Wondering what to see this weekend?
In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. But if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for previously released films:
Adopting a Cockney accent in his role as a crime lord, Ralph Fiennes sounds like Ben Kingsley in “Sexy Beast.” He even resembles him, if only in the crazed intensity of his gaze.
The Spiderwick Chronicles
There’s a lot of life in the Spiderwick mansion, where Helen’s (Mary-Louise Parker) great-great uncle Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn, seen in sepia-toned flashbacks) once composed a book describing the enchanted realm just outside the house. The interior is pretty active, as well. Helen and her three children are in the house for a hot minute before the weirdness starts.
2 1/2 stars
As a Secret Service agent and an American tourist-turned-latter-day Zapruder, Dennis Quaid (pictured above) and Forest Whitaker, respectively, always impart the danger of their situations. Experts at playing masculine vulnerability, Quaid and Whitaker are so shaky that the camera doesn’t need to be.