I Love You, Man
The gist: A nitwit with no male friends doesn't realize it until he gets engaged and then has to find a best bud. Who has he been watching football with? R
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samber, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly.
The buzz: Gross and hackneyed, but funny, and that's what counts. "I Love You, Man cranks out the kind of lowball humor that makes you gag on your own laughs," Variety says.
The gist: A CIA officer and an MI6 agent give up political espionage for corporate espionage. The difference? People get in trouble when politicos get caught. PG-13
Starring: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Giamatti and Rick Worthy.
The buzz: We can't keep up with spy thrillers, mostly because we don't care what happens. But in this case the flick's not so bad. "The movie resembles Mad magazine's 'Spy vs. Spy' series, elevated to labyrinthine levels of complexity," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert says.
The gist: Get ready for a spate of end-of-the-world movies, this time involving a list of dates that correspond with disasters. Is the date Nicolas Cage decided to be an action star on there? PG-13
Starring: Cage, Rose Byrne and Chandler Canterbury.
The buzz: There aren't many reviews out there right now, but while Ebert says it's "among the best science-fiction films," others are saying it's the worst dreck to come out of Hollywood in years. That's saying a lot.
The gist: See, America's not the only one with ramshackle high schools full of low-income degenerates. They have them in France, too. PG-13
Starring: François Bégaudeau.
The buzz: In this week of explosions, fart jokes and nonsense, it's nice to have a truly good flick. "The Class ranks with the very best films ever made about teaching, and it's unlike any English or American film about teaching ever made," the Baltimore Sun says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org