New movies this week
The Rum Diary
The gist: Johnny Depp goes back to the Hunter S. Thompson well in this adaptation of the gonzo journalist's first book, about a besotted hack in Puerto Rico who decides to take on the rich and shameless. R
The cast: Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenking and Giovanni Ribisi.
The buzz: Not nearly as engaging as Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, but HST fans will likely enjoy. "The Rum Diary remains a relatively mild diversion, not at all unpleasant but neither compelling nor convulsive," the Hollywood Reporter says.
The gist: Roland Emmerich tries to convince everyone that William Shakespeare is not the one who wrote all those plays you couldn't understand in high school. Wow, bitter much? PG-13
The cast: Ed Hogg, Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, David Thewlis, Sebastian Armesto and Rafe Spall.
The buzz: Exceptionally made and finely acted trash, most critics fond of English literature are saying. "A well-polished cowpat that will confuse and bore those who know nothing about Shakespeare and incense those who know almost anything," New York magazine warns.
The gist: Justin Timberlake stars in a movie combining Logan's Run, Timecop and Minority Report, playing a cop investigating a murder in a dystopia in which people are paid in time to extend a limit on how long they are allowed to live. So don't waste it watching dumb sci-fi retreads, mmkay? PG-13
The cast: Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Wilde and Matthew Bomer.
The buzz: Well, we're JT fans, so maybe we can waste a little bit. "If you can get past the plot holes and the copious time puns, In Time is actually rather brisk, enjoyable entertainment," the AP says.
All's Fair in Love
The gist: A botched goofball flick about an amateur actress who falls for a jock playing a knight at a Renaissance Fair while fending off a group of professional actors. Note: Tampa's own annual medieval celebration supposedly contributed footage, so there's that. PG-13
The cast: Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Ann-Margret, Matthew Lillard, Cedric the Entertainer and Louise Griffiths.
The buzz: There's a reason it's been sitting around since 2008. "We've seen this kind of thing before; it was old when Bill Murray did it in Meatballs," Variety chides.
The gist: An indie flick with an all-star cast about an entry-level analyst at an investment firm in 2008 who discovers his superiors are about to plunge the world into financial ruin. Good thing this is fiction, huh? R
The cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Xachary Quinto, Penn Badgley and Simon Baker.
The buzz: Very high marks from most critics, but it feels like it could be depressing to watch. "Margin Call is one of the strongest American films of the year and easily the best Wall Street movie ever made," the New Yorker lauds.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org