Monday, July 29, 2013

'The Wolverine' and Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

It was a pretty decent weekend at the movies.

Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" was clearly the better of the two pictures I saw. It's one of the director's better films since the beginning of the new century. I'd rank it just behind "Match Point" and "Midnight in Paris."

And Cate Blanchett gives a solid performance as a Blanche Dubois-esque figure whose life falls apart after her Bernie Madoff-esque husband (Alec Baldwin) gets thrown in prison. The film is also Woody's most dour - and I mean that in a good way - comedy since "Deconstructing Harry."

"The Wolverine" was a better than average comic book movie. It's a little better than "Iron Man 3" and about on par with "Man of Steel." Still, there are probably enough "X-Men" movies out there to not necessitate anymore.

Here are my Patch reviews.

This coming weekend, I'll catch the well received "The Spectacular Now," "2 Guns" and the gotta-see-it-no-matter-what "The Canyons."

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