Scream 4

Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette | R |

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They could have titled this one Scream: We All Have Cell Phones Now. Technology has come a long way in the 11 years since the last installment-this time, the villain who calls before he kills makes a mobile ringtone sound as ominous as a jingling landline. Woodsboro's teens even have a Ghostface app that gives them that distinctive gravelly tone. But, in horror movies as in life, technology doesn't always make things better. Sidney (Campbell) is now an author, returning home on her book tour and meeting up with her teenage niece (Emma Roberts)-perfect timing for a new killer to stage a murder spree. This Scream is a lot bloodier than the last three, and while horror fans will enjoy the twisted ride, 4 could use more of that in-on-the-joke comedy that made the original great.


Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez | G |

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At the end of what has felt like the longest winter ever, it's a relief to take a cinematic journey to sunny Brazil, complete with bumping samba music and a visit to Carnival. When Blu (Eisenberg in Mark Zuckerberg mode but more cuddly) is taken from Minnesota to meet the world's only other blue macaw, free-spirited Jewel (Hathaway), in Rio, they must work together with their feathered friends (Lopez, Jamie Foxx and to escape bird smugglers. The characters could use more depth, and the film just glosses over the environmental issues it brings up, but Tracy Morgan's take on an attention-loving bulldog is hilarious, and kids and adults will be dazzled by the 3-D aerial acrobatics.

The Conspirator

James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline | PG-13 |

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The shotgun military trial of Mary Surratt (Wright), owner of the boarding house where the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln was hatched, is fascinating history but here makes for plodding drama. By hewing to the historical record, director Robert Redford limits the screen time of his film's chief asset: Wright's searing, unapologetic performance. Even in this starring role, she's criminally underutilized.

Poor Neve Campbell. She's been chased by the masked slasher so often that at times she almost looks a little bored. But Cox reprises her role with all the gusto that a Scream movie deserves, playing wannabe detective Gale Weathers a bit older, a bit snarkier, and with a charming, Monica Geller-like zeal.


The Soul Surfer star (whose mom is actress Rebecca Broussard, 48) and her pop golf together. "When I was little, we lived on a canyon and we used to drive balls into it. Our dog would fetch them."


"I still have a scar on my knee from the board stabbing me in the leg. It was intense."


Off-set, she's an undergrad at Brown. "My dad came and spoke once, which was crazy. Everybody is embarrassed of their parents but imagine your parent addressing the entire student body!"

He's been called the quintessential New York director, but Sidney Lumet, who died of lymphoma at age 86 on April 9, was proudest of how he worked with actors. "He brought out the best in me and everyone around him," says Treat Williams, who starred in 1981's Prince of the City. "He was the general you would go into battle for." His directing career spanned more than 50 years and 40 films, tough, street-smart gems like 1957's 12 Angry Men, 1975's Dog Day Afternoon, 1976's Network and 1982's The Verdict. He did it with a combination of swagger and humility characteristic of the city he observed so well. "Growing up Jewish-I lived in every borough but Staten Island-if I walked a few blocks one way or another into another neighborhood, I got beat up," he told New York in 2007. "So you learn to pay attention." When it comes to his indelible work, film lovers would be wise to follow suit.