(USA) Directed by Brett Ratner. Starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe. Category IIA.
(USA) Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac. Category III.
“Drive” could have been a very different movie—an action blockbuster starring Hugh Jackman—had some turd-brained Hollywood producers had their way. I’m an atheist and all, but thank all movie gods that it didn’t happen.
(UK/France) Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. Starring Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz. Category IIA.
Exciting swordplay, chivalrous derring-do and loyal friendships never get old. That’s why filmmakers love “The Three Musketeers” and have been taking it to screen no less than 30 times since 1903. But it takes more than a century and a genius like Paul W.S. Anderson to realize what the story has been missing all these years—giant airships.
(USA). Directed by Glenn Ficara, John Requa. Starring Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone. Category IIA.
(UK) Directed by S.J. Clarkson. Starring Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter, Oscar Kennedy, Ken Stott, Victoria Hamilton. Category IIA.
(USA) Directed by Shawn Levy. Starring Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Hope Davis. Category IIA.
An underdog story threaded by father-son drama and set in the robot-boxing near-future—no, you’ve never seen “Real Steel” before, though I understand why you’d feel like you have. “Rocky” meets “Transformers” meets “The Champ” sums up about the first 30 minutes of the film, and then it keeps repeating itself.
(USA) Directed by Will Gluck. Starring Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson. Category IIB.
(USA) Directed by John Singleton. Starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Sigourney Weaver, Maria Bello, Michael Nyqvist. Category IIA.
If there is a customized hell for film critics, it must be a place where “Abduction” is being played in loop. And let’s be clear: for those who don’t care about the movie but are here just to see some beefcake, please read my review of “What’s Your Number”—it’s your better bet.
(USA) Directed by Mark Mylod. Starring Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Blythe Danner, Andy Samberg, Martin Freeman, Chris Pratt, Joel McHale. Category IIB.
Prepare for amazement—this thing doesn’t suck!
(USA) Written and directed by Tate Taylor. Starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jessica Chastain, Sissy Spacek. Category IIA.