Beat the Heat with 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' 'Friends With Benefits' and 'Eco Pirate' in Our Film Roundup

Beat the Heat with 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' 'Friends With Benefits' and 'Eco Pirate' in Our Film Roundup
Along with the summer season comes the high temperatures and many have been looking for alternatives to being outside. What better place than an air-conditioned cinema to hide from the heat? If you're curious about what films to check out, then make your way over to our Recently Reviewed section to get an idea of what to watch while you cool off.

There's no shortage of comic-book-inspired films these days, but for many, the anticipation for Captain America: The First Avenger (pictured) has been difficult to contain. An initially CGI-laden Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers, the scrawny patriot determined to serve in the armed forces, who upon enlisting in a top-secret research project becomes the title hero, charged with defending all that America stands for.

Then there's Friends With Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, who take a more casual approach to dating by leaving out all the mushy stuff. Read the review to find out if the film adheres to the usual rom-com formula.

This week also marks the release of a handful of documentaries. Delve into circus life with Aaron Schock's Circo. Following the Circo Mexico, run by the Ponce family for generations, Schock takes a candid look at the struggle between tradition and changing social needs. Project Nim, on the other hand, introduces viewers to a young chimpanzee named Nim and his attempted integration into society. This story of his unusual upbringing and the psychological factors involved earned the film an Exclaim! Mark of Excellence.

Lastly, we take to the seas in Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson. Trish Dolman follows the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and his controversial methods to protect our water-dwelling friends.

Read the full write-ups on these films and more in the Exclaim.ca Recently Reviewed section.