New in Theaters: 'You're Next,' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,' 'The World's End'

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

This week’s new releases all lean toward the macabre, each of them in their own special way. One is a highly-rated, late-summer horror film, another is a not-so-highly-rated movie adaptation of a young adult fantasy series, and the last is a booze-fuelled action/comedy film from the folks that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Opening today is You’re Next, a horror film that tells of a family reunion that goes wrong in a violent way when the family’s home is invaded, and one member of the family responds with an unexpected talent for killing.

The good people at Rotten Tomatoes were very impressed with this film, giving it an 81%. Despite its heavy-handed blood and gore, critics say the film offers enough of a twist to entertain people beyond those who enjoy over-the-top violence. The Box Office Guru predicts $13 million over the film’s opening weekend.

Wednesday introduced us to the latest attempt to recapture the supernatural fantasy/romance audience that went rabid for the Twilight franchise: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Based on the best-selling young adult series by Cassandra Clare, the film follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins) as she is introduced to a dangerous underworld of vampires, werewolves, demons, and the line of demigod-like warriors who protect the world from them.

This film didn’t place nearly as high on the Tomatometer, earning only 14%. Critics mark it as yet another film putting forth too little effort in a vain attempt to capture the young adult audience, the result being a cliché, forgettable film. The film may debut to $11 million over the weekend.

On a lighter note, today also gives us the reunion of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost with director Edgar Wright—the same team that produced such comedy gems as Shaun of the Dead and Hot FuzzThe World’s End. Pegg plays Gary King, a forty-something-year-old man who convinces his old drinking buddies (Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Paddy Considine) to get together to attempt a pub crawl of epic proportions, ending with “The World’s End.” Along the way, however, their pub crawl becomes truly apocalyptic, as they become entangled in an unexpected battle for the future of humanity itself.

This film takes the prize this weekend, as it earned a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes—a difficult feat for any film, even more difficult for a comedy. The humor may not suit people of all tastes, but the combination of wit, heart, and good, old-fashioned ridiculousness is sure to win most who see the film. Despite its ratings, it’s only predicted to gross $8 million this weekend.

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