Closed Circuit

Well, the weather outside may still be frightful, so this weekend may be perfect for popping some popcorn and settling in with a good film. The list of recommendations is short, but there’s something for everyone. I’m skipping what’s popular and just going with what’s good.


We’re the Millers

A low-level pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) creates a nuclear family that includes a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) to pose as vacationers in order to smuggle a drug shipment in from Mexico.

The Way Way Back

During a strained family vacation, a struggling kid finds friendship and solace at a local water park.



Call me crazy, but I found it really interesting. Ashton Kutcher stars in the title role.

Fruitvale Station

First-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler brings to the screen one tragic day in the real life of Oscar Grant, a Bay-area man trying to turn his life around.


The Spectacular Now

It’s not Say Anything, but this story of an aimless high-school party boy who finds clarity with a quiet wallflower hits a lot of the same notes.


Closed Circuit

It’s not without its flaws, but this thriller about a barrister (Eric Bana) defending a terrorist accused of bombing a London market has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing.

2 Guns

Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star as two agents for rival agencies unknowingly working undercover in the same crime ring. The premise alone makes it worth the rental.

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