The gist: A little animated girl walks through a secret door in her house and finds a lesson for all those kids who say they don't like their mommies and daddies. Written by the guy who made the Sandman comics. PG
Starring: Voices of Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Ian McShane.
The buzz: Creepy, but in a good way. "This is a marvelous family story, tapping into all sorts of childhood dreams and nightmares involving Mommy, monsters and heroic youngsters," the Hollywood Reporter raves.
He's Just Not That Into You
The gist: A drawn-out love yarn full of actors playing characters much too young for them trying to figure out things that they're old enough to know about already. PG-13
Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Kris Kristofferson and Justin Long.
The buzz: Out of touch, just like all of the people starring in the movie. "No one has anything to distract them from the minutiae of their love lives, which they proceed to incinerate through overanalysis," Variety says. "It's a moral fable, maybe, if you make half a million a year."
The gist: Enhanced psychics battle it out in a plot to see if they can rip off other movies better than anyone else. PG-13
Starring: Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Camilla Belle, Djimon Hounsou, Maggie Siff and Scott Michael Campbell.
The buzz: About as realistic as your average palm reader. "A weightless, style-driven thriller set in a photogenically chaotic Hong Kong," Entertainment Weekly opines.
Pink Panther 2
The gist: Steve Martin returns as Inspector Clouseau — and that's all Steve Martin fans really care about. PG
Starring: Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Andy Garcia, Lily Tomlin and John Cleese.
The buzz: Is it a successful sequel? The clues point to no. The Chicago Tribune's take: "Nothing is harder and more elusive than successful slapstick onscreen. Nothing."
I've Loved You So Long
The gist: A woman gets out of prison after 15 years and is invited to stay with her estranged sister. We're guessing there's not too many belly laughs in this one. PG-13
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Laurent Grévill, Elsa Zylberstein and Frédéric Pierrot.
The buzz: This is one for the serious-films-about-serious-stuff crowd. "For all its moodiness, despair and disconnect, I've Loved You So Long is all about acknowledging human error and embracing ties — to family and life — that can't be undone," the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says.
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