Another weekend, another full complement of genre films. When did spring become the new summer? Here’s our handy guide to the notable new releases.
What’s the story: If the early bird does indeed catch the worm, then huzzah to The Losers. The latest in a seemingly unending stream of comic-book adaptations—don’t worry, we’ve never heard of this comic, either—is the first of three jokey, mercenaries-for-hire films hitting theaters in the next four months (see also: The A-Team and The Expendables). What separates The Losers from those films, however, is—well, actually, not much. The cast does look kinda cool, though (it’s filled with “hey, that guy!” actors: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Jason Patric), and the trailers play up the laughs. That said, beware: Our Rex Reed calls The Losers “an ordeal of incompetent, incomprehensible stupidity.” So, wait for DVD?
Who should see it: B.A. Baracus.
The Back-Up Plan
What’s the story: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. In this gaseous-looking romantic comedy, Jennifer Lopez returns to the big screen as an unlucky-in-love woman who meets the man of her dreams on the same day she gets artificially inseminated with twins. Cue the Ke$ha song! Alex O’Loughlin (the CBS shows Moonlight, Three Rivers and the upcoming Hawaii 5-0 reboot) co-stars, which would be weird if this were anything other than a CBS Entertainment production. Seriously, does that dude have a personal services contract with them?
Who should see it: Les Moonves.
Also opening this weekend: Jeff Daniels leads a strong cast (Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Kieran Culkin, Lisa Kudrow) in the farcical (and apparently not great) indie Paper Man and Gillian Anderson heads into the art world for Boogie Woogie.