Even my beloved Machete was only co-directed (and I assume co-edited, co-scored, co-catered, etc.) by Rodriguez; at his old pace, the whole Machete trilogy would be finished by now! Now Dimension has him putting together a new generation of Spy Kids rather than finally making Sin City 2 (or Machete Kills, or Machete Kills Again) for some reason. Machete co-star Jessica Alba (which is how I want her referred to all the time going forward) plays a harried ex-spy mom, and apparently the original Spy Kids appear to help out some newer, smaller spies learn the ropes.
Fright Night: Or if you want another, presumably more tasteful 80s remake, Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl!) has prepared a new Fright Night for your mild enjoyment. It's a pretty well-made movie without any real reason for being; the movie keeps coming up with twists on the original story that might make this one an interesting modern take, and then sort of abandoning them. Read more in my full review.
One Day: I'm sensing a critical rejection of One Day in the mail, and I think Focus Features is too, since they moved it from a plum July slot to the August junkyard. My review is relatively positive, but then, I'm not sure how reading the David Nicholls book, from which the movie springs, may have affected my enjoyment. Like The Time Traveler's Wife, I may have just been relieved that the movie didn't muck up the essence of the novel, even though it doesn't ever really launch into its own, equally inspired thing. Or, also like The Time Traveler's Wife, I may have simply projected additional knowledge of the characters onto what I saw onscreen, which was easy to do with the aforementioned non-ruining. That's not to say this movie (again, like The Time Traveler's Wife) is anything exceptional: just a tasteful, reasonably well-acted and well-shot romantic drama. I have a feeling some people will incorrectly tag it as a romantic comedy and then get annoyed that it's not funny enough. These people should remember what it's like watching Nicholas Sparks movies. Or even other allegedly romantic movies where Anne Hathaway plays a British person. This is better.