Friday, May 24, 2013

What to Watch This Weekend: May 24, 2013

In Theaters: Fast & Furious 6
So far, this is the most fun of this year's summer blockbusters. The story and stunts are often ridiculous, but in a funny, self-aware way. The driving and fight scenes are creative and don't have that fake, computer-animated feel common in so many big-budget films. And it's surprisingly funny. If you're looking for comedy this weekend, this may satisfy your cravings more than the disappointing Hangover Part III. Check out the review.

On DVD: Side Effects
What initially seems like a drama exploring the side effects of antidepressants becomes a complicated psychological thriller. Toward the end, the plot twists start seeming a bit silly but, overall, it's a suspenseful and surprising movie with another great performance by Dragon Tattoo actress Rooney Mara.

Streaming (HBO GO): Moonrise Kingdom
When focusing on its strange, charming 12-year-old protagonists, Moonrise is a funny and sweet tale of young love and preteen rebellion. The third act falls short as more time is spent on odder, quirkier characters and plot developments, but the rest is worth seeing.

Streaming (Amazon Prime Instant Video): The Painted Veil
This period drama is available until Friday, May 31. It's an adaptation of a 1925 novel starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts as a scientist and his wealthy socialite lover, who feels out of her element upon traveling with him to medical posts in the less glamorous parts of China. It's well-acted and shot in beautiful locations. May be a good way to wind down after an exciting holiday weekend.

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