1. ‘Killer Elite’
We challenge you to not find at least two other movies in which Clive Owen, Robert De Niro and Jason Statham have already played the same characters they do in this assassin action thriller. Make that five for Statham.
The boy who played wolf, Taylor Lautner, gets his first starring role as a young man who learns he was kidnapped as a child by the people he had grown up believing were his parents.
Brad Pitt plus baseball equals a win-win for any couple doing battle over what to see in the theaters this weekend. Pitt plays Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane, the innovator of a new drafting technique. Whatever. All we heard was “Pitt.”
4. ‘The Weird World of Blowfly’
The legendary dirty rapper Clarence “Blowfly” Reid finally gets the appreciation he deserves as a documentarian follows the artist on tour.
5. ‘Dolphin Tale’
A dolphin gets a prosthetic tail. Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman co-star alongside said dolphin.
6. ‘Machine Gun Preacher’
Gerard Butler plays a Born-Again American on a religious mission in Sudan. But the more he gets involved in the conflict in the region, the more he uses his old tough guy persona to persevere.
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We hope this stunning, modern noir film by Nicolas Winding Refn — about a stunt driver sucked into the L.A. crime underworld — will finally allow Ryan Gosling to be referred to as someone other than “‘The Notebook’ guy.”
8. ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’
You know what you’re going to get out of this box of bon-bons: Sarah Jessica Parker plays a mom trying to ‘have it all’ with kids, a career and Greg Kinnear.
9. ‘Straw Dogs’
Expect more flash and bloodshed in this remake of the 1971 Sam Peckinpah classic film about a small back-country village that doesn’t take kindly to a native daughter returning to settle in with her sophisticated, if wussy, husband.
10. ‘The Lion King’ 3-D
There may be a circle of life, but this movie won’t die.