This Weekend At The Movies (July 22-24)

This weekend we have three really good options to choose from at the theater.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

(MP’s Pick of the Week)

Directed by Joe Johnston.  Starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Neal McDonough, Samuel L. Jackson and Hugo Weaving.

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

It’s starting to hit me now that in just a few hours, I am going to be sitting in a theater watching a Captain America movie.  This may be my most anticipated summer movie.  I’ve followed the progress of the movie online via various movie news sites and everything that has been released to promote the film just looks amazing.  Chris Evans as Steve Rogers is such a perfect fit in my opinion and I think he’s going to knock it out of the park.  Joe Johnston, who admittedly hasn’t always put out great films, was an inspired choice for the film.  I think Johnston’s work on The Rocketeer really helped to inform that he could pull something like Captain America off on the big screen.  But Marvel seems to be making pretty good choices with their films and, besides choosing some really talented actors and crew members, they chose to keep the film in the 1940s and not modernize Cap.  We are getting a WWII superhero film and that kind of rocks.  I think Cap’s suit looks awesome and am beyond excited that the Red Skull looks like the Red Skull from the comics!  This is the final Marvel movie before we get to see Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.  So be sure to stay after the credits on this one to see an Avengers teaser trailer.

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS

Directed by Will Gluck.  Starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Richard Jenkins, Andy Samberg, Patricia Clarkson and Jenna Elfman.

While trying to avoid the clichés of Hollywood romantic comedies, Dylan (Timberlake) and Jamie (Kunis) soon discover however that adding the act of sex to their friendship does lead to complications.

Hollywood studios like to compete with each other by putting out similarly themed movies.  Friends With Benefits follows in that tradition after coming out on the heels of No Strings Attached.  I never saw No Strings Attached, despite having Natalie Portman in it, as I just lose interest with Ashton Kutcher being the lead.  I don’t think he’s terrible or anything, but I just don’t really care all that much for him.  Justin Timberlake, on the other hand, I find can be genuinely funny.  Pairing him up with Mila Kunis (who has been making a name for herself by choosing some excellent projects like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Extract and Black Swan) I think will provide some fun chemistry.  In the trailer, it looks like the two actors play well off of each other and the movie looks quite funny.  So I am definitely going to check this movie out in the theaters soon.

CONAN O’BRIEN CAN’T STOP

Limited Release

Directed by Rodman Flender.  Starring Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Steve Colbert, Jim Carrey, Jack Black and Kyle Gass.

A documentary on Conan O’Brien’s comedy tour of the U.S. and Canada after leaving his post at The Tonight Show and severing his relationship with NBC.

Out of all the late night tv show hosts, Conan O’Brien is by far my favorite.  The whole debacle with NBC was a shame and I felt terrible for Conan.  But we all knew it wasn’t the end of his career and has since moved to TBS late night and is doing quite well.  In the interim between NBC and TBS, Conan went out on a touring roadshow which was a combination of his two favorite things, comedy and music.  This documentary follows Conan on that show and highlights all the fun that was had on it.  I didn’t get a chance to see the roadshow and am happy that I can see the documentary.  If you like Conan, you should absolutely try to catch this in a theater near you.

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