Coming to theaters this week...
Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano perform in a scene from "Ruby Sparks."
American actress and playwright Zoe Kazan poses during the photo call of "Ruby Sparks" at the 38th American Film Festival in Deauville, Normandy, France, Sunday Sept. 2, 2012.
Calvin (Paul Dano) is a young novelist who achieved phenomenal success early in his career but is now struggling with his writing, as well as his romantic life. Finally, he makes a breakthrough and creates a character named Ruby, who inspires him. When Calvin finds Ruby (Zoe Kazan) sitting on his couch about a week later, he is flabbergasted that his words have turned into a living, breathing person.
The buzz: Although the premise isn’t new and the ending is too conventional for some, critics are calling “Ruby Sparks” a delight. The film gets most of its “spark” from Kazan. After being mostly a bit player in a handful of films, the 29-year-old actress shows she is more than capable of stepping into lead roles. She’s also not too bad at screen writing, either.
Length: 104 min.
Showtimes: 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Friday; 4:30, 7, and 9:15 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.