New movies this week
The Best Man Holiday
The gist: The kids from 1999's The Best Man are getting back together, reuniting for the holidays to find out all their relationships are pretty much the same as they were 15 years ago. Hey, all our friends from college are the same way. R
The cast: Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Nia Long.
The buzz: It's about all you could hope for in a sequel to a movie from almost two decades ago. "The Best Man Holiday possesses all the strengths and weaknesses of banal, high-gloss mainstream entertainment: It's boringly, bracingly, gratifyingly conventional. No shame in that game," the Washington Post says.
The gist: A Bollywood-style romance based on Romeo & Juliet, but with more shooting and high-energy dance numbers featuring Indian superstars. If only Shakespeare had thought of that! No MPAA rating
The cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Gulshan Devalah, Richa Chadda, Abhimanyu Singh and Shveta Salve.
The buzz: There are no reviews available for this import, so do us all a favor and go see it at the AMC Veterans 24 and let us know how it is.
The gist: A heartwarming tale about a couple representing the unbreakable cycle of poverty that hangs over lower-class America like a darkened thunderhead. Just in time for the holidays. No MPAA rating
The cast: Naomi Watts, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, Tess Harper and William Haze.
The buzz: There's a split decision among critics, with some loving the performances and others not grooving on actors pretending to have it rough. Time Out New York's verdict: "The one real takeaway here is not that things are tough all over, or that movie stars equate slumming with authenticity; it's that no actor should be asked to do a sexy dance to Crazy Town's Butterfly. Ever."
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org