New movies this week
The Ugly Truth
The gist: The romantic comedy thing again, this time about a morning show producer and a smarmy TV host who should just hook up in the first 10 minutes and get it over with. R
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Eric Winter, John Michael Higgins, Nick Searcy, Kevin Connolly and Cheryl Hines.
The buzz: Really, what more can expect of this kind of thing besides decent chemistry between the two leads? "The Ugly Truth is an arch, contrived, entirely predictable romantic comedy assembled with sufficient audience-friendly elements to put it over as both a good girls' night attraction and a date-night lure raunchy enough to leave couples in the right mood afterward," Variety says.
The gist: Disney tries to sell you more toys, in the form of a secret spy ring of guinea pigs. PG
Starring: The voices of Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Sam Rockwell, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Steve Buscemi, Tracy Morgan and Nicolas Cage.
The buzz: It's summer and it's Disney. What do you expect? "A pleasant, inoffensive 3-D animated farce about a team of superspy gophers," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: A word of advice: When your unborn child tragically miscarries, don't go to the orphanage and adopt a demonic child. Babies are not guinea pigs. R
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman and CCH Pounder.
The buzz: It's actually pretty scary, and the kid helps make it work. "Furhman plays pure evil with such supreme calmness that only her eyes shine with madness," the Hollywood Reporter says. "Indeed, all of the child actors are superb, especially the expressive Engineer."
The gist: Growing up in Nebraska, I knew that corporate agriculture was overtaking family farms growing wholesome food so they could greedily rake in government subsidies making overprocessed food. Now everyone's fat and diabetic, so the made a documentary about it for the rest of you. But McDonald's tastes so good! PG
Starring: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Gary Hirschberg and Joe Salatin.
The buzz: Really, it will do your body good to find the few screens this one is actually playing on. "Food, Inc. is hard to shake, because days after you've seen it, you may find yourself eating something — a cookie, a piece of poultry, cereal out of the box, a perfectly round waxen tomato — and you'll realize that you have virtually no idea what it actually is," Entertainment Weekly says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org