October 04, 2010 12:00 PM

>CATFISH

Don’t let anyone spoil Catfish for you. Just know that it’s a stunning documentary featuring photographer Nev, a girl he meets online who paints vivid pictures of Nev’s photos, and her big sister, with whom Nev makes an indelible virtual connection. Even in a year of brilliant docs, Catfish is a standout. (PG-13) []

LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA’HOOLE

A lush, 3-D telling of an epic battle between good and evil, this awkwardly titled animated movie plays like a Star Wars of the owls and is that film’s equal in terms of thrills, inventiveness and just plain fun. (PG) []

—Reviewed by Oliver Jones

BURIED

Claustrophobic and taut, Buried traps viewers with Paul (Ryan Reynolds) under the Iraqi desert with a lighter, a flask and a cell phone. Spots of humor keep the mounting tension from becoming unbearable. (R) []

IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY

Stressed teen Craig (Keir Gilchrist) checks into a mental ward not realizing he’ll have to bunk with adult patients. His friendship with a suicidal dad (Zach Galifianakis, playing it mostly straight) buoys an uneven, predictable plot. (PG-13) []

YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER

Woody Allen amuses but isn’t at his best in this yarn about untangling relationships that ends with too many frayed bits. Gemma Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto and Josh Brolin star. (R) []

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