Last week I saw the Cameron Diaz comedy “Bad Teacher,” which was just about as disappointing as “Green Lantern.”  In many ways the film tries to mimic “Bad Santa” and go for outrageous laughs, but the writers force these ridiculous moments and don’t really give their protagonist any redeeming qualities in the end.  For more of my thoughts, check out the full review.

Hitting the box office this week are the epic Michael Bay outing “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” the Tom Hanks romantic dramedy “Larry Crowne,” the Selena Gomez teenage vacation adventure “Monte Carlo,” the John C. Reilly indie comedy “Terri,” and the strange David Hyde Pierce thriller “The Perfect Host.” 


Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) and his friends make the shocking discovery the space race between the U.S.S.R and the United States during the 1960s had a hidden motivation: to reach a Cybertronian spacecraft that crash landed on The Moon.  Once the Autobots make this discovery, they race against the Decepticons to uncover the ship’s secrets.  However the partnership between Sam and Optimus Prime is put to the test by a new enemy called Shockwave.       

Explosive action movie director Michael Bay, the man responsible for the previous two “Transformers” outings, returns to helm this third entry in the series.  Ehren Kruger, Bay’s writer for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” also comes back to pen the screenplay. 

A number of familiar actors and actresses reprise their roles as well, with the new additions of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ken Jeong, Frances McDormand, Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, and Leonard Nimoy. 

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Transformers junkies, who can’t get enough of these robotic heroes on screen, should be first in line to see this film.  If you really dig Michael Bay’s stylized action sequences and editing, then you should catch “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” 


After losing his comfortable job at a big retail store, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) enrolls at a community college, where he finds acceptance among the school’s outcasts, and strikes up a connection with a teacher (Julia Roberts) who has lost her passion for living.    

Actor Tom Hanks directs and co-writes this romantic dramedy.  The film, which marks Hanks second time directing a feature length film, is also penned by Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” fame. 

WHO SHOULD SEE IT:  Tom Hanks followers who appreciate his romantic comedy roles, should definitely see this.  If you enjoyed Hanks and Julia Roberts together in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” and you’d prefer not to watch robots smashing each other, then you need to watch “Larry Crowne” this weekend.        


Three young women (Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, and Katie Cassidy) on holiday in Paris embark on an adventure to Monte Carlo after one of them is mistaken for a British heiress.   

Thomas Bezucha, the director of 2005’s “The Family Stone,” helms this teen adventure.  Bezucha pens the screenplay with April Blair and Maria Maggenti, adapting the story from a novel called “Headhunters” by author Jules Bass.       

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Selena Gomez fans that enjoyed her work on the Disney Channel should see this film.  If your daughter won’t enjoy “Transformers” or she is too young to see “Larry Crowne,” then you should take her this weekend to see “Monte Carlo.” 


“Terri” focuses on the relationship between a misfit teenager Terri (Jacob Wysocki) and his quirky, yet well-meaning vice principal (John C. Reilly), who tries to mentor him. 

Indie filmmaker Azazel Jacobs directs this offbeat comedy.  Jacobs developed the story for it with newcomer Patrick Dewitt, who penned the screenplay for the movie.

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Independent film aficionados should definitely see this heartwarming story about a principal trying to help one of his students through a tough time.  If you love John C. Reilly’s comedic roles in indie movies like 2010’s “Cyrus,” then you should seek “Terri” out wherever it is playing. 


John (Clayne Crawford) is a fugitive from the law, desperately looking for a place to lay low, after a botched bank robbery.  Thankfully he manages to con his way into the home of Warwick Wilson (David Hyde Pierce), who is preparing for a dinner party.  The unwelcome guest soon discovers that his host is anything but ordinary, as he comes to learn Wilson’s dark intentions. 

Relative newcomer Nick Tomnay writes and directs this twisted thriller, which appears to blend elements of dark comedy and frightening intrigue. 

WHO SHOULD SEE IT: Viewers that appreciate thrillers which blur the lines between genres should see this.  If you like David Hyde Pierce as a comedic actor and you’re interested to see him play a darker role, then you should check out “The Perfect Host.”