- 'Dracula Untold'
Addicted Amazon smut artist (and federal tax cheat) Zane adapts her novel about a married black woman who develops a dangerous compulsion to sleep with other men. Sexual sister-shaming: It isn’t just for white people anymore! (R) – Steve Schneider
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day I don’t know how to break it to you, kid, but Judy Moody just had herself an entire kickass summer. (PG) – SS
Dracula Untold Desperate to create a “shared universe” for its classic horror characters, Universal has reboots coming of Dracula, Frankenstein and a whole cemetery plot’s worth of their pals. In the driver’s seat? The guys who brought you Transformers. And before you declare that idea the pits, consider this: Dracula Untold is an unrelated, low-priority quickie the studio had to get out of the way first. The breath, it truly does catch. (PG-13) – SS
The Judge Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin casts Robert Downey Jr. as a hotshot lawyer who has to defend his own father (Robert Duvall) on a murder charge. “What a perfect idea for a John Grisham property,” said nobody you ever loved or trusted. (R) – SS
Kill the Messenger Now that even Rand Paul has realized the war on drugs is a bust, maybe the public can take the important next step of recognizing how corrupt and ill-intended it was from the start. Exhibit A: the story of Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the late journalist who explored the connection between Nicaragua’s coke lords, the Contras, the CIA and the wholly coincidental crack epidemic that took hold within our own borders. Direction by the provocative Michael Cuesta (L.I.E.) means nobody should expect a sugar coating on this rock. (R) – SS
Meet the Mormons That Mitt Romney thing having not worked out so well – no matter what he thinks – the LDS church needs another chance to mainstream its image among those who only know it as a springboard to the Tonys. Enter this officially sanctioned doc, which follows six Mormons living and witnessing in various locations across the globe. Theocratic homophobes who wear sacred Underoos – they’re just like us! (PG) – SS
One Chance The “inspirational” true-life story of Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, as portrayed by a bunch of Limey workhorses like James Corden, Julie Walters and Colm Meaney. Not to be outdone, the U.S. will no doubt follow suit with Pants on the Ground: The Larry Platt Saga. (PG-13) – SS