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Weekend Movie Guide: Tyson Fighting The Soloist

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For a certain generation (I'll call them the "Mike Tyson Punch Out!" generation), there has always been a strange fascination with the now-humbled pugilist. It's those people -- myself included -- who will be lining up to see James Toback's very well-reviewed documentary, Tyson. Those in need of a gooey validation of the human spirit, on the other hand, will be seeing The Soloist. Downey is obviously a huge draw these days (see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang if you haven't already), but I agree with Ken Turan that Joe Wright should have dialed back the sentimentality. Fighting looks terrible. Probably only suitable for those obsessed with Channing Tatum's abs.

Speaking of Obsessed, who doesn't love Idris Elba? The awful Heroes has ruined Ali Larter for me (whatever happened to Varsity Blues Ali?). The presence of Beyonce ain't exactly a plus either. Earth is amazing. See it. Just see it. Mutant Chronicles looks like a bad movie trying to leech some of the publicity from next week's Wolverine. The Informers is notable only for Amber Heard's frequent nudity. Which ain't half-bad. Mickey Rourke gives back some of the goodwill he earned in The Wrestler, though, with this bad rendering of Bret Easton Ellis' novel. The Garden (LAist review here) will rile you up for some civic action. Or gardening.

Tickets, Showtimes, Reviews and Previews after the jump!