New films in theaters this week:
— “New in Town” (rated PG), a fish-out-of-water comedy starring Renee Zellweger.
— “Taken” (rated PG-13), a thriller about a former spy (Liam Neeson) trying to rescue his kidnapped daughter.
— “The Uninvited” (rated PG-13), a remake of an Asian horror/mystery, starring Elizabeth Banks.
— “The Wrestler” (rated R), a drama about a washed-up professional grappler (Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke).
Surprisingly, the three, long-delayed PG-13 releases were all pre-screened for critics.
The charmless “New in Town” might have been called “Tapioca: The Movie,” given the number of sour pudding jokes. The tiresome Midwest stereotypes don’t help.
And “The Uninvited” has few, if any, scares. (The original Korean film, 2003’s “A Tale of Two Sisters,” is worthing seeking out, though.)
As for “Taken,” it was clearly re-cut and edited to get a PG-13 rating. It’s hardly family fare, though, and Neeson is the only , really watchable thing about it.
By far the week’s best film is “The Wrestler,” which features career-best work from Rourke, as well as co-stars Marisa Tomei (another Oscar nominee) and Evan Rachel Wood. It is heavy material, though, and is not for all audiences.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?