New movies for Friday, Jan. 30

New movies

New in Town

The gist: Another yawner romantic comedy so bad it was banished to the weekend of the Super Bowl, during which only the most henpicked guys relent and take their masters out for a movie. PG-13

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Harry Connick Jr., J.K. Simmons, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Frances Conroy, Mike O'Brien and Rashida Jones.

The buzz: Just tell sweetie you've seen this one before: "Strictly old hat — and a poorly assembled hat at that," the Hollywood Reporter says.

Taken

The gist: The guy who played Oskar Schindler is a spy whose daughter gets kidnapped, allowing him to use his specialties to track down, torture and murder the guys who did it. They should save this for Father's Day. PG-13

Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Katie Cassidy and Goran Kostic.

The buzz: The movie is meh, but Liam is stil Liam — don't forget, he was in Darkman and The Phanton Menace, too. "Neeson growls his way through the functional dialogue as an unstoppable killing machine in impressive, cold-eyed style," Variety says.

The Uninvited

The gist: Another Korean horror remake, this one is about a kid who ends up in a psych ward and comes back to find her dad has married his nurse after the kid's mother died. Then the kid's mom comes back as a ghost to warn her about the stepmom. The trailer already makes us afraid of the broiler under the oven. PG-13

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn.

The buzz: Not half bad, folks are saying, thanks to the cast. "Emily Browning's face helps The Uninvited work so well," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert claims. "She makes you fear for her, and that's half the battle. Yet she's so fresh she's ready for a Jane Austen role."

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

Upcoming releases

Feb. 6: Coraline; He's Just Not That Into You; I've Loved You So Long; The Pink Panther 2; Push

New movies for Friday, Jan. 30 01/29/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 8:56pm]

    

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