Friday, June 20, 2008

FILM: New in Theaters - 6/20/08

Sorry this is so late. I got an invite to see The Incredible Hulk and Indiana Jones again was free so I went. By the way, Hulk is better than Ang Lee's, but not better than Iron Man. I say it falls in between Spiderman 2 and X-Men 3.

I would've paid for Get Smart if I had the time to go. Adapting the 60s show as a feature film starring Steve Carrell, Anne Hathaway, and Dwayne Johnson continues the trend of action movies infused with a bit of idiotic humor that was started this summer by You Don't Mess with the Zohan. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Carell plays Maxwell Smart, whose code name is Agent 86. He's a secret agent in the CONTROL unit of the government that often saves the world from the master plans of the KAOS organization. He's, of course, incompetent as opposed to his partner Agent 99 (Hathaway), who usually saves him. His polar opposite is Agent 23 (Johnson), a super buff, combat-ready spy. I feel like it's the only movie that's more focused on the "sidekick" than the bad ass. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) And for that reason alone you should go watch it and root for the underdog.

If you're looking for a break from the action-packed blockbusters, maybe you'd like to see Mike Myers in a live action film for once. In The Love Guru, he plays a romance expert, who is trying to break into the self-help business by helping a famous hockey player (Romany Malco from "Weeds") get his wife (Meagan Good from Stomp the Yard) back. Jessica Alba is his love interest, Justin Timberlake plays a horny French guy with bad hair, and Verne Troyer (Austin Powers) is just being verbally abused through the whole thing. There are also a few celeb cameos, like Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, and, of course, the #1 guru, Deepak Chopra.

Very rarely are independent movies geared towards children, so perhaps you and your little tyke would like to see Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. It's a drama based on the American Girl doll line about a girl who has to cope with living during the Depression. It isn't, however, that depressing. There's plenty of cute scenes and a mystery where she pulls a Nancy Drew and searches for the thief who stole her family's savings. It should be fun for the whole family. Starring alongside her are Chris O'Donnell ("The Company"), Jane Krakowski ("30 Rock"), Max Thieriot (Nancy Drew), Joan Cusack, Stanley Tucci, and Will & Jada Smith's daughter, Willow.

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