Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Riley Thomas Stewart (Directed by Jodie Foster; Written by Kyle Killen; Summit Entertainment)
When last coupled on screen, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster were a pair of poker-playing con artists scheming to fleece as many unsuspecting citizens of the Old West as possible. That was in 1994’s “The Maverick,” directed by Richard Donner.
No doubt they still make a striking combo but in their latest film, at least one of them is definitely looking weird. And we do mean Mel, who plays Walter Black, a severely agitated man who never goes anywhere or does anything unless he’s sporting his ludicrous-looking beaver hand puppet. That’s the only way this loser is able to calm down, but thanks to that damn beaver, his faithful wife Meredith Black, played by Jodie, is becoming more and more frantic. Which is why their son Porter Black (Anton Yelchin) insists that mom dump dad.
So who’s directing "The Beaver"? None other than two-time Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, whose previous behind-the-camera achievements include “Little Man Tate” (1991) and the underrated “Home for the Holidays” (1995). The rumor that Jodie was Mel’s first choice to direct “The Passion of the Christ” seemingly has no basis in fact. But wouldn't it be fun if Mel turns out to be the director of "The Beaver, Part 2"? Assuming he can fit it into his hectic schedule. --Guy Flatley Now Playing P.S. Forget the whole thing. The movie was a spectacular bomb at the box office; the critics nixed it, too.
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Judi Dench, Stephen Graham, Gemma Ward, Richard Griffiths, Oscar Jaenada, Sam Claflin, Keith Richards (Directed by Rob Marshall; Written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio; Walt Disney Pictures)
Usually, Captain Jack Sparrow, as played by Johnny Depp with slapsticky bravado, does not have to look far to find trouble. But in this fourth installment of the apparently unstoppable franchise, he travels all the way back to his footloose youth and reignites a torrid relationship with Angelica, a red-hot heartbreaker played by Penelope Cruz. This take-charge babe, who may or may not be the daughter of the villainous pirate named Blackbeard (Ian McShane), not-so-gently persuades Sparrow to set sail with her in search of the Fountain of Youth.
Just remember, if they succeed in their mission, we moviegoers will be stuck with them forever and ever and ever. Now Playing