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.

The Hangover Part II (R)

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

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.

Midnight in Paris (PG-13)

Woody Allen’s new film has everything going for it: sweet and mellow, appealing characters, and Paris. Successful screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) decides to become a Left Bank novelist despite objections from his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). Gil takes a late-night walk on the Rue Montagne St. Genevieve — in part to escape Inez’s reunion with her stuffy former professor (Michael Sheen), and at midnight, meets the beautiful and inspiring Adriana (Marion Cotillard). With Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody.

Super 8 (PG-13)

Producer Steven Spielberg’s a conspicuous presence in this science fiction story of small town kids Charles (Riley Griffiths), Joe (Joel Courtney) and Alice (Elle Fanning) in 1979 who set out to make a monster movie and wind up filming a train crash involving extraterrestrial secrets the government is covering up.

X-Men: First Class (PG-13)

This prequel set in the early 1960s shows us the how and why in the mutant’s battle of good-versus-evil. With history a bit rearranged: the Holocaust, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the workings of CIA are all part of the global turmoil. Professor X begins as the privileged Charles (James McAvoy) growing up in a Westchester, New York mansion. His best friend Erik (Michael Fassbender), a young Holocaust survivor, turns into his enemy, Magneto. Tons of action, special effects, and over-the-top characters played by Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian, the evil Nazi doctor.