New films in theaters this week:
— “12” (rated), a Russian take on the courtroom thriller “12 Angry Men.”
— “Battle for Terra” (rated PG), an animated science-fiction film starring the voices of Evan Rachel Wood and Luke Wilson.
— “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” (rated PG-13), a romantic comedy/fantasy starring Matthew McConaughey.
— “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (rated PG-13), a movie “prequel,” with Hugh Jackman reprising his role as the title character.
The painfully unfunny “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” features yet another flat McConaughey performance. Worse, it barely acknowledges the tremendous debt it owes to Charles Dickens. (The film is a rip-off of his much-told “A Christmas Carol.”)
And the voice performers sound as bored as audiences will be by the heavy-handed “Battle for Terra.” (The film is being shown in both the 2-D and 3-D formats.)
The Oscar-nominated “12” does have some strong performances. However, the filmmakers expanded the story — their version runs 2 1/2 hours. That only makes it longer, not better.
Poster art courtesy Twentieth-Century Fox
The week’s best film, by default, is the messy Wolverine origin story. It’s not a great summer movie season opener by any means, though at least the action scenes mean that audiences won’t be bored by it.
Which, if any, of these movies fit into your weekend viewing plans?