New movies this week
The gist: Two scientists take time out from fooling around together to come up with the brilliant idea that they should combine human and animal DNA at their genetics lab. Hey, what could go wrong? R
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley and Delphine Chaneac.
The buzz: Decent actors, a little blood and gore and some gratuitous nudity are mixed up in the test tube and create ... a passable sci-fi horror flick. "A cheeky, great-looking, thoughtfully loopy creature feature about the lure and dangers of cutting-edge gene splicing," Entertainment Weekly says.
Get Him to the Greek
The gist: A schlubby guy gets a job escorting a notoriously troublesome rock god to a tour stop. Hey, what could go wrong? R
Starring: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Sean Combs and Elisabeth Moss.
The buzz: Uneven, but funny nonetheless. "Barring a few lapses, the gags fly by in rapid-fire fashion, and enough of them connect — thanks in part to the amusing mix of Hill's hang-dog demeanor with Brand's lanky, relentless hedonism," Variety says.
The gist: Studio executives decide that taking a 56-year-old comic strip about a Great Dane and making it a live-action feature would be a great idea. Hey, what could go wrong? PG
Starring: Owen Wilson, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, William H. Macy, Steve Coogan, Sam Elliott, Fergie, George Lopez, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Kiefer Sutherland and Marlon Wayans.
The buzz: People pay to see this? "Beverly Hills Chihuahua, we owe you an apology. Among talking-dog movies, Marmaduke is the runt of the litter," the Orlando Sentinel bemoans.
The gist: A harried career woman marries an awesome guy who neglects to tell her he is actually a former superspy being targeted for assassination by pretty much everyone else in the world. Hey, what could go wrong? PG-13
Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck, Catherine O'Hara, Katheryn Winnick, Kevin Sussman, Lisa Ann Walter and Martin Mull.
The buzz: There are no reviews for this one, which has been likened to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, if only one of the spouses was a spy. As far as we're concerned, we liked this movie better when it was called True Lies.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org