New movies this week
Edge of Darkness
The gist: Mel Gibson stars as a lonely man with a shattered past who thinks there's a conspiracy afoot when his only daughter is murdered on his front stoop. This sounds like the extreme version of Liam Neeson's Taken. R
Starring: Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston, Shawn Roberts, Bojana Novakovic, Frank Grillo and Gbenga Akinnagbe.
The buzz: A polished and well-done potboiler that really doesn't surprise once you get to the meat of it, polarizing critics. "An odd duck of a thriller. Quiet, talkative, with the occasional explosion of violence, it has ghosts and characters philosophizing, quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald or blurting insensitive non-sequiturs," the Orlando Sentinel says.
When in Rome
The gist: A world-weary New Yorker (sheesh, is there another kind?) goes to Rome and steals cash from a magical fountain, making all sorts of people fall in love with her, including a reporter whose feelings are genuine. Oh, but how can she know that and there still be a movie? PG-13
Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Bobby Moynihan, Will Arnett, Jon Heder, Dax Shepard, Danny DeVito and Anjelica Huston.
The buzz: The romantic comedy is dead. Long live the romantic comedy! "Certain scenes in When in Rome signify nothing less than the death of screen slapstick, but I'm hoping it's one of those fake-out movie deaths where it's not really dead, not forever," the Chicago Tribune says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org