"Date Night," "The Runaways" Goes Wide -- New Movies To See This Week, April 9

Sona Charaipotra

Here's a round-up of new movies hitting theaters tonight. It's slim pickins this week -- Date Night is the only spankin' new release, although The Runaways opens wide. Staying in? We've got your best new DVD pick, too!

In Theaters:

Date Night (Fox)

Steve Carell and Tina Fey pair up for this romantic comedy about a bored married couple from New Jersey whose ho-hum evening out gets a dose of adrenaline when they're mistaken for the Tripplehorns, a pair who wanted by Manhattan mobsters. They spend the rest of the film on the run -- complete with car chases and dirty cops -- while running into an all-star cameo cast including Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Mark Ruffalo, and Ray Liotta.

The Runaways (River Road)

Opening in wide release today, this smashing '70s biopic focuses on the early career of a young Joan Jett -- gamely portrayed by Twilight ingenue Kristen Stewart. Dakota Fanning (who also stars with Stewart in the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) stars as her sidelined pal Cherie Currie. The girls really get into character here -- and the rockin' soundtrack features their renditions of classic Runaways cuts like "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens of Noise."


The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (Millenium Pictures)

A bigtime box office bomb, this edgy thriller centers on a drug-addled detective, played by Nicolas Cage in his Leaving Las Vegas element, who slowly unravels as he attempts to solve the case of five missing Senegalese immigrants in post-Katrina ravaged New Orleans -- and a corrupt partner (Val Kilmer) and call girl girlfriend (Eva Mendes) don't make his slow descent into depravity any easier. Definitely an acquired taste, so don't say I didn't warn you.

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