Reel Picks


Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)

Conan the Barbarian (R)

The barbarian of the Hyborian Age sees his family murdered and village destroyed, and travels the gory path of mayhem and revenge, battling monsters, witches, and mercenary armies. With Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan.

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 mentored by single shark (Ryan Gosling). Smart and funny.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (R)

As architect Alex (Guy Pearce) and girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes) restore their Gothic mansion, Alex’s young daughter Sally (Bailee Madison) winds up releasing its demons and monsters. But no one believes her. Horrors!

The Debt (R)

The Help (PG-13)

Skeeter (Emma Stone) creates a stir when she interviews the maids of Jackson, Mississippi in 1961, for a book about what domestic work was like for southern African-Americans. She uncovers brutal and poignant truths about discrimination. A brilliant cast: Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, and Cicely Tyson. Wow.

Midnight in Paris (PG-13)

In this Woody Allen film successful screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) wants to be a Left Bank novelist despite objections from his fiancée, Inez (Rachel McAdams). Gil is classically transported during his late-night walks in Paris.

One Day (PG-13)

Through two decades of July 15th dates, Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) grapple with the ebbs and flows of their relationship. Hmmm — this could be serious. Gets a bit maudlin.

Our Idiot Brother (R)

Simple, honest farmer Ned (Paul Rudd), the victim of his own innocence, is forced to return to his dysfunctional family who love him, but can’t stand him. His unsophisticated ways bring everyone’s relationships to a boiling point. Shirley Knight, Emily Mortimer, Steve Coogan, Elizabeth Banks, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel.

Sarah’s Key (PG-13)

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 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 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.