What it's about: Kevin Costner plays Mr. Brooks, the successful owner of a chic Portland, Ore., box company, with a comely wife (Marg Helgenberger), a smart, pretty daughter (Danielle Panabaker) and a compulsion to kill.
The Scoop: Mr. Brooks has a walking, talking id named Marshall (William Hurt), but it's hard to dramatize a split personality when you start with zero personality.
What it's about: Daniel Auteuil plays a married captain of industry who thinks the only way he can hang on to his business position and his supermodel mistress is to have her pose as the live-in lover of a fellow who parks cars at a restaurant.
The scoop: Nothing new here, but writer-director Francis Veber makes the unlikely both credible and amusing. He's a master of economy, and his female stars are delightful, especially Alice Taglioni, who brings a voluptuous sympathy and ease to the cover girl, and Kristin Scott Thomas, who imbues the surprisingly sly wife with divine intelligence.
What it's about: When a disgruntled adolescent (Shia LaBeouf), under house arrest for hitting a teacher, cracks open a missing-person case with his binoculars, The Breakfast Club meets Rear Window.
The scoop: On its own teen-horror terms, it has the cozy delectability of a flapjack flipped just right; the result should satisfy dating crowds from high school to night school.
Ocean's Thirteen What It's About: A group of high-class thieves and con men get together in Vegas to enact revenge on the high-profile casino owner who double-crossed one of their friends.
Rated: PG-13 The Scoop: Fans of Ocean's Eleven and Ocean's Twelve know what to expect. The rest of us, except for those blinded by the collective star power onscreen, may want to pass. Grade: C+ Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
What it's about: Here's what reviewers are not supposed to give away: How and why Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, Elizabeth Swann, Will Turner and many others betray one another.
The scoop: This series has become so bloated and laborious that the plot - and subplots - puncture any enjoyment you may have in this movie's daft slapstick and bold visual coups.
Shrek the Third
What it's about: Prince Charming persuades oversized bad guys from Captain Hook to the Cyclops that they must rewrite their fables, seize the Land of Far Far Away and compose a happy ending.
What it's about: Spidey, Black Spidey, Venom, the New Goblin, the Old Goblin, the Sandman, Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.
The scoop: Harmonic convergence is one thing, but this is ridiculous. This jam-packed saga, more hyped-up parade than adventure, is a crash-and-bawl movie.
Surf's UpWhat It's About: A surfing penguin learns there's more to the lifestyle than just catching a wave.
The Scoop: Beautifully animated, this faux documentary pokes fun at enough pop culture to keep adults happy, while staying just silly enough to keep the kids laughing.
28 Weeks Later
What it's about: The virus that was turning Brits into zombies in 2002's 28 Days Later has been eradicated ... or has it?
The Scoop: Still exciting but lacks the innovation and ingenuity of its predecessor.
What it's about: The unhappily married Jenna (Keri Russell) is a working woman with a baby on the way and a genius for making pies.
The scoop: It's an inspired comedy-drama about artistic temperament. Jenna sees the structure of her baked goods whole, the way Einstein would envision his theories.