It's not a great weekend for new movies, but an excellent opportunity for Oscar completists.
"That Awkward Moment" is every romantic-comedy trope tied up into a single movie, as told from the dude's perspective. Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan star as three former college buddies who hit the New York club scene looking for hookups but not necessarily relationships. This being a romantic comedy, though, relationships do happen and only the charm of Teller and Jordan (the breakout stars of this year's and last year's Sundance Film Festivals) makes the telling worthwhile. Special commendation, too, for newcomer Mackenzie Davis, who plays a sweetly sexy wingwoman for Teller's character.
"Labor Day" is labored, indeed, a sweaty airport-read romance with literary pretentions (based, as it is, on a Joyce Maynard novel). Kate Winslet plays Adele, an emotionally shut-in single mom whose life is altered when an escaped convict, Frank (Josh Brolin), enters her life and that of her 13-year-old son Henry (Gattlin Griffith). Director Jason Reitman, who's so good with light fare ("Up in the Air," "Juno," "Young Adult"), wallows in the ridiculousness of this romantic drama, squandering a strong cast.