Capsule reviews, by Standard-Examiner movie critic Steve Salles, of next week's releases:
HOW DO YOU KNOW *** (PG-13) Sexual content and some strong language. Paul Rudd has become a master of the troubled romance. It helps that James L. Brooks has given him some rather unique and creative ways of finding that love again without seeming cliched. Including Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson and Owen Wilson doesn't hurt, either. 116 minutes.
THE TOURIST ** 1/2 (PG-13) Violence and brief strong language. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in a remake of a 2005 French film called "Anthony Zimmer." It's a mystery that involves a former lover, a stranger on a train, a vengeful gangster and a frantic Interpol. If it sounds more intriguing than it is, it's because the film is too transparent and in search of an identity to be considered great. 104 minutes.
SKYLINE * 1/2 (PG-13) Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language, and brief sexual content. The world is attacked by an alien invader that apparently wants to harvest our brains. I think they must have started with these filmmakers, because this is about as brainless a sci-fi movie as I've ever seen. 92 minutes.
YOGI BEAR * 1/2 (PG) Some mild rude humor. Those sweet, pesky bears from the old Hanna-Barbera cartoons are turned into sniveling con artists in this dumbed-down feature film that had no business being made in the first place. Idiot filmmakers: Leave those old memories alone and come up with your own stupid ideas. 80 minutes.
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Also being released:
MESKADA (R) Sexual situations, profanity, violence. Class and economics muddy the investigation of a homicide in this thriller. When a child is murdered in the small town of Hilliard, police detective Noah Cordin (Nick Stahl) is assigned to investigate the case. The victim's mother is a wealthy and well-connected member of the County Board of Commissioners, so Cordin is under pressure to find the killer as soon as possible. 88 minutes.
THE PEOPLE I'VE SLEPT WITH (Not rated) A pregnant woman embarks on a quest to find the identity of her baby's father. While looking back through her wild sexual past, however, she finds answers to questions more complex than determining paternity. 89 minutes.
SIREN (R) Bloody images, language and some sexuality. A small group of friends set out for a weekend cruise down the coast, but find their carefree journey taking a treacherous turn after attempting to rescue a woman stranded on a nearby island. By the time they get to the island, it's already too late, and it quickly becomes obvious that not everyone will make it home alive. 86 minutes.
Steve Salles can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.