"Men in Black 3" is projected to pull in $80 million this holiday weekend, finally ending the reign of "Marvel's The Avengers" atop the box office charts. Looking to avoid the lines for "MIB3"? Here are a few other new releases worth catching.
The French cop thriller "Polisse," which follows the sex crimes unit, earned a full four stars from Globe critic Wesley Morris, who writes, "All the tears I shed were hard-earned. So were all the laughing and clapping and eye-covering. In each case, it was involuntary."
A Japanese film, "I Wish," about two brothers divided by their parents' divorce, gives a realistic portrayal of childhood courtesy of its two lead actors, who are actual brothers. Morris writes, "With a director like Hirokazu Koreeda, you never feel a childhood being remembered or a quaint longing for a lost moment in time. Children are simply people. They have inner lives and worries and desires."
Another foreign entry, Lebanon's "Where Do We Go Now?," focuses on tensions between Christians and Muslims in a small village and the women's attempts to end the feuding. Globe critic Ty Burr compares the film to "Lysistrata," writing, "Where the Athenian playwright came up with a single novel response (no sex for anyone until the boys behave), director-co-writer-actress Nadine Labaki has her cast of village women throw different ideas against the wall to see what sticks. There are laughs, too, but they stick in your throat."
Despite its unfocused nature and a miscast Andie MacDowell, "Mighty Fine," a film about a Brooklyn family bound for New Orleans, succeeds due to its star, writes Mark Feeney. "Chazz Palminteri’s the best thing in the movie. He now has the look of a slightly beefier Steve Buscemi. But where Buscemi is all nerves on edge and something bad waiting to happen, Palminteri has a winning ease."
Of course, if you're seeking out wide releases, another new film which has yet to be reviewed, "Chernobyl Diaries," is also expected to clean up at the box office this weekend. It is projected to finish fifth this weekend, behind "MIB3," "Avengers," "Battleship," and "The Dictator."
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