New movies this week
Captain America: The First Avenger
The gist: Let's go back to the '40s, when Steve Rogers gets turned into a super soldier to fight Nazi wannabes called HYDRA. Try as you might, Marvel, you have yet to fool us into thinking having a shield is a super power. PG-13
The cast: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving and Dominic Cooper.
The buzz: A few folks don't like Cap, but it's done well enough to make you enjoy it for what it is. Wow, it really is like the comic book! "Evans, who played the Human Torch in two less-than-fantastic Fantastic Four films, brings such humor, heart and vigor to virtuous Steve that our rooting interest holds even when the action gets to be standard-issue," Rolling Stone says.
Friends With Benefits
The gist: Two platonic pals decide to knock some boots, which inevitably means they will fall in like by the end, just like that one movie with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Because people who look like Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis never have any options. R.
The cast: JT, Kunis, Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Bryan Greenberg and Richard Jenkins.
The buzz: It's not bad, but it's literally a formula we've seen before. "Ironically, what Friends With Benefits shares most with No Strings Attached is that you can see everything coming, with no surprises. Where's the fun in that?" the Arizona Republic wonders.
Turtle: The Incredible Journey
The gist: A loggerhead turtle is born on a beach in Florida, travels across the Atlantic to Africa, then returns as an adult, showing the circle of life. Boy, wait 'til she sees what happened to her property values while she was away. G
The cast: Miranda Richardson and Hannelore Elsner, with lots of marine life.
The buzz: There are some liberties taken with the drama, but it's a well-made film. "A smartly shot sea documentary delivers its ecological message but does suffer from an overly dramatic narration," the Hollywood Reporter says.
Page One: Inside the New York Times
The gist: Does anyone outside the media and the odd political extremist really care what happens in the New York Times newsroom? Well, you can find out why your online newspaper shouldn't be — and in the NYT's case, isn't — provided for free. R
The cast: A buncha byline people.
The buzz: Wow, the other newspaper people love it. Surprise, surprise. "The documentary is especially interesting to anyone concerned about journalism, communications and technology. And occasionally, it's especially frustrating, too," the Newark Star-Ledger says.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org