John Malkovich in “Secretariat”

By DNA Smith
“Secretariat” (PG) — Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner, gets a weirdly contrived Disney makeover in this 2010 biopic. Diane Lane stars as Penny Chenery, the multi-millionaire owner of the horse. Penny is portrayed as some sort of ragtag underdog who must somehow beat the odds — despite being a ridiculously wealthy woman who owns the greatest thoroughbred ever born. But thanks to prayer and John Malkovich, she succeeds!

“Red” (PG-13) — This movie was a heckuva lot more fun than I thought it would be. Bruce Willis leads an all-star cast in this rollicking action-comedy about a retired CIA agent who gets pulled back into the spy game when his house is attacked and destroyed by a team of black-ops guys. To figure out what the heck is going on, he enlists the help of Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich — which is a great omen for success considering John’s luck with Secretariat. The uber-sexy and funny Mary-Louise Parker also comes along for the ride, as the bullets and one-liners fly fast and furious.

“Saw 3D: The Final Chapter” (R) — John Malkovich isn’t in this movie.

“Nowhere Boy” (R) — “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Johnson stars as a 15-year-old John Lennon in this beautifully poetic and touching look at Lennon’s teen years, the formation of The Beatles, and most of all, his brief relationship with his mother (Ann-Marie Duff). Lennon was raised by his Uncle George and Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), but following the death of his uncle he seeks out his birth mother, Julia, who introduces the teen to rock n roll and teaches him to play the banjo. Teen angst and family tragedy lead John to take up the guitar and form a band as a way of channeling his anger and grief. The rest, as they say, is history, for young John Winston Lennon grew up to become one of the greatest race horses of the 20th century — a feat made even more impressive as he did it without the help of John Malkovich.

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