‘Wanderlust,’ ‘Act Of Valor,’ And More: Double Feature Friday!

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.

“Act of Valor” & “Commando”
In “Actor of Valor,” real Navy SEALs bring an ultra-realistic vision of modern war to the big screen. In “Commando,” Arnold Schwarzenegger rips the front seat out of a car and eats Green Berets for breakfast. The only way to properly prepare yourself for the real deal is to enjoy the ridiculous opposite end of the spectrum. Schwarzenegger may not have been a real life soldier, but he’s the muscle-bound, Speedo-wearing ideal we should all strive to be.

“Good Deeds” & “Good Will Hunting”
The title “Good Deeds” makes enough sense without knowing that Tyler Perry’s character is named Wesley Deeds, (“OH, GOOD DEEDS! I GET IT!”) but the title of the Matt Damon and Ben Affleck-penned drama barely makes sense without knowing connecting it to Will’s name. “Good Will Hunting” still plays well all these years later, and there are few greater joys than seeing where the guy who brought you “Surviving Christmas” got his big break.

“Gone” & “Mystic River”
If you want to see a real movie about a former kidnapping victim taking the law into his own hands, look no further than Clint Eastwood’s 2003 Boston-set acting all-star game. Tim Robbins and Sean Penn took home Oscars for their portrayals of boyhood friends dealing with the disappearance of Emmy Rossum.