Four new movies coming out this weekend but nothing really too spectacular, we’re in the limbo like area between the summer blockbusters and the winter “prestige” films.
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy
Directed by: David Bowers
Plot: Brilliant scientist Dr. Tenma creates a super advanced boy robot named Astro to help humanity and eventually defend their hometown of Metro City against evil.
Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 45%
Critic Consensus: “While it isn’t terribly original, and it seems to have a political agenda that may rankle some viewers, Astro Boy boasts enough visual thrills to please its target demographic.”
Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor, Christopher Eccleston
Directed by: Mira Nair
Plot: The story of America’s most famous female pilot, Amelia Earhart
RT Freshness: 16%
Critic Consensus: “Amelia takes the compelling raw materials of its subject’s life and does little with them, conventionally ticking off Earhart’s accomplishments without exploring the soul of the woman.”
Cirque de Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Starring: John C. Reilly, Chris Massoglia, Ken Watanabe, Salma Hayek
Directed by: Paul Weitz
Plot: A teen joins up with a vampire and a traveling circus of freaks.
RT Freshness: 35%
Critic Consensus: “This overstuffed, scattershot vampire flick suffers from poor characterization and an unwieldy mix of scares and chuckles.”
Starring: Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Tobin Bell
Directed by: Kevin Greutert
Plot: A new group of victims is terrorized by the latest incarnation of the Jigsaw killer.
RT Freshness: 22%
Critic Consensus: N/A