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'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'

by Kaori Shoji
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Shadow Hunter)
Director Harald Zwart
Language English
Opens Opens April 19, 2014

While other fantasy heroes and heroines — such as Katniss Everdeen (“The Hunger Games”) or, heck, Harry Potter — had no time or funds to enjoy themselves, the heroine of “The Mortal Instruments,” Clary Fray (Lily Collins), is a privileged teenager living in a cozy Brooklyn apartment with her attractive mom (Lena Headey).

Her life of cappuccinos, clubs and parties changes when she begins to see strange things, and when her mom disappears she must face up to her identity as a “shadow hunter” — a long line of elite demon-battling warriors. Another hunter, Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) takes Clary under his wing and teaches her that the world is divided into two types: strong, beautiful shadow hunters equipped with magic powers, and the rest of mankind known as “mundanes.” Now that hurts.