This week at the movies is really all about the superheros. Sure, you’ve got a warm and fuzzy retirement movie, and the return of a great villainess, but the box office is going to be all Avengers, all the time.
The gang's all here for this long awaited comic book flick. Helmed byJoss Whedon supercharged superhero movie is based on the Marvel comic book series and has been a long time in the making. Non-nerds, pay attention: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is joining forces with all the other superfreaks, including the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) to avenge an attack by an exiled enemy. It's basically the Dream Team of superheros, with amazing superpowers, and cool outfits, and stuff gets blown up. What else do you want?
Perfect For: Boys and their toys; grown ups who think fondly of their comic strips; and families, so long as there's parental supervision (PG-13).
What the Critics Say: Whedon is a master; bow down before him. Writes Rolling Stone: "All hail Joss Whedon, the warrior king of this dizzying, dazzling 3D action epic. The Avengers is Transformers with a brain, a heart and a working sense of humor." And says New York magazine: "Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast."
Our Take: Twist my arm, why dontcha?
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
A group of retirees are lured in by false advertising for a retirement community in India and instead find a ramshackle palace that's a shadow of its former self. The all-star cast includes Judi Dench, Maggie Smith (of Downton Abbey), Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel (of Slumdog Millionaire fame). It's a gentle comedy of errors—though one that seems rather familiar.
Perfect For: The aging baby boomers and their parents, as well as fans of two great British actresses, Dench and Smith.
What the Critics Say: Goes down easy, like a comforting soup. Writes Entertainment Weekly: "[A] lulling, happy-face story of retirement-age self-renewal, set in a shimmering, weltering, jewel-colored India." The AP is less keen: "Mostly, "Marigold Hotel" is old-fashioned, safe and resistant to stray from its comfort zone -- like visiting a foreign country and only eating the foods you already know you like."
Our Take: We would see a matinee. It looks a little pat and predictable, if charming.
Mother's Day: Rebecca DeMornay returns to the screen for a campy horror remake of Troma's Mother's Day. Her three sons are bank robbers and when her house gets foreclosed, they need to find a new hideout. They land at a house party and the guests become hostages—with DeMornay's twisted matriarch at the helm. The flick is courtesy of the makers of Saw 2, 3, and 4, if that gives you any indication of what sort of hijinks you are in for.
Perfect For: Horror fanatics with a strong stomach.
What the Critics Say: Run-of-the-mill slasher, but DeMornay, at least, is deliciously evil. Writes Variety: "Undistinguished apart from Rebecca De Mornay's performance as an unhinged mama." Writes the AP: "Notable for a chilling lead performance from Rebecca De Mornay and not much else."
Our Take: We'll pass, but we'd like Hollywood to find better films for Rebecca De Mornay to be evil in.