Dakota Fanning, above, turns a rare double play Friday, with starring roles in two debuting movies. She's the voice of the animated hero Coraline (see the review on Page 6) and appears in the flesh in Push (PG-13), a science fiction thriller.
Fanning plays Cassie Holmes, part of a super-secret group with clairvoyant and telekinetic powers. Their skills were created by a devious government agency known as the Division, but Cassie and others like her rebel, making them fugitives. Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) and Camilla Belle (10,000 B.C.) co-star as psychics also on the run from a deadly Division agent (Djimon Hounsou).
Push sounds like an idea from a comic book, but just the opposite happened here. Summit Entertainment commissioned a series of prequel comics in order to build awareness among the movie's target audience. I read a couple, and they aren't bad.
Push wasn't screened in time for Weekend. A review will appear Friday on Etc, Page 2B.
Steve Martin, above, returns as Inspector Jacques Clouseau in The Pink Panther 2 (PG), although it's tough to imagine why. The first reboot of Peter Sellers' classic role barely sold enough tickets in the United States in 2006 to meet its $80 million budget, although overseas — where Jerry Lewis is considered a genius — sales were better.
This time, Clouseau teams with a squad of equally inept detectives to trap a master thief stealing historical artifacts. You can bet a few rare pieces will be broken, burned or otherwise destroyed.
Jean Reno (The Professional) and Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl) return as Clouseau's partner and wife, respectively. Andy Garcia (Ocean's Thirteen) gets no respect for joining the show.
The Pink Panther 2 was not screened by a Times critic.