Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud ('Winged Migration') offer up a lot of pretty pictures; what they don't offer is something that feels like a movie. It generally doesn't feel as though 'Oceans' has any clear sense of purpose. Grade: C.
Co-written by Roman Polanski with political journalist Robert Harris, upon whose novel the film is based, 'The Ghost Writer' is full of plot holes yet still entices. Ewan McGregor plays an unnamed English writer who takes up a surprisingly dangerous job as a ghostwriter/autobiographer for Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), a former British prime minister accused of war crimes. Grade: B-.
Aside from some non-PG-rated emphasis on an abusive home life and a lot of underwhelming CGI, 'Percy Jackson' is a well-paced kids' action picture that flirts with Greek mythology to create its otherworldly spectacle. Unfortunately, director Chris Columbus takes a literal approach to spectacle that denies the magnificent use of weirdness and scale that famed stop-action animator Ray Harryhausen brought to such myth-inspired classics as 'Jason and the Argonauts' (1963). Grade: B-.