New films in theaters this week:
— “Cop Out” (rated R), a buddy cop comedy-thriller starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.
— “The Crazies” (rated R), a remake of George Romero’s 1973 horror-thriller.
— “To Save a Life” (rated PG-13), a faith-based drama starring Randy Wayne.
— “The White Ribbon” (rated R), an Oscar-nominated drama set in pre-World War I Germany. German with subtitles.
Poster art courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
This week’s movies are slim pickings. “Cop Out” was not screened for local critics, but early word of mouth on the film has been awful. The poorly reviewed “To Save a Life” was not pre-screened locally either.
And the “Crazies” remake was not pre-screened in time — at least locally — for opening-day reviews. Word of mouth for the movie is mixed so far.
Also, “The White Ribbon” may start in low-key, fairly sedate fashion, but there are a lot of unsavory elements, including subplots about incest, cruelty to children, false accusations and sexual relationships. The performances are good, but the material will turn off a lot of viewers.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?