Thursday, January 22, 2009

Preview: New in Town

I've been an appreciative fan of Renee Zellweger for a long time -- ever since I first really noticed her in Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (a.k.a. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation) -- so it pains me to say that her latest movie, New in Town, isn't every good, and she's not very good in the lead role. It doesn't help much that, throughout most of the first act of this formulaic rom-com, she moves around like she's got a fireplace utensil positioned in a lower body cavity. (This is meant to indicate she's uptight and uncomfortable -- get it? -- as a Miami-based exec assigned to run a small-town Minnesota food-processing plant.) And it helps even less that the rest of the movie is numbingly predictable and instantly forgettable. You can read my Variety review here.

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