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New this week: Comedy, action, horror

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
August 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Two very different cultural icons come to the big screen this weekend -- One, a woman who taught millions the art of fine cooking. The other, based on a toy that's near and dear to millions of youngsters.One set of action-figures-turned-movie-heroes have already dominated the summer box office. Now, along with the "Transformers," we see Hasbro's "G.I. Joe" brought to life on the big screen. Will they conquer all? Or will the soldiers get a run for their money from TV's first celebrity chef?

"Julie & Julia" cooks up a unique way to tell us about author and celebrated chef Julia Child, through the eyes of a young woman who's searching for her own meaning and purpose. Meryl Streep takes on the larger-than-life role of the famous chef. Stanley Tucci plays her adoring husband.

Amy Adams is the amateur cook who pulls herself out of her humdrum life by concocting a crazy scheme to make all 524 recipes in Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in one year, all while recording her results on a blog.

"Julie & Julia" is rated PG-13.

"Paper Heart" is a romantic comedy that centers on a jaded young woman who meets the guy of her dreams while she's traveling across the country interviewing people for a film she's making about the meaning of love. The film is part-documentary, part-scripted comedy, and stars Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera.

"Paper Heart" is rated PG-13.

Also new and in limited release, the sci-fi comedy, "Cold Souls," starring Paul Giamatti. He plays an actor - named Paul Giamatti - whose new role is weighing him down. But then he finds a doctor who has come up with a way to have your soul removed, stored, and traded for another. But the loss of his soul affects his work, and he runs into trouble getting it back.

"Cold Souls" is rated PG-13.

The idyllic setting of Hawaii becomes the setting for this week's horror film, "A Perfect Getaway." Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich star as an adventurous newlywed couple who go backpacking in a remote area of the islands, only to become stalked by murderous psychopaths.

"A Perfect Getaway" is rated R.

You can watch stuff like the Eiffel Tower get blown up in this week's other wide release, the comic book/action-figure-inspired movie, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." The title character and his elite band of brothers use the latest high-tech military gear to stop a corrupt arms dealer. Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller star.

"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" is rated PG-13.

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