New movies this week
The gist: An angry Nicolas Cage channels Ghost Rider as he runs down the people who killed his daughter. Still trying to pay those back taxes, huh, Nic? R
The cast: Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, Christa Campbell and Charlotte Ross.
The buzz: We liked this better when it was a remake of Gone in 60 Seconds. Critics did, too. "A shambling, ponderous mess that aims to be a trashy cult classic and merely ends up in the trash," Empire magazine chastises.
The gist: A couple of middle-aged goofballs think it's party time when their wives give them a weeklong break to do whatever they want in another Farrelly Bros. comedy. Did neither of them stop to think what their wives would do during that week? R
The cast: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate, Nicky Whelan and Richard Jenkins.
The buzz: It doesn't sound like anyone stopped to do anything. "It's crude, for sure, relentlessly so, but it's also just dumb and, when it tries to get something close to serious, kind of depressing," the Arizona Republic complains.
The gist: Sofia Coppola explores the life of a self-destructive actor living in L.A.'s infamous Chateau Marmont who has to deal with reality when his 11-year-old daughter comes to live with him. Yes, it stars a Fanning as the kid, but also Clearwater's Playboy twins, so there's that. R
The cast: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Lala Sloatman, Kristina Shannon and Karissa Shannon.
The buzz: A movie showcasing the emptiness and depression of celebrity? Doesn't sound terribly fun, but it's well-made. "Somewhere is an undeniably minor film. But if you're willing to be indulgent, you'll find surprising pleasures hidden within," the New York Daily News says.
The gist: A racist police officer in Memphis loses his faith after his son is killed, but leave it to a church-funded feature film to show all he needs is a little spiritual awakening. PG-13
The cast: Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, Joy Demichelle Moore, Dawntoya Thomason and Rob Erickson.
The buzz: Very few reviews on this one, but those mostly say it's not all that bad for being made by a Nazarene church in rural Tennessee for about $200,000. "If it ultimately succumbs to formula, scoring a series of increasingly unlikely plot twists with anthemic contemporary Christian power pop, at least it has the courage of its convictions, and the bravado to suggest solutions to meaningful dilemmas," the Commercial Appeal in Memphis says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org