The Top One Movie of the Week (4/8/10)

by Andrew Osborne & Scott Von Doviak

In Nerve’s new film feature, our two critics pore over the new releases and argue over what to see. In a perpetually crowded field, we’ll help you narrow down your options.   [Also, in case you’re wondering, The Runaways is apparently old news in New York and L.A., which is why it’s not mentioned below even though it’s finally opening wide for the rest of us this week!]

ANDREW: For me, Date Night is this week’s clear front-runner, even though I usually avoid such relentlessly promoted high-concept comedies — especially when the premise, a middle-aged suburban couple shooting for romance in the Big Apple, involves a lot of shooting, thanks to a deadly case of mistaken identity. Action comedies rarely do well by either of their component genres, and the involvement of director Shawn Unnecessary Pink Panther Remake Levy doesn’t exactly inspire a whole lotta confidence, but come on: Steve Carell and Nerd America’s Sweetheart Tina Fey together at last as the harried marrieds? A hall-of-fame supporting cast including Kristin Wiig, Common, Taraji P. Henson, James Franco, Ari Graynor, the ever-luscious Mila Kunis as a character named “Whippit,” and for all the ladies and gay gentlemen, a shirtless Mark Wahlberg?

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