Here’s what’s oozing down the movie pipeline for next weekend.
Opening Thursday is the much-delayed sequel so eagerly awaited by Hasbro action figure fans, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” Starring Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and, reprising his signature role as Old Bald Guy in T-shirt with a Machine Gun, Bruce Willis.
Friday It’s Ryan Gosling (easy there ladies) and Bradley Cooper (settle down, now) as a motorbike-riding bank robber and relentless cop. But since “The Place Beyond the Pines” is a film by art house darling Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”), it’s guaranteed to veer off into uncharted territory.
Those suffering “Twilight” withdrawal will be relieved can look forward to another blast of paranormal romance from Stephenie Meyer. In “The Host” Saoirse Ronan plays an earth girl sharing her body with an alien consciousness. We’ve all known one or two, amiright men?
Elle Fanning and Alice Englert give smashing performances as girls growing up too fast in 1962 London in “Ginger & Rosa.”
Animation fans revere the Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki for such weird and wonderful Studio Ghibli films as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.” His son, Goro Miyazaki, brings us the adventures of a group of Yokohama high schoolers aiming to save their school's clubhouse from the bulldozers clearing land for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in “From Up on Poppy Hill.”
It’s been weeks since the last Tyler Perry movie, but don’t worry, he’s okay. “Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and the inexplicable Kim Kardashian. It’s about, y’know, infidelity and stuff.
The German police procedural “The Silence” delves into the decades-long repercussions of a pre-teen girl’s murder in the 1980s.
“Starbuck” is a French-Canadian artificial insemination comedy about a likable goof-off dealing with the consequences of his past as a massively prolific sperm donor. See it now before the inevitable Paul Rudd remake.
Jim Sturgess (“Across the Universe”) and Kristen Dunst (“Spider-Man”) play lovers from neighboring worlds with opposite gravity in “Upside Down.” Luckily she has some experience in inverted smooching from her Mary Jane/Peter Parker days.