by INLANDER STAFF & r & & r & THE HAPPENING & r & & r & Is anyone excited about an M. Night Shyamalan movie anymore? No? After the lackluster "bedtime story," Lady in the Water, Shyamalan's latest is being released with almost no fanfare -- other than the completely odd marketing gimmick advertising it as the director's first R-rated film -- despite starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel. Despite being about nothing less than disappearing honeybees, feared terrorist strikes and ultimately the end of the world. Or perhaps, I guess, because of it. (LB) Rated R
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
There's more action and less dialogue, which makes for a really good start at getting the story of the big angry green guy right this time. Art house darling Ang Lee has given way to Louis Leterrier. And OK actor Eric Bana has been replaced by solid Edward Norton. The story picks up some time after Bruce Banner hightailed it to South America to "cure" himself. He's back, with the army still after him, and another creature, the Abomination, who's ready to go at him. Great fights, wild action, with some emotion seeping through. (ES) 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.