Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong,
Angela Bassett,Tim Robbins, Temuera Morrison, Jay O. Sanders,
Taika Waititi,Jon Tenney, Geoffrey Rush & Michael Clarke Duncan
Directed by Martin Campbell for distribution by Warner Brothers
The Plot: A cocky test pilot (Reynolds) is entrusted with a ring that supplies unimaginable power to its beholder in this adaptation of the popular DC Comics series.
The Final Word: With the exception of the highly successful Christopher Nolan “Batman” movies, DC and Warner Brothers have not been able to get a handle on how to do a superhero movie. Both parties hope their luck will change with “Green Lantern.” With a strong fan reaction being built off the early trailers and presentation clips and the charismatic Ryan Reynolds as the equally charismatic Hal Jordan, it’s entirely possible “Lantern” could buck the current trend. Here’s one more thing to consider; Martin Campbell, the film’s director has not only successfully jump started a franchise once, but he’s done it twice. Both times he’s come on to direct a James Bond, it’s been the initial debut of the new actor playing the iconic superspy. If he can do that with Bond, imagine what he can do when he’s allowed to play outside the laws of physics.
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Ophelia Lovibond, Philip Baker Hall, Andrew Stewart-Jones, James Tupper, Clark Gregg, David Krumholtz & Angela Lansbury
Directed by Mark Waters for distribution by 20th Century Fox
The Plot: A businessman’s (Carrey) life is changed forever when he inherits a group of penguins that create chaos in his life and make his friends and family begin to question his sanity.
The Final Word: Believe it or not, you actually have to go back to 1995 to find the last time Jim Carrey released a comedy during the highly competitive summer movie season. This year though he returns to the fray with “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” and based on the buzz the movie’s getting, the actor should have no problem fitting back into the mix.
Previewed next week: Bad Teacher & Cars 2