April 04, 2011 12:00 PM

Source Code

Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan | PG-13 |


Maybe Jake Gyllenhaal hasn’t convinced you yet. Perhaps you didn’t see Donnie Darko, overlooked him in Brokeback Mountain or didn’t dig Love & Other Drugs (hey, me neither). But when the guy never fails to charm in a movie that repeats in eight-minute loops, it’s clear he deserves to be a star. Gyllenhaal plays Colter Stevens, a war hero who awakens disoriented in a strange craft. A soldier on a monitor (Vera Farmiga) explains his mission: Using the Source Code-an experimental government program that lets you relive the last eight minutes of a person’s life-find out who bombed a Chicago train. Colter struggles to nab the bomber-a tough task since he keeps blowing up with the train. Even sadder: He can’t help flirting with a passenger (Monaghan) he knows he can’t save (Source Code is a simulation, not a time machine). Their chemistry-and, yes, that Gyllenhaal charm-help patch a threadbare plot. Opens April 1.

Peep World

Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Ben Schwartz | Unrated |


Think of Peep World as a live-action cartoon (rather than anything resembling reality). It’s funnier that way. Little brother Nathan (Schwartz) is a literary wunderkind, thanks to a thinly veiled novel in which he makes brothers Jack (Hall) and Joel (Rainn Wilson) look like stifled twerps and sister Cheri (Silverman) a harpy. The trouble, of course, is that it’s true. Just when you think Nathan is the biggest creep of all, along comes their dad, Henry (Ron Rifkin), who’s so foul, he’s dating the actress playing his daughter in the movie version of Nathan’s book. Peep World’s humor isn’t consistently sharp, though. The ol’ medically-induced-erection-that-won’t-go-away scene needs a proper burial. Pray that this is it.

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