New movies this week
Friends With Kids
The gist: Platonic friends decide to have a child despite meeting good prospects and noting that all their married friends with tykes hate their lives. It's as if child-rearing is a biological imperative or something. R
The cast: Adam Scott, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Chris O'Dowd.
The buzz: It's not perfect, but something tells us the target audience will laugh itself sick. "At least Westfeldt is trying. She tries hard to make this a grown-up version of the romantic-comedy formula, complete with dirty jokes and sex talk," the Arizona Republic says.
The gist: A Disney adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel about a Civil War captain who ends up fighting a war with cartoon monkey-lizard-spider people on Mars. And you thought killing the space shuttle would destroy NASA. PG-13
The cast: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton, Dominic West and Thomas Haden Church.
The buzz: Something tells us the trailer is all we really need to see to understand this one. "A bloated sci-fi epic from Disney that's made watchable by swell effects, passable performances and those little dashes of humor that reassure us that the filmmakers know this is all a lark," the Orlando Sentinel says.
A Thousand Words
The gist: Since this is about a fast-talking book agent who has to use as few words as possible after a new-agey doctor puts a curse or something on him, we'll limit this to the most descriptive phrase we can think of: Eddie Murphy comedy. PG-13
The cast: Murphy, Allison Janney, Kerry Washington, Clark Duke, Cliff Curtis and Terrence Bernie Hines.
The buzz: Our description means it's not good. "If only this Eddie Murphy flick had taken its own advice and spent a little more time being reflective instead of hyperactive, it might have overcome a trite script and awful, obvious excuses for comedy," the New York Daily News says.
The gist: A horror show about a woman sealed inside her family's lake house. The location shooting budget must have been almost zero. R
The cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett and Haley Murphy.
The buzz: Pretty decent thrills for something shot on a shoestring. "It's a home-invasion shocker a la The Strangers, but this one is made even more trippy by the gimmick that the film appears to be shot in one long take and occurs in real time," the Arizona Republic says.
The gist: A dance movie featuring a performance by Germany's Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in honor of choreographer Bausch, who died in 2009. Ought to be dynamite in 3D. PG
The cast: Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo, Ruth Amarante, Jorge Puerta and Pina Bausch.
The buzz: If dance is your thing, so is this movie. "This meditation on movement and space, transportation and transcendence is not to be missed," the Philadelphia Inquirer says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org