Movie Guide

Movie Guide

May 31, 2011

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"Bridesmaids" (R). A bride to be (Maya Rudolph) worries that her upcoming wedding will be ruined by her increasingly jittery best friend and maid of honor (Kristen Wiig). This is an uneven comedy, but there are endearing performances and a few very funny scenes. Grade: B TownMall Cinemas (1:30, 4:30, 7:10, 10:05)

"Fast Five" (PG-13). The latest "Fast and Furious" installment is, er, as fast and furious as ever. Its vaguely plotted story is really about muscles flexing and cars crashing in scenic Rio de Janeiro. The long running time will wear out all but the most ardent fans. Thespians include Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker. Grade: C TownMall Cinemas (12:45, 3:40, 6:40, 10:00)

"The Hangover Part II" (R). Not reviewed. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis reunite for this sequel about three buddies who wake up in Bangkok with big problems. TownMall Cinemas (1:00, 2:00, 3:50, 4:45, 7:00, 7:45, 9:30, 10:15)

"Kung Fu Panda 2" (PG). Not reviewed. Jack Black and Angelia Jolie provide voices for this animated sequel in which a panda warrior faces his greatest challenge. TownMall Cinemas (11:30, 12:15, 1:45, 2:30, 4:00, 5:00, 6:30, 7:15, 9:15, 9:45)

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (PG-13). It seems fitting that the story concerns the search for the fountain of youth, because the fourth installment in this theme park-derived movie series shows signs of growing old. With Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Penelope Cruz, Richard Griffiths, Judi Dench and that fountain of wrinkles, Keith Richards. Grade: C+ TownMall Cinemas (12:30, 1:15, 3:30, 4:15, 6:45, 7:15, 9:45, 10:15)

"Thor" (PG-13). When the heaven-dwelling Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself exiled to earth, he contends with both government agents and outer space monsters. He also falls in love with a research scientist (Natalie Portman). It's a big and busy movie whose Norse trappings can't quite disguise the familiarity of its superhero storytelling. Grade: B TownMall Cinemas (12:00, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:20)

All capsule reviews and grades are by Mike Giuliano unless otherwise noted. Bookings change on Friday. For showtimes and to confirm listings, call the phone number in Screen Scene.

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