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New movies for March 26

New movies this week

Hot Tub Time Machine

The gist: A gang of 40-year-old losers party in a hot tub and wake up in 1986, where they can try to alter their deadbeat Gen X roots and make something of themselves. R

Starring: John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Crispin Glover, Lizzy Caplan, Collette Wolfe and Chevy Chase.

The buzz: It's all in what you're looking for out of this movie. "Cannot sustain the level of comic insanity the filmmakers hoped for — no movie could — although it's bound to play much better on late-night cable TV, especially when accompanied by a few beers and the occasional bong hit," the Miami Herald says. That's good enough for us.

How to Train Your Dragon

The gist: A skinny Viking loser parties with a dragon in mythical times, where they show that people and dragons don't have to fight each other to make something of themselves. PG

Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller.

The buzz: Typical high-end animated fare, meaning it's good. Plus: 3D! "Rouses you in conventional ways, but it's also the rare animated film that uses 3D for its breathtaking spatial and emotional possibilities," Entertainment Weekly crows.


The gist: A movie for sexually frustrated losers looking for a party, where a woman tries to find out if her husband is cheating by enlisting the help of a young woman, but they end up making out themselves. R

Starring: Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Liam Neeson and Max Thieriot.

The buzz: How is it that sex thrillers are always so dull? "Sexual suspicion and game-playing spiral down from the exotically intriguing to outright silliness in Chloe," Variety says.


The gist: A single, 40-year-old loser parties at a friend's house, where he meets another adult he can actually form a connection with so he can make something of himself. R

Starring: Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Chris Messina, Brie Larson and Juno Temple.

The buzz: We joke, but critics are raving. "This is tricky, ambiguous material, seemingly better-fitted to a short literary novel than to a movie, and it could have gone wrong in a hundred ways, yet (director) Noah Baumbach handles it with great assurance," the New Yorker says.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

Upcoming releases

April 2: Clash of the Titans; Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, Too?; A Prophet

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