Reel Picks

Reel Picks

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Fast Five (PG-13)

The metal crunching fifth in the “The Fast and the Furious” series is set in Rio de Janeiro and includes a jail break, turbo-charged car crashes, rocket-propelled grenades, a $100 million bank heist, slam-bam car thefts, drug trafficking and the FBI in hot pursuit.

Hanna (PG-13)

A spy thriller about a teenage assassin (Saoirse Ronan) trained to kill by her rogue CIA agent father (Eric Bana). Having to pay for her father’s sins, she escapes from an American military squad, and travels the world experiencing ordinary things for the first time. Cate Blanchett as the evil CIA agent making Hanna her target.

The Hangover Part II (R)

Stu is getting married in Thailand. I know, let’s get naked, drink until our eyeballs roll out, and see how many people we can offend.

Jane Eyre (PG-13)

Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel about the romance between Jane (Mia Wasikowska) and Rochester (Michael Fassbender) takes on a gothic feel as flashbacks reveal Jane’s difficult past. With Judi Dench.

Jumping the Broom (PG-13)

The Martha’s Vineyard wedding of Sabrina (Paula Patton) and Jason (Laz Alonso) on the bride’s swanky family estate alternates between funny, melodramatic, and downright hostile as it provokes class and cultural differences among African Americans. Angela Bassett, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Loretta Devine.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

China’s ancient Valley of Peace is threatened by a secret weapon in this animated sequel, but wait — here comes our hero, kung fu master, Po the Panda, and The Furious Five to deal with a new villain and secrets about Po’s past. Voices of A-list actors.

Rio (G)

Animated adventure comedy. Blu, (Jesse Eisenberg) is a domesticated pet macaw, maybe the last of his species, who winds up in Rio during Carnival dodging birdnappers while trying to mate with the chirpy but aloof Jewel (Anne Hathaway).

Thor (PG-13)

As astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), investigates an atmospheric disturbance, she winds up summoning the exiled Norse warrior god Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to New Mexico. Good guys, bad guys, mythical monsters, and romance. With Anthony Hopkins, Kenneth Branagh.

Water for Elephants (PG-13)

The setting of Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel is the 1931 Benzini Bros. Circus. Jacob (Robert Pattinson), his ambition of being a veterinarian dashed, winds up caring for the animals — Rosie the elephant in particular. Jacob learns the gritty side of carnival life and falls for the wife (Reese Witherspoon) of the cruel owner (Christoph Waltz). Most of the warmth and chemistry is generated by the elephant.