Can Nicolas Cage save us all from impending doom? You'll find the answer in 'Knowing,' the surprise sci-fi hit. Also new on DVD today: 'The Unborn,' which is NOT the Pro Life revenge fantasy it may sound like, and the sci-fi thriller 'Push,' starring Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning. 'Knowing'
What It's About: Nicolas Cage is an astrophysicist who discovers that a scroll of numbers buried in a time capsule underneath his son's school could hold the key to impending apocalypse. Soon, he's teamed up with Rose Byrne and being haunted by creepy men who all bare an eerie resemblance to Paul Bettany.
It's Kind of Like: 'The Number 23' meets 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008)
What We Say: The "small world" plot takes ridiculousness to new levels. Not that we expect any sort of reality in our sci-fi/disaster movies, but this disappointing flick from 'Dark City' director Alex Proyas is also marred by plot holes, stale acting and shoddy special effects. Nevertheless, audiences ate it up to the tune of nearly $80 million. We've said it once and we'll say it again: audiences love the prospect of seeing the world end.
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What It's About: No, it's no the Pro-Life revenge fantasy it may sound like. Instead, it's the tale of a twenty-something (Jennifer Connelly doppelganger Odette Yustman) who's haunted by the twin brother she never knew she had -- because he never made it out of the womb. (He of course, takes the guise of a demonic toddler.)
It's Kind of Like: The Jewish 'Exorcist'
Critical Consensus: The latest in a never-ending line of "creepy kid" scarers didn't impress reviewers, earning only a 12 percent approval rating on Rottten Tomatoes, with the adjectives "unscary" and "laughable" most commonly used (though many did appreciate Gary Oldman's unlikely appearance as a rabbi who conducts a Jewish exorcism.)
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What It's About: In a world inhabited by paranormal operatives classified as movers, watchers and pushers (no shakers?), two of these gifted psychics (Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning) flee from an evil government agency to rescue a third (Camilla Belle) in Hong Kong.
It's Kind of Like: 'X-Men' meets 'Jumper'
Critical Consensus: Movie critics weren't so moved by this action-heavy sci-fi flick: The film scored a lousy 22 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with most bemoaning its perplexing plot. Variety called it "a confused jumble of parts in search of a whole." On the other hand, Hollywood.com found it to be "pure escapist fun."
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Other New Releases:
New on Blu-ray:
'Grumpy Old Men'
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