Sandler and the rest of Judd Apatow's crew bring the 'Funny,' 'Adam' charms and the vampire flick 'Thirst' certainly doesn't suck. See Moviefone editors' picks for the best movies in theaters.
Movie Recommendations for July 31
Adam Sandler plays a successful comedian who's diagnosed with a fatal disease, while Seth Rogen is the young comic he takes on as an assistant. When director Judd Apatow focuses on their relationship and the world of stand-up comedians, he gives us some of his tightest, funniest work yet. (Jason Schwartzman and Jonah Hill, as Rogen's roommates, are particularly hilarious.) But things veer off in a less focused direction when Sandler chases after his old flame (Leslie Mann), leaving us with a movie that's half great, and half ... just OK. Still, half of a great Apatow movie is better than most comedies you'll see all year. -- Patricia Chui
Sandler, Rogen & Mann Unscripted Q&A
The quintessential New York love story gets a new spin in this charming, hopeful tale about a man (Hugh Dancy, in his finest performance yet) with Asperger's syndrome (a neurological disorder that prevents one from properly expressing or intuiting emotions) and the woman who falls for him (a fantastic Rose Byrne). And audiences will fall for Dancy and Byrne, whose chemistry never wavers, from awkward meet-cute to Dancy's admirable spacesuit-clad washing of the windows (yes, you read that correctly) to fully -- and funnily -- consumated relationship. Only in New York. -- Tom DiChiara
Vampires aren't just all the rage on premium cable ('True Blood') and at the multiplex ('Twilight'). They're also invading art houses. Last year we had the Swedish import 'Let the Right One In,' and this year we get this buzzed-about entry from 'Oldboy' director Chan-wook Park, who offers his own bizarre and demented twist on bloodsucker lore. The story of a do-gooder priest (Kang-ho Song) infected by a vampire strain while volunteering for medical research, the film starts off subtle and chilling, each scene offering its own visceral effects. But the film gets derailed as it skips middle ground and heads straight for over-the-top shocks and veers into this odd psychological thriller-comedy territory in the third act. It's still a must-see for fans of Asian horror, likely to get a kick of each volatile blood vomit. There's a lot of those. -- Kevin Polowy
Who doesn't dig dolphins? Widespread love for the high-flying marine mammals dates back to the days of 'Flipper,' and comes full circle with 'The Cove,' an expose of their mass slaughter occurring in Japan (some 23,000 are killed per year), and front-runner for best documentary of the year. Focusing heavily on dolphin trainer-turned-liberator Richard O'Barry (he trained the actual 'phins for the popular '60s TV series 'Flipper'), Louie Psihoyos' doc is equal parts heartbreaking and thrilling; he crafts O'Barry's mission to uncover the slaughter as a full-on caper, complete with a crack team of experts (divers, ILM effects wizards) and diabolical villains (fishermen, government agents), and climaxing with one of the most devastating scenes ever committed to non-fiction filmmaking. Don't be surprised if this sleeper-in-the-making inspires the sort of fury toward Sea World we saw with McDonald's after 'Super Size Me.' -- Kevin Polowy