New arrivals in theatres this weekend include: the sci-fi drama, The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt; the animated comedy Rango, with Johnny Depp in the title role; the Canadian film Funkytown, set in the drug-addled days of disco; and the lame teen drama, Beastly.
Action heroes have typically been big, burly men with guns, but this week in the film Doomsday, a woman steps into the role of hero and butt kicker as a deadly virus threatens England. Plus, Abigail Breslin stars in Nim's Island, and a range of classic television arrives on DVD, including Star Trek, season two.
Most of the film studios backed up this week, giving room for one of the big debuts of the summer: Will Smith starring as the handsomely unlikeable hero Hancock. Aside from his scruffy face, the only other big debut is the family movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, which stars Abigail Breslin as the sweet, adventurous writer.
This is a fantastic week to be a movie fan as a handful of great films, made for just about any taste, arrive on DVD. There is the dark, but comic crime drama In Bruges; Ryan Reynold's romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe; the 80s dance musical Xanadu; children's fantasy tale, The Spiderwick Chronicles; and the musically grounded drama, Honeydripper. The dud of the week is 10,000 BC, which also arrives on Blu-Ray, offering vast special effects, scenic locations, and one of the worst stories so far this year.