New in theaters this week is a family having a very bad day, an iconic vampire, Robert Downey, Jr. at odds with his dad, and a woman in an extramarital affair. Here’s what’s opening wide in theaters this week.
ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
This cute family movie from Walt Disney Pictures follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life — a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about his misadventures, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things happen only to him.
He soon learns that’s not the case when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves having their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Based on the book by Judith Viorst and directed by Miguel Arteta, the cast also includes Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge and Bella Thorne.
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images and some sensuality | In Theaters 10/09 (2D, IMAX) (p.m. screenings) | Ok for Kids 13+ | Reel Preview: 3.5 of 5 Reels | DraculaUntold.com | Facebook | Twitter
Luke Evans (“Fast & Furious 6”) stars in this origin story of the man who would become the most famous vampire of them all, Dracula. The epic action-adventure includes gorgeous visuals and is perfectly timed to get us in the Halloween mood. It’s directed by Gary Shore and co-stars Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh and Samantha Barks.
Robert Downey, Jr. stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. It’s refreshing to see Downey, Jr. in a role that doesn’t require donning a superhero suit (though I do love him as Tony Stark/Iron Man).
But he chews up the dramatic scenery here, especially sparring with Duvall under the guidance of director David Dobkins, who breaks from comedies like “The Change-Up” and “Fred Claus” for something a little meatier. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star.
Based on the best-selling novel by Zane, “Addicted” is a sexy, provocative thriller about desire and the dangers of indiscretion. By all accounts, successful businesswoman Zoe Reynard (Sharon Leal) has it all – a dream husband she loves (Boris Kodjoe), two wonderful kids, and a flourishing career.
But as perfect as everything appears from the outside, Zoe is still drawn to temptations she cannot escape or resist. As she pursues a secretive life, Zoe finds herself risking it all when she heads down a perilous path.
JANE’S REEL RATING SYSTEM
One Reel – Even the Force can’t save it.
Two Reels – Coulda been a contender
Three Reels – Something to talk about.
Four Reels – You want the truth? Great flick!
Five Reels – Wow! The stuff dreams are made of.