Robin Hood: Will he rob you of $10? A weekend movie guide

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Robin Hood: Anything to Crowe about?

You've got 10 bucks and two hours, and you don't want to waste any of it. We can help. Here's our guide to the best and worst movies this weekend.

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MAYBE: Robin Hood
Instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) preaches about "liberty" and the rights of Englishpersons bled dry by government greed. Stumbling across King Richard's corpse and the king's dying sidekick, Robert Loxley, Robin agrees to take the Loxley family sword back to papa Walter (Max Von Sydow) and Robert's headstrong widow, Marian (Cate Blanchett), in Nottingham, as a war with the French looms. (area theaters)
City Pages: "An old-fashioned adventure epic weighed down by overly simplistic, quasi-populist dialogue, it plays like a rousing love letter to the Tea Party movement. Robin Hood seeks to wow through assault: The soundtrack is loud, the pace is relentless, the battle scenes choreographed for total sensory disorientation."
Star Tribune: 3.5 stars Pioneer Press: 3 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 45% positive

SEE: Please Give
Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) stock their "vintage furniture" store with mid-20th-century pieces bought cheap from the distracted children of the recently dead. Now the couple has bought the apartment next door and is only waiting for its 91-year-old inhabitant (Ann Guilbert) to kick off, but they must also deal with the woman's two grown grandchildren, dutiful Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) and selfish Mary (Amanda Peet). (Uptown Theatre)
City Pages: "Nicole Holofcener's fourth feature is, for the most part, witty and engrossing."
Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 3.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 84% positive

MAYBE: The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Reviews are all over the map for the latest from popular Korean director Kim Ji-woon, in which three men--a ducktailed assassin, a rustic goofball, and an exquisitely complexioned dude--scramble for treasure in 1930s wartime Manchuria. (Lagoon Cinema)
City Pages: "A travesty of Sergio Leone's control of space, pacing, and storytelling."
Star Tribune: 4 stars Pioneer Press: 1.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 85% positive

FLEE: Harry Brown
Michael Caine is the titular pensioner who gets involved in a Prime Suspect-style murder mystery. When a good friend is killed, he turns Harry Brown into Dirty Harry and starts blowing away half the no-good youth of today.
City Pages: "Director Daniel Barber's lame hand-wringing about youthful alienation forms a thin veneer over the real purpose of this rubbish--to hold us hostage to his spurious depravity." (Lagoon Cinema)
Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 2 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 71% positive

FLEE: Just Wright
A romantic comedy (for the ladies) with basketball and cameoing NBA players (for the fellas). (area theaters)
City Pages: "Another movie, not as awful as this one, might one day find better use for the easygoing vibe between Queen Latifah and Common. That absolutely no chemistry exists between them is the first of many flaws."
Star Tribune: 1.5 stars Pioneer Press: 2.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 42% positive

FLEE: Letters to Juliet
A young fact-checker Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) engaged to a hunky restaurateur has ambitions to be a writer. On an Italian vacation, she meets an English widow (Vanessa Redgrave) and joins her to search for a lost love, only to find a love interest of her own in the widow's grandson, who takes far more interest in her writing than her fiancé. (area theaters)
City Pages: "Juliet's core messages--date boys who are cool with you having a career and don't settle. Gary Winick's flat direction does the material no favors."
Star Tribune: 1 star Pioneer Press: 2.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 38% positive

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