Films Review May

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (PG-13)

I like when director Steven Spielberg is in a frisky mood, and “Catch Me If You Can” is as frisky as they come. After pummeling us with the high octane “Minority Report,” Spielberg returns with this fanciful period piece starring Leonardo DiCaprio as infamous con man Frank Abagnale Jr., a cocky 16-year-old who impersonated a pilot, doctor, high school teacher and assistant attorney general while on the run from FBI agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks).


This light and breezy cat and mouse chase, set in the mid 1960s, is dotted with nostalgic landscapes and icons. DiCaprio and Hanks make terrific adversaries, while Christopher Walken shines as Frank’s father. Slick and entertaining, Spielberg asks nothing more of us than to come along for the ride. Request granted. (DreamWorks)

THE EMPEROR’S CLUB (PG-13)

(Universal)

EXTREME OPS (PG-13)

In “Extreme Ops,” a team of extreme sports enthusiasts have been hired by a commercial director to outrun an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. You know “Extreme Ops” is a bad film when you root for the avalanche. Good for a few unintentional laughs, “Extreme Ops” was obviously made for the “XXX” crowd, people who enjoy mindless action without the benefit of decent acting, writing, and direction. I suspect that even fans of “XXX” will give this low-rent entry a pass. Theaters showing “Extreme Ops” shouldn’t have any problem with people sneaking in. Keeping them from walking out is another thing. Click on title for complete review. (Paramount)

THE PILOT’S WIFE (PG-13)

(Lion’s Gate)

THE UNSAID (R)

(Universal)

THE WAY HOME (PG)

(Paramount)



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