New Releases: May 13

1. Bridesmaids (Universal, 2,917 Theaters, 125 Minutes, Rated R): Would it be overly simplistic to call this the female version of The Hangover?

Granted, there are some major differences that go beyond the sex of the protagonists, like this takes place before and during the bachelorette party and the other deals with the aftermath of the bachelor party.

But both feature a group of people who really don’t know each other coming together and celebrating a wedding of a friend and bond through the wacky experiences.

Another big difference is the fact that this more Kristen Wiig’s character’s story than an ensemble as it deals with her living above her means. I am the only person on the face of the Earth who does not think that Wiig is a comic genius. To me, she was a modern day Melanie Hutsell (who, coincidentally, is also in the film), a woman with about two facial expressions and a couple funny voices in lieu of creating good characters.

2. Priest (Sony/Screen Gems, 2,864 Theaters, 87 Minutes, Rated PG-13): One day, perhaps sooner than you think, summer will be one comic book movie released each and every week. We’re pretty close this year, is this film marks three comic based films, following so close after last week’s Thor and the week before’s Dylan Dog.

This one is a break from the Korean comics that inspired it, as it removes many of the layers of the original’s plot to focus on a vampire-hunting priest in a post-apocalyptic future.

Paul Bettany plays the priest in question, who must defy his church to go and rescue his niece from the vampires.

 

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.

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