CATEGORIES Movie NewsAh, the eternal question -- at least around the Moviefone water cooler -- what to watch this weekend? But, there are so many choices! Or, sometimes, not enough.
Luckily, your trusty editors narrowed down the best of what's debuting at the cinema -- or screening on your TV -- to make your weekend that much better. Take a look at our picks below!
"Identity Thief" By now, you've surely seen the trailer for this movie featuring Melissa McCarthy saying, "Sandy Bigelow .. Patterson!" and Jason Bateman's character stating he's "going after Bilbo." While I chuckled a bit the first few times I saw it, after the 30th time it loses some of its luster. Years of experience have taught me that one trailer = disaster, but I still want to root for this comedic team. McCarthy's winning turn in "Bridesmaids" wasn't a fluke -- the woman is genuinely hilarious, and Bateman is no slouch, either. So at the very least, turn off your critical mind and check this one out; the physical comedy alone should make it worthwhile. -- Chris Jancelewicz
"A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III" Roman Coppola (yes, those Coppolas) has spent the last decade out of the movie spotlight, opting instead to direct the second unit on several of his sister Sophia's films ("Lost in Translation," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette"), as well as co-writing the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." However, this Friday, Roman is back on his own with "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III." His first film since 2001's "CQ," the movie follows Charles (Charlie Sheen), a graphic designer who hits rock bottom after his girlfriend dumps him. Besides it being Sheen's first leading role since his 2011 breakdown, "Swan III" also stars fan favorites Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. The reviews on this one haven't been great, but with a cast like that, it's worth giving it a shot. -- Alex Suskind
"Celeste and Jesse Forever" (New on DVD/Blu-Ray) It's a maxim we're all familiar with: "Can men and women be friends?" Popularized by 1989's "When Harry Met Sally" (of course) and explored by "Seinfeld" and "Friends" and -- probably -- your own life, the hypothetical has become a catch-22 for the modern rom-com. But what if it read differently? What if a pair of besties married and then tried to salvage their friendship? "Celeste and Jesse Forever" asks just that. Starring Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg, the film follows a BFF couple whose marriage has hit the skids. Co-written by Jones and Will McCormack, who dated each other before realizing they were better suited as friends, "Celeste and Jesse Forever" is a story about breaking up -- the long, gestating, solitary, drowning-your-sorrows-in-ranch-dressing break-up. And it's funny, too! Whether tears of laugher, or sadness, tissues are recommended. -- Jessie Heyman
"Toys in the Attic" (New on DVD/Blu-Ray) A tiny movie that you've probably never heard of arrived on DVD this week. But if you've got an adventurous spirit and a soft spot for fantasy, "Toys in the Attic" is just waiting to be discovered. The stop-motion animated feature plays like a more demented version of "Toy Story"; the Land of Evil has kidnapped Buttercup the Doll and its up to her toy friends Teddy the Stuffed Bear, Sir Handsome the Marionette and a mechanical mouse to save her. It revels in all the weird dusty details of old, broken toys and the ways a child would imagine their ordinary house to be a far-away magical land. It's a truly inventive and trippy-looking film from Jiri Barta, one of the Czech Republic's most creative filmmakers, and features the voices of Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes. -- Eric Larnick