Christian Bale and Casey Affleck star in a tough story of blue collar guys getting even.
1. THE WOLVERINE:
Hugh Jackman is very, very angry as this movie opens … and very, very strange-looking. A sequel to “X-Men: The Last Stand,” we find Wolverine living in the North and looking like an aged old hermit. A visit from a Japanese woman changes everything, and he’s off to Japan. An excellent story spins out with Wolverine losing his immortality and much of his power before things change up once again. Jackman ate a 6000 calorie-a-day diet for 18 months to get his physique where he wanted it. He is definitely ripped! Rated 14A.
2. THE SMURFS 2:
When the evil Gargamel creates a bunch of fake pseudo-Smurfs, he needs one more thing – he needs to kidnap Smurfette as she has the magic spell that will turn them into real, but somewhat evil Smurfs. Some live-action Smurf supporters, including Neil Patrick Harris and Entertainment Tonight’s Nancy O’Dell show up to help save Smurfette from her terrible fate, and despite the bleak storyline, of course it’s all very light and very kid-friendly. Not very adult-friendly though, so try to avoid getting trapped with young kids or grandkids for this one! Rated PG.
3. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES:
Lily Collins (she was Snow White in “Mirror Mirror”) plays a young woman named Clary who goes on an information hunt when her mother mysteriously disappears. She learns, after much angst, that she is descended from a long line of supernatural warriors, bound by duty to protect the human world from demons that constantly pry their way into the lives of ordinary people. The action becomes real when Clary learns that there is an alternate version of New York, demon-infested and incredibly dangerous, a place called “Downworld” … and it’s here that she meets her fate. Good movie based on as series of young adult novels. Rated 14A.
Being a part of the Atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki, Wolverine goes into places that are unusual even for an X-Man. Very good film!
TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING (1994):
Didn’t get the respect it deserved initially … Patrick Swayze is great as a drag queen, John Luguizamo and Wesley Snipes also star.
Jason Statham is fine here in an action story, starring Jennifer Hudson