New movies this week
Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil
The gist: A sequel no one asked for to the 2005 original no one saw. At least Anne Hathaway had the sense to skip this Little Red Riding Hood retread. PG
The cast: Voices of Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack, David Ogden Stiers, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Brad Garrett, Andy Dick, David Alan Greer, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.
The buzz: Quite simply, an awful movie. "One feels sympathy for such classic, beloved characters constantly being refashioned for films beneath them," the AP chastises. "Red Riding Hood needs a better agent."
Winter in Wartime
The gist: A 13-year-old boy in 1945 German-occupied Holland aids a wounded British paratrooper and ends up growing up very quickly when he realizes World War II was no game. R
The cast: Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Raymond Thiry, Melody Klaver and Anneke Blok.
The buzz: A familiar loss-of-innocence tale told in a well-made way. "The movie immerses you in the consciousness of a restless boy desperate for initiation into the rest of his life," the New York Times lauds.
The gist: Remember when Vin Diesel said he didn't want to make a sequel to The Fast and the Furious? Neither does he. This time they're in Brazil, so that means lots of bikinis to match those hood bras. PG-13
The cast: Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.
The buzz: Would you believe, of all things, that critics are saying this one is actually sorta okay? "Defying laws of physics, laws of acting and the law of diminishing returns, Fast Five delivers a ridiculously fun mix of motorized macho mayhem and multicultural bonding," the Philadelphia Inquirer reasons.
The gist: An adaptation of a French comic play about a trophy wife (that's what potiche means) who comes into her own in 1977 after negotiating the end of a workers' strike at her husband's umbrella factory. You'd rather see Vin Diesel than this? R
The cast: Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godreche and Jeremie Renier.
The buzz: That's a couple of screen legends up there, you know. "Potiche is a glossy throwback made with a modern eye, an old-fashioned romantic fantasy starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu that's been knowingly updated with tart, contemporary touches," the L.A. Times says.
— Joshua Gillin email@example.com