In our weekly video feature ‘Flick Picks,’ The Daily Beast’s Ramin Setoodeh and Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers debate the new movies opening at a theater near you. See which films get a ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘maybe’ from our critics. This week’s lineup: Halle Berry and Hilary Swank in the movie that makes Oscar winners look awful. Plus, how good are Young Adult and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy?
New Year’s Eve
How bad is Garry Marshall’s latest romantic mashup? Let us count seven ways: Halle Berry, Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, and Ashton Kutcher are all wasted in petty roles. It’s even worse than Valentine’s Day.
Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman reteam for a comedy that’s much darker than Juno. Charlize Theron plays a tween-lit writer who decides to stalk her high-school sweetheart (Patrick Wilson), despite the fact that he’s married with a child.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The 1974 novel by John le Carré became a beloved BBC miniseries. The new movie makes some noticeable tweaks to the story about a British intelligence office plagued by a Russian mole during the Cold War. Gary Oldman is the anti-Bond spy George Smiley, in a role generating Oscar buzz.