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Natalie Portman plays Emma and Ashton Kutcher plays Adam in “No Strings Attached.”
Portman and Kutcher share a special relationship in No Strings Attached, opening this week at local theaters.

No Strings Attached

Genre: Comedy and romance
Cast: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Greta Gerwig, Kevin Kline and Ophelia Lovibond
Director: Ivan Reitman
Rated: R

When 14-year-old Emma Kurtzman turned down the awkward, teenage advances of Adam Franklin outside of the Big Lodge at Camp Weehawken, neither one of them had any clue about real, adult sex.

But quite the opposite is true when, years later, Emma (Natalie Portman) and Adam (Ashton Kutcher) cross paths – as they seem to have done randomly throughout their lives – and wind up in bed having sex. Really good sex.

And since Emma has a self-professed 'peanut allergy to relationships,' just as Adam has sworn them off – mostly because his once-famous television star dad (Kevin Kline) is now dating Adam's most recent ex-girlfriend – the two decide to forego the accompanying emotional muddle of a relationship and just be friends with benefits. Hook up without hang-ups, boffing without bother, coitus without cost. No commitment, no lying, no jealousy, no clothed spooning, no emotions, no shared breakfast, no “I miss you,” no body part nicknames, no mix tapes ... in short, “No Strings Attached.”

What starts out as a perfect solution to physical need becomes a little trickier – when Adam inadvertently brings his feelings to bed (and to the hospital closet, the back seat of the car and just about anywhere that provides horizontal support). Eventually, both wind up trying to untangle the strings they were trying to avoid altogether while struggling to answer one key question: can two friends have sex without love getting in the way?

Also opening locally this weekend is a special engagement at Clearwater Cinema Café

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance

Genre: Anime
Voice credits: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura, Maaya Sakamoto, Kotono Mitsuishi, Yuriko Yamaguchi and Koichi Yamadera
Director: Hideaki Anno
Not rated

The landmark anime Evangelion evolves, reaching new heights of intensity in the new feature film, “Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance.”

In an explosive new story full of brutal action and primal emotion, a group of young pilots maneuver their towering, cyborg Eva Units into combat against a deadly and disturbing enemy.

In the battle to prevent the apocalyptic Third Impact, Shinji and Rei were forced to carry humanity’s hopes on their shoulders. Now, as the onslaught of the bizarre, monstrous Angels escalates, they find their burden shared by two new Eva pilots: the fiery Asuka and the mysterious Mari. In this thrilling new experience for fans of giant robot action, the young pilots fight desperately to save mankind – and struggle to save themselves.

“Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance” will come to the Tampa Bay area Friday and Saturday, Jan. 21-20, with exclusive screenings at Clearwater Cinema Café, 24095 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. For show times, call 797-9808 or visit

The following will open in limited release. It may be several weeks before these films appear in local movie theaters.

The Way Back

Genre: Foreign and drama
Cast: Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan
Director: Peter Weir
Rated: PG-13

When they escape a Siberian labor camp in 1940 seven courageous multi-national prisoners discover the true meaning of friendship as their epic journey takes them across thousands of miles of hostile terrain en-route to India and their freedom.
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