Reel Picks


30 Minutes or Less (R)

Nick (Jesse Eisenberg) is a small town pizza delivery guy whose quiet life changes when two clumsy criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) force him to rob a bank. It’s a time-sensitive caper, one that winds up involving the police, hired assassins, and oh yes, flamethrowers.

Bridesmaids (R)

Despite one gross-out scene, a 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, Rose Byrne.

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)

In 1942, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a secret military program that transforms him into Captain America. With sidekick Bucky Barnes, he fights Nazis — the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), who’s out for world domination. If you sit through the long long list of credits at the end, you can see a trailer for 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 a town in New Mexico in 1875, with no memory, and 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 with some horror-movie shocks.

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (PG-13)

After 30 years of marriage, nice guy (Steve Carell) is dumped by his wife (Julianne Moore), and 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). Smart and funny.

Final Destination 5 (R)

A man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a suspension bridge collapse. But the group was never supposed to survive, and race against time to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

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.

Midnight in Paris (PG-13)

Woody Allen’s mellow new film. Successful screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) wants to be a Left Bank novelist despite objections from his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). Gil takes late-night walks in Paris and is classically transported.

Sarah’s Key (PG-13)

Based on best-selling novel, it begins as the story of an American journalist (Kristin Scott Thomas) doing research for an article about the 1942 Nazi-ordered mass arrest of Jews in Paris by the French police, and turns into her journey of self-discovery. She discovers a dreadful family secret and a heartbreaking story of a Jewish family.

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 an evil wizard chases the Smurfs out of their village, they plop down in New York and have to figure how to get home. Jayma Mays.

Winnie the Pooh (G)

Walt Disney animation. Super cute characters. Oh dear, Christopher Robin needs rescuing, and Eeyore has lost his tail.