NEW YORK – "The Terminal" and "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" join "Around the World in 80 Days" at theaters this weekend and "Napoleon Dynamite" opens wider in today's Foxlight.
Tom Hanks is doing a pretty good Robin Williams "Moscow on the Hudson" impression in the lost in transition dramedy "The Terminal." (search)
"Looks too clean" to be JFK airport, snipes one critic.
And the Catherine Zeta-Jones character could have flown away as far as I'm concerned. Steven Spielberg has done the impossible -- kept Tom Hanks locked up for a year on something besides a desert island and made it fascinating. Utterly original and a great adult movie in a summer filled with things like, well, read on ...
USA Today says "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (search) is a "deflated comedy that lacks bounce." Ben Stiller, phone home. Your parents -- Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara -- are funny. Go live with them for a while. Maybe that's a movie.
The New York Post is even more brutal. "Ben Stiller's overbearing schtick officially reaches its expiration date with [this] desperate and puerile [movie]." Ben's made this kind of thing before. Vince Vaughn and Rip Torn should know better. Still, if slap-schtick is your thing, don't duck, run.
On the other hand, it can't be any worse than "Around the World in 80 Days," (search) which according to our own Roger Friedman -- quoting Wednesday's opening day numbers -- is already a flop.
Finally, the fantastic "Napoleon Dynamite" (search) opens wider this weekend after an incredible per-screen average opening weekend last weekend. I admit this is a Fox Searchlight effort, but I would be a fan no matter who released it. It's laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish.