On Twitter: @JamesEppler
After the dreadful and silly "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," I'm skeptical about another Wolverine adventure. Fortunately, there's some good pedigree that comes with this new movie. Hugh Jackman returns to play the role for the sixth time on screen, with a script by guys who've written movies like "The Usual Suspects," "Get Shorty" and "Out of Sight."
"The Wolverine" takes place after the events of "X-Men: The Last Stand," and it's based on a fan favorite Wolverine story from the 80s by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which follows Wolverine to Japan. The movie is rated PG-13, but apparently there's an R-rated version that may get released on Blu-ray at a later date.
"The To Do List" is an R-rated comedy about a sheltered girl ready to go to college, but she wants a few experiences first, and solicits her friends to help. There's an impressive cast here, lead by Aubrey Plaza from "Parks and Rec" along Alia Shawkat from "Arrested Development" and Bill Hader and Andy Samburg from SNL.
"The Way Way Back" is another coming of age comedy about a 14 year old kid played by Liam James on summer vacation with his mom and her overbearing boyfriend - Toni Collette and Steve Carell. The young boy makes friends with an outgoing water park worker, the great Sam Rockwell, and starts to learn more about fitting in.
The Way Way Back opens only at Premiere Cinemas.
Finally, a movie that's turned a lot of heads at film festivals. "Fruitvale Station" is the true story of Oscar Grant, killed in cold blood by officers on a subway in 2008. While the movie of course builds to that moment, filmmaker Ryan Coogler wants to tell the story of of the man behind the headlines. Michael B. Jordan plays Grant, and there's early Oscar buzz for his work here.
"Fruitvale Station" opens at Premiere and Tinseltown.