Weekend Picks: ‘This Means War’ & ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’

Adam Pockross
Movie Talk

Last weekend, four films scored big on the way to some record-breaking box-office numbers, with "The Vow" taking the wedding cake. It was the first nonholiday weekend in history that four flicks individually made more than $20 million upon debut. Since there are only two films opening wide this weekend, the chance of repeating that feat is not good.

What is good, though, is the broad audience the two films opening this weekend will likely please. One film alone spans three different genres, and the other is a sequel to a film that grossed more than $115 million. But with two such crowd-pleasers vying for your ticket sales, how can you possibly decide? Worry not; we boil down the choices below and predict what kind of fans will enjoy each flick.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language.

What's the Story?

Cursed to be the devil's bounty hunter, Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) hides out in Eastern Europe, trying to keep the world safe from his hellfire affliction. Members of a secret sect of the Church seek out Johnny to help them save a young boy from the devil, who wants to use the boy to take on a new human form. Though Johnny is initially reluctant to embrace his powers and pit himself against the Prince of Darkness, he realizes that if he can save the boy, he may just be able to rid himself of the curse.

Who Will Dig It?

If you love dark comic books, special effects, sequels, heart-pounding action, and incredible stunts, then check out this fiery flick, and you'll be a lucky devil.

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This Means War

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references; some violence and action; and language.
What's the Story?
Legendary lothario FDR (Chris Pine) and romantically hapless Tuck (Tom Hardy) are superspy partners and best friends until, unbeknown to each another, they fall for the same beautiful woman, Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon). Instead of just fighting over her, they go to war over her. Using their incomparable covert skills and Sharper-Image-on-crack gadgetry, the former friends go Spy versus Spy to see who can outmatch the other and win the girl.

Who Will Dig It?
If you like romantic comedies, spy thrillers, action/adventure films, and beautiful people, then you shouldn't fight your desire to see what happens when James Bond gets domestic.

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