Green Zone

Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Jason Isaacs | R |



Matt Damon is like a fine timepiece, isn’t he? Reliable, precise and always nice to look at. In this latest turn, he ably tackles the role of idealist soldier Roy Miller in 2003 Iraq, tracking the rumored weapons of mass destruction. It’s an interesting, fun ride but lacks the textured core of this year’s Best Picture, The Hurt Locker, which transcended the ranks by delving into the psyche of a soldier. At times this film plays like Jason Bourne in Iraq (director Paul Greengrass also helmed two Bourne movies), especially as it concludes with night-vision cameras and dodged gunshots. A piece of advice to go with your popcorn: Snag a seat toward the rear of the theater. The jerky, like-you’re-right-there camera work is better tolerated from a distance.

Remember Me

Robert Pattinson, Emilie De Ravin, Chris Cooper | PG-13 |



Remember Me starts with a murder, ends with a crime against humanity (no, really) and is filled with rage and deception. Did we mention it’s a love story? Twilight vamp Pattinson ditches the bloodlust, instead toggling between inert and berserk as Tyler, an aimless brooder who dates Ally (Lost’s De Ravin, playing it sweet) to get back at her cop dad (Cooper) for arresting him. Like Tyler, Ally is mourning a close relative, creating a sad foundation for love-but a foundation nonetheless, which might’ve made for a nice ending. Instead, the tacked-on conclusion is so egregious I’m issuing a warning: Emotional manipulation may leave viewers feeling used.