New movies this week
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The gist: It came out on Wednesday, so chances are you've already seen it, but once again giant robots, explosions and nonsensical storylines threaten Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox and the IQs of the audience. PG-13
Starring: LaBeouf, Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey and John Turturro.
The buzz: That much money says you don't care what the critics say. However: "Little seems new compared to the first installment, except that this version is longer, louder, and perhaps 'more than your eye can meet' in one sitting," Variety says.
Away We Go
The gist: Gen Xers who were thoroughly ruined by their parents now try to have a little spud of their own they can brainwash however they deem fit. Like Juno, if the girl was old enough to have a mortgage and lower back pain. R
Starring: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Chris Messina, Catherine O'Hara and Paul Schneider.
The buzz: "In tone and plotting, Away We Go feels like a fairy tale built on an aggravating collection of attitudes," the Boston Globe says. "It's condescending, judgmental, righteous, yet sincerely searching." Wow, then it really is a Gen X movie.
My Sister's Keeper
The gist: A couple's daughter is diagnosed with leukemia, so the solution is to have another kid to get the parts needed to save the original kid. Why does this sound like a two-hour ad for stem-cell research? PG-13
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva and Joan Cusack.
The buzz: A tear-jerker during blow-'em-up season. "Unsubtle, uneven and undeniably effective, this take-no-prisoners cancer weepie poses a fascinating moral quandary," Variety says.
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