By Alynda Wheat Mia McNiece
August 29, 2011 12:00 PM

One Day

Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess | PG-13 |


The trouble with being a fool in love is that sometimes you’re just a fool. So it is with Dexter (Sturgess) and Emma (Hathaway), with whom One Day checks in every July 15 for the better part of two decades. From a fumbling graduation-night hookup, Dex and Em build a lifelong friendship tested by addiction (his), insecurity (hers) and other lovers (both). The story, based on David Nicholls’s 2009 bestseller, is equal parts romantic, funny and heartbreaking. Sturgess gets more dramatic heft as the maturing Dexter, while Hathaway merely grows more winsome as geek-to-chic Emma. Together, though, they’re what meant-to-be looks like.

Fright Night

Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin | R |


Wusses of the world, unite, for here is a horror movie even we can handle. Sexy, loads of fun and just scary enough, this loving update of the campy 1985 thriller is perfect for summer. The action revolves around suburban vampire Jerry, played by the blazingly talented Farrell in full snarl. When neighbor Charley (Yelchin) realizes that Jerry’s packing fangs, he seeks help from a schlocky Vegas magician-vamp expert (Doctor Who’s David Tennant, doing his best Criss Angel by way of Russell Brand). Yelchin and Tennant make a solid team, giving the slower middle a punchy finish. But it’s Farrell who really gets the blood pumping.