Based on a novel by Ian McEwan, Enduring Love focuses on the repercussions of a freak hot-air balloon accident. College professor Joe (Daniel Craig) and his girlfriend Claire (Samantha Morton) witnessed the accident; so did a guy named Jed, a creepy Englishman that both Joe and Claire get to know far too well over the course of the film. Although blessed with a fantastic opening sequence and a host of complex characters, the film soon falls victim to a kind of pseudo-intellectual cat and mouse game.
In many ways, SpongeBob SquarePants is the rightful heir to The Ren and Stimpy Show’s “Happy Happy Joy Joy” anthem. The movie is at times gross — but try to find a 4-year-old who doesn’t crack up when SpongeBob prances around in his underpants or Patrick the starfish runs around naked. There’s even an animated fight scene on the real David Hasselhoff’s overly hairy back. The movie doesn’t push any message deeper than “kids rule” and “Hasselhoff is hairy,” but that’s more than enough to chew on for a Saturday morning.
The cuisine really soars is at the sushi bar, manned by chef Sam Ness. The food emphasizes Japanese cuisine but successfully incorporates Mediterranean flavors. After 10 p.m., Crave the restaurant morphs into Crave the lounge, with DJs spinning and plenty of action at the bar. Saketinis in many fruity variations are a specialty of the house.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer once again puts the preteen audience in his crosshairs with National Treasure, an adventure in which Nicolas Cage discovers a treasure map written in invisible ink on the back of, um, the Declaration of Independence. The few moviegoers who are able to suspend their disbelief will be let down by the film’s confusing action sequences and lame sense of humor.
Monster’s Ball director Marc Forster returns with Finding Neverland, an unexpectedly low-key look at the inspiration for J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. While the movie takes the usual feel-good liberties with its true-life story, it’s the soulful performances from Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, and the young Freddie Highmore that shine through.