Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


American Reunion (R)

“American Pie” 10 years later. A sometimes funny, but mostly silly story of friends reuniting for their 10th high school reunion. Nowhere close to either “The Return of the Secaucus Seven” or “The Big Chill.” A number of reviewers wished they had missed this one. Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan and Seann William Scott.

The Cabin in the Woods (R)

A horror movie buff’s horror movie. A sendup, genre spoof that is a horror film. Five friends take a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Reviewers give this movie high marks for humor, horror, and inventiveness. Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, and Anna Hutchison.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG)

From the Dr. Seuss book about pollution and environmental damage. A boy tries to win the affection of the girl of his dreams and must discover the story of The Lorax, the grumpy, charming creature who fights to protect his world. An animated film for six-year-olds and over, including adults. Starring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito.

The Hunger Games (PG-13)

The much-anticipated action-oriented adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s young adult novel by the same name. Set in a dystopian future where the income gap is greater than ever, 24 youths fight to the death every year in a televised spectacle designed to entertain the rich and give the poor enough hope to quell any further unrest. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. This film is a critical and commercial success.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (PG-13)

Adapted from Paul Torday’s satiric novel, it is a comedy with some romance. A fisheries expert is hired to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert. It has received good reviews. Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Amr Waked. Directed by Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat”) and Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (“The Full Monty,” “Slumdog Millionaire”).