New movies this week
The gist: Tony Stark from Iron Man and Alan Garner from The Hangover find themselves trapped in John Hughes' Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but way more crass. We have tickets to the first showing. R
The cast: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis and Danny R. McBride.
The buzz: Most critics don't seem to like this road movie about a guy who needs to get home before his wife gives birth to their child. Something about being pointless and stupid. In a comedy? How dare they! "While Due Date hits more than it misses, its familiarity and disjointedness prevent it from being the gem it might have been," IGN laments.
The gist: Another one of those 3D cartoons where the jokes are funny enough to engage the adults who drag their spawn to the movies, then load them up on sugary soda and fatty buttered popcorn. This one is about what happens when a neurotic supervillain defeats his nemesis and realizes the duality of the human condition. PG
The cast: The voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, David Cross and Ben Stiller.
The buzz: Believe it or not, half the critics really didn't like this one. Again with the character development. "Though enlivened by some moderately clever twists on the superhero-movie template, Megamind never shakes off a feeling of been-there-spoofed-that," Variety says.
For Colored Girls
The gist: Tyler Perry expands playwright Ntozake Shange's stories of black women dealing with their lot in life. Unfortunately, he expands it time-wise, not quality-wise. R
The cast: Kimberly Elise, Oprah Winfrey, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Thandie Newton and Anika Noni Rose.
The buzz: This one has often been called unfilmable, and a lot of critics think that's still true. "The appeal of the original went far beyond the specifics of being black or female, in the '70s or any time. The adaptation's limitations make the play seem quaint, out of date," the Chicago Tribune says.
The gist: As if you hadn't already felt saddened by John Lennon's death, we go back to 1955 to see how hard his life was, what with being abandoned by his parents and running on the streets of Liverpool. It's real cheerful until you get to the end. R
The cast: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Thomas Sangster, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff and Josh Bolt.
The buzz: Wow, one the critics almost all agree upon. "If you've seen read or seen the Beatles history in literature or film, you'll adore Nowhere Boy for filling in more blank spaces about the early life that formed one of the seminal figures in rock history," the Orlando Sentinel praises.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org