Wondering what to see this weekend?
In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. (Check out what I have to say about "Speed Racer.") But if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for recently released films:
Industrialist Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) plan to halt weapons
production encounters resistance from Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), No. 2 man at Stark Industries. Sporting a beard and a shaved head and a
manner alternately soothing and menacing, Bridges is perfection as the
ambitious guy behind the guy, comic-book edition. He's a combination of
Karl Rove and Dick Cheney as filtered through the WWE.
Richard Jenkins ' poker face starts to crack when his emotionally
stagnant character, Walter, sees new acquaintance Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) practicing his African drum. Frankly, even the Sphinx would have trouble suppressing a goofy grin with Tarek around. Lent a winning ebullience by
Sleiman, Tarek is a generous guy who encourages Walter to try the drum
himself. Director Tom McCarthy is generous as well, allowing his
lead actors to shine in this beautifully observed tale of unlikely
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Heartbroken Peter (Jason Segel) finds pals in a sympathetic bartender (Da'Vone McDonald), a pothead surf instructor (Paul Rudd) and a newlywed (Jack McBrayer, from "30 Rock") seeking escape from the sexual demands of his honeymoon. The bit players add to the overall fun, but the main attraction at this Hawaiian resort is front-desk employee Rachel (Mila Kunis). Assessing sad sack Peter's situation upon his arrival, Rachel installs him in an expensive suite, gratis.