It’s time once again to take a look at what’s new in theaters. As always, check out the Now Playing page for a more comprehensive list of your movie going options

  • Darling Companion As of this writing, the latest from Lawrence Kasdan is currently getting worse reviews than Battleship. That’s too bad because it’s a charming if modest little film. Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline star as a long-time married couple for whom a missing dog becomes the catalyst for dramatic change, either for the worse or the better. Also with Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass and Ayelet Zurer. Check out my review and Jackson’s interview with Lawrence Kasdan. (Limited)
  • Chimpanzee How do you ruin 80 minutes of terrific nature footage? Two words: Tim Allen. In Allen’s defense, the writing he’s given is terrible. In the film’s defense, it’s aimed squarely at little kids and they’ll probably enjoy it. Read the LiC review. (Wide)

  • Fightville. Documentarians Michael Tucker and Perta Epperlein (Gunner Palace) take a look at the world of mixed martial arts. Check out Jackson’s interview with Michael Tucker. (NY/LA)
  • Marley. Just in time for 420 comes this documentary promising the “definitive life story” of reggae superstar Bob Marley. (Limited)
  • Goodbye First Love. From IFC: “Fifteen-year-old Camille (Lola Créton) is a serious, intensely focused girl who has fallen in love with cheerful Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky), an older boy who reciprocates her feelings, mostly, but wants to be free to explore the world. When he leaves her to travel through South America, she is devastated. But over the next eight years, she develops into a more fully formed woman, with new interests and a new love-and the possibility that she’ll be less defenseless when Sullivan enters her life again. Filled with scenes that showcase her extraordinary ability to evoke moods and feelings, director Mia Hansen-Løve (Father of My Children) takes the story of a girl’s first romance and makes it into a singular experience, familiar in its broad strokes and yet so specific that it feels uniquely personal.” (Limited)
  • The Lucky One. Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) is to literature what Thomas Kinkade was to painting.  Depending on how you feel about that will probably determine whether you want to see another movie based on one of his books. This one has Zac Efron. (Wide)
  • Think Like a Man. Steve Harvey’s best seller mining the differences between men and women gets the big screen treatment. (Wide)
  • The Eye of the Storm. Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis and Charlotte Rampling star in Fred Schepisi’s adaptation of Patrick White’s novel exploring family relationships surrounding a dying woman. (Limited)
  • Jesus Henry Christ. The official blurb: “This colorful, modern family comedy revolves around 10-year-old boy genius Henry James Herman (Jason Spevack) and his fervently left-wing single mother Patricia (Toni Collette), who works at the local university’s cafeteria. A misfit from birth, Henry’s precocious, rabble-rousing ways catch up with him when he gets kicked out of school for writing ‘Manifestos on the Nature of Truth.’ Meanwhile, 12-year-old Audrey (Samantha Weinstein) has her own problems because of her single father, university professor Dr. Slavkin O’Hara (Michael Sheen), who used her as the test subject for his best-selling book Born Gay or Made that Way? Needless to say, she gets a not-so-nice nickname from her classmates. When Henry scores a scholarship to the university as a child prodigy, the two families cross paths and everything they knew about their lives is thrown to the wind.” (Limited)
  • My Way. This epic Korean World War II film follows two soldiers, a Korean and Japanese, first fighting the Chinese and Soviets, then fighting the Germans as Soviet captives and finally defending the beaches at Normandy as prisoners of the Germans on D-Day. Got all that? (Limited)

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