New films in theaters this week:
— “Away We Go” (rated R), a comedy-drama starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph as parents-to-be.
— “My Sister’s Keeper” (rated PG-13), an adaptation of the Jodi Picoult, starring Cameron Diaz.
— “Rudo Y Cursi” (rated R), a sports comedy-drama starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna. Spanish with subtitles.
— “Summer Hours” (not rated), a domestic drama starring Juliette Binoche. French with subtitles.
— “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (rated PG-13), director Michael Bay’s sequel to the 2007 action-thriller hit.
While “Rudo Y Cursi” re-teams the “Y Tu Mama Tambien” stars, it’s a bittersweet reunion. There’s a real nasty tone to this unappealing tale of sibling rivalry.
Speaking of family bickering, “Summer Hours” is full of that type of material. While Binoche and her veteran cast mates are good, watching it feels a little too much like spending time at a tense family get-together.
Still, both films are infinitely better than the juvenile “Transformers” follow-up, which only has some dazzling, computer-generated visual effects to recommend. The script is full of lowbrow crudities and some of the most moronic dialogue heard in a film all year. And the human performers are more robotic than their CGI-created cohorts.
Poster art courtesy New Line Cinema
Both “Away We Go” and “My Sister’s Keeper” are warmer, and therefore more appealing. “Keeper” is too manipulative for its own good, but Diaz, Abigail Breslin and the other actors make this material work better than it should.
As for “Away We Go,” television stars Krasinski and Rudolph are very likable. We come to care about their characters. The sometimes goofy humor certainly helps as well.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?