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Snap judgments about this week’s premieres

Let’s see: An arthouse piece, a Kevin Costner actioner, another CGI fur-fest, and what looks like an hour-and-a-half of (comparably) mild nut-shots and dick jokes.

Looks like another week on top for Jackass 2 (review, pg. 23).

The Guardian provides the first half of this weekend’s Ashton Kutcher double-shot (try curing that hangover), positing the Kutch as a cocky rookie (is there any other kind?) who must be schooled by a grizzled veteran (ditto) Coast Guard rescue swimmer (Costner). Remember Cruise vs. Skerritt? Cruise vs. Duvall? Mouths writing checks that bodies couldn’t, at the time, cash? Sure you do. Well, now it’s Kelso vs. Robin of Locksley. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve got a serious, almost involuntary Costner weakness (and any fella who tells you he doesn’t is either lying or hasn’t seen Field of Dreams, the one film after which dudes are totally allowed to cry `well, that, and The Land Before Time`), and both the guilty pleasure of That 70’s Show and Punk’d’s Candid-Camera-targets-famous-folks hook score Ash-Kutch-B’Gosh some points, but the best thing to come out of The Guardian might be on page 21, where you’ll find a delightful deconstruction of the origins and persistent varieties of Costner-as-Kryptonite.

It’s official: Michel Gondry gets to do whatever the shit he wants. Proof? Check out the Science of Sleep, which offers a spare, if engaging, story that serves as a wan palate for Gondry’s wilder cinematic musings. Which, fortunately, are thoroughly enjoyable (review, page 22).

Ashton Kutcher Attack, Part Two, rears its head with Open Season, which makes Martin Lawrence an indoors-y bear and Kutch-Me-If-You-Can his goofy (deer?) sidekick. Doesn’t look so bad, actually. Who knew?

Old School’s writer/director + none of the cast + Jon Heder + nothing else from Napoleon Dynamite = School for Scoundrels. Hmm.

Have a good rest-of-the-week. Happy birthday, Dad.

— Brian Villalobos

Local premiere dates for limited-release films are tentative and can change at the last minute. Please check your local theater listings to confirm showtimes.

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