New In The USA: INTOLERABLE CRUELTY
Next only to Raising Arizona, this film is the Coen Brothers' purest screw ball comedy, a genre that is as neglected by modern audiences as it is misunderstood. By now the Brothers are fully in the mode of taking the piss out of mega-star George Clooney, and they saddle him here with more than one 'big speech movie moment' while also having him bit repeatedly by Catherine Zeta-Jones' dog. Marriage, loyalty and other myths get stomped, hard, in this movie that is compulsively rewatchable.
Much like their remake of The Ladykillers, these so-called 'lower-tier' Coen films get knocked by audiences simply because the vocal detractors often judge the directors against the yardstick of their own work, rather than the usual 90%-of-everything-is-junk cinema out in the multiplex.
Bonus: Geoffrey Rush belting out a Simon & Garfunkel tune in the opening moments is rather sublime in its ridiculousness.