New films this week:
— “Max Payne” (rated PG-13), a video game adaptation starring Mark Wahlberg.
— “The Secret Lives of Bees” (rated PG-13), an adaptation of the Sue Monk Kidd novel, starring Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah.
— “Sex Drive” (rated R), a raunchy road/sex comedy about a teen trying to lose his virginity.
— “W.” (rated PG-13), Oliver Stone’s already-controversial profile of President George W. Bush.
“Max Payne” features Wahlberg in full glower mode, and borrows too heavily, stylewise, from “Sin City.” And despite its good cast, “Secret Lives of Bees” is too gooey and is filled with Deep South cliches.
“Sex Drive” does have a fresh-faced principal cast, and supporting cast member James Marsden is a hoot. But it’s more salty than sweet, and this story was done much better in 1985 as “The Sure Thing.”
As for W.”, Josh Brolin is good as our current Commander in Chief, and so is Richard Dreyfuss, as Vice President Dick Cheney. But it’s not the heavy-handed spoof many were expecting it to be — especially from Stone. Instead, it’s a superficial and cliched biography, and won’t interest too many audiences.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?