This Week at the Movies

Transformers

It’s a special day in any young man’s life when he gets his first car. The day gets all the more special when it turns out it’s not a car at all, but a robot in disguise.

Luckily for Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf), his new ride is one of the robots out to defend Earth and not destroy it.

The Earth is caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between two races of robots, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, which are able to change into a variety of objects, including cars, trucks, planes and other technological creations.

It will take a mighty battle involving all sorts of military might to keep the bad robots from ruining everything.

License to Wed

Newly engaged couple Ben Murphy (John Krasinski) and his Sadie Jones (Mandy Moore), are on a quest to live happily ever after. The problem is Sadie’s family church, St. Augustine’s, is run by Reverend Frank (Robin Williams), who won’t bless Ben and Sadie’s union until they pass his patented, “foolproof” marriage-prep course.

Consisting of outrageous classes, outlandish homework assignments and some outright invasion of privacy, Reverend Frank’s rigorous curriculum puts Ben and Sadie’s relationship to the test. Forget happily ever after — do they even have what it takes to make it to the altar.

1408

Renowned horror novelist Mike Enslin (John Cusack) believes only in what he can see with his own two eyes. But after a string of bestsellers discrediting paranormal events in the most infamous haunted houses and graveyards around the world, he has no real proof of life — afterlife.

But Enslin’s phantom-free run of long and lonely nights is about to change forever when he checks into suite 1408 of the notorious Dolphin Hotel for his latest project, “10 Nights in Haunted Hotel Rooms.”

Evan Almighty

Newly elected to Congress, the polished, preening newscaster, Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), is the next one anointed by God (Morgan Freeman) to accomplish a holy mission — walking in the footsteps of Bruce Almighty.

Evan leaves Buffalo, N.Y., behind and shepherds his family to suburban northern Virginia. Once there, his life gets turned upside-down when God appears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

The enigmatic, intergalactic herald, The Silver Surfer, comes to Earth to prepare it for destruction. As the Silver Surfer races around the globe wreaking havoc, Reed (Ioan Gruffudd), Sue (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris Evans) and Ben (Michael Chiklis) must unravel the mystery of the Silver Surfer and confront the surprising return of their mortal enemy, Dr. Doom, before all hope is lost.

Live Free or Die Hard

On the July 4 holiday, an attack on the vulnerable United States infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the scheme has figured out every modern angle — but he never figured out an old-analog fly, John McClane (Bruce Willis), in the digital ointment.

It’s the beginning of the holiday, and New York City Detective McClane has received a crushingly routine assignment to bring in a young hacker, Matt Farrell (Justin Long), for questioning by the FBI. But for McClane, the ordinary has a habit of exploding into the extraordinary.

Ratatouille

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rat-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau.

Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy’s passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.