New films this week:
— “Changeling” (rated R), a fact-based mystery directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Angelina Jolie.
— “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” (rated PG-13), a horror film about a supposedly cursed teen.
— “Rachel Getting Married” (rated R), a dysfunctional family comedy-drama starring Anne Hathaway.
— “RocknRolla” (rated R), a violent, darkly comic gangster piece starring Gerard Butler.
— “What Just Happened” (rated R), a show-business satire starring Robert De Niro as a Hollywood producer.
— “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (rated R), Kevin Smith’s sex comedy about financially struggling roommates turned adult-film stars.
“The Haunting of Molly Hartley” was not pre-screened for critics in most markets, which is a shame, given that it is a PG-13 horror movie option for Halloween.
And despite the controversy over its title, the R-rated “Zack and Miri” really isn’t pornographic. But it’s still offensive, and is too calculated, too predictable and not very funny.
“RocknRolla” and “What Just Happened” are returns to form of sorts for slumping filmmakers Guy Ritchie and Barry Levinson, respectively. The former is the better movie, though.
“Changeling” is very well-acted but is pretty disturbing. (A subplot deals with the murder of children.) The multiple false endings also mute its overall power.
The week’s best movie is “Rachel Getting Married,” which not only features Hathaway’s best performance, it’s also the best Jonathan Demme movie in years.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend plans?