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New movies for Nov. 2

Wait, Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe star in The Man With the Iron Fists? Somebody needed to pay rent this month, looks like.

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Wait, Lucy Liu and Russell Crowe star in The Man With the Iron Fists? Somebody needed to pay rent this month, looks like.

New movies this week


The gist: A pilot addicted to cocaine and alcohol makes an emergency landing while intoxicated, saving dozens of lives while only losing a few passengers. Now, does he deserve revilement or adulation? Denzel Washington will do his best to keep you from being able to decide. R

The cast: Washington, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Nadine Velazquez and Carter Cabassa.

The buzz: Robert Zemeckis is back in full force. "Flight is neither a simple story of heroism, nor one of a fallen hero. Things are more complex than that — and it is its complexities that make the film all the more rewarding an experience," the Philadelphia Inquirer lauds.

Wreck-it Ralph

The gist: Disney's (largely successful) attempt to cash in on 1980s video nostalgia that Gen X dads are feeling by telling the story of a video-game bad guy who is sick and tired of having to play the bad guy. Good luck telling your kids what a video arcade was. PG

The cast: Voices of Jon C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk and Ed O'Neill.

The buzz: It's like a well-made and accessible version of Tron. That's a good thing. "It's a fine piece of moviemaking that has a little something for kids who don't remember when games were played in arcades and adults who will delight in the tweaking of a bygone era," the San Jose Mercury News says.

The Man with the Iron Fists

The gist: A grindhouse kung fu movie by The RZA, who has the blessing of his pal Quentin Tarantino. There's a storyline, sure, but mostly it's about people kicking each other in the face. That's not necessarily a bad thing. R

The cast: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, The RZA, Grace Huang, Cung Le, Byron Mann and Rick Yune.

The buzz: There have been no previews, but what do you expect from a movie that actively touts guns, swords, explosions and giant robots? A decent opening weekend among people savvy about such things, that's what.

— Joshua Gillin

Upcoming releases

Nov. 9: Skyfall; Little Red Wagon; Smashed

Nov. 16: Lincoln; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2; The Sessions; A Late Quartet

New movies for Nov. 2 11/01/12 [Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 6:40pm]
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