Opening This Weekend: Inception! And Something Else

It’s the weekend you waited months for — The Sorcerer’s Apprentice comes out! Oh, and a little something called Inception too. Here’s a handy guide to the new releases.

Inception

What’s the story: For his follow-up to The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan assembled an ensemble of GQ-ready men (Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy), some lovely women (Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard) and a mind-blowing premise (dream heist!) to produce the hype machine of the year. To wit: Inception might not be as big as The Dark Knight, but it certainly feels that way. Critics have described the new film as a combination of The Matrix, James Bond and Ocean’s 11. But with more confusion. While the initial reviews were over the moon — with references to Stanley Kubrick and David Lean! — the second wave have been anything but; our Rex Reed writes: “I’d like to tell you just how bad Inception really is, but since it is barely even remotely lucid, no sane description is possible.” Ouch. Reviews aside, though: Who is going to pass on the opportunity to see what is being positioned as the event of the year?

Who should see it: Neo.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

What’s the story: As major fans of Jay Baruchel, his coming out party here in 2010 (the lead voice in How to Train Your Dragon, the Judd Apatow-like She’s Out of My League) has been quite rewarding. He returns here for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, playing — duh — the apprentice to Nicolas Cage’s sorcerer. Because, sure. In case you were wondering: Yes, this is an update of Fantasia, but with the added twist of Jerry Bruckheimer. That means expect some family friendly action, many loud noises and some explosions. The reviews haven’t been kind — quick, when was the last time any Nicolas Cage movie got a good review — but family audiences tired of watching perfect animated films like Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me might want to slum it for an afternoon.  

Who should see it: Mickey Mouse.

Opening This Weekend: Inception! And Something Else