The Break-Up (D: Peyton Reed, 106 min)
Poor Jennifer Aniston . First, her hubby leaves her for Angelina Jolie, and now -- on the eve of The Break-Up , her big rom-com starring her possible new boyfriend, Vince Vaughn -- Brangelina are enjoying their beautiful baby girl while Aniston braves the film's publicity circuit. Imagine the questions journalists are thinking but not asking. The film's trailers are funny enough. Cute two-year couple break up over a silly argument about lemons. Aniston and Vaughn do share a lot of onscreen chemistry, but it's the supporting cast that looks terrific: Judy Davis , Jason Bateman , Jon Favreau , John Michael Higgins . Apparently Vaughn, who's a producer on the pic, wanted to make an anti-romantic comedy. Good thing, because traditional rom-coms are box-office poison these days. The Omen (D: John Moore, 110 min)
One weird omen about the remake of 1976's The Omen is the young casting. Mom Julia Stiles is in her mid-20s, a good 15 years younger than Lee Remick was when she made the original. Liev Schreiber is more than 20 years younger than Gregory Peck was. Schreiber and Stiles are good actors, but will they be convincing as a political diplomat family? It probably won't matter. The crowds will be going to see evil little Damien wreak terror. Note: look for the original demonic tyke, Harvey Stephens , in a cameo in the remake as tabloid Reporter #3.
Both films open Friday (June 2). Screened after press time -- see review of The Break-Up June 1 at nowtoronto.com/film and The Omen in next week's paper.