‘World War Z,’ ‘Monsters University’ and other new movies, reviewed

In this week’s new movies, “World War Z” starring Brad Pitt goes against the gory tradition of zombie apocalypse flicks, and viewers travel back in time with monsters Sulley and Mike in “Monsters University.”


Segen (Daniella Kertesz), left, and Gerry (Brad Pitt) battle to save the world from hordes of hungry zombies in “World War Z.” (Jaap Buitenduk)

1/2 “World War Z” (PG-13) “ 'World War Z,' which was directed by Marc Forster from a much-worked-over script by a large team of writers, doesn’t traffic in the kind of gratuitous gore for which zombie flicks are known and loved.” – Ann Hornaday

Monsters University” (PG) “…all the collegiate trappings — fraternities, cliques, athletic rivalries, academic struggles — are in-jokes mainly for Mom and Dad’s benefit. What does a kid know about keggers and dorm life? Young viewers, however, should appreciate the lessons about cooperation, hard work and honesty that underlie Mike and Sulley’s coming of age.” – Michael O’Sullivan

The Bling Ring”(R) “…the characters are so shallow, so devoid of self-awareness or genuine soul, that it’s difficult to maintain interest in their exploits. They take on a hardened, exhausted look as their spree wears on, with only Broussard’s Marc exhibiting vulnerability worthy of sympathy.” – Ann Hornaday

Much Ado About Nothing” (PG-13) “With 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Whedon has crafted an endearing bagatelle, made with equal parts brio and love, ambition and pared-down modesty.”  – Ann Hornaday

The Attack” (R) “On one level, ‘The Attack’ is a mystery, but not the kind you think. It’s obvious from the start who detonated the bomb; the only question is why.” – Michael O’Sullivan

1/2 “Plimpton!” (Unrated) “Plimpton never quite fit anywhere. He was a brilliant writer, but not serious enough for the literati, and a perpetual naif among experts.”  – Stephanie Merry

Augustine” (Unrated) “The late-19th-century events depicted in this French drama are, for the most part, true. Its titular protagonist was a real teenage kitchen maid who became the patient of Jean-Martin Charcot, a pioneering physician who is sometimes called the father of modern neurology.” – Michael O’Sullivan

1/2 “Molly’s Theory of Relativity” (Unrated) “Some of the talk is interesting, especially when it comes to chatter between Molly and the specter of her mother. Their words raise questions about how our relationships with our relatives change (or don’t) as we age and how, even as we push our family members away, we can’t seem to escape needing them.” – Stephanie Merry

Macy L. Freeman is an editorial aide for the Weekend/Going Out Guide section at The Washington Post.
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