Recently reviewed films now playing in theaters:

· Bright Star (PG-13) The story of the non-affair between poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his swooning admirer Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) is an art-house drama at its best and most frustrating. The strong performances by the leads mostly offset a uninvolving plot. 2 stars - Michael Clark

· 9 (PG-13) Identified only by numbers, a band of burlap computerized dolls combine forces to rid a post-apocalyptic world of the evil machines which wiped out life on a parallel-universe version of 1940s Earth. 3 stars - MC

· All About Steve (PG-13) Easily the weakest and most bizarre movie of Sandra Bullock's mercurial career, "All About Steve" is an uncomfortable, unfunny and largely creepy stalker movie posing as a romantic comedy. 1 star - MC

· Big Fan (R) This directorial debut from "The Wrestler" screenwriter Robert D. Siegel is a similarly themed movie about sports obsession, this time from the perspective of a disturbed fan. It owes much (in a good way) to Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy." 3 stars - MC

· Burning Plain (R) Oscar winners Kim Basinger and Charlize Theron along with newcomer Jennifer Lawrence sizzle in this non-linear parallel mystery thriller about jealousy and family dysfunction. If not for a major bookend plot discrepancy it would be near-perfect. 3 stars - MC

· Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (PG) "Cloudy" is the ideal word to describe the plot and attitude of this animated disaster adventure. Comic and heart-warming when necessary and always flashy, it moves at breakneck speed but does little to make any kind of point. 2 stars - MC

· The Informant! (R) The fifth collaboration between director Steven Soderbergh and leading man Matt Damon is a fact-based, esoteric black comedy/satire of corporate insider price-fixing and greed that might have worked far better as a straight-ahead espionage thriller. 2 stars - MC