‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ‘Blended’ and other new movies, reviewed

In this week’s new releases, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” should win over fans of the Marvel franchise, "not because we get the movie we want, but because we get the one we need," writes critic Michael O'Sullivan. Ten years after “50 First Dates,” Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore reunite for “Blended,” a film about two single parents who go on a blind date and ultimately become a part of each other's lives. Here are excerpts from this week's reviews:


“X-Men: Days of Future Past” has two Charles Xaviers: From the ’70s (James McAvoy) and the familiar bald man (Patrick Stewart) in the 2020s. (Alan Markfield/20th Century Fox via Associated Press)

X-Men: Days of Future Past” (PG-13) “‘Days of Future Past’ is, in itself, as intoxicating as a shot of adrenaline. It’s what summer movies are meant to be.” – Michael O’Sullivan

 “Blended” (PG-13) “Sixteen years since Sandler starred opposite Drew Barrymore in ‘The Wedding Singer’ and a decade since they did it again in ‘50 First Dates,’ the pair have grown up, even if the comedy hasn’t.” – Stephanie Merry

 “Ida” (PG-13) ““Ida,” like the recent Romanian film ‘Child’s Pose,’ joins a slew of films from the former Eastern Bloc that seek to create something coherent and honest from a bewildering and painful past.” – Ann Hornaday

½ “The Immigrant” (R) “So many players in this tale require mercy, from themselves and each other. Whether the God Ewa prays to sees anything to forgive is another matter.” – John DeFore

Cold in July” (Unrated) “Adapted from Joe R. Lansdale’s novel by the director and his frequent collaborator Nick Damici (who also plays a corrupt cop), ‘Cold’ is Greek tragedy with a twang.” – Michael O’Sullivan

The German Doctor” (PG-13) “Drawing a poetic analogy between Enzo’s hobby of repairing porcelain dolls — a metaphor for human perfection — and Nazi theories of racial purity, ‘The German Doctor’ sometimes pitches its message with a too-explicit spin.” – Michael O’Sullivan

½ “Teenage” (Unrated) “Taking a refreshingly impressionistic approach to the documentary form, Wolf traces the evolution of the teenager from non-entity into a force for social and cultural change, a role that sometimes involved unbridled, boundary-pushing fun…and sometimes was exploited to spread propaganda that proved dangerous to the entire world.” – Jen Chaney

½ “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” (Unrated) “‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’ may not be entirely brilliant, but it’s at the very least inspiring.” – Stephanie Merry

 “50 to 1” (PG-13) “How you feel about sitting through that depends on whether you’ve seen an underdog sports drama before. ‘50 to 1’ has just about every cliche of the genre: an inconsistent athlete with more heart than wins; a coach/trainer who believes in him; and a comedy of errors leading up to the ultimate 11th-hour victory.”– Michael O’Sullivan

D-Day: Normandy 1944” (G) “The documentary does a better job of evoking the logistics of the fight than its drama, despite the film’s Imax 3-D format.” – Michael O’Sullivan

½ “The Hornet’s Nest” (R) “It’s difficult to describe the horrors of war, and most soldiers returning from overseas may not want to dwell on them anyway. That’s why ‘The Hornet’s Nest’ is such an important movie.” – Stephanie Merry

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