Recently reviewed films now playing in metro area theaters:

· Iron Man (PG-13) Unlikely leading man Robert Downey Jr. and director Jon Favreau deliver the ultimate thinking person's popcorn movie that took in more than $100 million on opening weekend. Sharp, witty, supremely well-acted and just slightly overlong, the comic-book adaptation has set an early quality high bar for the summer competition that will be tough to surpass. 3 stars - Michael Clark

· The Life Before Her Eyes (PG-13) Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood play older and younger versions of the same character in a mystery/thriller that ultimately pulls the rug out from underneath the audience. Director Vadim Perelmam ("House of Sand and Fog") again goes heavy on the atmosphere, yet still fails to deliver a very engaging or memorable narrative. 2 stars - MC

· Made of Honor (PG-13) Patrick Dempsey gives it his best shot in a losing effort in this recycled, gender-reversed version of "My Best Friend's Wedding." Playboy Dempsey hits freak-out mode after his platonic gal-pal (Michelle Monaghan) gets engaged to an Irish aristocrat. Cute for a very short while, the movie slips into desperation overdrive almost immediately. 2 stars - MC

· Forgetting Sarah Marshall (R) "Freaks & Geeks" and "How I Met Your Mother" actor Jason Segel wrote and takes the lead in this racy, Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedy about a musician who gets dumped by a popular actress (Kristen Bell). Segel and Bell are good, but it is Mila Kunis and British comedian Russell Brand as auxiliary love interests who shine. 3 stars - MC

· Smart People (R) This sharp ensemble dramedy is a bit predictable, but this is easy to overlook thanks to the performances turned in by the cast. Dennis Quaid abandons his all-American boy persona, while Sarah Jessica Parker turns in an anti-Carrie Bradshaw, and both are superb. Thomas Haden Church and Ellen Page are equally strong, although both recycle previous Oscar nominated characters. 3 stars - MC