Sneak Preview: 'Race to Witch Mountain' and other movies in theaters

Al Alexander

RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN

The Rock continues to lose credibility, starring in his umpteenth Disney family film. At least he’s not playing a football player for a change. Still, it’s not much of a stretch for him to portray a loveable-lug Vegas taxi driver lured into helping a couple of teens head off an alien invasion.

CROSSING OVER

An impressive cast, including Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd, lend star power, but the subject matter (illegal immigration) may be problematic considering America’s reluctance to see "issue'' movies. It’s also telling that two-time Oscar-winner Sean Penn has had his name and scenes removed from the picture.

12

Oscar-winner Nikita Mikhalkov ("Burnt By the Sun") puts a new spin on the American classic "12 Angry Men" by switching the scene to his native Russia, where a Chechen teenager stands accused of murder and 12 disparate jurors control his fate.

MISS MARCH

Originally titled "Miss February," this lame sex comedy had to change its name because it was kicked around the release schedule so much. If you must know, it’s about a young man (Zach Cregger, who also co-wrote and co-directed this piffle) who emerges from a four-year coma and sets out on a mission to bed his prom date (Raquel Alessi), who is now a Playboy Playmate. A fossilized Hugh Hefner makes a cameo.

SHUTTLE

Two women board an airport shuttle on a rainy night and end up on a terrifying ride for their lives. And to think they thought getting through security would be the toughest part of the trip.

WAITING FOR DUBLIN

A World War II fighter pilot (Andrew Keegan) is stranded in an Irish village on New Year’s Eve 1944. And with the war winding down, he fears he won’t get the final kill he needs to win a bet he cannot cover with Al Capone’s nephew. 

LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

The drive-in staple from the 1970s gets remade and reworked (read: more gore) for modern audiences.

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