New films in theaters this week:
— “Dance Flick” (rated PG-13), a spoof of recent dancing movies, courtesy of the Wayans brothers.
— “Lymelife” (rated R), a dysfunctional family drama starring Rory Culkin and Alec Baldwin.
— “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (rated PG), a sequel to the 2006 hit starring Ben Stiller.
— “Shall We Kiss?” (not rated), a Gallic romantic comedy starring Virginie Ledoyen. French with subtitles.
— “Terminator Salvation” (rated PG-13), McG’s sequel/prequel to the earlier “Terminator” movies.
Due to a scheduling conflict, I was unable to see “Dance Flick,” though I haven’t particularly enjoyed the Wayans family’s cinematic efforts to date.
Poster art courtesy Twentieth-Century Fox
And the “Night at the Museum” follow-up is a thinly plotted, surprisingly shoddy comedy. The only person who seems to be having fun is Amy Adams (as aviator Amelia Earhart).
Despite its first-rate cast (which also includes Jill Hennessy, Timothy Hutton and Cynthia Nixon), “Lymelife” is too familiar and predictable.
Also, anyone expecting “Terminator Salvation” to have a coherent, cohesive plot is going to be disappointed. McG (aka Joseph McGinty Nichol) does know how to smash things and blow them up, though. If you go, go for the action and not the story.
The week’s best film is “Shall We Kiss?”, which is reminiscent of Woody Allen’s earlier romantic comedies. It has a great cast as well, as some interesting things to say about infidelity.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?