"The Back-Up Plan," "The Losers" -- New Movies to See This Weekend, April 23

Jennifer Lopez in the Back-Up Plan
Photo from CBS Films
Here's a roundup of new movies hitting theaters tonight. In the mood for a chick flick? Check out The Back-Up Plan. Not so much? There's also Kick-Ass, The Losers, Death at a Funeral, and The Joneses. Staying in? We've got your best new DVD picks -- Avatar and The Lovely Bones -- too!


The Back-Up Plan (CBS Films)

Thirty-something Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) may still be single -- but she's decided to go ahead and have a child via artificial insemination. Naturally, the day she finds out she's pregnant is the day she meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin, that hottie from Moonlight and Three Rivers), the man who could the one. Chaos ensues. J.Lo's finally acting her age in this sweet, relatable, and grown-up romantic comedy.

The Losers (Warner Bros.)

Based on the DC Comics graphic novel, this action-comedy stars Chris Evans, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, and Columbus Short as a mismatched team of former special agents -- who the CIA now wants dead -- hired by a "badass chick" (Zoe Saldana) to take on a suicide mission deep in the heart of the Bolivian jungle and go after a mysterious enemy Max (Jason Patric).


Avatar (Fox)

Former marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), now a paraplegic, is given a new chance at life when he's called upon to go to the visually stunning planet Pandora on a mission as an avatar -- a mind-body meld that allows him to test his mettle as a soldier on a discovery mission to find a natural resource called unobtainium. The last thing he expects is to fall in love with Na'vi princess Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) while on an undercover mission -- in his avatar body -- to find the main source of the mineral, hidden underneath the lush planet's ancient trees. A morality tale dressed as an action-adventure epic, James Cameron's latest is the biggest blockbuster to date, clocking in with a reported production budget of $310 million. If you missed it on the big screen, it's still a worthy Friday night in.

The Lovely Bones (DreamWorks)

This trippy tearjerker, an adaptation of the bestselling Alice Sebold novel, follows the unsteady path of a young girl, recently murdered, who floats in the in-between, lost between this world and the next, trying to make peace with her violent, untimely death. With moving, realistic performances from Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg as the mourning parents and a strong, confident turn by rising star Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, City of Ember) as the lost child, this heartrending drama will have you sobbing through the tissues.

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