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Opening This Week: World War Z and Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow

world war z posterMonsters_University_poster_3It’s one of the biggest weeks of the year at the movies with two huge openings.  It’s the zombie apocalypse vs. monsters, Brad Pitt vs. Mike and Sully.

Pitt stars in a movie based on World War Z, a book by Max Brooks (son of Oscar-winners Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks).  It is directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Quantum of Solace). Pitt plays a former UN executive who travels the world to try to stop the zombies.  Two sequels are already in the works.

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Monsters University” is the prequel to one of my favorite Pixar films, Monsters, Inc.  Mike (the ball-shaped guy with one big eye voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sully (the enormous furry guy voiced by John Goodman) are roommates in the frat house.  They study scaring (remember, their world is fueled by the fears of children) and they participate in fraternity competitions.  The cast includes Helen Mirren as the school’s dean, Alfred Molina as a professor, and Nathan Fillion as a big monster on campus.

 

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