“21” (PG-13): It’s everybody’s what-happens-in-Vegas dream: taking the casinos for millions. And in the ’90s, a team of math-whiz college students did exactly that. This slick, fictionalized version of the best-selling “Bringing Down the House” — filmed on locations at casinos from Planet Hollywood to Red Rock Resort — recounts their adventures, as Massachusetts Institute of Technology students (led by Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth), under the tutelage of a calculating professor (Kevin Spacey), take their card-counting expertise to the Strip, winning millions at blackjack — and attracting the ire of an old-school casino enforcer (Laurence Fishburne).
Also out today: “Las Vegas: Season Five” (Unrated); “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (R); “Vampyr” (Unrated); “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (Unrated); “Blues in the Night” (Unrated); “Autumn Hearts: A New Beginning” (PG-13); “Picture This!” (PG-13); “Turn the River” (R); and “Celine: The Unauthorized Life Story of Celine Dion” (PG-13).
Miley Cyrus, “Breakout”: Get ready to administer CPR to your kid sister, for there will be a lot of hyperventilating tweens come today when the new disc from Disney wunderkind Miley Cyrus hits the shelves like a candy-coated atom bomb.
Cyrus, and her alter ego Hannah Montana, are fresh from one of the hottest tours of late ’07-early ’08, and she’s out to capitalize on it with lots of fist-in-the-air, girl power singalongs that’ll have all the lil’ ones courting laryngitis.
Better stock up on the Chloraseptic now, moms.
Also in stores: Black Kids, “Partie Traumatic”; Candlebox, “Into the Sun”; Dr. Dog, “Fate”; Buddy Guy, “Skin Deep”; Nine Inch Nails, “The Slip”; One Day as a Lion, “One Day as a Lion”; Soundtrack, “The X-Files: I Want to Believe”; Sugarland, “Love on the Inside”; Danny Tenaglia, “Futurism”; and Paul Weller, “22 Dreams.”
“The Dangerous Days of Daniel X” by James Patterson: Daniel has special powers. He can change himself into any shape he chooses and manipulate objects and animals with his mind. After his parents are murdered, he uses those powers to track down their killer and take on his father’s role as an alien hunter.
Also hitting shelves: “Riven” by Jerry B. Jenkins; “Damage Control: A Novel of Suspense” by J.A. Jance; “Moscow Rules” by Daniel Silva; “Into the Fire” by Suzanne Brockmann; “Breaking Cover” by J.D. Rhoades; “Tiny Little Troubles” by Marc Lecard; “The Three of Us” by Julia Blackburn; and “When We Were Romans” by Matthew Kneale.