New films in theaters this week:
— “Death at a Funeral” (rated R), an Americanized remake of the 2007 British comedy, starring Chris Rock.
— “The Eclipse” (rated R), a drama with heavy supernatural overtones, starring Ciaran Hinds.
— “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (not rated), a serial killer thriller based on the best-selling novel. Swedish with subtitles.
— “The Joneses” (rated R), a consumerist satire starring David Duchovny and Demi Moore.
— “Kick—-” (rated R), a cheeky superhero thriller, based on the politically incorrect comics series.
— “The Perfect Game” (rated PG), a sports drama featuring Clifton Collins Jr. and Cheech Marin.
Neither “Kick—-” not “Perfect Game” were pre-screened for local critics. Early national reviews for both films were mostly mixed.
Speaking of mixed, “Eclipse”is a combination of heavy domestic and family drama and “Sixth Sense”-style suspense. But it doesn’t work, even if Irish character actor Hinds (HBO’s “Rome”) is very good as a widower in mourning.
Poster art courtesy Screen Gems
The “Funeral” remake is a shrill, unfunny affair that wastes the talents of some funny people. (Whose idea was it to have producer/star Chris Rock play the straight-man role here?)
And the overlong “Girl” has some strong torture-porn elements. The story is interesting, though, and so are the main characters. (An Americanized remake of this film is in the works as well.)
Poster art courtesy Roadside Attractions
The week’s best film, surprisingly, is “The Joneses.” Both Duchovny and Moore are charming as stealth marketers who are posing as husband-and-wife. The too-conventional ending does leave things on a somewhat unsatisfying note, however.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?