Reel Picks

Reel Picks

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Bridesmaids (R)

Funny chick-flick comedy that gives insight to the push-pull mechanics of women’s friendships. SNL’s Kristen Wiig as Annie, whose boyfriend (Jon Hamm) confirms her miserable self-image, is going through a top-to-bottom tough time. The impending wedding of her best friend (Maya Rudolph) has the four bridesmaids competing with each other on all fronts. Here’s to Annie when she finally finds her voice. With Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne.

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.

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.”

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 (actually filmed off-Island) 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.

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 Rosie.

Win Win (R)

Tough times bring out the best and worst. When financially troubled attorney (Paul Giamatti), the coach of the high-school’s hodgepodge wrestling team, takes on the guardianship of an elderly client (Burt Young) for added income, he also winds up being responsible for the man’s troubled teenage son (Alex Shaffer). Flawless cast, including Clare Foley, Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Ryan, and Melanie Lynskey.

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