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This week, the big movies are sequels. The highly anticipated follow-up to The Hangover hits theaters. If you’re not into raunchy humor, don’t worry, there is a more wholesome, family friendly animated movie available. There’s also a new film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.
Phil, Alan, Doug, and Stu are back for another wedding in The Hangover Part II. This time the debauchery doesn’t take place in Vegas, it’s Bangkok. Stu is the one getting married. He learned his lesson from the last bachelor party and decided that he wants to have a quiet brunch instead of a wild party, but of course that’s’ not how it turns out. Once again, the men wake up the following day and realize they have no idea what happened the night before. There’s a monkey, a new tattoo, and Stu’s fiancée’s brother is missing. The friends search for clues to find out what happened to him. The comedy plays for one hour and forty-two minutes. It’s rated R for language, sex, nudity, drugs, and violence.
A much more kid friendly movie kicking into theaters is Kung Fu Panda 2. This sequel has Po and the Furious Five trying to save China and kung fu from an evil villain. In order to defeat him, Po has to search within himself and his origin. Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu are back as the voices of the characters. This time they are joined by Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, and Danny McBride. The one hour and thirty-five minute animated adventure is rated PG. It’s available in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D theaters.
Brad Pitt and Sean Penn star in The Tree of Life. The film follows the life of a young boy named Jack, growing up in the 1950s, as he becomes an adult (Penn). Through the years, Jack struggles with his relationship with his father (Pitt). The Terrence Malick directed period drama is playing in limited theaters. It’s rated PG-13 and runs for two hours and eighteen minutes.
In Puzzle, a shy, unappreciated housewife named Maria gains confidence by solving jigsaw puzzles. One day while shopping, she sees a flyer for someone looking for a puzzle tournament partner. Maria lies to her family and tells them that she’s spending time with an ailing relative when, in reality, she’s training for the World Puzzle Championship with a millionaire bachelor. The one hour and thirty-two minute Argentinean drama is in Spanish. It’s unrated and only playing in N.Y.
A woman tries to go back to the acting career she left behind for her husband in Tied to a Chair. Naomi meets a legendary cult director at a film festival and finds out that he’s casting for his new movie. She falls in love with the part of his script where the woman is tied to a chair. She convinces the director to let her screen test. Unpredictable circumstances take place which hinder her ability to get to the audition on time. The film, which is only available in N.Y., shows the lengths one woman will go to get another chance at her dream. The unrated comedy stars Bonnie Loren and Mario Van Peebles. It plays for one hour and thirty-seven minutes.
Another unrated film only playing in N.Y. is United Red Army. The drama tells the true story of the uprising of the student-radical extremists in 1960s and 1970s Japan. The United Red Army impacted history, killing 14 of its own and causing a police standoff. The English subtitled film is three hours and ten minutes long.
Tuesday, After Christmas is the day a father must tell his daughter that he’s leaving her mother for his mistress. After the two come face to face, his wife of ten years gives him the deadline to break the news of their separation to their 8-year-old daughter. The unrated one hour and thirty-nine minute film is also only available in N.Y.
This week sequels hit theaters, but next week it’s a prequel. Beginning on June 3, moviegoers will learn the history of the mutants in X-Men: First Class.