Jay Roach, director of the Austin Powers movies as well as the excellent HBO-backed political dramas Game Change and Recount,
would seem the perfect guy to guide this ribald satire of a North
Carolina congressional race wherein each candidate is flawed.
A former getaway driver (screenwriter and co-director Dax Shepard) in
witness protection has to high tail it on his own, with his girlfriend
(Kristen Bell) in tow, once his old gang (led
by a dreadlocked Bradley Cooper) comes a-knocking, seeking a secret
stash of money from their last heist.
Norman (voiced by Kodi
Smit-McPhee) really sees dead people and they happen to be his only
friends in the world. The pre-teen years sure can be a drag, but
when a return of the living dead threatens
to take over an entire community, it’s up to Norman and a ragtag crew
of friends and family to set things straight.
Round two of the 1980s action hero retirement road show features full-on
supporting roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, but
Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham are still the least expendable
players in the game.
David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) reunites with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs,
the story of a couple (Streep and Tommy Lee Jones), married for 30
years, who decide to attend a week-long marriage counseling program with
a renowned therapist (Steve Carell) in order to renew their spark.
The simple premise of this suburban comedy — about a group of dads who
form a neighborhood watch group to patrol their block, but soon discover
an extraterrestrial menace threat far beyond their control — feels like
a lazy opportunity for Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill to hang
out and crack wise on the studio dime.
Terence Davies (screenwriter and director of The House of Mirth)
once again takes on dual roles with this adaptation of Terence
Rattigan’s play about the self-destructive love affair between the wife of a British judge and a pilot in the Royal Air Force.