With so many movies being released throughout the year, it can be hard to keep track. To help, check out our preview of the movies that are opening this weekend:
Top Pick: “Girl Most Likely” stars expert comedienne Kristen Wiig as a down-on-her-luck playwright who moves back in with her flamboyant mother (Annette Bening) after a failed suicide attempt. Though the initial premise may seem kind of dark, the duo infuse the film with comedy by finding the lighter moments as Wiig’s character tries to rebuild her life. Matt Dillon, Darren Criss (“Glee”) and Natasha Lyonne also star.
“Turbo” – This animated movie is perfect for the kiddie set, but may not necessarily be for anyone not in grade school. Though “Turbo” boasts an all-star voice cast featuring Ryan Reynolds, Maya Rudolph, Paul Giamatti, Michelle Rodriguez and more, but this “Little Engine That Could”-style tale of a snail who just wants to race in the Indy 500 doesn’t seem to live up to “adult friendly” animated fare like the “Toy Story” or “Monsters, Inc.” franchises.
“RED 2” – The gang is bang in this sequel to 2010’s action comedy “RED,” which starred Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich as aging former CIA agents who just can’t seem to stay retired. For the sequel, Mary-Louise Parker returns as the girlfriend to Willis’s Frank Moses, while Catherine Zeta-Jones joins the cast as a Russian double-agent. In the sequel, the group searches the globe to find a missing nuclear device.
“R.I.P.D.” – Action hero Ryan Reynolds returns to the box office this weekend in “R.I.P.D.,” which stands for “Rest in Peace Department.” After his death, Reynolds’s Nick Walker teams up with Jeff Bridges in this comedic comic book adaptation about otherworldly police officers trying to bring down a band of criminals. Mary-Louise Parker appears as their co-worker in her second theatrical release of the weekend, along with Kevin Bacon as the villainous Bobby Hayes.
“The Conjuring” – This horror flick serves as a sort of pre-Amityville haunting tale, and the only thing that might be able to save this boilerplate ghost story is the cast, which features newly-minted Emmy nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”) as one-half of a married couple who are paranomal invesigators. Patrick Wilson portrays her husband, Ed Warren, alongside Ron Livingston and multiple-Emmy nominee Lili Taylor as another couple who move into a haunted house.