The new ‘Die Hard’ and more movie reviews

Bruce Willis is back in a new "Die Hard." AP/20th Century Fox

Bruce Willis is back in a new "Die Hard." AP/20th Century Fox

In this week's new movies, Dave Grohl gets an all-star musician lineup to gush over old-school recording equipment and Bruce Willis returns for yet another "Die Hard." Here are excerpts from the movie reviews:

**** "Sound City" "In 'Sound City,' a raucous yet sweetly romantic documentary, dinosaurs do indeed rock the Earth again. The movie is a labor of love for first-time filmmaker Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer. Grohl was inspired by his nostalgia for a piece of old-school recording equipment -- the Neve console, on which Nirvana’s seminal 1991 album, 'Nevermind,' was recorded at the grungy Sound City studio. Grohl assembles a veritable who’s who of graying rockers to sing the sound board’s praises." -- Michael O'Sullivan

*** "56 Up" (Unrated) "Viewers expecting a depressing tableau are in for a surprise, though: '56 Up' is modestly upbeat, its subjects candid about their regrets -- and their often hostile feelings about the “Up” series itself -- but also satisfied with their various lots in life, even if the difference between resignation and contentment isn’t always clear." -- Ann Hornaday

** "Beautiful Creatures" (PG-13) "Wow. Just wow. That pretty much sums up my reaction to 'Beautiful Creatures,' a movie so schizoid in its extremes of pleasure and pain that it’s hard to know how to weigh its contradictions, or even where to begin separating them." -- Michael O'Sullivan

*½ "Safe Haven" (PG-13) "From Lasse Hallstrom, director of 'Dear John,' this movie doesn’t come close to generating the sparks that made Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling such breakout stars in 'The Notebook.' Hough and Duhamel are attractive enough (someone should cast Hough and Meg Ryan in a mother-daughter drama right now), and they possess an unforced ease when they’re together, but their chance encounters and cautious romantic toe-dipping add up to little more than a pretty bore."  -- Ann Hornaday

*½ "A Good Day to Die Hard" (R) "If McClane’s sarcastic one-liners and New Jersey jokes never quite stick their landings, Willis himself still goes through the film’s cartoonish motions with his signature grim aplomb, delivering his profane catchphrase almost as an afterthought. Both assaultive and tiresome, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' barely registers on the action movie Richter scale. It goes bang, it goes boom, and then it blessedly goes away." -- Ann Hornaday

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