New movies this week
Snow White and the Huntsman
The gist: It's another Snow White movie that looks a lot darker than Mirror, Mirror, mostly because it has magical armies fighting each other and the guy who played Thor doing stuff. In fact, everything about it looks good — except the Kristen Stewart part. PG-13
The cast: Charlize Thereon, Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Peter Ferdinando, Sam Claflin and Sam Spruell.
The buzz: Reviews are split, with some liking its earnestness, while others think it takes itself too seriously. "Snow White and the Huntsman never quite delivers on its promise — a dark retelling of the fairy tale in which women hold the true power, good and evil — but it certainly is an attractive misfire," the Arizona Republic reasons.
The gist: A would-be valedictorian takes a hit of ganja and then has to beat the system after a zero-tolerance drug policy is instituted. His solution: Get the whole school high. That kid is going places, for sure. R
The cast: Adrien Brody, Michael Chiklis, Matt Bush, Sean Marquette, Colin Hanks and Mykelti Williamson.
The buzz: It's a stoner comedy about spiking bake sale brownies. Whaddya want? "A silly stoner comedy boosted by a few unexpected tweaks, John Stalberg's debut is more notable for its enthusiasm than its originality," the New York Daily News says.
The gist: The ravenous fish are loose in a water park guarded by David Hasselhoff. What could happen? R
The cast: Oh, you know. People.
The buzz: We seriously doubt anyone is going to this movie for important art. "Ups the self-parody so much that it's practically a Wayans Brothers spoof, albeit with fewer jokes," Variety says.
For Greater Glory
The gist: A family faces upheaval during the 1920s Cristero War, which will, if nothing else, educate you about the uprising against the Mexican government. R
The cast: Andy Garcia, Oscar Isaac, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Santiago Cabrera, Ruben Blades and Bruce McGill.
The buzz: Nobody seems to like their Mexican history, though. "The scenes just plod along without much to help distinguish them. It's not an epic movie so much as an epic run-on sentence," the Boston Globe says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org