White House Down: There may be better cinematic art in 2013, but for a good time at the movies, it's hard to imagine anything beating this action extravaganza about a very Obama-like president (Jamie Foxx) fighting off an invasion by right-wing psychos with the help of a Capitol police officer (Channing Tatum). Rated PG-13. 137 minutes.
- Mick LaSalle
20 Feet From Stardom This film festival favorite about background singers is meant to right a few wrongs in the music industry and offer a window into the lives of some hard-charging entertainers. Depth is not a strength of the film, and some difficult questions are avoided. Most viewers will still leave humming a song. Rated PG-13. 90 minutes.
- Peter Hartlaub
The Heat The inspired pairing of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy makes for a successful action comedy, with the women teaming up to find a drug kingpin in Boston. Rated R. 117 minutes.
- Mick LaSalle
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