When it comes to dumb ideas for a movie, “Ralph” rates. At least it has John C. Riley lending his voice to an animated apocalypse in which Riley’s Ralph, a villain in a video game, suddenly goes off the reservation and inserts himself into other games inside the video arcade with (and I don’t use the term loosely) disastrous results.
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
Give RZA credit for trying, but I fear for how well the hip-hop star will fare playing a 19th-century Chinese warrior. Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu add to the film’s interesting casting choices.
Denzel Washington teams with Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) for a high-flying character study about a substance-abusing airline pilot whose vices threaten to send his life into a tailspin after he performs a Sully Sullenberger-like miracle in the sky. Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Don Cheadle costar.
A LATE QUARTET
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener star as members of a celebrated string quartet that is about to hit some sour notes as they approach their 25th anniversary as an ensemble.
We all know a cat has nine lives, but in Leos Carax’s ambitious flick, a rich man (Denis Lavant) becomes nine different people in one day after stepping into a magical limousine. Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes and Michel Piccoli co-star.
THE LONELIEST PLANET
Gael García Bernal and Hani Furstenberg play a betrothed couple who question their love after a quick but pivotal incident occurs while they are backpacking through the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.
Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks play a long-married couple whose relationship is on the rocks when an infestation of raccoons threatens to bring down their bourgeois existence in this dark comedy from director Jacob Aaron Estes.
THE HOUSE I LIVE IN
Eugene Jarecki’s penetrating documentary takes a comprehensive look at America’s losing war on drugs.
New movies: ‘Wreck-It Ralph,’ ‘Iron Fists’