Romantic comedy? Check. Action thriller? Check. Sci-fi suspense? Uh-huh. The big-screen offerings are diverse this week, and that's not to mention your usual indies and documentaries currently in limited release.
- 'Morning Glory': Rachel McAdams tries to salvage a morning news show anchored by Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford, and Jenni Miller wasn't entirely tickled by the end result: "The meatiest parts of the movie are the scenes with McAdams and Ford, which is unfortunate since his performance is so grating and over-the-top that he's a mere caricature of both himself and of great newscasters. If he had dialed it back a few notches, the poignancy of their relationship would have felt much truer." (Check out the rest of her thoughts here.)
-'Unstoppable': Denzel Washington and Chris Pine have a runaway train to catch, but director Tony Scott lost Todd Gilchrist's interest in the process: "an onslaught of visual excess and nonsensical storytelling that believes it's a credible drama, which is why even by the most forgiving standards it's still awful." Todd's full review continues here.
-'Skyline': That guy from "Six Feet Under" and that guy from "Scrubs" fend off an alien invasion from the latter's L.A. penthouse. Peter Hall dug the effects, but felt the characters and story lacked in comparison: "It's plagued by too many elements that are, at best, marvelously derivative and, at worst, barely worthy of basic cable." The rest of his review's right over here.
-'Tiny Furniture': Jette Kernion thought she was sick of rambling indies about twenty-something ennui until she saw this low-key comedy back at SXSW: "The movie has a skewed sense of humor that works very well to counterbalance Aura's confusion and angst." The film will be available on demand on November 26.
-'Cool It': Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner ('We Live in Public') made this climate change doc in response to 'An Inconvenient Truth,' and when Monika Bartyzel saw it in Toronto, she felt that "Timoner adeptly includes a multitude of opinions and ideas, all of which have some validity. The audience is urged to move beyond the hysteria and to think rationally about the issues..."
-'Helena from the Wedding': This indie drama stands at 63% on Rotten Tomatoes.