New films in theaters this week:
— “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience” (rated G), a concert film starring the popular brother trio.
— “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li” (rated PG-13), an action-thriller based on the hit video game series.
— “The Velveteen Rabbit” (rated G), a live-action/animated fantasy loosely inspired by the book.
— “Waltz With Bashir” (rated R), Ari Folman’s animated documentary about his experiences as a soldier.
Neither the Jonas Brothers feature nor “Street Fighter” were pre-screened for critics … at least locally. The former is pretty much critic-proof anyway.
And despite its good intentions, “Velveteen Rabbit” is only merely watchable. (The animated sequences are better than the live-action ones.)
The week’s best film, by far, is the fascinating “Bashir,” which examines the Lebanese Civil War and the 1982 Israeli occupation of Lebanon. It’s not easy to watch, but is very worthwhile for those who can stomach the violent (and disturbing) imagery.
Courtesy: Sony Pictures Classics
Which, if any, of these films fit into your weekend viewing plans?