Alice in Wonderland

Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway | PG |

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REVIEWED BY ALYNDA WHEAT

FANTASY

"You were much more muchier. You've lost your muchness," says the Mad Hatter (Depp) when he reunites with his pal Alice. He has a point. Tim Burton's artsy take on Lewis Carroll's classic sends a grown Alice (Wasikowska) back to what the director has redubbed "Underland." There, she must overthrow the tyrannical Red Queen (a delightfully bombastic Bonham Carter). From there, as Alice would say, things get curiouser and curiouser. Too bad this trip down the rabbit hole looks so murky and feels so dull. That and some violence-no fewer than three characters get their eyes gouged-make it all a bit much for little ones. Wasikowska is a pleasant if unremarkable Alice. But it's Depp, a Burton favorite, who steals the show as a sweetly psychotic Hatter. By turns heartbreaking and scary, he provides the inspired lunacy the rest of the film needs.

Brooklyn's Finest

Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes |

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REVIEWED BY RENNIE DYBALL

DRAMA

Sometimes a movie bites off more than it can chew. Such is the case in this tale of three troubled cops: a burned-out veteran (Gere), a family man with questionable morals (Hawke) and an undercover officer who wants out (Cheadle). Each bears his personal burden like a badge in this film from Antoine Fuqua, who directed the superior 2001 cop drama Training Day, also costarring Hawke. Finest features moments of searing tension and some strong performances-Hawke does twitchy and tortured particularly well-but there's too much going on for a viewer to invest in any of them. As the shootout-heavy Finest rumbles on for two-plus hours, the end result is just a bloody mess.

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61%

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THE SIXTH SENSE

Haley Joel Osment saw dead people; the gotta-see-this-again ending takes the title of best twist ever.

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RUNNER-UP

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Who is Keyzer Soze? The answer was a jaw-dropper.

15% FIGHT CLUB

4% THE CRYING GAME

3% PRESUMED INNOCENT

>• Now onscreen as a burglar nabbed by Bruce Willis in Cop Out, the actor, 33, looks for comedy, chemistry and a whole lotta action when it comes to his fave police flicks of all time.

BAD BOYS (1995)

Those guys were so funny together, and it was so physical. They just don't go along with police protocol, and it's hilarious. Will Smith is the man.

MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)

Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro. De Niro plays an ex-cop who has to bring Grodin in, and it's a great combination of action, dialogue and comedy.

DIE HARD (1988)

You have Bruce Willis playing a guy who is a human being, not Superman. He'll get beat up, walk on glass and get back up. He's every kid's hero.

LETHAL WEAPON (1987)

Mel Gibson's performance and his chemistry with Danny Glover were incredible. It was R-rated, violent, funny, and the action was gnarly.

DIRTY HARRY (1971)

Clint Eastwood, come on! He is just so awesome. "Go ahead, make my day." Dirty Harry is badass.

>UP IN THE AIR

It's a Best Picture face-off! In this corner: George Clooney, charming as a corporate downsizer who slowly starts to realize what's missing from his life....

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... And in this corner: Gabourey Sidibe, riveting as an abused, pregnant teen who slowly starts to stand up for herself. For audiences, it's a win-win.

>• Director Elia Kazan's granddaughter stars in the drama The Exploding Girl.

SHE'S PRACTICAL

With no dressing room on the indie film, "I'd find a Starbucks and ask, 'Could we use your bathroom?'" says Kazan, 26.

SHE'S GUTSY

Before playing Meryl Streep's daughter in It's Complicated, she did a sex scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road. "He gave me a big hug and said I was very brave."

SHE'S HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY

Elia Kazan directed the classic On the Waterfront, but "to me, he was just Grandpa."

>• Off with her head! Helena Bonham Carter explains how she transformed into Alice in Wonderland's evil Red Queen.

The first thing director Tim Burton told wife Helena Bonham Carter about her role as the Red Queen in his Alice adaptation? "He said, 'We're going to make your head big, but you'll have a tiny waist." From there, Burton took the concept sketch (above left) and handed it to famed costume designer Colleen Atwood (sketch above right). "Colleen's a genius," says Bonham Carter. "I even have hearts on the base of my feet!" The best part was having a computer-animated body. "I could stuff my face," says the actress, "and it didn't matter."

>Shutter Island's shocker made us ask: What's your fave movie twist?

People.com POLL

61%

WINNER!

THE SIXTH SENSE

Haley Joel Osment saw dead people; the gotta-see-this-again ending takes the title of best twist ever.

17%

RUNNER-UP

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Who is Keyzer Söze? The answer was a jaw-dropper.

15% FIGHT CLUB

4% THE CRYING GAME

3% PRESUMED INNOCENT

>• Now onscreen as a burglar nabbed by Bruce Willis in Cop Out, the actor, 33, looks for comedy, chemistry and a whole lotta action when it comes to his fave police flicks of all time.

BAD BOYS (1995)

Those guys were so funny together, and it was so physical. They just don't go along with police protocol, and it's hilarious. Will Smith is the man.

MIDNIGHT RUN (1988)

Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro. De Niro plays an ex-cop who has to bring Grodin in, and it's a great combination of action, dialogue and comedy.

DIE HARD (1988)

You have Bruce Willis playing a guy who is a human being, not Superman. He'll get beat up, walk on glass and get back up. He's every kid's hero.

LETHAL WEAPON (1987)

Mel Gibson's performance and his chemistry with Danny Glover were incredible. It was R-rated, violent, funny, and the action was gnarly.

DIRTY HARRY (1971)

Clint Eastwood, come on! He is just so awesome. "Go ahead, make my day." Dirty Harry is badass.

>UP IN THE AIR

It's a Best Picture face-off! In this corner: George Clooney, charming as a corporate downsizer who slowly starts to realize what's missing from his life....

PRECIOUS

... And in this corner: Gabourey Sidibe, riveting as an abused, pregnant teen who slowly starts to stand up for herself. For audiences, it's a win-win.

>• Director Elia Kazan's granddaughter stars in the drama The Exploding Girl.

SHE'S PRACTICAL

With no dressing room on the indie film, "I'd find a Starbucks and ask, 'Could we use your bathroom?'" says Kazan, 26.

SHE'S GUTSY

Before playing Meryl Streep's daughter in It's Complicated, she did a sex scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road. "He gave me a big hug and said I was very brave."

SHE'S HOLLYWOOD ROYALTY

Elia Kazan directed the classic On the Waterfront, but "to me, he was just Grandpa."

>• Off with her head! Helena Bonham Carter explains how she transformed into Alice in Wonderland's evil Red Queen.

The first thing director Tim Burton told wife Helena Bonham Carter about her role as the Red Queen in his Alice adaptation? "He said, 'We're going to make your head big, but you'll have a tiny waist." From there, Burton took the concept sketch (above left) and handed it to famed costume designer Colleen Atwood (sketch above right). "Colleen's a genius," says Bonham Carter. "I even have hearts on the base of my feet!" The best part was having a computer-animated body. "I could stuff my face," says the actress, "and it didn't matter."