New movies this week
The buzz: An esteemed, Academy Award-winning Welsh actor who's been married three times and been in dozens of movies before becoming a naturalized American citizen plays an esteemed, Academy Award-losing British director who was married once and made dozens of movies before becoming a naturalized American citizen. PG-13
The cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, Danny Huston, Toni Collette, James D'Arcy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott, Richard Portnow and Kurtwood Smith.
The buzz: Like most of Hitchcock's thrillers, this movie is considered stellar by a lot of critics, and so much swill by a few others. "Hitchcock might be a work of fantasy and speculation as much as it is history and biography, but as an interpretation of a major talent's inner life and imagination, it's undeniably lively and provocative," the Hollywood Reporter says.
Playing for Keeps
The buzz: A former pro soccer player moves back home and becomes the coach of his young son's soccer team, then has to play the diamond defense against every soccer mom out to score on him. Just don't try to explain the offside rule to them. PG-13
The cast: Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel, Noah Lomax, Uma Thurman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Dennis Quaid.
The buzz: No one — seriously, no one — is giving this one a good review. Is it because it's about soccer? "A modestly affecting reconciliation drama wrapped in a so-so sports movie by way of a misogynistic romantic comedy, Playing for Keeps can't stop tripping all over itself," Variety wails.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org