"Wrath of the Titans" (PG-13): Like its predecessor, this follow-up to "Clash of the Titans" (PG-13, 2010, which itself was a remake of a 1981 film) takes the Greek myths and runs amok, but entertainingly so.
Teens in middle school and beyond may take considerable delight and amusement in this film, which is really fun. It doesn't hurt that you have Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades, god of the underworld, giving their roles actual weight. We find the hero Perseus (Sam Worthington) living a simple fisherman's life and raising his young son Helius (John Bell). He wants nothing to do with the gods anymore, though he is half-god himself as Zeus' son with a mortal woman. The Olympian gods are weak now, because humans no longer pray to them, we're told. Zeus visits Perseus to warn him that he must prevent the demise of the gods or the world will be destroyed. Zeus, Hades and Poseidon had long ago overthrown their father, Kronos, and imprisoned him in the Underworld. Now he wants out, and he has threatened to destroy them. Zeus' brother Hades and his rebellious son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) have cut a deal with Kronos to save their immortality.
"Wrath of the Titans" makes little narrative sense, but it's highly watchable.
The film depicts a great deal of hard fighting between mortals, immortals, dragons, one-eyed giant Cyclops and volcanic monsters, but the wounds and the fights stay within PG-13 parameters. We see little blood, but a lot of monumental mayhem, some of which, especially in 3-D, could really scare some preteens and younger kids.
"American Reunion" (R): The guys and gals from East Great Falls High Class of '99 come to town for a reunion, and they've changed little in this fourth installment in the very R-rated "American Pie" series.
Not for under-17s -- though one expects many will try to see it anyway -- the new film maintains the full-out bawdiness and profanity factor of the series ("American Pie," 1999; "American Pie 2," 2001; "American Wedding," 2003). Jim (Jason Biggs) and wife Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) now have a toddler, and the spark has gone out of their sex life. Each seems to prefer solo pleasure, and the film opens with twin slapstick disasters in that regard. Oz (Chris Klein) is now a hotshot sportscaster with a gorgeous girlfriend (Katrina Bowden) who's too much of a party girl for him. He sees former girlfriend Heather (Mena Suvari) and realizes she's the one for him. Kevin (Thomas Ian Nicholas) is a happily married house-husband who encounters his old love Vicky (Tara Reid). Finch (Eddie Kay Thomas) pretends to be a success, and is still famous for having had sex with Stifler's (Seann William Scott) randy mom (Jennifer Coolidge). Stifler remains as obnoxious and sex-crazed as ever. Due to a technical problem, the movie was minus its musical soundtrack at the preview I attended. The music can only help. The story seemed only intermittently funny, and rather sad, because the characters had changed so little. As Jim's widowed dad, Eugene Levy is a cinematic wonder of parental love and out-of-control eyebrows.
Needless to say, this movie includes explicit sexual situations, nudity, crude and graphic sexual slang and other strong profanity, as well as ultra-gross toilet humor.