New films in theaters this week:
— “In a Dream” (not rated), a documentary profile of mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar.
— “Is Anybody There?” (rated PG-13), a dark comedy-drama starring Michael Caine.
— “Love n’ Dancing” (rated PG-13), a dance competition romance tale starring Amy Smart.
— “Next Day Air” (rated R), a drug culture comedy-drama featuring Mike Epps and Mos Def.
— “Paris 36” (rated PG-13), a ’30s-period piece set in a Parisian dance hall. French with subtitles.
— “Star Trek” (rated PG-13), “Lost” co-creator J.J. Abrams’ “re-envisioning” of the beloved Trek concepts and characters.
“Next Day Air” was not widely pre-screened for critics, but is not getting particularly good reviews. And a locally produced film titled “Fire Creek” was not pre-screened either.
Perhaps the makers of “Love ‘n Dancing” should have done likewise. The dance scenes are watchable. The rest is not.
And the romance story line in “Paris 36” is too similar to that in 2001’s “Moulin Rouge!”
Two art-house releases have worthwhile aspects. “In a Dream” is told sloppily, though the story is interesting. And as always, Caine is very watchable in the mordant “Is Anybody There?”
Poster art courtesy Paramount Pictures
This week’s best movie, by far, is the new “Trek.” It’s an exciting science-fiction thriller that more than makes up for last week’s lackluster “Wolverine” feature. Hopefully this leads to more big-screen treks.
Which, if any, of these movies figure into your weekend viewing plans?