New films in theaters this week:
— “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” (rated PG-13), a first-person documentary about steroids use and abuse.
— “The Children of Huang Shi” (rated R), a drama about a real-life aid worker witnessing the Japanese occupation of Japan.
— “The Foot Fist Way” (rated R), a comedy about a self-destructive Tae Kwon Do instructor.
— “Mongol” (rated R), a dramatization of the rise to power of Mongolian dictator Genghis Khan.
— “WALL*E” (rated G), the latest animated feature from Disney-Pixar, a comedy about a lonely robot.
— “Wanted” (rated R), a thriller about an office drone who is recruited to be an assassin.
This week’s independent and art-house releases are a mixed bag. The “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” documentary is surprisingly effective, and “Mongol” is an impressive, if disjointed epic. But “Foot Fist Way” and “Children of Huang Shi” both waste good premises.
And as for the major studio films, “Wanted” is visually stunning but is also nonsensical and very R-rated. But “WALL*E” is another lovable winner for Pixar. It’s probably the studio’s best since “The Incredibles.”
Which of these films, if any of them, are you planning to see this weekend?