A.C.O.D. It stands for Adult Child of Divorce, and that’s what Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott is when his parents (Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara) split up, then have to be reunited for the wedding of another one of their offspring (Clark Duke of The Office). The supporting cast also includes Scott’s Parks and Rec buddy Amy Poehler, as well as Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jane Lynch and Ken Howard. With all that talent flying around, you can almost forget that director/co-writer Stu Zicherman had a hand in Elektra! Well, OK, now you can’t.
(R) – Steve Schneider
Carrie Chloe Grace Moretz has become the queen of Unnecessary Remakes of Beloved Horror Movies. Having essayed the lead in Let Me In, the U.S. version of Let the Right One In, she now accepts the thankless task of taking over for Sissy Spacek as Carrie White in this second adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel. The 1976 Brian De Palma version is an all-time classic that even King admits is better than his book, so why would Moretz sign up for such a seeming suicide mission? Well, the director is Kimberly Peirce of Boys Don’t Cry fame, so maybe Moretz was interested in seeing what such a purportedly feminist story would look like through the eyes of an actual woman (and one with such a good track record of exploring gender issues to boot). Or maybe she’s just on a scenery diet, and knew that her co-star, the inexplicably respected Julianne Moore, wouldn’t leave her much to chew on. Be afraid. (R) – SS
Escape Plan With this week’s The Fifth Estate taking on Wikileaks, it’s up to Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger to lead a probing inquiry into that other Assange-era outrage, cruel and unfair incarceration. At least it’s fun to think that highly of Escape Plan, in which Sly plays a master jail builder imprisoned in a maximum-security facility he himself designed. Contributing to the timely political drama are Jim Caviezel, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and 50 Cent. Jeez, I can smell the spirited debate from here. (R) – SS
Captain Phillips Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) offers a penetrating, realistic glimpse into the April 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. The handheld-camera work is a bit overdone (if appropriate to the subject), but as the titular captain, Tom Hanks is in total command of his performance and his audience, and a pleasure to watch. The movie holds your attention in a vice grip for more than two hours and firmly positions itself as one of the top 10 films of the year so far. (PG-13) – Cameron Meier
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