CATEGORIES Comedy, Horror, Romance, New Releases, Remakes and Sequels, Review Roundup, Movie News, Reviews, New Releases, Cinematical
The pickings are slim this week, with only two movies opening wide. And, since one of them is a remake of a teen horror movie, it's not exactly surprising that critics were only allowed to see the charming romantic comedy in advance of its open. By now, you know the drill: if a movie isn't screened for critics, it's not worth seeing. So, to sum up, Something New is pretty damn wonderful, while When a Stranger Calls is very likely to suck.
- Something New: Most of the reviews for this one are shockingly good. By most accounts, the film addresses a fairly common topic - interracial relationships - with unusual complexity, and from an uncommon perspective. Also, Simon Baker is dreamy. Just for balance, though, a few critics do take the film's title as an opportunity to say something cleverly negative - you know, "it's nothing new," that sort of thing. (Oddly, not a single review connects the film to either All That Heaven Allows or any of its various remakes - apparently the whole gardener/class issue thing is just a coincidence.)