This weekend has a little bit of everything when it comes to new movies at the nation's movie houses. A horror sub-genre gets reinvented in You're Next, the YA book Mortal Instruments: City of Bones leaps to the big screen and the Edgar Wright-Simon Pegg-Nick Frost trilogy of hilarity closes with The World's End.
The World's End: After brilliant turns making Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, filmmaker Wright and actors Frost and Pegg join forces for a third time to craft a wildly original comedy that fires on all cylinders. Pegg and Frost are old friends from a small town in rural England. They and three other buddies (including The Hobbit star Martin Freeman) reunite to make up for a pub crawl they could never finish as late teens. It doesn't take too long before they realize that there is something a little more than alcohol tolerance keeping them from getting to the final pub -- The World's End. It's killer robots! As our The World's End review hailed, it is one of the year's best films. Period.
You're Next: The home invasion sub-genre of the horror world has gotten a little stale of late. As reported in our You're Next review, filmmakers behind this thrill ride have outdone themselves in creativity, scares and a twist that not even the most hardened of horror fan can admit they saw coming!
The Mortal Instruments City of Bones: Lily Collins stars as a young woman who learns on her 18th birthday that she is not as human as she once thought. She is part of a race called Shadow Hunters whose sole purpose is keeping the human population safe from the world of demons who are ever seeking their demise. The film is based on the book series that has sold over 24 million copies by Cassandra Clare. As our The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones review stated, the core audience who adore the books will cherish the film. Everyone else might find it has too much exposition and take too long to find its action movie heart.