New movies this week
The gist: A woman using the name of a man from the other side of the country lives it up in Miami, buying whatever she wants and ruining his credit. You know, a hilarious, that-could-never-happen caper! R
The cast: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Genesis Rodriguez, John Cho, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet.
The buzz: It's about as hilarious as the premise sounds, especially to anyone who has ever had a credit-card number stolen or a bank account phished. "It's a deserving subject that should be explored in a more viable film, but Identity Thief is so bad it's hard to believe it wasn't directed by Judd Apatow or the Farrelly Brothers," the New York Observer notes.
The gist: Steven Soderbergh makes perhaps his final thriller about a woman prescribed an anti-anxiety medication that may or may not have made her even crazier. Sponsored by Zoloft, which the movie is sure to say doesn't make you feel that way. R
The cast: Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mamie Gummer, Vinessa Shaw and David Costabile.
The buzz: If it really is Soderbergh's last movie, it's a good one. "Steven Soderbergh's elegantly coiled puzzler spins a tale of clinical depression and psychiatric malpractice into an absorbing, cunningly unpredictable entertainment," Variety praises.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org