A long-awaited adaptation of a Stephen King classic arrives, along with romantic comedy, a visit to New York's Hassidic Jewish community and another trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
The contributions of Native Americans to American popular music get a scattered, sporadically interesting and name-dropping treatment in the documentary Rumble
. The cultural specificity of Menashe
—about a Hassidic widower fighting for custody of his son—carries it only so far in an otherwise formulaic story.
MaryAnn Johanson scoffs at the notion that single mom Reese Witherspoon having a young boyfriend is more improbable than inviting three random guys to babysit her kids in the rom-com Home Again
In this week's feature reviews, the improvised banter of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in The Trip to Spain
works best when there's no attempt to shape it into an actual movie; and It
delivers a scary half-a-movie version of the epic Stephen King novel.
Also opening this week, but not screened for press, are two Sept. 11-themed movies: the ensemble drama 9/11
, set in a World Trade Center elevator; and the documentary story of real-life hero Welles Crowther in Man in Red Bandana