Picks of the Week
(PG, 92 minutes, Sony): As Count Dracula, Adam Sandler turns in a blandly unobjectionable, if toothless, voice performance.
As Jonathan, a young American backpacker who accidentally wanders into Dracula’s castle, set up as a hotel for monsters seeking refuge from human persecution, Andy Samberg does his best to animate his innocuous persona.
Selena Gomez brings a bit more personality to the role of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, a “teenager” celebrating her 118th birthday while chafing at her father’s overprotectiveness. Of course, she and Jonathan fall in love, leading to — well, not terribly much.
It’s something of a shame. “Hotel Transylvania” is entertaining enough for the trick-or-treat crowd, but a bit more bite wouldn’t kill it.
Contains mild bathroom humor and suggestiveness. Extras: “Goodnight Mr. Foot” mini-movie; commentary with director Genndy Tartakovsky, producer Michelle Murdocca and visual effects supervisor Daniel Kramer; deleted scenes; “Problem (Monster Remix)” music video by Becky G featuring Will.i.am. Also, on Blu-ray: making-of and “Voicing Hotel Transylvania” featurettes and three progression reels. 3D version also available.
(R, 110 minutes, Sony): “Overkill” describes this film, in which a screenwriter named Marty (Colin Farrell) starts writing a movie called “Seven Psychopaths.”
While Marty tries to dream up homicidal maniacs, his friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and his partner in crime, Hans (Christopher Walken), embark on their daily scam, kidnapping dogs and pocketing the reward money.
When Billy steals a Shih Tzu, though, he runs afoul of its devoted owner, a pathological crime boss named Charlie (Woody Harrelson).
Trafficking in the larky dark humor of the Coen brothers and the whiz-bang movie-worship of Quentin Tarantino, playwright Martin McDonagh has never met a reference he didn’t nod to.
Contains strong violence, bloody images, pervasive profanity, sexuality, nudity and some drug use.
Extras: Featurettes “Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths” and “Crazy Locations,” Harrelson and Farrell character featurettes, “Layers” video mashup of the film set to a rap beat and “Seven Psychocats” remade trailer in which the cast is replaced by cats.
The Cold Light of Day
(PG-13, 93 minutes, Summit Entertainment): Henry Cavill plays Will, a failing businessman taking a distracted sailing vacation with his family in Spain.
He gets along fine with Mom and his brother. Dad (played by Bruce Willis) not so much. Will goes ashore in a huff, and when he returns, the boat’s been moved and his family’s gone.
A rough encounter with corrupt Spanish cops has him convinced powerful forces have nabbed them. But who? Since Dad is a CIA agent and not some embassy cultural attache, as he’s always said, that could be anybody.
“The Cold Light of Day” is a loose variation on the “fish out of water” thriller, with Will unable to speak Spanish, in over his head and as likely to fire off a round into his foot as hit a bad guy.
But most everybody here seems out of water, starting with Willis. “The Cold Light of Day”just doesn’t stand up to the scrutiny of the cold light of you-know-what. Contains language and sexual content. WashingtonPost