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Mr. Moviefone reviews 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' 'Colombiana,' 'Our Idiot Brother'

08/26/2011 by 'Mr. Moviefone' Russ Leatherman

This week at the movies, a spooky mansion is no place for a little girl, there's an idiot in the family, and vengeance is personal in "Colombiana."

Zoe Saldana plays a young woman, who when she was 9 years old, watches as her family is murdered in front of her. Now, with revenge as her only motivation, she becomes a professional killer, and begins taking out those responsible.

The Reel Deal: Well it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer, but it's a lot more entertaining than it deserves to be. It's action-packed, and Saldana is a sexy, butt-kicking assassin, and frankly, we just don't get enough of those. I'm in.

Evil forces are at play in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."

From producer/writer Guillermo del Toro, a young girl moves into a gothic mansion with her father and his girlfriend. While exploring her new home, she hears voices in the basement.

Even though I was yelling, "Don't go into the basement!" she does it anyway and discovers horrible little goblins that feed on people and would like to make a meal of her teeth! Starring are Guy Pearce, Katie Holmes and Bailee Madison.

The Reel Deal: With some "Pan's Labyrinth" influence, even though the screenplay leaves the movie a little stranded at the end, "Dark" is a well-acted, creepy, stylish, horror fantasy that'll give fans their money's worth. I'm in.

There's one in every family, and Paul Rudd is "Our Idiot Brother."

Rudd plays a laid-back organic farmer who seems to step in you-know-what wherever he goes.

After his girlfriend dumps him and throws him off the farm, he shacks up with each of his sisters.

And while his unusually honest take on life causes more than a few problems in his sisters' lives, they realize that maybe being comfortably dumb might just be the smarter way to live.

The Reel Deal: Not the big, broad knee slapper the title might suggest, "Our Idiot Brother" is a smaller, more light-hearted indie comedy that, thanks to Rudd, will keep you smiling. I'm in.

In limited release, there's the horror movie "The Caller," in which a woman is terrorized by mysterious phone calls from the past.

And there's also the documentary "Chasing Madoff," about the decade-long investigation that exposed the now infamous Ponzi scheme.

For all your showtimes, tickets, my Six Second Reviews and so much more, go to America's favorite movie guide, Moviefone.com, or you can call 1-800-777-FILM. If you want to drop me a note it's MrMoviefone@aol.com or Facebook.com/mrmoviefone.

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