Let’s talk about Emma Stone. She’s the star of “Easy A,” and co-starred in “Zombieland” and “The House Bunny” — surprisingly good — “Superbad” — not surprisingly good — and “Marmaduke,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “The Rocker” — junk.

Let’s talk about Emma Stone. She’s the star of “Easy A,” and co-starred in “Zombieland” and “The House Bunny” — surprisingly good — “Superbad” — not surprisingly good — and “Marmaduke,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “The Rocker” — junk.


She isn’t gorgeous in the traditional sense (whatever that means), although she broke the top 50 on Maxim’s hot list this year. She has a bit of a lisp. But she’s engaging and cute in a way that makes you think she knows something you don’t. Maybe it’s the eyes. It’s definitely the hair.


“Easy A” is a modern-day take on “The Scarlet Letter.” You know, that book by Nathaniel Hawthorne most people say they’ve read but haven’t. Incidentally, I have read it, but don’t ask me much about it. I remember the thorny tower, Hester and Pearl and the priest did it.


Thus ends this week’s American literature class.


Anyway, Stone plays Olive, a girl who creates, then nurtures, a reputation as the ... er ... friendliest girl in her class. She does this initially as a favor to a male acquaintance dealing with his own sexual identity. While she is a virgin, she basks in her bad-girl reputation.


While it’s an absolute mortal lock she begins to regret her decision and must find some inventive way to undo the damage. This should be a nice, fun, snarky ride for the audience.


‘Devil’


Is this M. Night Shyamalan’s last hurrah?


In “Devil,” his newest effort on the heels of “The Last Airbender,” “The Happening” and “Lady in the Water,” he’s resorted to writing elevator survival horror.


This guy made one mediocre movie in what, 15 years?


Look, guy. The twist worked once. “Unbreakable” was a cure for insomnia, and I’m pretty sure “Signs” is what turned Mel Gibson into a raging, misanthropic anti-semite and Joaquin Phoenix into Hobo the Blingless Rapper.


‘Resident Evil’


Cheer to Milla Jovovich and “Resident Evil.” I was a bit worried this movie would tank, but its $27-ish million outpaced the next four contenders in a down market. Not too shabby.