In this week’s new releases, “The Identical,” a film about twin brothers separated at birth mirrors the life of Elvis Presley, gets two stars. “The One I Love,” a story about a married couple going on a retreat, is part romantic-comedy, part drama and part sci-fi thriller, and the film receives three stars.
★★ “The Identical” (PG) “Here’s a bit of Elvis Presley trivia that might surprise some: The King was a twin. His brother was stillborn and Presley, by some accounts, was haunted and fascinated by this twist of fate. He always wondered what his life would have been like had his brother survived. Howard Klausner, the screenwriter behind ‘The Identical,’ apparently wondered the same thing. In the movie, a famous singer grows up believing his twin died at birth, only he didn’t. In this story, though, the singer is named Drexel Hemsley, which is good, because the last thing we need is more Elvis conspiracy theories.” – Stephanie Merry
★★★ “The One I Love” (R) “Ted Danson, who plays the therapist, is the only actor on-screen with lines besides Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, who portray Ethan and Sophie. After an affair by Ethan, they’re trying to ‘reset the reset button,’ as their counselor puts it, by spending a long weekend in an idyllic guest house in Southern California’s Ojai Valley. What (or who) they find when they get there is the subject of this twisty, original and provocative film, which is sort of a romantic comedy, sort of a relationship drama and sort of a sci-fi thriller.” – Michael O’Sullivan
★★★ “Thunder and the House of Magic” (Unrated) “Imagine Wile E. Coyote as an anti-eviction activist. That’s Thunder, the orange tabby kitten who’s in frequent peril during ‘Thunder and the House of Magic.’ All he wants is a place that he and a few friends can call home. But he can barely catch a cat nap without being threatened by whizzing cars, wrecking balls or a wascally wabbit.” – Mark Jenkins
★ ½ “The Last of Robin Hood” (R) “Ultimately the movie feels like an empty exercise. Sure, it’s a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of fame. But when the one figure most worthy of our sympathy is nothing more than a beautiful blonde robot, what’s the point?” – Stephanie Merry
★ ½ “Innocence” (R) “If the unabashedly pulpy supernatural thriller ‘Innocence’ (based on Jane Mendelsohn’s unabashedly pulpy supernatural novel of the same name) means to win over the same young-adult crowd that lapped up ‘Twilight,' it needs to do more than coast on the draft created by that teenage-vampire juggernaut.” – Michael O’Sullivan
★★ “But Always” (Unrated) “‘But Always’ seems modeled on Peter Chan’s more complex 1996 ‘Comrades, Almost a Love Story,’ in which two mainland Chinese expats attract and repulse each other on journeys through Hong Kong and New York. Anyone who’s seen that movie will anticipate the final flashback in ‘But Always,’ which makes the story’s melodramatic point one more time: Anran and Yongyuan are fated to be together as much as they are doomed to be apart.” – Mark Jenkins
½ star “The Remaining” (PG-13) “‘In a month or so, moviegoers will be able to see Nicolas Cage in ‘Left Behind,’ the second attempt to turn the best-selling Christian thriller series into a successful movie franchise. For those who can’t wait that long, there’s ‘The Remaining,’ a low-budget, low-impact attempt to rewrite the Book of Revelation as a horror flick.” – Mark Jenkins