New films this week:
— “Babylon A.D.” (rated PG-13), a science-fiction thriller starring Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh.
— “College” (rated R), a raunchy comedy about teens checking out a university.
— “Disaster Movie” (rated PG-13), a spoof of some of this summer’s biggest hits.
— “Elegy” (rated R), a drama based on the Philip Roth novel about a lothario professor (Ben Kingsley).
— “The Last Mistress” (not rated), a period drama from France, starring Asia Argento.
— “Man on Wire” (rated PG-13), a documentary about the 1974 “artistic crime of the century.”
— “Traitor” (rated PG-13), a terrorist thriller starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce. (Opened Wednesday)
“Babylon A.D.,” “College” and “Disaster Movie” were not pre-screened in time for reviews by local critics. Given the awful-looking trailers for each, that’s not a surprise.
And “Traitor” is the last of this August’s mid-week openings, though even Don Cheadle can’t make this slow-moving thriller more than just watchable. The same goes for Argento, the best thing about the rather explicit “Last Mistress.” But Kingsley and co-stars Penelope Cruz and Dennis Hopper all redeem the episodic “Elegy.”
The week’s best film, by far, is “Man on Wire.” It’s talky but fascinating, and the footage from the actual tightrope act between the World Trade Center towers makes this as close to “must-see” as documentaries get.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?