Sneak Preview: 'Green Lantern,' 'Mr. Popper's Penguins' and other movies opening this week

Al Alexander

GREEN LANTERN

Ryan Reynolds sports a green hue in this origin story about how the famous crime fighter rose from mere mortal test pilot to gain the powers necessary to dispose of an evil enemy called Parallax. Blake Lively (“Gossip Girl”) co-stars as his Mary Jane.

MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS

If you’ve seen the trailer for this adorable family film, you’re already hooked on the premise of seeing Jim Carrey mug with a half-dozen orphaned penguins in his New York City high-rise. Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury costar.

THE TRIP

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon reprise their roles from the sleeper hit “Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” in this Michael Winterbottom comedy in which they embark on a tour of the UK’s top restaurants, but end up eating at each other’s nerves.

THE ART OF GETTING BY

In yet another formulaic coming-of-age picture, Freddie Highmore plays a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s perspective on life is radically altered by a beautiful and complicated girl portrayed by Emma Roberts.

BRIDE FLIGHT

In this widely praised romantic epic, three Dutch emigres (Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver and Elise Schaap) seek a better life in New Zealand with their Kiwi fiancés and encounter triumph and tragedy in the ensuing years. Rutger Hauer costars in this engrossing tale directed by Ben Sombogaart.

SUBMARINE

British comedian Richard Ayoade tries his hand at filmmaking with this subversive comedy about a teenager’s twin quests to lose his virginity to his pretty classmate (Yasmin Paige) and resurrect the faltering marriage between his father (Noah Taylor) and mother (Sally Hawkins), whom he suspects of seeing another man (Paddy Considine). Newcomer Craig Roberts dazzles as the ambitious and rather daft teen in a tale based on Joe Dunthorne’s acclaimed novel.

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