New movies this week
Toy Story 3
The gist: Another yarn about a toybox full of sentient plastic but this time it's in 3D! They never stop to think that the average lifespan of a toy is only about six months to a year. G
Starring: The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris and Michael Keaton.
The buzz: How much do you want from another sequel? "This is a jolly, slapstick comedy, lacking the almost eerie humanity that infused the earlier Toy Story sagas, and happier with action and jokes than with characters and emotions," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: Another comic book gets the big-screen treatment, this time about a gunslinger who fits in somewhere between Spawn and Ghost Rider on the scale of hellish avengers. PG-13
Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett and Michael Shannon.
The buzz: It evokes a resounding meh. "It admittedly starts off great guns, but all too quickly it becomes apparent that the big-screen arrival of the supernatural Western DC Comics series Jonah Hex is firing loud, empty blanks," the Hollywood Reporter admonishes.
The gist: A fairly aimless but enjoyable collection of anecdotes about an antiques dealer, her business, her kid and her faltering marriage. Why go to the movies to see that? Stay home. R
Starring: Catherine Keener, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Sarah Steel and Ann Guilbert.
The buzz: It's a well-made look at what it's like to be successful and still unhappy. "This gorgeous film, always tender and sometimes dark, is a deeply resonant comic drama that's concerned with nothing less than life, death, love, sex, guilt and the urban logic of mortality," the Wall Street Journal says.
Richard Clabaugh's Eyeborgs, a sci-fi thriller about surveillance robots who turn on their masters when terrorists hack the system, will be shown Saturday night at the Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach. The $5 admission for the 8 p.m. showing, which includes a discussion with the director, will benefit All Children's Hospital.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org