This week in Austell, the movies opening appear to be more than just children’s films and superhero films. Well, at least there is a more adult oriented comedy out right? As we know though, every weekend there are films that are released audiences on a grand scale know of and other films that are set in such limited releases we have to drive out of our way if we’ve even heard of them. Sadly there are not any films of the sort in limited release this week. The main films out this weekend that will have a lot of box office appeal are Captain America: The First Avenger and Friends With Benefits. These films will be shown in a bunch of various theaters in the Atlanta and surrounding areas. Are these films worth seeing this weekend? Lets find out!
Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13)
This writer must confess that upon seeing the trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger to say I was underwhelmed is to say the least. Part of me blames the semi disappointment that came from seeing Thor and Green Lantern and neither film living up to the excellence they promised. While Thor was a better film, both films could have been fantastic and were merely “okay” at the end of the day. The reviews for Captain America thus far pleases me and gives me hope. The premise is about an ordinary man named Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who is deemed unfit for the military and therefore cannot defend his country. Not giving up, Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project for the military instead, which turns him into Captain America. While this writer did not view Thor quite as horrible as Roger Ebert, I remain hopeful that most of his words about Captain America hold true. Ebert says that while viewing Captain America: The First Avenger, “it was a pleasure to realize, once ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ got under way, that hey, here is a real movie, not a noisy assembly of incomprehensible special effects.” A movie should not be all about effects and they should not be the film’s redeeming quality no matter how far CGI has come. The odd part for myself was reading the following by Mr. Ebert as well: “As we plunge ahead into a limitless future of comic-book movies, let this be an inspiration rather than ‘Thor’ or ‘Green Lantern’.” Maybe there is hope before The Dark Night Rises. That would make this reviewer pleasantly surprised. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For another opinion, that of Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, who grades the film with a B, please click here.
Showtimes near and in Austell.
Friends With Benefits (R)
Friends With Benefits (FWB) is the second film out this year with the same basis premise. Two friends, Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) try to sleep together without complicating their friendship and developing real feelings for each other. The film is also directed by Will Gluck of Easy A fame. Will Gluck directing excited me and the trailers continued do so unlike the predecessor this year of No Strings Attached. Maybe part of my desire to see the film is the fact that Easy A was such a smart film. My only worry is that there are six writers for this one script. This normally means confusion is almost guaranteed, but hopefully FWB will prove this theory wrong. To make the film appear to be even more hilarious is the supporting characters whom can be viewed within the trailers. Roger Ebert agrees in saying, “The formula now requires them to fall in love, to run into obstacles, to fight, to break up forever and yadda yadda yadda. Friends With Benefits makes this process more entertaining because the cast is populated with good supporting actors.” My guess is that Patricia Clarkson and Woody Harrelson will be the highlights of the various supporting actors. All-in-all FBW is a better rom-com option for ladies to be able to take their boyfriends to this weekend. For Roger Ebert’s review on this film please click here. For another opinion, that of Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, who grades the film with a B-, please click here.
Showtimes near and in Austell.
Friends With Benefits trailer via ClevverMovies @ Youtube.
For theaters near you check out this extensive link to various theaters around Atlanta. For locations near and in Austell the safe bets are always Movies 278 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell. And if you’re wondering what trailers tickle my fancy, Friends With Benefits seems the way to go this weekend. No matter what you choose, remember to be informed in your decision making! Have a great weekend no matter what you see, folks!