‘Battleship,’ ‘The Dictator,’ And More: Double Feature Friday

In honor of two separate Brooklyn Decker films hitting theaters this weekend, we have recommended only movies that don’t feature Brooklyn Decker, so sorry fans of “Just Go With It.”

Check out this week’s Double Feature Friday!

“Battleship” & “Friday Night Lights”
There was a time, not so long ago, when Peter Berg, instead of directing films “From the Makers of Transformers,” could make a movie like this adaptation of the book by Buzz Bissinger. In the years since it’s release, against all odds, the TV series that spun off from “Friday Night Lights” eclipsed the original thanks to delightful turns by Kyle Chandler and “Battleship” star Taylor Kitsch. The 2004 starring Billy Bob Thornton and the future Mrs. Taylor, Connie Britton, delivers on all the same honest notes that made the series such a wonderful show but does so in a slightly darker shade of Panther blue. Then again, if you just want a Kitsch fix, turn to the “FNL” series and get on board with Riggins’ Riggs.

“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” & “Waking Ned Devine”
“What to Expect” director Kirk Jones made a name for himself with the charming Irish comedy from 1998, “Waking Ned Devine.” After old Ned Devine wins the lottery and subsequently dies of shock, his small town in Ireland comes together to hatch a scheme where they could all collect and split the money. Funny and warm, Jones’ first film about death could be the perfect pairing for his new one about new life.

“The Dictator” & “The Great Dictator”
Long before Sacha Baron Cohen was lampooning the likes of Saddam, Charlie Chaplin sent a big F-U to Adolf Hitler a whole year before the United States even entered World War II. Chaplin took aim at a living, powerful and dangerous figure and made his feelings heard loud and clear. The comedy classic stands as a testament to the power of a genre most see as just about the laughs.

“Hysteria” & “Like Crazy”
This limited release about the dawn of the first vibrator co-stars Felicity Jones, the British actress who made an incredible impression in last year’s “Like Crazy.” The Sundance darling tells the story of an all-too-real long distance couple, who do whatever they can to stay together, even if it’s not the best idea. Anton Yelchin and Jones both deliver genuine performances that charm as much as they sting.

What are you watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter!

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.