Mr. Moviefone reviews 'Arthur,' 'Hanna,' 'Your Highness' and 'Soul Surfer'
This week at the movies, a teenaged killer is on the run, a surfer is disarmed, James Franco is going medieval, and Russell Brand steps into Dudley Moore's white shoes in the retelling of "Arthur."
Thirty years after the original, Brand plays a drunk and spoiled heir forced to marry to keep the family fortune. Co-starring are Helen Mirren and Jennifer Garner.
The Reel Deal: Fans of the Dudley Moore film will hate it, others will only marginally dislike it. And maybe it's time for Brand and his bride to take a little vacation. Seriously, take a break. "Overexposed." I'm out.
A teenage girl is being groomed to be a killing machine in "Hanna."
Hanna and her ex-CIA agent father live in isolation where he trains her to be the perfect assassin. But on her first mission, the young hunter becomes the hunted. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.
The Reel Deal: You can't take your eyes off the mesmerizing Saoirse Ronan as Hanna in this great-looking, slow-burning, indie chase thriller. I'm in.
Medieval royalty goes up in smoke in "Your Highness."
The charming prince (played by James Franco) and his stoner brother (played by Danny McBride) must pair up to rescue the damsel in distress and save her from the evil wizard. Also featured are Zooey Deschanel and Natalie Portman.
The Reel Deal: First, I think Danny McBride is very funny, just not in this movie. Neither is James Franco. Sadly it's a two-joke movie, and those two jokes are bad. I'm out.
A determined teen overcomes all odds in "Soul Surfer."
This is the true story of Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm and nearly her life in a shark attack, and her amazing comeback to the sport she loves.
The Reel Deal: Better suited for TV than the big screen, "Soul Surfer" feels like a movie that's underwater. I'm out.
Also opening is "Born to be Wild" in 3-D a great looking documentary about orphaned baby elephants and orangutans and their bond with the people who care for them. And it's narrated by Morgan Freeman, so how can you not be in for that?
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