The Eagle, Gnomeo and Juliet, Just Go With It, Justin Bieber Never Say Never, Shrek Forever After
Feb 09, 2011 | 3:00 AM
The Last King of Scotland
State of Play
director Kevin Macdonald helms this curious sword-and-sandals epic about a soldier son (Channing Tatum) searching for his father, who went missing at the outer fringes of the Roman Empire beyond Hadrian’s Wall.
Veteran animator Kelly Asbury directs/co-writes this Shakespearean riff that translates the tale of star-crossed lovers into the realm of garden gnomes, with James McAvoy voicing the love-struck Gnomeo and Emily Blunt his fair Juliet.
Adam Sandler-vehicle vet Dennis Dugan helms this “romantic comedy” about a bro (Sandler) who enlists a single mom (Jennifer Aniston) and her kids to pose as his soon-to-be-ex-wife in an effort to land a different woman (Brooklyn Decker). Believe it or not, this is supposed to be a remake of 1969’s playfully entertaining
starring Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and Goldie Hawn and penned by the immortal I.A.L. Diamond—a movie that, just thinking about it, brings smiles to the face for the Hawn/Bergman dance scene alone: “That looks like fun, let us try it.”
Please: As if anything typed here about this concert/tour experience really matters.
Opens Feb. 11.
SHREK FOREVER AFTER
Sometime over the course of three sequels, the Shrek franchise stopped being a parody of super-saccharine kids’ movies and became one itself. So it’s probably a good thing the gang (Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas—they’re all back) is calling it quits after
Shrek Forever After
. This time, Shrek thinks he’s lost what it takes to be a big, bad ogre. So he makes a deal with Rumpelstiltskin that goes horribly wrong, ending up in an alternate Far Far Away where he’s never met Fiona and ogres are hunted by villagers ruled by the evil Rumpelstiltskin. The fairy tale ended a while ago for this series. (Michael Gallucci)