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:
“Blue Jasmine” – Woody Allen’s latest expands this week, making it the widest release of the iconic director’s career to date. According to the official release, the film stars Cate Blanchett as a socialite who falls apart and must move into her sister’s San Francisco apartment. Alec Baldwin stars as her sleazy husband, alongside Peter Sarsgaard and Sally Hawkins (“Never Let Me Go”). “Blue Jasmine” is being considered another great effort from the later period of Allen’s work, along with “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” and “Midnight in Paris.”
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” – The latest young adult series adaptation to be dubbed “the next ‘Twilight’” technically hit theaters on Wednesday. Still, “City of Bones” stars Lily Collins, daughter of the iconic Phil Collins, as a teenager named Clary Fray, who gets entangled in a centuries-old battle when her mother disappears. Don’t get too bogged down in the mythology, as Clary will find love along the way. Jamie Campbell Bower (“Camelot”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) and Kevin Zegers (“Gossip Girl”) also star.
“The World’s End” – Simon Pegg (“Star Trek into Darkness”) and Nick Frost star opposite one another again in “The World’s End,” a sci-fi comedy about childhood friends who reunite at a bar 20 years later, only to find out that the world is coming to an end. The film marks the third installment in the “Cornetto Trilogy,” following “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” though the only thing connecting the three films is the core duo, the film’s director and the dark comic tone of the past films. Slightly NSFW:
“You’re Next” – This film claims to put a fresh twist on the genre of home-invasion horror flicks. According to the release, the Davison family, including Australian starlet Sharni Vinson (“Step Up 3D”) and a number of virtual unknowns, have gathered for a reunion, only to be attacked by ax-wielding murderers. They appear to be trapped, “until an unlikely guest proves to be the most talented killer of all.” NSFW: