New films this week:
— “The Dark Knight” (rated PG-13), a sequel to the 2005 superhero hit “Batman Begins.”
— “Mamma Mia! The Movie” (rated PG-13), a big-screen version of the stage musical, featuring songs from ABBA.
— “Operation Filmmaker” (not rated), a documentary profile of a would-be Iraqi filmmaker.
— “Savage Grace” (not rated), a fact-based thriller about an unhealthy mother-son relationship, starring Julianne Moore.
— “Space Chimps” (rated G), an animated science-fiction comedy starring the voices of Andy Samberg and others.
— “Up the Yangtze” (not rated), a documentary about China’s Three Gorges Dam project.
The two documentaries are interesting, though are a bit slow-moving. And “Savage Grace” was not screened for critics in this market.
“Space Chimps” is plot-thin. And Pierce Brosnan’s awful singing is a distraction in Mamma Mia!” Fortunately, that film has Meryl Streep to redeem it.
And speaking of performances, Heath Ledger’s creepy turn as the Joker dominates “Dark Knight.” That film is definitely disturbing and should not be viewed by young ones.
Also, “Dark Knight” features six sequences that were shot for the large-screen, IMAX format. The Jordan Commons Megaplex is the only area theater with capabilities to show it that way. Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?