This weekend's new releases couldn't be more different: One concerns the trials and tribulations of a mutant struggling with immortality, and the other, set in the '90s, is about a teenage girl on a mission to lose her virginity.
"The Wolverine" and "The To Do List" both hit theaters Friday, and we have the scoop on what to expect from July's last movie weekend.
Hugh Jackman is back as sideburn-bearing, claw-wielding Logan in "The Wolverine." This time around, Wolverine takes on ninjas in Japan, inspired by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Marvel comic-book series. The mutant also deals with the issue of his immortality this time around, possibly stumbling on a way to rid himself of it. James Mangold ("3:10 to Yuma," "Walk the Line") directs.
On the opposite side of the cinematic spectrum, we have "The To Do List," a comedy about a nerdy girl dead-set on losing her virginity and gaining life experience before heading off to college. Aubrey Plaza stars as Brandy Klark: high school valedictorian, goodie-two-shoes, virgin. Determined to lose "it," Brandy jots down a not-so-typical to-do list and solicits the help of her best friend, older sister, and burn-out boss to help her get it done. The '90s-set flick also stars Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Connie Briton, and Clark Gregg. If these '90s movie cliches don't show up in The To Do List," we'll be really upset.
If mutant warriors and desperate virgins don't interest you, Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," the story of a depressed New York housewife's downward spiral, also opens in limited release.