New movies this week
The Kids Are All Right
The gist: A couple of teens hunt down their sperm-donor dad and introduce him to their lesbian parents in a stunning propaganda move to convince the religious right that gay couples really aren't evil monsters who will ruin their children and infect the world with their demonic mischief. Plus, it's named after a Who song, so all the Boomers will relate. At least, that's how we're taking it. R
Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson and Mark Ruffalo.
The buzz: Lisa Cholodenko's propaganda seems to be working: "It is outrageously funny without ever exaggerating for comic effect, and heartbreaking with only minimal melodramatic embellishment," the New York Times says.
The gist: A CIA agent goes on the lam after being accused of being a Russian spy, committing plenty of questionable acts as she tries to clear her name. It's like Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible, starring the skeleton of Angelina Jolie. Seriously, sweetheart, please eat something. We'll still love you. PG-13
Starring: Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Andre Braugher and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The buzz: No, really, we're not the only ones who think we've seen this before, sans scrawny Angelina. "As a fierce superspy and mistress of many disguises, Jolie represents the one indisputably kickass element in this brisk, professionally assembled but finally shrug-inducing thriller," Variety says.
Ramona and Beezus
The gist: Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby comes to life in a lighthearted and fairly pointless family movie. Doesn't that describe most family movies? G
Starring: Selena Gomez, Joey King, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Josh Duhamel and Sandra Oh.
The buzz: "While its cast delivers uniformly breezy performances, most everything else about Ramona's move to the multiplex feels unremarkable," the Hollywood Reporter says. Well, duh. Ever read the books? It's not Tolstoy.
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
The gist: A period piece about the two title characters having an affair in 1920s Paris. Yep, that means a lot of nudity. R
Starring: Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen.
The buzz: Well made, but woefully unconvincing. "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is an elegant scandal almost devoid of true passion, no matter how many times the nude lovers artfully mingle," the St. Pete Times says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org