New movies this week
The gist: After The Chronicles of Riddick in 2004, we thought this franchise had dried up and blown away, but no, it sounds like they're basically remaking Pitch Black. How does a murderer with night-vision eyeballs keep ending up on desert planets with nocturnal monsters? Well, how does Vin Diesel keep ending up in Fast & Furious movies? R
The cast: Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff and Bokeem Woodbine.
The buzz: While there were plenty of reasons to pretend the last Riddick movie never happened, this doesn't measure up to even that meager franchise bar. "Faithful to the template if not the spirit of previous installments, this flabby second sequel barely manages to advance Riddick's considerable personal mythology," The Hollywood Reporter says. Expect to see it played ad nauseam on FX in six months.
Ain't Them Bodies Saints
The gist: A woman shoots a cop and the husband takes the rap and goes to prison, but he breaks out of prison in an attempt to reunite with his wife and a daughter he has never met while authorities track him down. You know, a real feel-good film you could take the kids to. R
The cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine, Kennadie Smith, Jacklynn Smith, Nate Parker and Robert Longstreet.
The buzz: A somewhat polarizing movie that has led many critics to say director David Lowery is a genius. "It marks the arrival of an immense talent who will be new to most moviegoers — although Lowery is a well-known figure in the indie-film world — and it's surely one of the best American films of the year," Salon.com says.
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