Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saturday Night Movie Recommendations with Abe

Welcome to a weekly feature here at Movies With Abe. Absent a wealth of new film reviews during the weekend, I’d like to start providing a handy guide to a few choice movies currently playing in NYC as well as several films newly released on DVD. I’ll also aim to comment on those films I have not yet had the chance to see, and I invite you to add in your thoughts on any films I haven’t seen in the comments below. Understandably, some weeks will have considerably fewer releases to address than others.

Now Playing in NYC

Captain America: The First Avenger
(highly recommended): It seems like there have been so many Marvel movies lately, especially featuring those superheroes that make up the Avengers team. I’m pleased to report that this latest entry is a superb, all-American success, perfectly enthralling and entertaining. It’s open nationwide, and don’t worry if you don’t see it in 3-D. My review will be up soon.

A Little Help (mixed bag): Jenna Fischer of “The Office” takes on her first leading film role in this highly uneven and unsatisfying film. Rob Benedict shines as the lone consistent performer and character, while the rest of the film never quite gets off the ground with an iffy premise. Now playing at AMC Empire, AMC Loews Village 7, and City Cinemas 123. My review will be up soon.

I’m planning to see Friends with Benefits tomorrow and I could probably get around to watching Another Earth when it comes out on DVD.

New to DVD

Peep World (highly recommended): This ensemble dramedy puts together a fine cast, including Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Ben Schwartz, and Kate Mara, for a family reunion of epic proportions that feels fresh and funny and should have received a warmer reception upon its theatrical release back in March. Definitely worthwhile.

Take Me Home Tonight (recommended): This 80s parody starring an actor formerly grounded in the 70s, Topher Grace, is harmless fun that’s surprisingly better than might be necessitated by this kind of movie. It’s enjoyable to listen to, and its characters are amusing enough that it’s engaging if not memorable.

Now on Netflix Instant Streaming

The Fighter (highly recommended): If you’re still catching up on Oscar movies from last year, you’ll be thrilled to find this terrific film, featuring Oscar-winning performances from Christian Bale and Melissa Leo and an excellent ensemble in a film that takes a tired genre and helps to energize it with heartfelt characters and a winning attitude.

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