New movies this week
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The gist: Time for a Sept. 11 movie starring Tom Hanks, in the form of a kid who thinks his father, who died at the World Trade Center, mysteriously left him one last message before he died. We're betting he probably didn't, but you never know. PG-13
The cast: Hanks, Thomas Horn, Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell, Dennis Hearn and Paul Klementowicz.
The buzz: The experts seem split, but what do you expect with this subject matter? "No movie has ever been able to provide a catharsis for the Holocaust, and I suspect none will ever be able to provide one for 9/11," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: A George Lucas-style take on the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Have you noticed the marketing suddenly became very jump-cut-and-hip-hop in the past couple weeks? PG-13
The cast: Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo and Tristan Wilds.
The buzz: It's not that it's bad, it's just that George Lucas made it. Imagine seeing that as a negative in 1983. "Red Tails squanders a great subject, reducing the real-life struggles and fierce heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen to rickety cliche," the Chicago Tribune warns.
The gist: MMA sweetheart Gina Carano gets her big-screen debut as a secret-agenty/defense contractory sort of lady who is double crossed and must take revenge, just like the boys get to. Steven Soderbergh likes her that much. R
The cast: Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano.
The buzz: Gina is surprisingly good. The movie's okay, too. "Soderbergh plays with the action genre by planting a real fighter in the role of butt-kicking protagonist, and Carano rises to the challenge," the Arizona Republic says.
The gist: Kate Beckinsale returns for this fourth installment after letting Rhona Mitra take over as the hot monster kung-fu lady in the vampires vs. werewolves saga. In this one, she busts out of prison to find that humans are kicking everyone's asses, and the creatures of the night can't have that. R
The cast: Beckinsale, Stephen Rea, Michael Ealy, Theo James, India Eisley and Sandrine Holt.
The buzz: There are absolutely no reviews for this one yet, which says that even Kate Beckinsale in a leather catsuit isn't good enough to market. For shame.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org