Jingoist Wields Shield, Friends Attain Non-Friend Benefits, and More Happening at Theaters This Weekend

July 21, 2011

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Your weekend wide releases:

Captain America: The First Avenger
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell
Good if you want to see: Chris Evans take a serum to transform himself from Digitally-Skinny Chris Evans to Standard Chris Evans, America's greatest man with a shield.

Friends with Benefits
Director: Will Gluck
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis
Good if you want to see: No Strings Attached, now with a different SNL Digital Short star.

And in limited distribution...

Another Earth (limited)
Director: Mike Cahill
Starring: Brit Marling
Good if you want to see: what happens when an identical duplicate of Earth suddenly appears nearby our planet, frustrating nerds who insist the gravitational forces alone would make the ensuing storyline utterly impossible.

The Myth of the American Sleepover (limited)
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Claire Sloma, Marlon Morton, Amanda Bauer, Brett Jacobsen
Good if you want to see: on the last day of summer break, high school kids visit sleepovers, seek out crushes, and hook up, oblivious to how much more fun they'd have staying in and playing Goldeneye.

A Little Help (limited)
Director: Michael J. Weithorn
Starring: Jenna Fischer, Chris O'Donnell, Rob Benedict
Good if you want to see: Pam coping with the loss of her husband, Batman and Robin's Robin, in light of his philandering and their son's false claim that his father died a 9/11 hero.

Sarah's Key
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas
Good if you want to see: a reporter's investigation into French Nazi war crimes leading to revelations even more shocking than the conclusions you drew in that paper you wrote about Elie Wiesel's Night.

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