New movies this week
The gist: Three guys with bosses probably a lot like yours (but not tbt*'s beloved Head Kiwi in Charge, nooooo) plot to switch murders in a gross-out comedy that looks a lot like how The Hangover 2 should have been. That is, a fairly original story that's actually funny. R
The cast: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.
The buzz: Really, go see this instead of The Hangover 2. It'll cure what ails ya, cubicle monkey. "There are few comedy pleasures better suited to the medium of movies than that of watching supposedly normal people behaving terribly," Entertainment Weekly says. "And if those transgressing characters are played by popular movie stars, so much the better."
The gist: It looks like Paul Blart: Zoo Cop. Do I have to write any more than that? PG
The cast: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg and Adam Sandler.
The buzz: Blart was execrable, and this doesn't look much better. Too bad, because the cast is decent. Well, not Sandler. "It's stupid, then it veers toward the absurd, but with James at its center it remains sort of sweet throughout," the Arizona Republic says. "You can't hate James or the movie; both are just sort of dopey but well-meaning."
The gist: A horse-whispering cowboy shares his insights into why you're a bad person in this biodoc. Well, he doesn't say that, but you'll feel that way. PG
The cast: Buck Brannaman. Because he's the only one who matters here. That's why the movie is named after him.
The buzz: Who cares if you're not into cowboys? You'll dig this guy. "Documentaries have a wonderful way of making us care about people and things way outside our own experience, and Buck is a prime example," the San Francisco Chronicle says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org