Reel Picks


Bridesmaids (R)

Comedy with heart 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) set off some serious competition. Here’s to Annie when she finally finds her voice. With Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne.

Green Lantern (PG-13)

When Earth is threatened, the Green Lantern Corps, super hero guardians of intergalactic peace and justice, turn to cocky test pilot Hal (Ryan Reynolds), their first human recruit. With Blake Lively, Tim Robbins, Peter Sarsgaard.

The Hangover 2 (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.

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.

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 and at midnight, meets the beautiful and inspiring Adriana (Marion Cotillard). With Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (PG-13)

Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) is back, looking a bit tired, but still all mischief and cunning, as he gets caught up in the search for the Fountain of Youth along with Blackbeard (Ian McShane), his flirty daughter (Penélope Cruz), the villainous Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), and a carnivorous mermaid (Astrid Berges-Frisbey).

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 the CIA are all part of the global turmoil. Tons of action, special effects, and over-the-top characters played by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose Byrne, January Jones, and Kevin Bacon as Sebastian, the evil Nazi doctor.