New movies this week
The gist: Ryan Gosling shifts gears (get it? nyuk, nyuk) as a stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman, but goes on a murderous rampage to protect a young mother he fancies who is being targeted by her convict husband. R
The cast: Gosling, Albert Brooks, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman.
The buzz: A throwback to movies long since past, this one manages to stay in its lane through the redline, and other stupid car-related puns. "As taut a film as you're likely to see in theaters this year," the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal says. "And it easily leaves other street-racing movies of its kind in the dust, even classics like Vantage Point and Two-Lane Blacktop."
The gist: A remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 classic in which mild-mannered Dustin Hoffman cleans house on a bunch of Brits who have been terrorizing him. And you know how tbt* feels about remakes. R
The cast: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, James Woods, Dominic Purcell and Rhys Coiro.
The buzz: This one is getting tepid reviews, although we can't tell if anyone thinks Marsden is a suitable replacement for Hoffman's mathematician. "The protagonists have become more likable and empowered, motivations have become more cut and dried, and references to underlying political schisms are downplayed," Variety notes.
I Don't Know How She Does It
The gist: The second movie this week featuring Christina Hendricks is basically about what would happen if Carrie from Sex and the City got married and had to live a normal life. PG-13
The cast: Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Kelsey Grammer, Olivia Munn and Hendricks
The buzz: It turned out about as compelling as it sounds. "Subtlety is never this movie's strong point; then again, it's nearly impossible to pinpoint what this movie's strengths are," the Arizona Republic says.
The Lion King
You know the drill, but now it's in 3-D, so you can blow even more money on a Disney movie you've already seen. Admittedly, though, that would probably be worth it.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org