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Posted 6/2/2010

CHARADE Know what's wrong with Stanley Donen's 1963 mystery thriller? Nothing. Cary Grant plays the most suave man ever to put on a suit who wants to assist Audrey Hepburn, the most beautiful woman to spend 113 minutes in Givenchy, from a band of possibly lethal disgruntled malcontents that includes Walter Matthau, George Kennedy, and James Coburn. The plot is twisty if Hitchcock-lite, but this breezy, star-studded affair remains one of the most satisfying delivery systems of Technicolor Hollywood make-believe. How do you shave in there? At the Village of Cross Keys June 5 at dusk.

GET HIM TO THE GREEK Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller pairs Russell Brand with Jonah Hill in this adventure comedy about a music label underling (Hill) who has to get a bad-boy rock star (Brand) to a concert in Los Angeles. Opens June 4.

KILLERS Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher play a pair of newlyweds who think their neighbors could be assassins trying to kill them in this comedy from director Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth). Opens June 4.

MARMADUKE Brad Anderson's long-running comic about the titular Great Dane gets the big-screen family friendly treatment. Shudder. Opens June 4.

MONSTERS VS. ALIENS The title pretty much tells you what to expect from this 2009 DreamWorks Animation SKG product, even if the actual movie only partly lives up to that hype. An irradiated asteroid lands on a bride-to-be Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon), turning her into a svelte but somehow curvy 49-feet-11-inches tall. That number is key, since it makes clear she's not the 50-Foot Woman who attacked movie theaters back in 1958--the era of sci-fi flicks the movie plays with. Such '50s and '60s B-movie homages play well to cinephiles, but will be lost on younger audiences, and the movie never lives up to the second part of its title, as one lone alien threatens Earth, forcing Susan to team up with some other government-housed monsters to save the planet. (Cole Haddon) At the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium June 5 at 2 p.m.

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