New in Theaters: 'Monsters University,' 'World War Z'

Monsters University

This week promises two very different films, both of which have been eagerly anticipated by their respective audiences—coming out today is the latest from Disney and Pixar, as well as a zombie movie based on a book that jump-started the recent zombie revival (no pun intended).

Opening today is the prequel to one of Pixar’s most beloved films: Monsters University. The films tells of the famous duo, James Sullivan and Mike Wazowski (still voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal, respectively) before their scaring days, and tells of when they first met—college.

The film has received a respectable 76% from the critics of Rotten Tomatoes. Some argue that Pixar is becoming increasingly formulaic, and that Monsters University displays a lack of dynamic that was present in previous films. That being said, no one can deny that it’s a great family film, and many still recommend seeing it. Box Office Guru estimates its weekend gross at $75 million.

Also entering theaters today is a drastically grittier and darker film: World War Z, based on the famous Max Brooks novel of the same name. This zombie film follows the story of a UN employee, Gerry Lane (played by Brad Pitt) in his struggle to help fight off a horde of hive-minded zombies that are taking down nations around the world.

The Tomatometer rates the film at 68%. The film isn’t revolutionary or unforgettable, and fans of the book might be annoyed with some large changes to the plot (what else is new), but most critics agree that it’s a solid thriller, and Pitt offers a fairly dynamic and convincing lead. The film can expect around $48 million over the weekend.

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