Robin Hood

Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett | PG-13 |

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DRAMA

Rather than tell the tale of the world's favorite outlaw yet again, director Ridley Scott decided to delve into his origins-Robin before he became a hood. But Scott probably didn't intend to accomplish that by remaking Braveheart. The story: English archer Robin Longstride steals the identity of a slain knight, only to be asked by the man's family to keep up the ruse-even as he falls for the widow, 13th-century proto-feminist Marion (Blanchett). This is the movie at its best, with Crowe and Blanchett circling each other like Tracy and Hepburn. Pity that they have to fight for attention with a thicket of palace intrigue as feckless King John (Oscar Isaac) takes the throne. Though Eileen Atkins and William Hurt are terrific as royal insiders, the politics get so heavy-with the nobles demanding rights, the king crushing revolt and the people idolizing Robin-that the movie reminds us all too much of a certain blue-faced Scot. A tad more levity and romance would've hit the target.

Letters to Juliet

Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael Garcia Bernal | PG |

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GENRE

Aspiring writer Sophie (Seyfried) is intrigued by notes written by the lovelorn to Shakespeare's Juliet. When she finds a 50-year-old letter from Claire (Redgrave), she senses a story-especially once Claire arrives in Italy with her stiff grandson (Christopher Egan) to find her lost love, Lorenzo. Their quest, meeting dozens of Lorenzos, is funny, sweet and captivating. Sure, it's also cheesy and predictable, but everyone from Redgrave to Sophie's neglectful fiance (Garcia Bernal) is so charming, all is (almost) forgiven.

Just Wright

Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton | PG |

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Women of color, over 30, or with jiggly bits rarely find themselves on movie screens-particularly if they're all three. Which makes Wright a welcome rarity; a rom-com that addresses society's disregard of such women while giving it the steel-toed kick it deserves. Latifah stars as Leslie, a physical therapist who falls for NBA player Scott (Common) when he hurts his knee and his gold-digger fiancee (Patton) walks out. Their romance is well-earned, with Latifah shining and Common gaining facility as an actor scene by scene. Wright isn't perfect, but Leslie's rise is so joyous, who cares?

>From the arrows to the tights, a brief look at Robins in the 'hood:

KEVIN COSTNER IN ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)

Stiff Robin, but the arrow-cam? Way cool.

CARY ELWES IN ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)

Elwes cannily spoofed Costner's woeful British accent.

ERROL FLYNN IN THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)

An oldie, but Flynn's Rob is still the gold standard.

>• Director Lee Unkrich dishes on some notable newbies in Toy Story 3 (out June 18).

KEN

Voice: Michael Keaton "His outfit is from the '80s Ken doll, Animal Lovin' Ken. He's highly metrosexual."

MR. PRICKLEPANTS

Voice: Timothy Dalton "He thinks he's a serious actor surrounded by amateurs."

LOTS-O'-HUGGIN' BEAR

Voice: Ned Beatty "He's warm, grandfatherly and has Southern charm."

PEAS-IN-A-POD

"They're like three kids arguing in the backseat of a car."

>1 YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE HE'S BACK

Rourke's Oscar-nominated return in The Wrestler was no fluke. As Iron Man 2's bad guy, he's menacing and focused—a deadly combo.

2 HE MAKES SCIENCE SEXY

Villain Ivan Vanko may be a physicist, but he has badass prison tats and a mountain of muscle, making him the hottest geek this side of Siberia.

3 HE'S A HAM

With his entertaining Russian accent, greasy locks and electric whips, there's no scene Rourke can't steal.

>• The rapper--actor, 38, plays a debonair NBA star in Just Wright.

YOU ROMANCE PAL QUEEN LATIFAH IN THE FILM

"It was just a matter of us saying, 'Hey, I got you.' I told her I had her on these love scenes."

HOW DO YOU FARE IN TENNIS GAMES WITH GIRLFRIEND SERENA WILLIAMS?

"My skills are not good. She has hit me with the ball, and man, that's a sting! That ball comes fast."

CAN SHE BEAT YOU AT B-BALL?

"Nah, she can beat me in tennis, but in any other sport, I will defeat her."

>From the arrows to the tights, a brief look at Robins in the 'hood:

KEVIN COSTNER IN ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES (1991)

Stiff Robin, but the arrow-cam? Way cool.

CARY ELWES IN ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS (1993)

Elwes cannily spoofed Costner's woeful British accent.

ERROL FLYNN IN THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938)

An oldie, but Flynn's Rob is still the gold standard.

>• Director Lee Unkrich dishes on some notable newbies in Toy Story 3 (out June 18).

KEN

Voice: Michael Keaton "His outfit is from the '80s Ken doll, Animal Lovin' Ken. He's highly metrosexual."

MR. PRICKLEPANTS

Voice: Timothy Dalton "He thinks he's a serious actor surrounded by amateurs."

LOTS-O'-HUGGIN' BEAR

Voice: Ned Beatty "He's warm, grandfatherly and has Southern charm."

PEAS-IN-A-POD

"They're like three kids arguing in the backseat of a car."

>1 YOU'D BETTER BELIEVE HE'S BACK

Rourke's Oscar-nominated return in The Wrestler was no fluke. As Iron Man 2's bad guy, he's menacing and focused—a deadly combo.

2 HE MAKES SCIENCE SEXY

Villain Ivan Vanko may be a physicist, but he has badass prison tats and a mountain of muscle, making him the hottest geek this side of Siberia.

3 HE'S A HAM

With his entertaining Russian accent, greasy locks and electric whips, there's no scene Rourke can't steal.

>• The rapper--actor, 38, plays a debonair NBA star in Just Wright.

YOU ROMANCE PAL QUEEN LATIFAH IN THE FILM

"It was just a matter of us saying, 'Hey, I got you.' I told her I had her on these love scenes."

HOW DO YOU FARE IN TENNIS GAMES WITH GIRLFRIEND SERENA WILLIAMS?

"My skills are not good. She has hit me with the ball, and man, that's a sting! That ball comes fast."

CAN SHE BEAT YOU AT B-BALL?

"Nah, she can beat me in tennis, but in any other sport, I will defeat her."