Reel Picks: More on movies playing this week


The Avengers (PG-13)

Featuring iconic Marvel super heroes. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D. pulls together a team of super humans to save the Earth from Loki and his army: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg). Breaking box office records left and right. Seems as though most everyone who has seen this film likes it.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG-13)

Seven elderly Britons, separately, decide to retire to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Jaipur, India. They discovered the place on the Internet, but they find they were misled. It isn’t as grand or exotic as they expected. They deal with the situation in a wide range of ways, some of which are funny and all entertaining. A sweet story about the senior set that has received good reviews. Starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, and Maggie Smith.

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (PG)

In this animated, adventure comedy from Dreamworks, Alex, Marty, Gloria, and Melman join a European traveling circus in an attempt to make it back to their home, New York. Their influence on the circus is unpredictably entertaining. Starring the voices of Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Chris Rock.

Men in Black III (PG-13)

Another laugh-filled chapter in the adventures of these cool but goofy agents as they protect the Earth from extraterrestrials. Agent J (Will Smith) travels back in time to 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones). Josh Brolin plays the much younger K.

Rock of Ages (PG-13)

It’s the 80s on the Sunset Strip. A small-town girl and a city boy meet while working in a rock-and-roll club pursuing their Hollywood dreams of fame. Backed by the music of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. Stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, and Tom Cruise. Gets mixed reviews, but those who see it like it.

Snow White and the Huntsman (PG-13)

Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her in this epic-scaled action-adventure. Snow White, in a Joan of Arc like assault on the queen, is aided by the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who had been dispatched to kill her. Well received by reviewers and audiences.