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.

Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)

Conan the Barbarian (R)

The barbarian of the imaginary Hyborian Age sees his family killed and village destroyed, and travels the gory path of mayhem and revenge, battling monsters, witches, and mercenary armies — all very appealing to the local lusty women. With Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan.

Cowboys & Aliens (PG-13)

A stranger (Daniel Craig) rides into 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 touches.

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.

Fright Night (R)

There’s something bloody weird about that cute, good neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell), who has developed a real taste for suburban life, but only Charlie (Anton Yelchin) has it figured out. Charlie enlists the help of magician Peter Vincent (David Tennant).

The Help (PG-13)

Skeeter (Emma Stone) creates a stir when she interviews the maids of Jackson, Miss., in 1961, for a book about domestic life from their point of view. In the process she uncovers essentials about individual lives, attitudes, and the brutal and poignant truths about race distinctions in the South. As third-generation maid Aibileen, Viola Davis is brilliant, as is Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, and Cicely Tyson. Wow.

One Day (PG-13)

From their first July 15th, when their relationship began, through two decades of July 15th, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) grapple with the ebbs and flows of their relationship. And then it occurs to them —hmmm — this could be serious.

Sarah’s Key (PG-13)

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.