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Wrath of the Titans

If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.

"Wrath of the Titans" & "Carlos"
In recasting several of the supporting characters from "Clash of the Titans," "Wrath" picked up an exciting new Ares in Édgar Ramírez. It may not be a name you know now, but you will soon enough when he stars in Kathryn Bigelow's tentatively-titled Osama bin Laden thriller, "Zero Dark Thirty," with every other hot actor currently working. Ramírez had a minor role in "The Bourne Ultimatum," but his star-making turn came in the three-part miniseries "Carlos," where he plays one of the most notorious terrorists of all time. It's an impressive piece of work that leaves little doubt that Ramírez is the real deal and a soon-to-be star.

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Hunger Games The Raid

If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.

"The Hunger Games" & "Hunger"
For a movie called "The Hunger Games," you don't see too much starvation. "Hunger," on the other hand, features Michael Fassbender wasting away before your eyes. As the original "Michael Fassbender's penis" movie, "Hunger" kick-started the career of the most wanted man in Hollywood. In the movie, he stars as an Irish nationalist imprisoned in the UK who leads his fellow-inmates on a hunger strike. It has the same pension for civil disobedience as the adventures of Katniss and Peeta, but with the added realism of a rail-thin Fassbender, which begs the question: does Liam Hemsworth really look like he could use a burger?

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If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.

"21 Jump Street" & "Point Break"
If there's any group that's more difficult to infiltrate than high school students, it's definitely surfers. Just as Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have to blend in while trying to make the big bust in "21 Jump Street," Keanu Reeves has to convince Patrick Swayze that he's a bona fide surfer dude. There are two possible scenarios when it comes to the Katherine Bigelow masterpiece of 90s action: either you haven't seen it and suck or you have seen it and need to watch it again. Regardless of what situation you're in, "Point Break" and two meatball subs would be the perfect pregame for "21 Jump Street."

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John Carter

If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.

"John Carter" & "Princess of Mars"
Much has been made of John Carter and his long journey to the big screen, but did you know that he made a stop by the direct-to-video bin on his way there? That's right. The first real "John Carter" movie came out in 2009, starring Antonio Sabato Jr. as Carter and porn star Traci Lords as Dejah Thoris. "Princess of Mars" was made by the cash-grabbing crap factory The Asylum as a way to cash in on "Avatar's" popularity but with the budget and production values of an upscale porno. If you don't believe me, check out the trailer here. At the very least, it should lower your expectations just enough to make "John Carter" seem really, really good.

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Lorax

If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" & "The Day After Tomorrow"
The connection between these two is a simple cause and effect. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" preaches an environmentalist message, and "The Day After Tomorrow" teaches us that if we pollute, wolves will hunt us down in the frozen tundra of Manhattan and eat us. Strangely enough, "The Lorax" functions as a spot-on prequel to "The Day After Tomorrow," only less cartoonish. And if you're a parent and your child asks what happens next as you walk out of "The Lorax," you can turn to him and say, "Son, let me show you. Let me show you."

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Wanderlust

If one movie is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. Every week we break down the new releases and pair them with older movies that you should catch before heading out to the theater. Or just skip the new movie and check out the classic we recommend.

"Wanderlust" & "Martha Marcy May Marlene"
Compared side-by-side, Justin Theroux's Seth in "Wanderlust" and John Hawkes' Patrick in "Martha Marcy May Marlene" may not look that different. These charismatic leaders of their respective communities welcome new members to their tight-knit, alternative families with songs on guitar and soft-spoken charm. That's about where the similarities end. Seth leads a free-living commune, while Patrick heads a dangerous cult. The similarities and differences here make quite the pairing, and with "Martha Marcy May Marlene" coming out on video this past week, there's never been a better time to check it out if you missed it in theaters.

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Ghost Rider

If one movie a night is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. This new weekly column takes a look at the week's releases and pairs them with a complimentary film to watch before, after or as a substitution.

"Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" & "Drive Angry"
Nicolas Cage in 3D is not something you just jump into unprepared. For your own personal safety, we have to recommend familiarizing yourself with the pressures and anxieties of seeing Nic Cage projected onto the big screen in all three dimensions. "Drive Angry" in 3D will be enough of a pregame, so that when Cage's head bursts into flames in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," yours won't do the same.

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Star Wars

If one movie a night is never enough for you and you're looking for a flick to get you in the mood for this week's new release, Double Feature Friday is here to help. This new weekly column takes a look at the week's releases and pairs them with a complimentary film to watch before, after or as a substitution.

"Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace in 3D" & "Serenity"
The connection between these two goes deeper than their deep space setting. Joss Whedon filled the big-screen continuation of his television space opera, "Firefly," with the fun and swagger of their original "Star Wars" trilogy, while creating a vision that was entirely his own. Sure, Mal burrows from Han, but that doesn't make Nathan Fillion an ounce less likable or cool. You could easily argue that "Firefly" and "Serenity" were more earnest continuations of the space opera/western combo-genre that Lucas established with "Star Wars" back in 1977. "Serenity" can stand on its own, but watching "Firefly" beforehand will increase your enjoyment exponentially. Also, 2D.

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