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. 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. 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.

Brave (PG)

A Disney-Pixar, animated, comic, Scottish, medieval film with modern sensibilities that features the king’s independent and highly skilled daughter Merida who charts her own course through life. Her journey creates a whirlwind of trouble for the king and the kingdom. It has been well received by most critics. Starring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, and Emma Thompson

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.

Prometheus (R)

A quasi-prequel to director Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie “Alien.” A team of scientists journey through the universe to investigate alien life forms. Discovering a clue to the origins of life on Earth results in a high-tech but no less terrifying struggle for the survival of Earth. Starring Noomi Rapace (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, and Idris Elba.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R)

A bittersweet comedy, of sorts, about living with the knowledge that an asteroid will soon destroy the Earth. A man sets out to find his high school sweetheart and takes along a neighbor. They encounter a wide variety of people who deal with the here and now in a variety of ways. Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, and Melanie Lynskey. Reviewers are mixed but audiences generally seem to 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.