This week’s new movie releases, including The Book of Henry and All Eyez On Me, sound oddly familiar
Matthew Lickona 3 p.m., June 16
A nasty, self-destructive masseuse (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) learns that a client (Catherine Keener) is the former wife of her new squeeze (James Gandolfini) and quickly uses whatever information she can glean to sabotage their relationship. Nicole Holofcener (Lovely and Amazing, Please Give) moves far off-center with this contrived chick-flick. Running gags limp along in search of payoffs that never come. In order to make the small screen joke-reciter feel at home, supporting characters are each assigned one trait to hammer home. Instead of the sharp, observational material one generally associates with the director, we’re asked to endure something comparable to a non-stop Neil Simon gabfest. As the lovelorn divorcee - and only likeable adult character in the film - Gandolfini sadly saved one of his best performances for last. He deserved a better send-off than playing a cuddly target for Dreyfus’s fat jokes. 2013.