October 28, 2011 in Features

Evans carries ‘Captain’

Philadelphia Inquirer
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Chris Evans, left, and Hayley Atwell, right, are among the cast in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
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Coming up

Among upcoming DVD releases (schedule subject to change):

Tuesday: “Cars 2,” “Water for Elephants,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “Tabloid”

Nov. 8: “The Change-Up,” “Atlas Shrugged Part 1”

Nov. 11: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two”

Available this week on DVD:

“Captain America: The First Avenger”: Earnest, square-jawed and unapologetically square, Chris Evans is appealing as the patriotic title character in Joe Johnston’s effort, easily the best 1941 movie made in 2011. With Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell and Derek Luke. (2:05; PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action) • • 1/2

“Winnie the Pooh”: It’s been 35 years since Pooh Bear’s been the lead on the big screen, but the series still carries a sweetness that avoids sap. The whole Hundred Acre Wood gang searches for Eeyore’s tail and Christopher Robin in a tight, fun film. It may not carry the flair that Pixar films manages, but it highlights the values of friendship compellingly. (1:03; rated G) • • •

“A Little Help”: As a Long Island dental hygienist beset with marital, familial and existential woes, Jenna Fischer (“The Office”) is smart, forceful, funny and sad – a truly terrific performance. A first feature from TV veteran Michael J. Weithorn (“The King of Queens”), this is a small but satisfying slice of real-life drama, spiked with humor and insight. (1:48; R for language, some sexual content and drug use) • • •

“Attack the Block”: A teen gang in South London defends its block from an alien invasion. (1:28; R for creature violence, drug content and pervasive language)

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