X-MEN: BLENDED - Content
For Hicksflicks.com, May 23, 2014
The major studios' big guns this week are yet another superhot movie in the "X-Men" franchise and the third Adam Sandler comedy to co-star Drew Barrymore. Several art films are also opening, though only one is exclusive to the Broadway.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" (PG-13) is a time-travel sequel to "X-Men: First Class" (2001) and the seventh in the "X-Men" movie series. Many original-series stars return as mutants, including Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto, Halle Berry as Storm, Anna Paquin as Rogue, with "First Class" stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as young Xavier and Magneto, respectively, and Jennifer Lawrence in her second outing as Mystique.
"Blended" (PG-13) reunites Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler after "The Wedding Singer" (1998) and "50 First Dates" (2004) for another farce, this time as two single parents who have a terrible blind date together, then find themselves and their kids thrown together on a South African vacation.
"Belle" (PG), a fictionalized British drama set in the 1700s, speculates about the life of the real-life title character, the mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy officer raised in an aristocratic English home but never quite fully accepted by the family. Gugu Mbatha-Raw has the title role, surrounded by a cast of familiar British players, including Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Matthew Goode and Emily Watson.
"Chef" (R) is a low-budget character drama co-produced, written and directed by Jon Favreau, who also stars as a prestige chef fired from an L.A. restaurant who goes to Miami and fixes up a food truck to return to his cooking roots. This film also returns Favreau to his roots. After making a name for himself as a character actor in a variety of films and TV shows starting 21 years ago, he branched out in independent productions as a writer ("Swingers," 1996) and director ("Elf," 2003), then helmed a pair blockbusters, the first two "Iron Man" movies (2008/2010). With "Chef," he's returning to pet projects.
Exclusively at Jordan Commons is "Travis: A Soldier's Story" (not rated), a documentary about Travis Mills, a veteran Army staff sergeant who survived a landmine explosion in the war in Afghanistan as a quadruple amputee. The film chronicles his story but focuses on his will to not only survive but to live as normal a life as possible with his wife and young daughter.
And exclusively at the Broadway Centre Cinemas is "The Immigrant" (R), starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (for "La Vie en Rose") as a Polish woman who, with her younger sister, comes to America in 1921 but is immediately separated from her sibling and, with no money to live on, finds herself lured into a life of prostitution. Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner co-star.