New films in theaters this week:
— “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (rated PG), a sequel to the 2007 live-action kids film. (Opened Dec. 23)
— “It’s Complicated” (rated R), a romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.
— “Nine” (rated PG-13), an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.
— “Sherlock Holmes” (rated PG-13), a modernized take on the detective tales, starring Robert Downey Jr.
— “Still Walking” (not rated), a low-key drama about a grieving family. In Japanese, with English subtitles.
— “The Young Victoria” (rated PG-13), a period drama about England’s Queen Victoria, starring Emily Blunt.
Poster art courtesy Twentieth-Century Fox
The Chipmunks movie “squeakquel” is so dimwitted that it’s for only very young audiences only.
And the big-screen version of “Nine” is disappointingly off-key. Day-Lewis’s Italian accent is unconvincing, and his singing and dancing both leave a lot to be desired.
The casts of both “It’s Complicated” and “The Young Victoria” make the material better than it should be. Streep is efferverscent as a romantic lead, and has terrific chemistry with both Baldwin and Martin, though some of the humor is too crude. Blunt is solid as always as “Victoria’s” title character.
Also, “Still Walking” is dialogue-heavy but rewarding. Its observations about family squabbles and various dysfunctions all ring true.
Poster art courtesy Warner Bros.
The week’s best film is Guy Ritchie’s action-heavy “Sherlock Holmes.” Downey and Jude Law make a terrific Holmes-and-Watson combo, and as convoluted and contrived as the plotting is, the movie is a fun popcorn movie.
Which, if any, of these films fit into your holiday and weekend viewing plans?