The gist: Not to be confused with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this is THE Wolverine, about the only close-to-accurately portrayed character from the movie versions of the Marvel comics. This time the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller series from the '80s where Logan dresses up like a samurai and fights ninjas serves as the source material. Lots of cutting and bleeding. PG-13
The cast: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Brian Tee and Famke Janssen.
The buzz: Jackman at least takes his character seriously, and that goes a long way with fanboys. "Moments in The Wolverine rank among both the franchise's best and worst, but there's enough in the positive column to make the movie a must for fans and entertaining viewing for casual observers," TheWrap.com says.
The gist: The real-life story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man who decided to turn his life around the day transit cops shot him dead on New Year's Day 2008. Spoiler alert. R
The cast: Michael B. Jordan, Octavia L. Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Ahna O'Reilly, Chad Michael Murray and Ariana Neal.
The buzz: A well-made biography that puts a face on a tragic incident. "Made with assurance and deep emotion, Fruitvale Station is more than a remarkable directing debut for 26-year-old Ryan Coogler. It's an outstanding film by any standard," the L.A. Times lauds.
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The gist: A graduating senior decides to spend 1993 doing a bunch of things (and people) she should have done instead of studying and graduating with honors, because she doesn't want to go to college with this squeaky clean image. This is way before Facebook, mind you. R
The cast: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Scott Porter, Andy Samberg, Connie Britton and Clark Gregg.
The buzz: An ensemble comedy that's pretty decent? Wow, there's still life left in Hollywoodtown. "Writer-director Maggie Carey's feature debut boasts a crack ensemble cast led by Aubrey Plaza that evocatively captures the carefree elation of youthful summer romance," The Hollywood Reporter says.
The gist: Tiny blue people continue to captivate children and horrify hopheads everywhere. There's already a sequel planned for 2015, so if you miss this one just wait a couple years. PG
The cast: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, Christina Ricci, J.B. Smoove, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver.
The buzz: Yeah, reviews. Sure.
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