Ben Stiller yucks it up South of the Border, while another wannabe fantasy franchise gets its start, Bruce Lee returns to finish the game he started in the ’70s, and George Clooney solos another movie that no one will see. If you want fun and games, Stiller probably has your number with “The Heartbreak Kid”; meanwhile, that guy who did that movie and is back with “Finishing the Game”, a mockumentary opening in select theaters starring that guy who used to be on “21 Jump Street” who isn’t Johnny Depp; there’s “The Seeker”, which will probably end up #1 or a close second to Stiller’s “Heartbreak Kid”; and of course, there’s George Clooney in yet another self-important — er, I mean, intriguing Evils of Big Business movie.
The Heartbreak Kid: After years of bachelorhood and ample pressure from his father, Doc, and best friend Mac, Eddie Cantrow starts to wonder if he is being too picky about the women he meets. So when a chance encounter with an alluring blonde named Lila leads to a sweet romance, Eddie impulsively proposes. But right after the wedding, as the newlyweds get to know each other on the drive down the California coast, Eddie begins to realize he’s made a terrible mistake. Soon after reaching their exotic Mexican hideaway, he falls for the down-to-earth Miranda, who has no clue he’s on his honeymoon. Now Eddie has to find a way to extricate himself from his days-old marriage without losing the girl of his dreams.
Starring: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Malin Akerman, Carlos Mencia, Robert Corddry
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising: A young man, Will Stanton, discovers he is the last of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil. Traveling back and forth through time, Will uncovers a series of clues, some dating back to biblical times, that lead him to a showdown with forces of unimaginable power.
Starring: Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane, Gregory Smith, Austin Vaccaro, Frances Conroy
Directed by: David L. Cunningham
Finishing the Game: Shortly after Bruce Lee’s death in 1973, a major studio with an unfinished 12-minute action sequence of Bruce Lee decides to create a full-length feature from the vaulted footage. However, in order to make a film without its star, the director must find a replacement for Lee.
Starring: Roger Fan, Meredith Scott Lynn, Sung Kang, Vail Bloom, McCaleb Burnett
Directed by: Justin Lin
Michael Clayton: Michael Clayton is an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach. Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life.
Starring: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton, Sydney Pollack, Pamela Gray
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Other films opening in select theaters:
Feel the Noise
After a run-in with local thugs, a talented Harlem rapper is forced to hide in Puerto Rico, but finds his salvation in Reggaeton beats.
The Good Night
A once-successful musician struggles to find satisfaction in his personal life until he meets the girl of his dreams… literally.
My Kid Could Paint That
Documentary on a 4-year-old girl whose abstract paintings have sold for thousands of dollars: art genius or victim of exploitation?
Nina’s Heavenly Delights
A feisty Indo-Scottish woman finds purpose when she embarks on personal mission to win the ‘Best of the West’ curry competition.