New movies this week
The Green Hornet
The gist: A media mogul teams up with his Asian sidekick (who happens to know some martial arts, natch) to clean up the streets in this jokey retelling of the 1930s radio serial. What could go wrong? PG-13
The cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz and Tom Wilkinson.
The buzz: A lot, it turns out. There's plenty of negative reviews for a movie that sounded like a bad idea since it was first announced. "What happens when smart people set out to make a dumb movie," the Sarasota Herald-Tribune hisses." They made the movie they wanted to watch, rather than the one anyone else might want to."
The gist: A guy sees his best friend's wife kissing another man, then spends 90 more minutes of slapstick trying to decide if he should say something. In the real world, he'd take him out for a beer, tell him, get into a fistfight in the parking lot, then everything would be okay. PG-13
The cast: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah.
The buzz: Even with this cast, this movie is freaking awful. Even worse than Paul Blart: Mall Cop? What happened, Ron Howard? "The true dilemma of this misguided seriocomedy lies in the filmmakers' confusion as to whether they're making a side-splitting bromance (nope) or an unsparing, warts-and-all look at screwed-up relationships (sort of)," Variety says.
Made in Dagenham
The gist: Female workers at a Ford assembly plant near London in the 1960s rebel against gender inequity. Like the automakers need this kind of problem these days. R
The cast: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Rosamund Pike and Andrea Riseborough.
The buzz: Another based-in-fact import that's better than the Made in America stuff. "Sally Hawkins is just plain irresistible in this funny, touching and vital salute to women in the workforce," Rolling Stone raves.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org