Published Aug 23, 2013The late film critic Roger Ebert once said, "Every great film should seem new every time you see it." But you don't need multiple viewings to find out which films are destined for greatness; just check out our weekly Film Roundup to see which of this week's newest features require more than one sitting and which will make you leave the theatre. Then, visit our Recently Reviewed section to read reviews on even more new releases.
First up, British filmmaker Edgar Wright finishes off the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy with the Simon Pegg- and Nick Frost-starring growing-up comedy The World's End. The film manages to be the Shaun of the Dead crew's most mature and self-assured feature to date, but is there more to this stylish beer-swilling sci-fi than just a bunch of hyperrealistic action scenes and cinematic in-jokes? Read on to find out.
After that, Adam Wingard gives the home invasion horror franchise a slight twist with the archetypal thriller You're Next, but fails to scare thanks to idiotic characters and a predictable storyline.
Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai delivers a borderline pretentious take on the life of Bruce Lee's teacher in the frustratingly inconsistent The Grandmaster, while Sacha Baron Cohen collaborator Dan Mazer brings a bit of British weirdness to the mainstream rom-com genre with I Give It a Year.
Finally, Harald Zwart offers an absurdly dry and expository adaptation of the first book from Cassandra Clare's famous young adult fantasy series with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. But is the Pink Panther director able to translate all of the nuanced character development found in its 512 pages into this melodramatic tween romance? You'll have to click through to know.
Of course, those are just a few of the movies in theatres this week. Check out our Recently Reviewed section for reviews on more new films.