[19 June 2009]
Opening Wednesday in wide release:
TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN (PG-13): This is the big one, the big kahuna, the movie expected to rule the summer box office. Director Michael Bay follows up his surprisingly effective smash hit from the summer of 2007 with the second of an expected trilogy of films about giant robots from outer space that can turn into cars and the befuddled teenager (Shia LaBeouf) who befriends them.
Opening Friday in wide release:
MY SISTER’S KEEPER (PG-13): Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”) directs this adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s tearjerking novel about a 13-year-old girl (Abigail Breslin), conceived to be a donor for her leukemia-stricken older sister, who files for medical emancipation when her parents ask her to give up a kidney. Cameron Diaz plays her mother. Sure, the actresses are all smiles and giggles on the film’s poster. But just you wait.
WHATEVER WORKS (PG-13): Now that he’s too old to believably play any role other than the lead in a remake of “Cocoon,” writer-director Woody Allen doesn’t act in his movies anymore. In his latest project, which brings the filmmaker back to his beloved Manhattan after a sojourn in Europe, Allen drafts Larry David to play a nebbish neurotic juggling various romantic relationships.