Weekend Movie Preview: June 21, 2013

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The long-awaited World War Z is finally hitting theaters. After pulling out of Cannes and people questioning the film after rumors of re-writes and release date delays, the Brad Pitt film -- based on the bestseller by Max Brooks -- unleashes its zombie tale on audiences. And monsters of a different kind -- Pixar's Monsters University -- hit theaters as Mike and Sulley go back in time to show audiences how the Scarers met.

Also, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing and Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring get wide releases after several weeks of only playing in a few theaters. 

World War Z: Although it might not be Brooks' vision of his World War Z, the Pitt-starring vehicle is still pretty darn entertaining, thrilling and scary. Pitt is a U.N. worker who has to cross the globe to try to discover how a zombie virus started. Scientists hope that if they can figure out the flesh eaters' origins, they can come up with a vaccine to cure the human race before we're decimated. As stated in our World War Z review, fans of the book should be warned: It is a different beast altogether. But, the zombies are horrifying, Pitt is stellar and overall, it's a solid popcorn movie. What more can you expect from a summer flick?

Monsters University: Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman) are back... in time! The characters that we fell in love with in Monsters, Inc. return in a prequel to the 2001 hit film where audiences are treated to the story of how Mike met Sulley. In the world of Pixar's Monsters, Scarers train at several different institutions of higher learning and the best of the best is Monsters U. Mike has dreamed of being a scarer since taking a tour of the Monsters, Inc. facility as a small(er) monster. When he arrives on campus, he finds that dreams need more to achieve than brains and an excited eye on the future. For more, check out our four-star Monsters University review.

The Bling Ring: Sofia Coppola could not have been a better choice to bring the astounding real life story of The Bling Ring to life. Several rich teens are so obsessed with celebrity, that to get closer to their heroes they rob them! The Los Angeles young adults took next to $3 million from the likes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson. Coppola weaves her latest L.A. story as a searing indictment of our celebrity obsession. The Bling Ring review also salutes star Emma Watson who rivets in her ability to inhabit a soul that is about as deep as a kiddie pool.

Much Ado About Nothing: How does one follow up creating one of the most profitable movies of all time, i.e. The Avengers? Well, if you're Joss Whedon, you make a Shakespeare movie! Whedon took his favorite Shakespeare play and brought it to life as a modern, Los Angeles-set romantic comedy that uses a bevy of talent he has worked with over the years. From Clark Gregg (The Avengers) to Amy Acker (Angel), this is a Whedon dramatic troupe of excellence that surprises around every turn. We were so impressed with the film, our Much Ado About Nothing review earned the perfect movie five-star rating.

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