, William Hurt, Tim Roth | PG-13 |
Even the most ardent environmentalist will second-guess the concept of "going green" after another not-even-close-to-incredible Hulk movie. Five years ago, gamma radiation poisoning turned scientist Bruce Banner (Norton) into the raging, avocado-hued Hulk whenever his heart rate spikes. Now he's a fugitive searching for a cure, with the military, led by obsessed General Ross (Hurt)—dad to former love Betty (Tyler)—in hot pursuit, along with a maniacal solider (Roth) who becomes a Hulk gone bad: The Abomination.
That term could also describe the limp 2003 Hulk from Ang Lee, who substituted thrills with ponderous shots of lichen. In this start-from-scratch reboot, director Louis Leterrier (The Transporter
) pumps up the action but keeps revisiting the same scenario: The military chases Banner, who then "Hulks out" by roaring and throwing tanks around. In the cast, only Norton breaks through, portraying Banner as a beaten man tortured by who he is and what he's done. But whenever things get interesting, he's forced offscreen by the all-CGI Hulk (much improved over the '03 film's laughable effects). The film does boast one true superhero: a nifty concluding cameo by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). If only he had shown up a couple hours earlier.
Adam Sandler, John Turturro, Rob Schneider, Emmanuelle Chriqui | PG-13 |
Terrific premise, terrible execution. That's the problem with Zohan, about an Israeli supersoldier (Sandler) who moves to New York City and reinvents himself as a hairstylist. Sandler, who cowrote, molded his body into killer shape but left the script flabby. Many gags are amusing at first—Zohan insists on finishing each styling by bedding his elderly clients—but barely tolerable by their 15th appearance.
The actress and singer, 28, goes on the run with Mark Wahlberg in the thriller The Happening
AS A KID, DID YOU LISTEN TO WAHLBERG RAPPING AS "MARKY MARK"? I mostly listened to old music growing up. I had no idea what was going on.
HOW WAS FILMING IN PENNSYLVANIA? Fun. Lots of pretty landscapes and antique stores. There were lots of bugs though, and I don't love bugs.
YOU'RE IN A SCARY MOVIE. SO WHAT TERRIFIES YOU? Massive amounts of bugs. It wasn't enough to freak me out, but it was gross.
Step aside, Miley! Little sister Noah Cyrus, 8, is ready for her close-up. A semiregular on Miley's show Hannah Montana
, Noah makes her film debut as a parrot-wielding trick-or-treater in Mostly Ghostly
, a Halloween-themed thriller based on the young-adult series by author R.L. Stine. "She is a real natural in front of the camera, just like her sister," says director Rich Correll, who co-created Hannah Montana
. "Her personality really comes through." So does her sweet tooth: During one recent night on-set, Noah was supposed to throw hard candy at marauding ghosts but kept sneaking bites in between takes. (She's not the only famous sibling in Ghostly, due out in October; Lindsay Lohan
's 14-year-old sister Ali also appears.) "Noah may be 8, but she has a 15-year-old mind," says Luke Benward, 12, who plays a ghost. "She is very outgoing and precocious."