Six Picks for the Week of March 14-20

Paul Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

The stars of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz reunite (sadly without co-writer and director Edgar Wright) in Paul. The sci-fi/buddy comedy/road movie, opening Friday, has Simon Pegg and Nick Frost playing two sci-fi geeks who meet an actual alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) and embark on an action-packed road trip that they’ll never forget. Greg Mottola (Superbad, Adventureland) directs this R-rated film, which features an amazing supporting cast that includes Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Jane Lynch, and Sigourney Weaver. Please be good.

Paul is not dead at the official website.

South by Southwest Music Festival
Runs Tuesday through Sunday in Austin, TX

Attendees of the long-running South by Southwest arts festival will descend upon Austin starting Tuesday for this annual celebration of the music industry. During the week, multiple panels will explore the business side of music while over 2,000 bands will play the hip college town in various venues, hoping to spread their tunes to as many people as possible. Make sure to catch up-and-comers Yuck, Cults, Surfer Blood, Dom, and James Blake, who are all playing several showcases and unofficial sets during the week.

Get lineups, showtimes, and venue information at the official SXSW website.

Homefront 360 Reviews PS3 Reviews PC Reviews
In stores Tuesday

Another week, another FPS video game release. Tuesday sees the release of the latest first-person shooter to hit shelves. This time, developers Kaos Studios (Frontlines: Fuel of War) have turned to Hollywood for inspiration, hiring Red Dawn and Apocalypse Now writer John Milius to pen the story of a future environmentally and fiscally destitute America (2027) crumbling under a Korean occupation that has turned the United States into a war zone. Putting the interesting “what-if” story aside, the game includes the standard short single-player campaign and multiplayer options. Wolverines!

Fight fire with fire at the official website.

Win Win Read Reviews
In theaters Friday (in limited release)

Triple threat actor/writer/director Thomas McCarthy (The Wire) follows his last two critically acclaimed films, The Station Agent and The Visitor, with his latest movie, Win Win. Opening Friday, the film stars Paul Giamatti as a struggling attorney who also coaches high school wrestling on the side to help pay the bills. He and his wife’s (Amy Ryan) life is further complicated when they must deal with a troubled teenager (Alex Shaffer) who happens to be a strong wrestler. The small-scale character study also stars Bobby Cannavale, Burt Young, Jeffrey Tambor, and Melanie Lynskey.

Start winning at the official website.

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway
Premieres Saturday at 10p on HBO

Paul Reuben’s brilliant man-child character Pee-Wee Herman had a very public comeback in 2009-2010 when he launched a new stage show in Los Angeles. The Pee-Wee Herman Show debuted in January of 2010 and eventually moved to New York in November of the same year. One of those shows was filmed and will air Saturday night on HBO. The Pee-Wee Herman Show on Broadway reunites the characters (Cowboy Curtis, Chairy, Miss Yvonne, Jambi) from the comedian’s classic Saturday morning series Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and marks the 30-year anniversary of his first HBO special, which aired in 1981.

“Fun” is the secret word at the official website.

The Lincoln Lawyer Read Reviews
In theaters Friday

Matthew “All right, all right, all right! “ McConaughey returns to the big screen in an adaptation of prolific author Michael Connelly’s bestselling novel The Lincoln Lawyer. The film opens Friday and features McConaughey as Los Angeles-based defense attorney Mickey Haller, who works out of his Lincoln sedan and gets in over his head in a case that involves a slimy Beverly Hills d-bag (Ryan Phillippe) accused of rape and attempted murder. The big-studio thriller boasts a stellar supporting cast that includes Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, and John Leguizamo.

Lawyer up at the official website.

Closing the book on last week

#1 Movie Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source: Boxofficemojo.com)
Battle: Los Angeles 36 $36.0 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album #1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: Billboard.com/Nielsen SoundScan)
Adele: 21 76 2nd week at #1
Top-Rated TV Show Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
American Idol [Thur] (Fox) 25.3 million viewers; week of 2/28-3/6

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