New movies this week
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org