March comes in like a lion, with one giant-sized blockbuster.
"Jack the Giant Slayer" is another amped-up version of a classic fairy tale, this time "Jack and the Beanstalk." Jack (Nicholas Hoult) is a valiant farmboy who ends up with magic beans that plant a giant beanstalk on his farm – and endangering a princess, Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson). Jack joins a contingent of the King's men, led by the trusty Elmond (Ewan McGregor) to climb the beanstalk and rescue Isabelle from the computer-generated giants lurking above. Director Bryan Singer ("X-Men") creates some cool visuals, but the characters are thinly conceived and none too engaging.
The college comedy "21 and Over" is directed and written by the guys who wrote "The Hangover," and this rancid apple doesn't fall far from that tree. Miller (Miles Teller) and Casey (Skylar Astin) take out their pal Jeff Chang (Justin Chon) on his 21st birthday, and must get his unconscious body back home before morning – when he has a major medical-school interview. The gang's adventures are sometimes funny but repetitive, with a randomness in the raunch that will leave you scratching your head. (For The Cricket, the movie was mildly nostalgic, as it was filmed at his alma mater, the University of Washington.)