Fast & Furious
** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS)
Running time: 107 minutes
What it's about: Fast & Furious is a stripped-down version of The Fast and The Furious, the first movie in this demolition derby of a franchise.
Our take: The combination of relentless fuel-injected stunts and the equally relentless Vin Diesel (above) turns pummeling.
Monsters vs. Aliens
* 1/2 ( 1 1/2 STARS)
Running time: 94 minutes
What it's about: A group of Earth monsters - slapstick versions of the 50-Foot Woman, the Fly (here, Dr. Cockroach), the Blob, the Missing Link and Mothra (here, Insectosaurus) - battle the evil alien Gallaxhar.
Our take: The 3-D will pop your eyes without tickling your funny bone.
The Haunting in Connecticut
** ( 2 STARS)
Running time: 92 minutes
What it's about: A family moves into a house that had been a mortuary so that mother Sara (Virginia Madsen, above) and older son (Kyle Gallner) can be closer to the hospital where he receives experimental care.
Our take: You have to be willing to take a lot of punishment for a few good scares.
** ( 2 STARS)
Running time: 121 minutes
What it's about: Nicolas Cage (above) plays an MIT professor who discerns a pattern of disasters in a coded letter from a time capsule and must strive to save his young son - and possibly the world.
Our take: It makes you feel as if you're witnessing That '70s Movie: The Doomsday Edition.
I Love You, Man
*** ( 3 STARS)
Running time: 105 minutes
Our take: It's just a slick big-screen sitcom, but the casting couldn't be better.