Saturday, June 23, 2018
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New movies for Aug. 3

New movies this week

Total Recall

The gist: Hollywood puts Arnold Schwarzenegger in the dryer and gets Colin Farrell, who plays the memory-deprived manual laborer/secret agent who has to try to kill his hot wife so he can hook up with his hot girlfriend and save the world by shooting dozens of people. Mars is mysteriously absent from this version, but there's still a three-breasted hooker. PG-13

The cast: Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy and Bokeem Woodbine.

The buzz: Len Wisemen basically remakes one of his Underworld movies, and we all know how well done those are. "Engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination," the Hollywood Reporter says in an almost depressingly terse review.

Hope Springs

The gist: Two oldsters head off on a retreat to rekindle the romance in their marriage. So if you want to see Tommy Lee Jones and Meryl Streep hooking up, the ticket line is the short one to the left. PG-13

The cast: Streep, Jones, Steve Carell, Ben Rappaport, Jean Smart and Martin Ireland.

The buzz: Fine for its target audience, who want to see two elder statesactors chewing scenery and each other's earlobes. "An altogether pleasant surprise: a mainstream dramedy that frankly and intelligently addresses the challenges facing a couple after 31 years of marriage," Variety says.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

The gist: Jeff Kinney's book series gets yet another movie, this time about the bored kid doing something over the summer, which is convenient timing. Like spend $9.50 on a movie ticket, maybe? PG

The cast: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Rachael Harris, Robert Capron and Steve Zahn.

The buzz: Not a real winner, but it's not hurting anything. "Not the best of the Wimpys, but Devon Bostick is still a laugh a minute as Rodrick, and for an hour the laughs come quick and sure — slapstick stuff, mostly," the Orlando Sentinel says. — Joshua Gillin [email protected]

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