New movies this week
The gist: A woman is so convinced her brother didn't commit a murder he was sentenced for, she spends 18 years trying to clear his name. We won't spoil it for you by telling you how they changed the ending. R
The cast: Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, Sam Rockwell, Peter Gallagher, Melissa Leo and Ari Graynor.
The buzz: It's an earnest procedural that tries a bit too hard to tug at the ol' heartstrings. "It's a noble enterprise, and a remarkable story, but it's not a movie that will set you free," the Philadelphia Inquirer says.
The gist: The makers of this torture-porn series insist the seventh installment will be the last. The seventh 3D installment, they mumble under their breath. R
The cast: Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery and Gina Holden.
The buzz: Yeah, like anyone reviewed this one, where the highlight will be nail guns shooting things into your face and table saws jumping out in choppy video to try to scare you.
The gist: A convicted arsonist tries to bait his parole officer into releasing him by trotting his wife out as a seductress. Like you wouldn't pay attention to Milla Jovovich. R
The cast: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Jovovich and Frances Conroy.
The buzz: A great cast dragged down by a stupid story and unlikely actions. Will the actors be enough for you? "Ultimately Stone sags under its own overblown philosophical weight, with a strained and painfully obvious spiritual subtext finally smothering what could have been a simple, effective psychological thriller," the Washington Post says.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
The gist: The third movie in Stiegg Larsson's trilogy finds Lisbeth Salander in the hospital and awaiting trial for murder. Journalist Mikael must prove her innocence, but Lisbeth just wants to bash some heads. If only Stiegg had lived on ... R
The cast: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Annika Hallin, Per Oscarsson, Lena Endre and Peter Andersson.
The buzz: Opinions are split about this one, and it's hard to tell where fans will stand. "It's a rather wobbly blend of courtroom drama and loose ends tied, albeit rather leisurely," the Chicago Tribune says. Good thing they're remaking it for American audiences, huh?
The gist: An IMAX movie about Muslims and the history of Arabian lands — complete with historical reenactments — that urges all of us to get along. No MPAA rating
The cast: Various documentary folk, but also Helen Mirren as narrator.
The buzz: Go get your learn on for 46 minutes. "Despite the limitations of the IMAX genre, Arabia strikes a fair balance between information and spectacle," the Boston Globe says.
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]