It's one of those weekends, kind of like last weekend, where it seems obvious which movie is going to dominate the box office. This is the weekend that man comic book fans (and I include myself in that) have been waiting for. The latest installment in the X-Men franchise hits theaters and it's based on one of the most talked-about and popular storylines from the X-Men comic book. However, for those looking for more juvenile humor from Adam Sandler, they are in luck as well as he has a new movie out this weekend, too.
Here are the movies opening May 23, 2014:
X-Men: Days of Future Past - Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan. This is the movie that brings together the cast of the original run of X-Men movies and the cast from 2011's X-Men: First Class, creating a kind of superstar cast directed by the original director of the series Bryan Singer. This time Wolverine is sent into the past from a distant future where robotic beings called Sentinels are killing mutants, and have now turned against the rest of humanity. By going back in time, it's hoped that Wolverine can unite the X-Men, including Magneto, into a fighting force to stop an event that leads to the creation of the Sentinels. Don't worry, the critics are saying that this movie actually makes all kinds of sense once you see it. The movie is also getting some of the best reviews of the year with the general consensus being that this is the best of the X-Men movies so far. Rated PG-13.
Blended - Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Terry Crews. Sandler and Barrymore team up for the third time in a movie about two people thrown together in a disastrous blind date that end up at the same resort in Africa on vacation. Hilarity is supposed to ensue. The truth is that this movie is receiving some of the most scathing reviews I have ever seen, including an epic takedown by A.O. Scott at the New York Times that will likely live in infamy for years to come. Avoid this one like a very nasty plague. Rated PG-13.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn - Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage. Williams plays the titular character - a man who is constantly in a bad mood and angry at the world. He is so unpleasant that when he goes to get a physical the doctor tells him that he only has 90 minutes to live out of sheer spite. Williams then sets about trying to fix his life and make amends with his family and friends in that 90 minutes. The movie has an interesting concept, but the reviews for it have not been kind. Too predictable and sentimental, say most critics. Rated R.