New movies this week
Did You Hear About the Morgans?
The gist: Did you hear about the typecast Sex and the City actress and the Brit who hasn't made a movie in two years trying to jump-start their careers with a drab rom-com about a couple who need therapy ending up in witness protection? PG-13
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliot, Mary Steenburgen, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Kelly and Wilford Brimley
The buzz: Yeah, we heard it stunk out loud. "It's not just the sound of crickets you hear watching this movie. It's the sound of dead crickets," the Chicago Tribune rails.
The gist: James Cameron finally finishes his three-hour sci-fi epic about Earthlings doing dastardly 3-D things to 10-foot-tall blue aliens. We hear it cost some pretty pesos to put this one together. What are the chances it will recoup $260 million in production costs and another $100 million to market it? PG-13
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Peter Mensah, Laz Alonso, Wes Studi, Stephen Lang and Matt Gerald.
The buzz: There have been a couple of whiners who say the story doesn't measure up, but since when did a logical plot matter in sci-fi? "An entertainment to be not just seen but absorbed on a molecular level; it's as close to a full-body experience as we'll get until they invent the holo-suits. Cameron aims for sheer wonderment, and he delivers," the Boston Globe gushes.
The Damned United
The gist: A football coach (this is England, so we're not calling it soccer) takes over reigning champs Leeds United from his rival and proceeds to run the team and himself into the ground — figuratively, we mean. R
Starring: Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Graham and Peter McDonald.
The buzz: Forget that it's a sports movie; this is a psych profile with a football team as a catalyst. "It's more than a detailed account of one man's petty vindictiveness in a bygone era," the Washington Post says. "It's about how our hatred can consume us so deeply that we lose sight of everything."
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org