff Schultz

SALT

As I correctly guessed in advance the “surprise” ending, I prayed that SALT's writer would instead find something better than the trite twist he used. But some prayers go unanswered. Plus, the threat of global thermonuclear war between the U.S. and Russia is a pretty moldy concept in 2010 (and the movie takes place in present day). Much of it is nonstop chase with Perils of Pauline-style stunts, car chases and explosions. And Salt could have been played by any capable actress in good shape. Put it this way: the trailers were more memorable. — Jeff Schultz

INCEPTION

A movie is a dream. A fantasy created in the mind of the writer & director. What if someone planted that spark of an idea in your mind? That's the idea behind Christopher Nolan's excellent INCEPTION. With elements of Noir, Hitchcock, Bond-style action and caper-movie, Nolan has come up with a truly unique story that only he could make supremely entertaining. And only Nolan has the imagination to make it so visually stunning you can't pull your eyes away from the screen. The cast is outstanding with special nods to DiCaprio, Page & Cotillard. Zimmer's score adds to the tension. And for my money, it has one of the most memorable closing shots in movie history. So, in a summer of lousy sequels(Toy Story the exception) and cartoons, go for some entertainment for adults and dream a little dream with Christopher Nolan. — Alan Yudman

INCEPTION put me to sleep. The movie I looked forward to more than any other in years turns out to be a nearly impossible to follow, fuzzy, life-is-but-a-dream story disguising your standard tire-squealing, car-chasing, blow-it-all-up summer blockbuster. Was there ever a talkier megabucks CGIvaganza? Endless exchanges of psychobabble try to explain, but it’s lecture not rapture — especially since when the action finally comes, only 2 or 3 shots, maybe a sequence or two, can truly be called amazing. I’m sorry, but this film is a stiff. — Jeff Schultz

Christopher Nolan is a master at taking a typical story and turning it on its head. Memento, Dark Knight, and now Inception. He takes his time establishing this world with all rules…building it then tearing it down. Part Matrix, part Ocean’s 11, with a dash of Shutter Island, bottom line: I loved it. I love it when I can’t predict where a movie will go and love the surprise when one does just that. Inception had a lot of hype to live up to and I think it met it. Movies like this are what make me excited to see movies. Typical ingredients mixed in an original way by a cook who knows what its like to eat the same thing over and over again. A tasty and creative dish served by Chef Nolan. — Stormy Curry

SPLICE

A horror movie without thrills. A drama that is too hokey to be taken seriously. A creature that is lame. Any way you SPLICE it, this movie is terrible. And Adrien Brody is a couple more movies from becoming the next Lorenzo Lamas…he needs to fire his agent! — Stormy Curry

HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

Nothing cooler than HOT Tub Time Machine! This go for it R rated comedy never takes itself seriously and has a pitch perfect cast that keeps it moving. It feels longer than an hour and a half but that's only because it is so jam packed with jokes…you can't keep up! As cool as a Members Only jacket…in the 80's! — Stormy Curry