Already ripe with Internet buzz (mostly from a brilliant clip showing stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon doing spot on imitations of Michael Caine), this motion picture adaptation of the popular UK TV series - really nothing more than a bunch of episodes editing into one - appears to be an arthouse smash in the making. It’s like My Dinner with Andre except with better jokes. All the while, Coogan and Brydon try to mix food and culinary criticism with a smart-assed desire to one-up each other. Some have been less than favorable with their assessment, but for an audience not used to either man’s determined and dry wit, this could be a popcorn season godsend.
The Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins
The Green Lantern
You’ve got to feel really bad for Hal Jordan. Of all the Summers his unique origin story could stumble into, he had to pick the one already bloated with Thor, Captain America, the X-Men and those tacky transforming robots. Talk about having to share the spotlight. Luckily, early looks at Martin Campbell’s take on the only Earth man ever taken into the intergalactic Green Lantern Corps looks stunning. There is an epic quality to the imagery that only a smarmy, silly screenplay could undermine. Fans originally feared that star Ryan Reynolds would go the route ala Seth Rogen and The Green Hornet. Since then, their suspicions have turned to hysterical anticipation…and with good reason.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Madeline Carroll, Angela Lansbury, Philip Baker Hall, Dominic Chianese
Mr. Popper’s Peguins
Jim Carrey goes Lemony Snicket on his freefalling fanbase, avoiding more adult material to place nice with the popular South Pole beasts. As with most kid vid nowadays, it’s based on a popular book. But the original Mr. Popper was a poor painter who found himself being eaten out of his 1938 house and home by the brood of marauding sea birds. Now, Carrey is a clueless A-personality businessman who has his life turned upside down by the sudden arrival of an array of penguins. While the studio is calling it a modern update of the classic tale, many in the already formed devotees will probably call it a cheat.