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More superheroes with Captain America

Chris Evans stars as Captain America: The First Avenger. - Contributed
Chris Evans stars as Captain America: The First Avenger.
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The superhero summer continues with Captain America: The First Avenger.

It will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)

The main difference between this movie and movies like Iron Man, The Hulk and Thor is that Captain America is set during the Second World War fighting the Nazis. Since he is going to be one of The Avengers next May with those other Marvel characters, the filmmakers will have to explain how he gets from the 1940s to today (in the comics he is put into suspended animation).

Captain America is directed by Joe Johnston who started his career working on special effects for movies like Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark and went on to direct movies like Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III.

Rated PG with a warning of violence.

After completing what eventually became one of the most acclaimed movies of last year, what do Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis do for an encore? Star in two different movies with almost the same plot.

Earlier this year, Portman starred with Ashton Kutcher in No Strings Attached, about a couple who agree to have sex without any emotional entanglements.

In Friends with Benefits, Kunis stars with Justin Timberlake as friends who have each just been unceremoniously dumped and decide to have a strictly sexual relationship with no emotional attachments. Since they were in production at the same time, one is not copying the other, even though they both had the same title at one time (the script for No Strings Attached was actually called Friends with Benefits).

Similarities aside, what matters more in a romantic comedy like Friends with Benefits is how funny it is and how good the characters are. With supporting actors like Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Andy Samberg and Emma Stone and writer/producer/director Will Gluck, it has a chance to be a sleeper hit. Gluck was responsible for the quietly brilliant Easy A last September which also starred the Golden Globe nominated Stone.

Friends with Benefits is rated 14A with warnings of sexually suggestive scenes, coarse and sexual language.

Terrence Malick is best known for movies like Badlands, Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line. He has a deliberate style of directing which is visually brilliant but you definitely cannot appreciate if you are lacking sleep.  His latest, The Tree of Life, is described as an impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950s. It is the story of the eldest son who, from childhood to adulthood, tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).

Also starring Sean Penn, it is rated General with a warning of violence.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

 

capitol_wes@landmarkcinemas.ca

 

 

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