New movies this week
The gist: The whole gang — even Oz — returns to East Great Falls for a high school reunion to face the cold, stark fact that the best years (and the best film roles) of their lives were more than a decade ago. Wait, is this a comedy or a horror movie? R
The cast: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Eugene Levy and Chris Klein.
The buzz: If you really think this one is funny, you're probably as stuck in 1999 as these guys are. "Being pantsless in the kitchen isn't quite as endearing for a thirtysomething dad, and kicking the joke up a notch with frontal nudity — updating it for the Apatow age — just emphasizes how old this franchise is," the Hollywood Reporter says.
The gist: Imagine if Oskar Schindler was a Polish thief who hid Jews in the sewers underneath the Lvov ghetto and you have an idea what this movie is about. It's also based on a true story, and you'll likely only be able to bear watching it once, just like Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winner. R
The cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup and Kinga Preis.
The buzz: Dark and claustrophobic, and still moving despite what some may call Holocaust fatigue at the movies. "The film is a morally challenging examination of the vexed Polish Catholic-Jewish relations of the era and a rich portrait of a man moving almost reluctantly toward righteousness," the Minneapolis Star-Tribune says.
Chico & Rita
The gist: A festive jazz love story following a piano player and a singer from 1948 Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and beyond. There's a great soundtrack featuring musicians who get cameos in the flick, like Thelonious Monk, Tito Puente and Charlie Parker. Did we mention it's animated? It's animated. No MPAA rating
The cast: Voices of Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Ona, Mario Guerra, Bebo Valdes, Idania Valdes and Estrella Morente.
The buzz: Given the ingredients, it's pretty obvious this is a lot of fun. "Chico & Rita is that rare thing, a cartoon for adults, with a bittersweet take on love and fate and a romantic's view of the night," Newsday says.
The gist: You know the story: Big boat, big iceberg, big oops, dead Leonardo DiCaprio. Plus a naked Kate Winslet, but now in 3-D! PG-13
The cast: DiCaprio, Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates and a bunch of doomed tourists and immigrants.
The buzz: It won a million Oscars and made eleventy billion bucks, and the reviews were pretty good. You'll have to decide if it's worth paying the premium to watch 15-year-old virtual ice chunks fall in your lap.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org