by Inlander Staff & r & & r & THE CONDEMNED & r & & r & Pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, in his first screen outing, is actually pretty convincing as a death-row killer who's bought by a remorseless TV producer, along with nine other killers, then told he's participating in a Survivor-like Internet broadcast in which the last person alive gets freedom and a pile of money. Violent but not gory, and a dark, but entertaining take on TV viewers' bloodlust. (ES) Rated R
A high school loner -- the artsy type, not the murderous type -- runs afoul of some fellow students and ends up way dead. Or, at least, mostly dead. His ghost leaves his body, returns to school and, amidst recontextualizing the world and attempting to communicate with his girlfriend (a la Patrick Swayze), realizes that he can totally still save his own life. (LB) Rated PG-13
KICKIN' IT OLD SKOOL
The best break dancer at his elementary school in the mid-'80s, Justin Schumacher had it all. Until, that is, he did a back flip off the school's stage and right into a 20-year coma. Now he's old as hell, out of the coma, and forced to break dance for the woman he loves. (LB) Rated PG-13
Nic Cage apparently can see just a tiny bit of the future. His future. It's not enough to, like, bet on horses or anything, but he can totally dodge bullets and outrun trains at railroad crossings and junk. This power apparently expands greatly when he bumps into Jessica Biel, who, for some reason gets his juices flowing to see way off into some kind of cataclysm. This is bad, and only he can stop it. (LB) Rated PG-13
The new one is smart and funny and action-packed, and it’s bigger and better and sleeker. And Downey does it again, this time ramping up Stark’s arrogant wisecracking, telling anyone who’ll listen (mostly women) that, via the creation of his powerful Iron Man suit, he’s brought years of uninterrupted peace to the world.