You probably won't find two more radically different movies opening on the same day than the adult Sydney Pollack thriller The Interpreter and the crazy martial arts/fantasy/comedy Kung Fu Hustle. Oh, and the new Ashton Kutcher flick is thrown in for good measure.
- I love seeing all the wildly opposing reviews when a new movie opens. A.O. Scott in The New York Times calls The Interpreter "...as apolitical as it is unthrilling," while Roger Ebert in The Chicago Sun-Times calls it a "taut, intelligent thriller" and gives it three stars.
- Kung Fu Hustle is one of those movies that is impossible to describe (though you can see I tried above). And it's one of those movies you'll either love or you'll hate. Of course, from the trailer you can tell whether you'll even go to the theater or not to see it, so if you find yourself sitting in the theater, you'll probably be into it. Creative Loafing says it's "a non-stop orgy of madcap martial arts mayhem." That just about says it.
- Kutcher has an underwear bet on the line with his new comedy A Lot Like Love.
- I had never heard of Madison, so I did some searching and found out the movie stars Jim Caviezal, Jake Lloyd (young Anakin from The Phantom Menace), Mary McCormack, Bruce Dern, and was filmed four years ago. The plot (a true story) revolves a man's quest to win a 1971 hydro-plane regatta. Whatever you do don't go to the site. The plot summary gives away the whole story.
- King's Ransom is a comedy about a guy who stages his own kidnapping. (Insert heavy sigh here) It stars Anthony Anderson, Donald Faison, Regina Hall, and Jay Mohr.
- And we've read about all the controversy regarding Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room, now we can see (if we're in New York or Houston) what all the fuss is about.