On video soon: 'Funny Story' plays out in mental hospital

Feb 3 2011 - 7:04pm

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Capsule reviews, by Standard-Examiner movie critic Steve Salles, of next Tuesday's releases:

IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY ** 1/2 (PG-13) Mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language. A troubled teen (Keir Gilchrist) with thoughts of suicide checks himself into a mental hospital for observation and observes how tough it really can be. Lots of friendly patients help him put it all in perspective -- and then they dance. Zach Galifianakis, Jeremy Davies, Emma Roberts and Lauren Graham also star. 91 minutes.

WILD TARGET ** (PG-13) Violence, some sexual content and brief strong language. Here's yet another promising premise featuring a stellar cast that dwindles down to near boredom. How do you ruin a dark comedy that features Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Rupert Grint? Just like this. 98 minutes.

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Also being released:

I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (Not rated) The survivor of a vicious gang rape turns the tables on her attackers in this remake of the notorious 1978 horror classic. 107 minutes.

MY SOUL TO TAKE (R) Strong bloody violence, and pervasive language including sexual references. In this horror film by Wes Craven, a serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk the seven children born the night he supposedly died. 107 minutes.

ONG BAK 3 (R) Graphic violence. Beginning the very moment that its predecessor left off, this supernaturally charged sequel finds Tien forced to do battle with his most dangerous opponent yet. 94 minutes.

THE ROMANTICS (PG-13) Brief nudity, sexual situations, profanity, drug content. Wedding bells are bringing together a group of old friends as well as reawakening some old rivalries in this comedy drama. Katie Holmes, John Duhamel, Anna Paquin and Adam Brody star. 95 minutes.

TAMARA DREWE (R) Profanity, sexual situations. This comedy drama is about an ugly duckling who's followed by a handful of suitors after maturing into a sexy swan. 111 minutes.

Steve Salles can be reached at films@standard.net.

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