- 'Draft Day'
Draft Day That whole business of playing father figure to Superman didn’t work out so good, so Kevin Costner retreats to safer ground, playing an NFL manager whose roster of players includes … Tom Welling, the last Clark Kent anybody gave a dookie about. The movie follows the Costner character’s efforts to draft new talent, and unless one of them comes out of the closet in the course of the story, everybody involved in this sports comedy is going to feel like time has passed him by. Then again, having Ivan Reitman as your director isn’t the best way to say “ready for the 21st century.” The movie has two writers, one of whom was responsible for three hours of episodic TV; the other was responsible for nothing. The fantasy league starts right here, folks. (PG-13) – Steve Schneider
Oculus Holy crap, is that Karen Gillan? Yep, Doctor Who’s very own Amy Pond has her first starring role in a stateside flick. And it’s a horror picture about a pair of siblings, see, who realize that an evil spirit has been pursuing them for years … and, uh, it lives in a mirror or something, and … something about patricide … hey, did we mention she’s in Guardians of the Galaxy? Come along, Pond. (R) – SS
Rio 2 Has it really been a whole three years since the people who brought us Ice Age brought us the poor man’s Madagascar with feathers? So much has happened since then: Obama was re-elected, Jerry Sandusky was convicted and “it” came true for Anne Hathaway! Now she’s wiping the snot out of her nose and wondering why the dream she dreamed has to include providing the voice of some damn bird in a sequel neither Jane Lynch nor Wanda Sykes would go near. This time, the action switches to the Amazon, where Hathaway’s Jewel has to introduce her beau, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), to her fearsome father (Andy Garcia). OK, admit it: You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you? Me neither. (G) – SS