Weekend Movie Reviews: Straw Dogs, I Don't Know How She Does It

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In addition to Ryan Gosling's Drive, a couple of other films opened with much fanfare this weekend. But should you rush out to see either? Movie Fanatic examines:

In I Don't Know How She Does It, Sarah Jessica Parker stars as Kate, a wife and mother of small kids with a flourishing career that leads to the title question.

Audiences' question will be: Is it worth a trip to the theater? Debatable, given that the film has basically been done before with various incarnations and stars.

Straw Dogs, a new spin on the 1971 film starring Dustin Hoffman and now featuring James Marsden in the driver's seat, continues Hollywood's remake trend.

But is it a remake that even needed to be made?

Despite powerful visuals and the efforts of Marsden and Alexander Skarsgard, both of whom turn in fine performances, the film falls short at times as well.

With plot elements seen a mile away, and a conclusion that seemed out of left field, perhaps the original Sam Peckinpah classic should have been left alone.

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