New films this week:
— “The Exiles” (not rated), a previously unreleased 1961 film about Native-American culture.
— “Ghost Town” (rated PG-13), a supernatural/romantic comedy starring Ricky Gervais.
— “Igor” (rated PG), an animated feature starring the voice of John Cusack.
— “Lakeview Terrace” (rated PG-13), a racially driven thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson.
— “My Best Friend’s Girl” (rated R), a romantic comedy starring Dane Cook and Kate Hudson.
— “Transsiberian” (rated R), a train-bound thriller starring Emily Mortimer and Woody Harrelson.
“Igor” was not pre-screened for local critics, while “My Best Friend’s Girl” was not pre-screened anywhere. That’s a bad sign.
“Lakeview Terrace” has a local connection, since it was by BYU graduate Neil LaBute. However, it quickly turns ridiculous and becomes overwrought.
“The Exiles” employs a faux-documentary style, but will interest the art-house crowd. And the modestly budgeted “Transsiberian” has some thrills — particularly at the end.
The week’s best film is “Ghost Town,” which is basically being buried by its distributor, DreamWorks. It’s clever and amusing, and is a good vehicle for the dry British comedian Gervais.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?