This is your dilemma this week: which buddy comedy do you want to see? One about masked crimefighters confronting evildoers, or one about ordinary joes confronting adultery and betrayal?
'The Green Hornet' (PG-13)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Michel Gondry
What's It About? It's the latest version of the radio serial-turned-comic-turned-TV series about newspaper heir Britt Reid (Rogen) and his gadget-and-martial-arts expert sidekick Kato (Chou, in the role that made Bruce Lee famous), fighting crime in a tricked out car.
Why Should You See It? Rogen doesn't seem like a typical superhero (though he's a lot leaner and meaner than he was in 'Knocked Up'), but maybe that's a good thing. He also co-wrote the script with his 'Superbad' writing partner, Evan Goldberg. Similarly, surealist Michel Gondry isn't your typical comic-book movie director, but he gets a lifetime pass from us for 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,' so we'll happily check out anything he shoots.
You Might Like It If You Like: 'Mystery Men,' 'The Shadow,' 'Be Kind Rewind'
Video Interviews: Seth Rogen | Cameron Diaz | Christoph Waltz
'Who Is 'The Green Hornet'? We Answer Your Burning Questions
Watch a Scene From the Movie and Mr. Moviefone's Six Second Review
'The Dilemma' (PG-13)
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Channing Tatum
Directed by: Ron Howard
What's It About? Ronny (Vaughn) learns that Geneva (Ryder), the wife of his best bud (James), is cheating on him. Does he spill the beans and risk ruining both the friendship and a big business deal?
Why Should You See It? Buzz on this hasn't been stellar, thanks in part to that ill-conceived "gay" joke in the trailer that got Vaughn and Howard in hot water. Still, it's always fun to see Vaughn try to fast-talk his way out of trouble, and James ('Paul Blart: Mall Cop') is becoming one of the more deft big-screen comics. And while Howard is better known for big-canvas dramas ('Apollo 13,' 'A Beautiful Mind'), don't forget that he got his start making light comedies like 'Night Shift' and 'Splash.'
You Might Like It If You Like: 'Couples Retreat,' 'The Break-Up,' 'Grown Ups'
Video Interview With Ron Howard, Vince Vaughn and Kevin James
Watch the trailer for 'The Dilemma'
'Barney's Version,' an adaptation of Mordecai Richler's comic novel about the life and loves of a schlub, is earning Oscar talk for Paul Giamatti's starring turn. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
'Ong Bak 3,' directed by, written by and starring Tony Jaa, brings to a close the celebrated supernatural martial arts trilogy. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
'The Heart Specialist,' which has been awaiting release for more than four years, is a romantic comedy set among hotshot young doctors at a hospital. Zoe Saldana and Wood Harris star.
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•'Season of the Witch': Of course it's preposterous, but the supernatural medieval melodrama, featuring the ever-intense Nicolas Cage, is weirdly entertaining. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
•'Country Strong': Of course it's preposterous, but the Nashville melodrama, featuring the versatile Gwyneth Paltrow, is weirdly entertaining. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
•'Rabbit Hole': This drama (expanding wide this weekend) about a couple coping with the loss of their child isn't feel-good entertainment, but it is unexpectedly hopeful, and it does feature awards-worthy performances by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
New On DVD: There was so much talk a few months ago about 'The Social Network' being a movie that would define a generation. That's not necessarily true; it's not so much a movie about Facebook as it is a movie about spoiled, privileged young men who, when they stumble onto a goldmine, behave like spoiled, privileged young men. That said, it still boasts some moving performances, Aaron Sorkin's sparkling script, David Fincher's surprisingly light-touch direction and a strong likelihood of winning the Best Picture Oscar this year. Buy or rent the DVD | More new DVD releases
Movie Homework: He may not be a household name in America, but Jay Chou, the new Kato in 'The Green Hornet,' is a huge pop star in Taiwan. As an actor, he's received the most previous exposure here in Zhang Yimou's glorious 'Curse of the Golden Flower' (2006), the gorgeously-photographed, colorful, extravagant epic about an imperial family in 10th Century China. As the faithful son, Chou holds his own opposite the charismatic Chow Yun-Fat and Gong Li. Watch this one with the sound off, and you'll still be blown away. Buy or rent the DVD.
On Our Netflix Queue: For many of us this week, outside our windows are forbidding snowdrifts or barely-plowed streets where the snow has turned into murky slush. But in 'Doctor Zhivago,' where director David Lean did for snow what he did for sand in 'Lawrence of Arabia,' every flake is part of a lovely, serene blanket. Watch Omar Sharif and Julie Christie ride through Lean's white wonderland, and you won't even mind that your own winter isn't nearly as wonderful. Buy or rent the DVD
On TV: Unless you were just the right age in the 1980s, you probably overlooked 'The Goonies,' a Steven Spielberg kiddie adventure that the master handed off to director Richard Donner. But for those who were just young enough, the tale of a group of misfit kids who stumble into a real treasure hunt is a nostalgic favorite. Twenty-six years later, they can share it with their own kids this weekend on ABC Family (Sat., 8:30PM ET/PT and Sun., 5:30PM ET/PT). The rest of us can marvel at the early screen appearances of such second-generation stars as Sean Astin, Martha Plimpton and Josh Brolin. Check your local listings
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