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Film & DVD

Movies opening in Orlando this week

The To Do List, V/H/S/2, The Wolverine

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V/H/S/2


The To Do List Aubrey Plaza of TV’s Parks and Recreation acts as the onscreen avatar of first-time writer-director Maggie Carey in this autobiographical story about a respectable young woman’s quest to have all the naughty fun she missed out on in high school. An all-star cast of comedy B-listers – including Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Donald Glover, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Gregg and Andy Samberg – play the enablers who try to help her tarnish her good-girl CV. Hey, if they play their cards right, they could get her on the cover of Rolling Stone! (R) – Steve Schneider

V/H/S/2 The sequel to last year’s found-footage horror anthology has segments by a few hometown heroes. Haxan’s Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale pioneer the genre of the helmet-cam zombie story with A Ride in the Park, while Full Sail grad Adam Wingard goes even further in his Phase I Clinical Trials, pondering what might happen if you had a camera surgically implanted in your eye. That’s easy: You’d be the Edward Snowden of Lenscrafters! (NR; playing 11:59 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Enzian Theater, Maitland) – SS

The Wolverine Fanboys weren’t thrilled with 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which deepened Fox’s pattern of deviating wildly from the established comics canon – enough so that it even contradicted the previous X-movies. Who knows, then, what we should expect from this Wolvie-in-Japan adventure, which was on Darren Aronofsky’s work table before ending up in the care of James Mangold (Walk the Line). Since Bryan Singer has already promised to right the series’ continuity in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the onus is on Mangold to really throw down the gauntlet. Maybe he’ll make Logan a midget or something. (PG-13) – SS

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I’m So Excited! A return to the farcical terrain of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Pedro Almodóvar’s latest is nonetheless no cause for excitement. The conceit of frightened airline passengers forced to contemplate their lives yields a strange mix of media that can’t quite hold itself together: The movie is by turns a titillating trifle, a raunchy comedy, a witty take on the incompetence of government and a metaphor for Spain’s stock-market crash. (R) – Cameron Meier

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