(L-R) Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl in Rush. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon. (Photos by Universal | Relativity Media)Don Jon
Directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Glenne Headly, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Rob Brown
Gordon-Levitt's baby—he writes, directs, and stars—is the story of a womanizing New Jersey guido who prefers porn to the real thing. Light-hearted and very funny at times, Don Jon boasts a great cast but doesn't exist in any kind of reality. Over-stylized and simplistic, Don Jon is a misfire for the actor/first-time director. Full Review.
See it? No.
Directed by Ron Howard
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Natalie Dormer, Pierfrancesco Favino
The true story of Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda is told effectively by Howard, the master of the linear narrative. The race scenes are thrilling and the human story behind what's on the track is even better. It's a genre film about two rivals who hate each other but grow to have a mutual respect over time. It's been done before, but Howard breathes new life into the formula. Full Review.
See it? Yes.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Directed by Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn
Starring: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte, Neil Patrick Harris
Flint Lockwood has another crisis on his hands when he discovers his well-known machine is still functional and is creating monstrous food animals. This sequel is almost exactly like the original but those food monsters definitely look cool.
See it? Sure.
Directed by David E. Talbert
Starring: Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Djimon Hounsou, Trey Songz, Derek Luke, Lala Anthony, Adam Brody, Tia Mowry
Baggage Claim follows Patton as a flight attendant who promises herself she won't be the only unmarried woman in her family and sets off on a 30 day, 30,000 mile expedition to find Mr. Right. While the plot is tired and the "unmarried woman who needs a man" character shows up only every other month in the movies, the strangest part about Baggage Claim is how someone who looks like Paula Patton needs any help in the romance department.
See it? No.
We Are What We Are [Limited]
Directed by Jim Mickle
Starring: Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Wyatt Russell
Mulberry Street indie horror director Jim Mickle returns here with a tale about a ritualistic family living alone in the woods. When a huge storm rolls through the area, some family members are forced to do more than just pick up the groceries. There's something sinister going on here and it rhymes with "shmannabalism."
See it? Sure.