In this week’s new movies, Idris Elba’s performance in “Pacific Rim” impresses and Adam Sandler and friends return for “Grown Ups 2.” The documentary “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough” receives four stars.
★★1/2 stars “Byzantium” (R) “Like “Twilight’s” Cullens, Eleanor doesn’t cruelly murder humans. Instead, she gets their permission before drinking their blood, seeking out mainly the elderly and the infirm. Clara has her own idiosyncratic moral code” – Michael O’Sullivan
★★★★ “Far Out Isn’t Far Enough” (Unrated) “After achieving almost instant success in the New York publishing world in the 1950s and ’60s — where, in addition to his children’s books, Ungerer drew satirical illustrations and political posters — the French immigrant eventually found himself running smack into the wall of American puritanism.”– Michael O’Sullivan
★1/2 “Grown Ups 2” (PG-13) “Sandler must be adept at remembering to cash in on IOUs to assemble this crew of actors. At one point, Hayek, Rudolph and Bello have to act idiotic enough to believe a skeevy janitor (played, naturally, by Jon Lovitz) is their aerobics instructor, and they comply when he orders them to turn around, bend over and spank themselves. Female objectification never looked so stupid.” – Stephanie Merry
★ “The Hot Flashes” (R) “The wan humor of “The Hot Flashes,” which was written by Brad Hennig, depends on tired caricatures, a running subplot about closeted homosexuality and sight gags like dressing up Sykes in a puffy square-dancing dress or casting a little person as the Flashes’ coach.” – Ann Hornaday
★★1/2 “Pacific Rim” (PG-13) ““Pacific Rim” will never qualify as part of the director’s high-end oeuvre — ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ it most decidedly ain’t. But as an example of del Toro’s abiding love for comic books, pop culture and movie genre excess, it ranks with his less intellectual but equally imaginative efforts, maybe somewhere between ‘Blade II’ and the gloriously bodacious ‘Hellboy.’” – Ann Hornaday
★★ “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (Unrated) “In Bollywood movies, there’s often an emphasis on more than the story, and filmmakers develop a keen sense for atmospherics. Along with some splendid music, director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra takes care with his shots, zooming in and using slow-motion to make a body traveling through a finish line, for example, look like art.” – Stephanie Merry