Dec. 25

Plot: The bedtime stories that a goofy dad (Adam Sandler) tells to his kids magically start happening in real life.

Looks like: Click meets The Princess Bride

Verdict: Another low-brow, high-concept, mass-market, tongue-in-cheek, action-packed, kid-friendly comedy from Sandler? I’m exhausted just writing about it.

Oct. 31

Plot: A spikey parasite kills people.

Looks like: The Ruins meets The Hitchhiker

Verdict: Sure, it’s scary to watch needles poke out of people’s bodies. But will the movie have actual plot points or just spines?


Plot: The world’s worst school will be shut down unless its vice principal (Jason Biggs) can figure out a way to save it.

Looks like: Kids Say the Darndest Things: The Movie

Verdict:Watching grown-ups swear at kids (and vice-versa) isuniversally funny. But this R-rated comedy looks like a good sketchstretched thin.

Your turn PopWatchers: Which is less likely to put you to sleep: Bedtime Stories or Seven Pounds? Does Splinter look sharp or just painful? And could Lower Learning actually make the grade?