Despite its stacked deck of a cast, "Runner Runner" adds up to little more than a charmless, paint-by-numbers thriller unlikely to escape the forces of "Gravity" in its early October release.
Like the high-fructose-laced soda given front-and-center product placement, this underdog sports story is sweet and corny, but in just the right measure to satisfy the masses.
Best enjoyed by admiring the explosions and silliness without dwelling on the skeletal plot.
"Up in the Air" and "Precious" were tops among Florida crix, who handed out their annual Florida Film Critics Circle awards to their top picks of 2009.
Cameron creates another world entirely in "Avatar" and it's very much a place worth visiting.
"Smokin' Aces" blows some cool smoke rings until it makes the very un-cool mistake of overstaying its welcome. Style and attitude, pegged to a baroque plot concerning an FBI plan to snare a key mob…