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August 23, 2007
Meyer's Picks

Above, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) meets with CIA internal investigator Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) in "The Bourne Ultimatum."

Each week in Friday's Weekend Ticket, I review the weekend's new movies. I also list recommendations for recently released films in a feature called Meyer's Picks. Now, you can find this feature each Thursday afternoon here at 21Q.

Here are my recommendations:

The Bourne Ultimatum
4 stars
Reprising their roles from previous “Bourne” films, Julia Stiles and Joan Allen lend gravity to their characters, a CIA agent and internal investigator, respectively. Indeed, a scene between Stiles and Matt Damon plays as a gloom-off. But all that dourness seems worth it once Stiles finally grins.

Rated PG-13

3 1/2 stars
A real cutup in her starring roles, Amanda Bynes makes a surprisingly nifty sidekick as Penny, best friend of the film's protagonist, Tracy (Nikki Blonsky). Bynes downplays her natural ebullience until it reaches the surface when Penny first locks eyes with true love Seaweed (Elijah Kelley).

Rated PG-13

3 stars
The rampant raunchiness can seem a bit forced, and the high jinks less exciting than they should be, but the young actors are pitch perfect. Jonah Hill somehow shapes aggressiveness and insecurity into endearing traits as a sex-obsessed teen. Beneath this young man’s Hustler-mag sensibility lies a sensitive soul – at least where his relationship with his best friend is concerned. Michael Cera is delightful as the friend, more thoughtful and polite but equally as bent on having a good time on the eve of graduation.

Rated R

That's my list. Now let's see what you think. Just click on the comments button below.

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