Get the briefings on "Big Mammas," "Cedar Rapids," "The Housemaid," "I Am Number Four" and "Unknown."
BIG MAMMAS: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
If you’ve been missing Martin Lawrence being a real drag as Big Momma, your prayers have been answered with this sequel in which the she-man teams up with his son (Brendan T. Jackson) to chase down a murder at an all-girls performing arts school. The only problem is that the murderer is also chasing them. Expect more of the same combination of phony sentiment and poop jokes that have been the franchise’s trademarks.
Ed Helms gets his first leading role in this laid-back Midwestern comedy about an unworldly Wisconsin insurance salesman who gets his first taste of the big city when he’s sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to attend a convention. Once there, he’s taken under the debouched wing of his crazy, eccentric roommate played by John C. Reilly. Isaiah Whitlock Jr. and Anne Heche also join in on the fun. Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl”) directs.
This erotic thriller from director Sang-soo Im explores what happens when an innocent young girl (Cannes Film Festival award-winning actress Jeon Do-yeon) is hired on as a domestic for one of Seoul’s richest, most powerful families. Things go well until the family patriarch starts sleeping in the maid’s quarters, if you know what I mean.
I AM NUMBER FOUR
The immortal Alex Pettyfer plays the fourth member of a list of young people earmarked for death by mysterious forces. The first three are toast, and he’s next. Will he survive? Does anyone care either way? D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) directs from a script based on a novel by Pittacus Lore.
In yet another Jason Bourne rip-off, Liam Neeson plays a vacationing doctor who loses consciousness in a car accident in Berlin. When he awakens, the good doctor’s life is nothing like he remembered it. The woman he thinks is his wife (January Jones slumming off the “Mad Men’ set) swears she’s never met him, and the man she’s with (Aidan Quinn) claims to not only be her husband, but he also has the same name as Neeson’s character. Before you can say “Gaslight,” Liam thinks he’s being duped, and to help him prove it, he enlists the services of the lovely Diane Kruger from “Inglourious Bastards.”