New movies this weekend
She's Out of My League
The gist: Paramount loves this movie — about a dorky guy who lands an improbably hot babe and needs to figure out how to make it work — judging by how often the trailer is on TV. A word of advice to guys like this who can't get the ladies: Nothing drives them off faster than a lack of confidence. R
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, T.J. Miller, Nate Torrence, Krysten Ritter, Geoff Stults and Lindsay Sloane.
The buzz: We know we've seen this formula before, but does it work? "If you're hungry to see a romantic comedy about a genetically and culturally imbalanced geek-meets-babe relationship that makes the one in Knocked Up look like the quintessence of plausible human mating, then by all means subject yourself to the one-joke sub–Judd Apatow snark-athon that is She's Out of My League," Entertainment Weekly says.
The gist: Finally, Matt Damon does a fourth Bourne movie. Wait, what? It's about a warrant officer looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq? Uh, we can tell him how that one turns out and save him the time. R
Starring: Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs and Khalid Abdalla.
The buzz: Reviews are split, with some calling it a great thriller and others mad that it badmouths neocons again. But, hey, Matt Damon and machine guns! "Partly real and partly, increasingly, fantastic and outlandish in its wishful thinking," the Chicago Tribune gently chides.
The gist: Robert Pattinson stretches his acting chops (and New Yawk accent training) by playing a damaged man who is taught life is worth living when he meets a young girl at a time when he's looking for anything but a relationship. Boy, good thing this is nothing like Twilight. PG-13
Starring: Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Tate Ellington, Ruby Jerins and Pierce Brosnan.
The buzz: Like Teams Edward and Jacob, the reviews are split on this one, but not surprisingly, they lean more to the negative side. It's set in 2001, too, so you don't have to have read the book to know what happens. "The film's tone is all wrong, the pacing is dead and the veering between sex, sadness and sado-masochistic violence is enough to give you motion sickness," the Orlando Sentinel admonishes.
Our Family Wedding
The gist: An interracial couple learns that families of every color get pretty stupid when it comes to planning a wedding. Young couples take note. PG-13
Starring: Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Regina King and Lance Gross.
The buzz: Not an award-winner, but what do you expect from a weekend full of cliched retreads? "This broad ethnic farce serves up a full-on culture collision, but — thanks to a handful of diverting performers — stops just short of becoming a train wreck," Variety says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org