This weekend the Nicolas Cage threat level is raised to near Wicker Man levels as Knowing comes out and it’s only a few percentage points above that terror’s freshness. We also have the bromantic comedy I Love You, Man and the spymantic comedy of Duplicity.
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Plot: Professor John Koestler discovers a set of random numbers that predicts disasters before they happen.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 21%
Critic Consensus: Knowing has some interesting ideas and a couple good scenes, but it’s weighted down by its absurd plot and over-seriousness.
Starring: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Paul Giamatti, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Plot: Two former spies are hired by two separate companies to secure a formula for a product that will be worth a fortune for whoever gets it.
RT Freshness: 65%
Critic Consensus: Duplicity is well-crafted, smart, and often funny, but it’s mostly more cerebral than visceral and features far too many plot twists.
I Love You, Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg
Directed by: John Hamburg
Plot: Paul Rudd realizes he has no male friends who could be the best man at his upcoming wedding so he goes on a series of man dates to find one.
RT Freshness: 77%
Critic Consensus: I Love You, Man makes the most of its simple premise due to the heartfelt and hilarious performances of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.