NEW YORK – "The Ladykillers," "Scooby Doo 2" and "Jersey Girl" hit theaters in today's Foxlight.
The Coen brothers are back in real comedy territory, according to some critics. After the misstep of "Intolerable Cruelty," USA Today calls "The Ladykillers" (search) a "Southern-style 'Ocean's Eleven' without the pretty boys and Vegas attitude but with plenty of laughs." Tom Hanks plays a Southern con man in his first flat-out comedy in a long time. But the secret weapon may be the always underrated Marlon Wayans.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. are turning into the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of the partially animated film genre. They're back in another shaggy dog tale called "Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed." (search) The New York Post says it's basically a 91-minute parade of special effects in search of a plot. Zoinks.
Dearly beloved, we're gathering here to deliver last rites to the thing known as "Bennifer." The New York Times calls "Jersey Girl" (search) a film "so false, icky and saddled with wince-making contrivances and fizzled jokes, it's the film equivalent of making goo-goo noises and chucking a baby under the chin for 103 minutes." The consensus seems to be hey, it's not "Gigli." But is that really a compliment? Affleck has a lot riding on this "Girl."