2011-05-26 / Scene

Film Clips

(M. P. — Michael Phillips; G. W. — Glenn Whipp; K. T. — Kenneth Turan; R. M. — Roger Moore; S. L. — Sheri Linden) Bridesmaids

Annie (Kristen Wiig), an unemployed pastry chef, is a bit of a sad sack. When her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), recruits Annie to be her maid of honor, Annie's ego gradually absorbs a series of blows inflicted by Lillian’s newfound best pal, Helen (Rose Byrne), who barges into the planning and execution of the wedding. This means war! This Judd Apatow produced comedy wages war all right, but with more than the usual R-rated rom-com subtlety. Some scenes work, some others go a tad too far, but Wiig’s savvy and subtle instincts serve her and the film well. R (strong sexuality and language). 2:00. 3 stars. — M.P. Fast Five

As male power fantasies go, this fifth "Fast" franchise installment has an undeniable trashy charm. We join the original crew of road-racing bandits — Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster — robbing trains in Rio de Janeiro. With FBI agent Dwayne Johnson on their tail, they plan a $100 million caper that will allow their team to escape the heat. With crisp stunts that defy the laws of physics and a gritty atmosphere, this film is never dull. The extravagantly budgeted action scenes are so thrilling that you can forfeit its shortcomings. PG-13 (intense violence and action, sexual content and language). 2:10. 3 stars. — M.P. Thor

This Kenneth Branagh directed superhero flick is decently entertaining. On the planet Asgard, King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) must choose an heir to the throne, either Thor, a hot-tempered pinup played by Chris Hemsworth, and his undermining brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). When his bloodthirsty actions get him banished, Thor is whooshed to New Mexico into the laps of research team members played by Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings. He's a space- Norse fish out of water, in need of a comeuppance before he can become a true hero. PG- 13 (sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence). 1:54. 3 stars. — M.P. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Despite the subtitle, what's strange about the diversions on offer here? Director Rob Marshall's effort does remind us that Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) really had a good time in the first installments of this franchise. The fountain of youth serves as the booty here, and its eternal riches are being pursued by Sparrow, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), a rogue Spanish pirate (Penelope Cruz) and Blackbeard (Ian McShane), among many others. Marshall doesn't handle the action well, and Depp gets overexposed and underwritten. PG-13 (intense sequences of action violence, sensuality and innuendo). 2:19. 1 1/2 stars. — M.P Scream 4

The opening of this franchise "reboot" promises a gory delirium the film cannot sustain. Teenage girls at home by themselves on a dark night watch horror movies and get a phone call from the killer right outside. The film is jam-packed with stabbings, but the gore doesn't impart that salacious "Saw”/”Hostel" feeling. Neve Campbell returns as Sidney, a best-selling author returned home on the anniversary of the original Woodsboro killings. More killings ensue. All in all, it's a moderately entertaining exercise in running in circles and chasing one's tail. R (strong violence, language and teen drinking). 1:43. 2 1/2 stars. — M.P.

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