Georgie Henley, left, William Moseley, Ben Barnes, Anna Popplewell and Skandar Keynes star in ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.’
Capsule reviews of continuing films follow. (Reviews of new movies appear first in expanded format, then as capsules until the movie closes locally.)
21 — The MIT brainiacs of this gambling romp are smart enough to count cards and make a fortune at the blackjack table yet dumb enough to fall into grubby plot holes a C-minus Statistics 101 student would have seen coming. It’s a morality play preaching sophomoric ethics. PG-13 for some violence, and sexual content including partial nudity. 118 minutes.
BABY MAMA — Mommy culture seems ripe for parody, but this pregnancy comedy, starring Tina Fey as a 37-year-old baby-desperate, control-freak executive and Amy Poehler as her immature, junk-food-eating, Red Bull-guzzling surrogate, approaches it with kid gloves. It certainly has its zingers and enough scattered laughs to keep it bopping along — until its ooey-gooey conclusion in which every conflict works out way too neatly. PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and a drug reference. 98 minutes.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN — More is more in this follow-up to the 2005 fantasy hit “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and adaptation of the second book in C.S. Lewis’ series. It’s been a year since the Pevensie children left Narnia and returned to school during World War II-era London, but 1,300 years have passed in the magical land they once ruled. They’re accidentally summoned back there by Prince Caspian, whose life is threatened by his power-hungry uncle, Lord Miraz. The kids must band together with Caspian and the chatty, furry creatures of Narnia to fight Miraz and his massive army and restore the throne to its rightful heir. This “Narnia” is strictly for tweens and older with its palace intrigue and protracted battle scenes, and some parts may be too frightening for little ones. PG for epic battle action and violence. 137 minutes.
FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL — Another crowd-pleasing Judd Apatow comedy, this has Jason Segel, co-star of “Knocked Up” and the CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” who settles comfortably into his first screenplay and first leading role as a big, likable puppy dog who gets dumped by his glamorous TV-star girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). Then there’s Russell Brand, a British comic, who absolutely runs away with the show. R for sexual content, language and some graphic nudity. 111 minutes.
HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY — Now our twosome is wily as Bugs Bunny while about to bust out of the U.S. military’s main boarding house for terrorism suspects. The sequel fits the fitfully funny, too-stupid-to-live pattern of 2004’s “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” and the escape features encounters with partying Klansmen, President Bush and, of course, Neil Patrick Harris, a randy, doped-up version of himself. R for strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language and drug use. 102 miutes.
IRON MAN — Much of the allure comes from the fact that we are indeed talking about a real man who has lived a life and made mistakes and experienced regret — not some scrawny, teenage boy who received his superhero powers through a bite from a radioactive spider. No offense to Spidey, but there’s just something more relatable about Tony Stark, even though he’s a staggeringly wealthy and arrogant playboy. In the hands of Robert Downey Jr., he’s absolutely riveting. PG-13 for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence and brief suggestive content. 126 minutes.
MADE OF HONOR — It’s pretty much a remake of a movie you’ve already seen: 1997’s “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” The only difference is a reversal in gender roles — so daring! Patrick Dempsey plays the one who realizes he’s in love with his best friend (Michelle Monaghan), and when she announces she’s getting married, he tries to undermine the wedding from the inside. Because, you see, she’s asked him to be her “maid of honor.” The title is a pun, get it? PG-13 for sexual content and language. 101 minutes.
SPEED RACER — In adapting the 1960s Japanese anime television series, writer-directors Larry and Andy Wachowski have created a noisy, overlong, mind-numbing extravaganza that seems tailor-made for nobody but themselves and their twisted sensibilities. At two hours and 15 minutes, it’s way too long for little kids, the only ones for whom this explosion at a crayon factory would seem even vaguely entertaining. Adults seeking childhood nostalgia will just be disappointed, because the movie bears little resemblance to the TV cartoon. Even racing fans will have trouble following the races, because they’re edited in such a way that it’s impossible to tell who’s in the lead, who’s gaining and where the finish line is (not to mention that the Wachowskis have obliterated the laws of gravity and physics.) PG for sequences of action, some violence, language and brief smoking. 135 minutes.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS — You already know what happens in Vegas. You’ve undoubtedly seen the ubiquitous commercials in which Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher bicker and beat each other black and blue but secretly seethe with lust. And you already know they’ll end up falling for each other. Director Tom Vaughan’s film strives to harken to those classic screwball comedies of yore while including the kind of gross-out humor that has, unfortunately, become de rigueur for modern-day incarnations of the genre. What happens in “Vegas” is exactly would you expect: formulaic, slapsticky, silly and loud, until it goes all gooey in the end. PG-13 for some sexual and crude content, and language, including a drug reference. 98 minutes.