New movies this week
The gist: Not to be confused with SyFy's Almighty Thor, this adaptation of the Marvel Norse god who is cast out of Asgard and forced to live among humans features some Oscar winners and has much better special effects. Oh, and costs $10 to go see, instead of vegging out with Richard Grieco at home. PG-13
The cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgard, Jamie Alexander and Kat Dennings.
The buzz: It's a feature-length trailer for the upcoming Avengers movie, so that can be good or bad, depending on how you feel about comic-book movies. "Thor shows the Marvel movie formula — amp up the laughs, deploy stars smartly, protect the franchise at all costs — at its most obvious and efficient. It gives mediocre a good name," the Boston Globe reasons.
The gist: A single girl who feels bad for herself as she turns 30 risks being a homewrecker when she starts getting a little too close to her best friend's fiance. But hey, she's flighty and self-absorbed, so it's all good, right? PG-13
The cast: Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, John Krasinski, Colin Egglesfield, Steve Howey and Ashley Williams.
The buzz: I remember the missus being so angry about the goings-on in this book that she got angry at me for no reason. It's hard to make a comedy out of an unfunny situation. "Something blue as well as this wedding party has enough unlikable characters to put anyone into a funk," the Hollywood Reporter says.
Jumping the Broom
The gist: A black couple's two families, one upper class and one not so much, get together to celebrate the union. Hilarity ensues on Martha's Vineyard. PG-13
The cast: Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Tasha Smith and Julie Bowen.
The buzz: It's not a new formula by any means, and it feels like it. "As great as it is to see both Bassett and Devine headlining a film, they are saddled with stereotypical characters — the uptown snob vs. the downtown sistah — that neither seems completely at home inhabiting," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org