New films this week:
— “Brideshead Revisited” (rated PG-13), a pre-World War II drama based on the beloved Evelyn Waugh novel.
— “The Midnight Meat Train” (rated R), a horror-thriller from the pen of horror writer Clive Barker.
— “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” (rated PG-13), the third Mummy adventure starring Brendan Fraser as adventurer Rick O’Connell.
— “Surfwise” (rated R), Doug Pray’s documentary about surfing’s so-called “First Family.”
— “Swing Vote” (rated PG-13), a populist comedy starring Kevin Costner as an apathetic voter who may decide the U.S. Presidency.
“Midnight Meat Train” was not pre-screened for critics and is opening at the “dollar houses,” which speaks volumes as to its quality. Another film, the documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” was already shown on HBO.
“Surfwise” is a little rambling but is still fascinating. Only the beautiful English countryside (and a scene-stealing Emma Thompson) keeps “Brideshead” from being a total bore, though.
As for Costner’s supposed comeback vehicle, it may have a couple of chuckles but relies on irksome redneck stereotypes and is too long.
The newest “Mummy” is expected to provide the first real competition for the blockbuster “The Dark Knight.” But despite having former Hong Kong stars Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh in its cast, the adventure-thriller is pretty lifeless.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?