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:
“Baggage Claim”: This romantic comedy stars Paula Patton, known to some as the wife of singer Robin Thicke, as a flight attendant named Montana Moore who sets out to get engaged before her youngest sister ties the know. Montana uses her “airline connections to ‘accidentally meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour for potential candidates.” Her exes include a number of familiar faces, from Taye Diggs to Derek Luke (NBC’s short-lived “Trauma”), Boris Kodjoe (“Soul Food’) and Djimon Hounsou. The film also stars Adam Brody and Jill Scott (“Hounddog”) as Montana’s friend. Rated PG-13.
“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”: Per our exclusive review, after the island has been overrun by living food monsters, Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) is tasked with stopping them from leaving Swallow Falls and taking over to the rest of the world. The story arc becomes a tad predictable from the time Sam takes a liking to a sentient strawberry named Barry, but “Cloudy 2” truly comes alive when it riffs on tropes from classic disaster flicks, sci-fi films and monster movies. While the kids are sure to love it, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” also wins the distinction of being the animated film that parents are mostly likely to enjoy this year. Rated PG.
“Don Jon”: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wrote, directed and stars in this decidedly not family-friendly comedy. He plays Jon Martello, who is so good with women that some of his friends call him Don Jon. When he meets the rom-com obsessed Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johnansson), he decides to ditch the lothario life and become relationship material. That becomes complicated when Barbara is clued in on Jon’s X-rated hobby, so the two are forced to leave behind the “false fantasies to try and find true intimacy.” Rated R. (Slighty NSFW Trailer)
“Rush”: Based on the real-life rivalry between ‘70s racecar drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, “Rush” stars Chris Hemsworth (“Thor: The Dark World”) and Daniel Bruhl (“Inglourious Basterds”) as the two respective rivals, one English and one Austrian, as they face off at the Grand Prix. According to the official release, the film follows “the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.” Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) and Olivia Wilde also star. Rated R.