G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra
** ( 2 STARS)
Running time: 118 minutes
What it's about: Team leader Duke (Channing Tatum, above) and his elite force must save the world from metal hungry robots.
Our take: G.I. Joe may not be beefier, but it's cheesier and less aggravating than "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," the summer '09 headbanger it most resembles.
Julie & Julia
*** ( 3 STARS)
Running time: 123 minutes
Our take: Twinning Child's story with that of a contemporary blogger, Julie Powell (Amy Adams), makes for uneven but also wacky and engaging entertainment.
** ( 2 STARS)
Running time: 89 minutes
What it's about: A group of guinea pigs (including Tracy Morgan's Blaster, above) are transformed into superspies.
Our take: Loud and crass, this PG animated action picture has the vibe of a typical R-rated Jerry Bruckheimer headbanger.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
*** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS)
$ 273.8 million
Running time: 153 minutes
What it's about: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe, above) must persuade an eccentric potions professor to reveal one source of Voldemort's power.
Our take: As Harry enters the thick of adolescence, the filmmakers reward him with a movie that bubbles and pops with humor and feeling.
** 1/2 ( 2 1/2 STARS)
Running time: 146 minutes
What it's about: Adam Sandler (above) plays a comic much like himself who contracts leukemia and confronts the emptiness of his life.
Our take: It has a smattering of hearty laughs and a never-better Sandler, but it's as weepy and interminable as "Terms of Endearment."