New movies this week
The gist: A corporate suit chucks it all to form a biotech company when a couple of his kids come down with some disease there's no cure for. This is one of those hate-the-health-care-system flicks that come out every couple of years to distract you from the sad truth that Washington has absolutely no idea what it's doing. PG
Starring: Harrison Ford , Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell and Courtney B. Vance.
The buzz: Don't let the cast fool you; this yawner belongs on the small screen. "Doesn't reach far beyond its small-screen genotype as a disease-of-the-week telepic, despite the star power of Brendan Fraser as the desperate dad and Harrison Ford as an eccentric, ornery researcher," Variety says.
The gist: Pedro Almodovar once again uses Penelope Cruz as his muse in this complex tale recounted by a blind man who lost the love of his life. It'd be a shame to be unable to see Penelope Cruz. R
Starring: Cruz, Lluis Homar, Blanca Portilla, Rossy de Palma, Kiti Manver, Chus Lampreave, Lola Duenas and Angela Molina
The buzz: “Broken Embraces leaves the viewer in a contradictory state, a mixture of devastation and euphoria, amusement and dismay that deserves its own clinical designation," the New York Times gushes. "Call it Almodovaria, a syndrome from which some of us are more than happy to suffer."
The gist: They're trying to sell The Rock as a hockey player? Who has to be a real-life tooth fairy? Seriously? Next thing you know, you'll tell us Massachusetts will forget the Republicans were in charge the previous eight years.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Stephen Merchant and Ryan Sheckler.
The buzz: Read "the gist" again. "There's no way I can recommend this movie to anyone much beyond the Tooth Fairy Believement Age, but I must testify it's pleasant and inoffensive, although the violence in the hockey games seems out of place," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: We find it very hard to believe that if God lost faith in mankind, he would send angels with machine guns to bring about the Apocalypse. Maybe we missed that chapter. R
Starring: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Tenney, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black, Kate Walsh, Doug Jones, Adrianne Palicki and Kevin Durand.
The buzz: No reviews, but we give the trailer credit for being engaging. Something tells me it's better in two-minute form.
Also this week
The India International Film Festival is Friday through Sunday at Channelside Cinemas in Tampa. Tickets are from $10 for an individual film to $50 for a three-day festival pass or a VIP opening reception and screening ticket. Call (813) 719-0303 or go to iifftampa.com.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org