New movies this week
The gist: Ryan Reynolds stars as the comic book hero who is the first human to be chosen as a galactic protector of righteousness, mostly because he was cool enough to score Sandra Bullock on the rebound. Oh, and he has a magic ring and a CGI costume, too. PG-13
The cast: Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins and Jay O. Sanders.
The buzz: Not good, folks. They're comparing it to Daredevil — and worse. "A mind-numbing, misguided pandemonium that ranks as the biggest comic book misfire since Batman & Robin battled Poison Ivy." Whoa.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The gist: A rich man who focuses on all the wrong things is shown the error of his ways by six penguins he inherits. Because that's entirely plausible in the realm of family movies. PG
The cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Angela Lansbury, Ophelia Lovibond, Madeline Carrol and Clark Gregg.
The buzz: Even with Carrey's antics, it's kinda on the dumb side. "Neatly integrates trained birds and computer-generated imagery, but the warm-blooded actors are stuck with a story that refuses to fly," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says.
The Art of Getting By
The gist: A slacker comedy about current high-schoolers, although their Gen Xer parents are probably the ones this story line's really targeted to. PG-13
The cast: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards and Alicia Silverstone.
The buzz: A 17-year-old working hard at not working isn't what you'd describe as compelling. And then he meets a girl. So what? "The players are not so much teens as miniature adults, dissecting their own natures with insightfulness that typically comes through decades of reflection, if it comes at all," the AP says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org