Escape the Heat with Predators, Despicable Me, The Kids Are Alright and More in This Week's Film Round-Up

Escape the Heat with <i>Predators</i>, <i>Despicable Me</i>, <i>The Kids Are Alright</i> and More in This Week's Film Round-Up
Friday is film-review day at Exclaim.ca, so check out the Recently Reviewed motion section for a look at what's new at the theatre.

We're starting things off with Predators, the second sequel to the 1987 cult classic Predator (not including the pair of Alien vs. Predator flicks). Before you get too excited, no, Schwarzenegger's not back. Instead, Adrian Brody stars alongside Topher Grace and Laurence Fishburne. The film is directed by Nimród Antal and produced by action-horror giant Robert Rodriguez.

If you're anything like us, you've seen ads for animated comedy Despicable Me plastered all over town but still don't know what it's about. The answer, in short, is "stealing the moon." For the long answer, you'll have to see the film for yourself.

On a more serious note, we have Wild Grass, the English title of Les Herbes Folles by legendary French director Alain Resnais. Our reviewer comments, "The man is almost 90 years old, but, as impressive as it is that he was able to put a new film together at all, Resnais has completely lost the plot."

Acclaimed director Lisa Cholodenko crafts a same-sex marriage love triangle in The Kids Are Alright, a comedy starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. In our reviewer's words, "This sort of premise could easily devolve into a bout of preaching and overt pedagogical posturing, but Cholodenko is far more concerned with examining relationship dynamics and well-intentioned people that make mistakes than she is in pointing fingers."

We also have The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second instalment of the hit Swedish crime trilogy that began with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, it seems that director Daniel Alfredson had a bit of trouble filling the shoes of Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev.

Finally, we come to The Sorcerer's Apprentice, starring Jay Baruchel and Nicholas Cage. However, director Jon Turteltaub may have dropped the ball on this one. According to our reviewer, "No film in recent memory speaks to Hollywood's slump towards bottom-line-driven, terminally ordinary, yet otherwise inoffensive, blockbusters quite like The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Check out all these film reviews and more at the Exclaim! Recently Reviewed motion section, and get your weekend started right.