New movies for March 18

Simon Pegg and Paul the Seth Rogen alien must have seen something terrible. Like Nick Frost in his dressing room, between wardrobe changes.

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Simon Pegg and Paul the Seth Rogen alien must have seen something terrible. Like Nick Frost in his dressing room, between wardrobe changes.

New movies this week

Paul

The gist: A couple of limey UFO nerds head out to Area 51 and meet a real-life alien, who just so happens to sound an awful lot like Seth Rogen. We're sure there's a couple of zombie and marijuana wisecracks in there. R

The cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, voice of Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.

The buzz: A road trip for geeks that's sure to please fanboys, but might grate on others. "Somewhere between high concept and lowbrow humor, Paul hits the sweet spot of a genuine heart," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says.

Limitless

The gist: A wannabe author with writer's block takes a magic drug and suddenly becomes a financial kingpin on Wall Street who has to dodge gangsters and other ne'er-do-wells. Something tells us there's going to be a moral lesson about making a quick buck. Yay, metaphors! PG-13

The cast: Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Abbie Cornish, Andrew Howard, Anna Friel and Johnny Whitworth.

The buzz: The reviews say it's as uneven as Cooper's character, but if you like random gunfire and a slick plot, you could do worse. "Some of its conceits may not hold up under intense scrutiny, but, generally speaking, it's a good time at the movies," the Arizona Republic says.

The Lincoln Lawyer

The gist: Matthew McConaughey is back to playing a lawyer, a la A Time to Kill, but this time it's a guy who lives in his car and defends a rich jackass accused of rape and attempted murder. We can believe the living-in-his-car part. R

The cast: McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Michael Pena and Josh Lucas.

The buzz: You've seen it before, sure, but it's still well done. "A moderately entertaining crime drama from people who know their way around a bloody knife or suspicious evidence," the Hollywood Reporter says.

Tornado Alley

The gist: A group of storm chasers from the Discovery Channel show Storm Chasers risks life and limb to be shown on MOSI's IMAX screen. No MPAA rating

The cast: Sean Casey and other people with a death wish.

The buzz: No reviews yet, but it's mildly educational. At least, it is compared to I Am Number Four, which is also playing at MOSI.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

Upcoming releases

March 25: Sucker Punch; Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Rodrick Rules; The Last Lions; The Lion of Judah

New movies for March 18 03/17/11 [Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2011 8:22pm]

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