Recently reviewed films now showing in metro area theaters:

Charlie Wilson's War (R) Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Adam Sorkin deliver an almost too-brief adaptation of the book by George Crile. Party animal Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), teams with a socialite (Julia Roberts) and a secret agent (Philip Seymour Hoffman) to deliver weapons to Afghan rebels waging war with the Soviet Union in the '80s. 3 stars - Michael Clark

Juno (PG-13) Brilliant sophomore effort from director Jason Reitman ("Thank You for Smoking") starring Ellen Page as the title character, a pregnant, wise-beyond-her-years teen. Smartly avoiding any political or moral soap-boxing, rookie screenwriter Diablo Cody is able to balance ultra-hip and commercially sentimental dialogue without showing favor to either. 4 stars - MC

The Kite Runner (R) Even with its occasional lulls and storytelling hiccups, this adaptation of the controversial Khaled Hosseini novel set in Afghanistan is an ambitious tale of enlightenment, sacrifice, regret and redemption. Those who have read the book will have their qualms, but such is the case with virtually every adaptation of a lengthy, popular best-seller. 3 stars - MC

P.S. I Love You (PG-13) This truly putrid romantic comedy - a retread of "Ghost" - waffles between low-grade, sitcom-level guffaws and transparent, Hallmark-level emotional tugs at the heart. When not a maudlin downer, the filmmakers have lead Hilary Swank parade around in her underwear, sing off-key and yuck it up with gal pals Gina Gershon and Lisa Kudrow. 11/2 stars - MC

Starting out in the Evening (PG-13) With a title that is at once pretentious and non-descriptive, "Starting out in the Evening" is a stiff and staid low-budget drama with "Oscar hopeful" written all over it. Frank Langella stars as a has-been novelist whose routine and ego gets a boost when a comely grad student (Lauren Ambrose) makes him her thesis subject. 2 stars - MC

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R) Director Tim Burton's abbreviated adaptation of the macabre Steven Sondheim musical is near perfect. Johnny Depp plays the title character, a London barber bent on revenge with Helena Bonham Carter as his lustful partner in crime. Unapologetically gory and downbeat, it's the best thing to happen to musicals in decades. 31/2 stars - MC

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (R) In his first ever lead role, John C. Reilly stars as the fictitious title character, a Baby Boomer-era rock star. Written and produced by current King of Comedy Judd Apatow, the movie mercilessly skewers the traditional musical bio-pic, notably "Ray" and "Walk the Line," and more than earns its hard "R" rating. 3 stars - MC