'Alice in Wonderland,' 'The Woflman'

Alice in Wonderland
It's a new Tim Burton movie! It's based on a classic fairy tale about a "bizarre dream world"! Johnny Depp is The Mad Hatter! It's in 3D (albeit the afterthought kind)! What could possibly go wrong? "There's so much going on, it's almost impossible for the human eye to keep up," wrote our own Jenni Miller in her review. "And as wondrous as the talking animals are, as fabulous as the costumes are, as huge as the Red Queen's head is, it's nothing but a house of cards." (Psst - that's not a good thing.) I suspect there's still a strong curiosity factor here, especially for the Blu-ray version, so may I suggest: Rent it.

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The Wolfman
It's a revival of a classic character from the Universal vault! It's got Benicio del Toro as a guy who turns into a wolf! It's got the handsome Anthony Hopkins and the beautiful Emily Blunt! What could possibly go wrong? "It's the kind of relentlessly-paced junk that moves so fast and looks so cool that you barely have any time to process how empty it all is before the end credits roll," sighed Cinematical's John Gholson. (You already know that's not a good thing.) Both the theatrical and unrated director's cut are included on DVD and Blu-ray versions. Todd Gilchrist got an early look at the unrated director's cut on Blu-ray, which he says only marginally improves on a film he hated. Skip it.

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Also out: Wild Things: Foursome (if you must), The Stranger (the Steve Austin version).
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