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July 8, 2011
Our picks for movies this weekend

By Max Ehrenfreund

We've got some movie suggestions for you.

The Associated Press calls J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's Super 8 "a summer blockbuster that's completely earnest and irony-free, not filled with cheeky pop-culture references or cheesy product placement." Super 8 opened a month ago, but if you haven't seen it yet, it could be a good choice for a Friday night in July. It is playing at Century, Regal, Palladio in Folsom, United Artists in Laguna, and Holiday in Davis.

If you want to see Horrible Bosses or Zookeeper, opening this weekend, soak yourself in revelry at Midtown's Second Saturday first. Based on the reviews, these two films might be unbearable otherwise. Transformers: Dark of the Moon and X-Men: First Class could also be entertaining late-night movies.

You might seriously consider watching Seven Samurai at the Japanese Film Festival Sunday afternoon, even though the film is 3 1/2 hours long. It could be a long time before you have another chance to watch Akiro Kurosawa's 1954 classic, in which a village hires a veteran samurai for protection from bandits, on a cinema screen. Seven Samurai begins at 2:15 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St, and the screening will include an intermission. For more information, call (916) 442-5189.

Finally, prepare for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," opening midnight Friday. The Esquire Imax Theatre, 1211 K Street, is hosting a scavenger hunt at 7 p.m. before the film. For more information, visit

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