Movies This Weekend: Goodbye, Superheroes

If you’re more interested in golden statuettes than gallant superheroes, you can come out of hiding and back into the movie theaters – the season of summer blockbusters is over.


This weekend, a whole slew of highly anticipated films are premiering:

* “The Ides of March”: An “impeccably acted and grippingly paced” political thriller that revolves around a young campaign press secretary’s involvement in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.

* “Real Steel”: The film about boxing robots defies expectations, “proving it doesn’t matter what the genre is if genuinely talented and dedicated people are pulling the strings instead of hacks.”

* “Intruders”: The parallel stories about two families whose lives have been upended by disturbing apparitions is a psychological thriller that’s “creepy and atmospheric… well written and stylishly directed.”

If politics, robots, and ghosts aren’t what you’re looking for this weekend, don’t worry: “Dirty Girl,” “The Way,” “The Human Centipede II,” “Toast,” “Blackthorn,” and even more movies are popping up on screens nationwide.

Say goodbye to crime-fighting spandex – Oscar season is just around the corner.

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Movies This Weekend: ‘Hangover II’ Needs a Nap

Hoping to cash in on the phenomenal success of 2009’s debaucherous boys-will-be-boys comedy smash “The Hangover,” director Todd Phillips rounded up the cast for a reunion sequel, “The Hangover Part II.” This time, the motley crew travels to Bangkok for a wedding, and the results, according to a press release, defy our collective cognitive abilities: “What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can’t even be imagined.”

What happens in Bangkok, apparently, includes a chain-smoking monkey, a monk in a wheelchair, and a staggering amount of anatomical humor. But the critics aren’t buying it this time around.

Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal writes that the “fresh and surprising” formula turns “rancid and predictable” in the re-hashed sequel. Critic Richard Roeper calls the film “one of the most uninspired and unoriginal sequels you’ll ever see.” And the Daily Mirror’s David Edwards writes bluntly: The movie is “best watched drunk — that way you might awake with no memory of the experience.”

If watching smoking marsupials after a few beers sounds like a perfect Friday night to you, find out more about “The Hangover Part II” here. And check out Trove’s The Hangover, Film Reviews, and Movie Box Office channels for more.

Also opening this weekend:

» “Kung Fu Panda 2”: an animated kids movie with “a bright palette, an amiable vibe, and enough vivacity to keep kids entertained and any accompanying moms from bolting for ‘Bridesmaids.’” More on Trove’s Kung Fu Panda channel.

» “The Tree of Life”: the highly praised film that took Cannes’ Palm d’Or is “a ravishing achievement — a merging of visual mastery and philosophical inquiry that it’s hard to imagine any other director attempting.” Check out Trove’s Tree of Life and Cannes Film Festival channels for more. Photo by Reuters