Friday, September 18, 2009

Today's New in Theaters- 9/18/09

The Informant!: Steven Soderbergh's latest is a real oddity--it's more about tone and quirk than real punchlines or the slapstick of the ads--but it's genuinely entertaining and a unique take on a pretty standard tale. Ebert and Rich both give it very high marks.

Jennifer's Body: The Megan Fox factor isn't enough to get me into the theater-- but the Diablo Cody factor is. Reviews have been pretty mixed, but Ebert gives it three stars ("as a movie about a flesh-eating cheerleader, it's better than it has to be"), and A.O. Scott proclaims it "an unholy mess" in the New York Times, adding, "I mean that as a compliment." ("A.O. Scott gets it!" announced Cody on her Twitter.)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: I remember the book, vaguely, from when I was a kid, but I didn't see much in the trailer that made me want to check this one out. That said, Orndorf gives it four-and-a-half out of five stars.

Love Happens: Good God, haven't I seen this movie a hundred times already? The AV Club thinks so. I like Aniston and Eckahrt plenty, but I'll be damned if I'm watching this.

Disgrace: Malkovich's performance is first rate, but the movie around it is strangely inert and tough to engage with. Its refusal to take the easy way out is admirable, but not terribly compelling.

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