‘The World’s End,’ ‘You’re Next’ and other new movies opening this week

August 23, 2013

In this week’s new movies, actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost join director Edgar Wright again for “The World’s End,” another comedic disaster flick, nine years after “Shaun of the Dead.” Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck impress in “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” a film about crime, love and deception. In horror film “You’re Next,” the tables turn on the movie’s villains when their prey decide to fight back.


(L to R): Nick Frost as Andy, Simon Pegg as Gary and Paddy Considine as Steven in Edgar Wright’s new comedy “The World’s End,” a Focus Features release.

The World’s End” (R) “To say much more about 'The World’s End’s' version of Armageddon would drain the movie of its ability to giddily blindside its audience. Let’s just say those unanticipated forces are robotic and kinda goopy when decapitated. Besides, this movie’s pleasures are less about its villains and more about the interplay between Pegg and Frost.” – Jen Chaney

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” (Unrated) “‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,’ by Texas filmmaker David Lowery, is a moody, achingly emotional murder ballad of a movie, a plumb-crazy romance played out against the timeless backdrop of the American West and the headstrong outlaws, do-right lawmen and stoic Southern belles who inhabit it.” – Ann Hornaday

You’re Next”(R) “Most of these characters are disagreeable, so the prospect of their imminent demise isn’t too upsetting. The movie doesn’t dawdle in revealing the houseguest who’s going to put up a fight. It waits awhile longer before identifying the characters who are not merely obnoxious, but altogether monstrous.” – Mark Jenkins

1/2 “Cutie and the Boxer” (R) “The feature directorial debut of documentarian Zachary Heinzerling is a portrait of artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara, who met and married in 1970s New York after emigrating from Japan. 'Cutie' is Noriko’s artistic alter ego, a subservient character involved with a domineering man called 'Bullie' in the cartoonlike, semi-autobiographical narrative that is the focus of her current work.” – Michael O’Sullivan

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (PG-13) “The characters are plucky and quick-witted, which is a welcome change from the brooding Edward Cullen and monotone Bella Swan. Simon has a wry sense of humor, and Jace offers up his hokey lines with a knowing wink. Even Clary admits at one point the puzzling intricacies of the plot when she says, ‘This is so confusing.’” – Stephanie Merry

1/2 “Austenland” (PG-13) “Instead of character development, the film offers a montage of over-the-top scenarios in which Jane forces a disinterested date to watch ‘Pride & Prejudice,’ drinks from dainty, rose-adorned teacups and kisses her life-size cardboard cutout of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.” – Stephanie Merry

1/2 “Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers” (Unrated) “If the film bogs down in the middle, during an extended digression by Mike about the Balkan war and the economic roots of the gang’s illegal activities, it picks up steam again later. And as slow as the saggy midsection may be, such background actually provides useful context, helping us to understand the sometimes desperate forces — in addition to naked greed — that can lead to crime.” – Michael O’Sullivan

The Wall” (Unrated) “Although there are a couple of startling events — the appearance of the wall and a late episode of violence — much of the story consists of everyday life, which comes off as a routine rather than anything off of 'Survivor.' Pölsler’s film is quietly deliberate without ever feeling slow, thanks to a few handy assets at his disposal.” – Stephanie Merry

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