State of Play
The gist: Interesting that a story about a print journalist who hates bloggers features that same print journalist defecating on his own so-called ethics through the whole movie. Oh, there's something about a Congressman and investigating a double shooting, too. PG-13
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright Penn, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels and Helen Mirren.
The buzz: Able, but not the best. "The movie never quite attains altitude. It has a great takeoff, levels nicely, and then seems to land on autopilot," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: Another age-regression movie, which were all the rage a few years back, about a guy who hates his life and wants to be a teen again. This one has Chandler from Friends turning into that pretty boy from High School Musical. PG-13
Starring: Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, Michelle Trachtenberg and Matthew Perry.
The buzz: About as graceful as a pubescent teen. "Works better than you might imagine at times but stumbles awkwardly other times," the Hollywood Reporter says.
Crank: High Voltage
The gist: Picks up where the last one left off (we guess he survived that jump at the end), but with an artificial heart that doesn't work so well. R
Starring: Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Clifton Collins Jr. and Bai Ling.
The buzz: No screenings, which should be expected, but the ratings board did note that it gets an R because of "frenetic strong bloody violence throughout, crude and graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language." We have tickets already.
The Great Buck Howard
The gist: An outdated mentalist based on the Amazing Kreskin takes along a harried assistant in a movie about things most of us don't really care about. Why do show business people keep making movies about show business? PG-13
Starring: John Malkovich, Colin Hanks, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks.
The buzz: A somewhat bland movie highlighted by Malkovich's performance but stunted by director Sean McGinley's semi-autobiographical spin. "This is an old man's movie, without an old man's experience," the Boston Globe says.
The Golden Boys
The gist: Three retired sea captains living in 1905 Cape Cod decide one of them should get married so a woman can take care of all three of them. Hilarity ensues. Well, mild chuckles, anyway. Not rated
Starring: David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern and Mariel Hemingway.
The buzz: There aren't too many reviews of this one, either, but it's safe to say tbt*'s audience probably won't be the ones filling the seats.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org