Wondering what movie to spend your hard earned money on this weekend? Here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Iron Man 2
What’s the story: By now you’ve read and re-read so much about Iron Man 2 that you probably feel like you’ve seen the entire movie already. But just in case: Robert Downey Jr. reprises his comeback role as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man), the playboy billionaire weapons manufacturer who moonlights as a flying superhero. In the latest installment he must tackle his own demons, as well as villains both gruff (Mickey Rourke) and slimy (Sam Rockwell). There’s also a love triangle—welcome aboard Scarlett Johansson—a bunch of AC/DC songs, a secret ending scene after the credits and even a trailer for the J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration, Super 8. The reviews have been spotty—though our Sara Vilkomerson says it’s still great fun—but you aren’t going to see this because of the reviews. You’re going to see Iron Man 2 because it’s Iron Man 2. Enjoy.
Who should see it: Captain America. (Speaking of which: Here’s a little evidence that not every Marvel Comics movie turns out as well as Iron Man.)
What’s the story: If March of the Penguins can become the second highest grossing documentary ever, then imagine what Babies can do. The film follows the early lives of four–wait for it!–babies in Mongolia, Nambia, San Francisco and Tokyo, and looks to have the most aww-worthy moments of the year. Early word is that this movie is basically review-proof. Because really, who doesn’t like babies? Expect to hear about this one at backyard barbecues throughout the summer.
Who should see it: Faminists and their friends.
Also opening this weekend: Mother and Child, which offers a different, less adorable look at parenting, and the hippie commune coming of age drama, Happiness Runs.