None of these films are all that new, but who has money for new movies?
THE WRESTLER - Witness the resurrection of Mickey Rourke...who in point of fact has been doing great and critically-unregarded work for the last fifteen years, though a lot of it has been in substandard films (THE RAINMAKER, SIN CITY, and ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO, to name three). It's a great star vehicle, though not a great film.
THE BOXER - Daniel Day-Lewis as an ex-IRA trying to reunite Ireland through the healing power of beating the shit of people. Great cast, swell cinematography, a film surprisingly free of the overused images and cliches that make movies about Ireland so unwatchable. Unfortunately, Day-Lewis doesn't have a funny mustache or a kooky top hat, but still worth checking out.
BLADES OF GLORY - I laughed, but I can't remember at what.
STEPBROTHERS - John C Reilly has always annoyed me, but he's terrific here, playing WIll Farrell.
SPIDERMAN 3 - So, Sam Raimi, basically what you're saying is that the black costume is analogous to the Mask from that awful Jim Carrey movie. Tobey McGuire lives out his dark fantasies, does a dance number in front of his girlfriend (who sings as badly as Cameron Diaz did in THE MASK), struts down the street, gets back at the people who wronged him yet brings misery to the people he cares about, then finally learns that he doesn't need the mask (I mean costume). SSSSSmokin'!
[It says so much about the two great comic companies' approaches to character that DC's The Sandman is a multi-layered exploration of the mythopoeics surrounding death, sleep, the unconscious and the imagination, while Marvel's the Sandman is a guy made out of sand.]
RIGHTEOUS KILL - Hoo-hah.