Here’s the rundown of what’s new in theaters this week – everything from nippy little piranhas (in 3D!) to a ‘Twilight’ parody to the return of a wise nanny who shows up at just the right time.
‘Nanny McPhee Returns’ (PG for rude humor, some language and mild thematic elements). You never know about sequels, but this one looks like lots of fun. Emma Thompson returns as Nanny McPhee, the wise nanny who appears at the door of a harried young mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who’s trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war.
Her children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins. A flying motorcycle, a statue that springs to life, a tree-climbing piglet, and a baby elephant all turn up in the oddest places.
More after the jump…
‘Piranha 3D’ (R for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use). This remake of the Roger Corman cult classic finds sleepy Lake Victoria exploding from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break. After a sudden underwater tremor unleashes scores of prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area’s new razor-toothed residents. Clearly, this is one of the best slasher-fish movies around!
‘Lottery Ticket’ (PG-13 for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking). Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his neighbors discover he’s got the winning ticket, he has to somehow survive over a three-day holiday weekend before he can claim his prize. It’s everyone’s dream … and nightmare.
‘The Switch’ (PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexual material including dialogue, some nudity, drug use and language). Will Jennifer Aniston score big at the box office with this one? It’s got Jason Bateman going for it, so here’s hoping. This offbeat comedy stars Aniston as a smart, fun-loving single woman who, despite her neurotic best friend Wally’s (Bateman) objections, decides it’s time to have a baby, even if it means doing it by herself… with a little help from a charming sperm donor (Patrick Wilson). Unbeknownst to her, Kassie’s plans go awry because of a last-minute switch that isn’t discovered until seven years later when Wally finally gets acquainted with Kassie’s cute and neurotic son. You can see what’s coming, right?
‘Vampires Suck’ (PG-13 for crude sexual content, comic violence, language and teen partying). ‘Twilight’ parodies are so popular on YouTube that someone decided to make an entire movie! Becca is an anxious teenager who’s torn between two boys. Before she can choose, she must get around her controlling dad, who embarrasses her by treating her like a child. Meanwhile, Becca’s friends contend with their own romantic issues – all of which collide at the prom. I’ve heard that ‘Twilight’ fans are flocking to this movie, so it’s sort of backlashing on the ‘Twilight’-hating folks who made it!
Also in Limited Release: ‘Army of a Crime,’ ‘Hiding Divya,’ ‘Soul Kitchen,’ ‘The Tillman Story,’ and ‘What If…’
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