“I Am Legend” (PG-13): Will Smith can even turn the end of humanity into a blockbuster. Smith’s latest sci-fi smash is the third adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel about a researcher who may be the last man alive. Alone with a dog for much of the movie, Smith stars as a survivor desperately seeking a cure to a plague that killed most of the human race and turned the rest into savage cannibals.
Also out today: “Atonement” (R); “Enchanted” (PG); “Revolver” (R); “Southland Tales” (R); “Love in the Time of Cholera” (R); “The Seeker” (PG); “Steep” (PG); “BET Hip Hop Awards 2007” (Unrated); “Greek: Chapter One” (Unrated); and “Life After People” (Unrated).
Be Your Own Pet, “Get Awkward”: Brash and bratty as a school bus full of sugar-high preschoolers, Nashville’s Be Your Own Pet bashes out spiky power pop that comes on like a series of heart palpitations.
“I just want to lose all control,” frontwoman Jemina Pearl Abegg yowls on the band’s latest, and she lives up to that end on the band’s bristling sophomore LP. The album is driven by short, punchy tunes about drinking Coca-Cola all night, starting fights and treating maturity as some contagious, life-threatening pox.
“I don’t want to grow up,” Abegg announces on “Super Soaked.” “I don’t want this thing to ever stop.”
Neither do we.
Also in stores: Sara Bareilles, “Little Voice”; Black Tide, “Light From Above”; Danity Kane, “Welcome to the Dollhouse”; DeVotchKa, “A Mad & Faithful Telling”; Flo Rida, “Mail on Sundays”; The Hush Sound, “Goodbye Blues”; The Kills, “Midnight Boom”; Daniel Lanois, “Here Is What It Is”; and Mindless Self Indulgence, “Never Wanted to Dance.”
“The Woman Who Wouldn’t” by Gene Wilder: Set in 1903, the second book by the actor features concert violinist Jeremy Spencer Webb, who one day has a meltdown and is sent to a health resort where he meets Clara Mulpas. Jeremy works hard to win Clara’s affection and doesn’t give up as he tries, successfully, to catch Clara’s eye.
Also out today: “Black Widow” by Randy Wayne White; “Camera, Two Kids and a Camel: My Journey in Photographs” by Annie Griffiths Belt; “Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet” by Jeffrey D. Sachs; “Dead Heat” by Joel C. Rosenberg; “The Final Warning (Maximum Ride Series No. 4)” by James Patterson; “Seen It All and Done the Rest” by Pearl Cleage; and “The Dark Tide” by Andrew Gross.