Reel Picks


Bridesmaids (R)

Despite one gross-out scene, a funny comedy with heart that gives insight to the push-pull mechanics of women’s friendships. SNL’s Kristen Wiig as bad-luck Annie, whose competitive nature is heightened by the impending wedding of her best friend (Maya Rudolph). With Jon Hamm. Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne.

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)

In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), unfit to enlist in World War II, volunteers for a secret military program that transforms him into Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes, he fights Nazis — especially the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), who’s out for world domination. Wait out the long, long list of credits at the end to see a preview of the sequel.

The Change-Up (R)

Childhood best buds, playboy Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) and harried family man Dave (Jason Bateman) each covet the other’s life. And in rude, crude, and disgusting low-brow comedic details — get their wish.

Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13)

A stranger (Daniel Craig) rides into New Mexico in 1875, with no memory — doesn’t even know how his wrist got shackled — and has a long list of town characters to deal with, including a tyrannical cattle baron (Harrison Ford), and a mysterious woman, (Olivia Wilde). But when the aliens swoop in, everyone joins the posse. Good nonsensical stuff.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (PG-13)

After 30 years of marriage, regular guy hubby (Steve Carell) is dumped by his wife (Julianne Moore). Forced into the swinging-single lifestyle, he’s mentored by single shark (Ryan Gosling), while his wife finds a romance with a colleague (Kevin Bacon). Marisa Tomei, Analeigh Tipton, Emma Stone. Smart and funny.

Friends With Benefits (R)

Smart, funny romantic comedy has big time L.A. media art director Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Manhattan corporate headhunter Jami (Mila Kunis) agreeing to embark on an intimate relationship with no emotional ties. Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13)

The final adventure has the teen trio very vulnerable as they face off against Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who wields magic powerful enough to make him invincible.

Horrible Bosses (R)

They can’t quit, so Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), goaded by a hustler (Jamie Foxx), plot to permanently rid themselves of their rotten employers (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston).

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (PG)

From Megan McDonald’s hugely popular books, Judy’s (Jordana Beatty) plans for the summer fall apart and she’s left with Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) to die of boredom and Stinkdom (her younger brother). If you find that adorable, there’s an outside chance you’ll like the movie.

The Smurfs (PG)

Live action and animated with Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, none of whom can rescue this goofy kiddie flick. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the little blue Smurfs out of their village, they plop down in New York and have to figure how to get home. Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays.