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“The Spectacular Now” offers mature account of high school romance

There are times when James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” which was released in theaters earlier this month, perfectly captures adolescent first love: the tentativeness of it, the confidence it can instill and, most notably, its sweetness and tenderness. Sutter (Miles Teller, “Rabbit Hole”) and Aimee (Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”) are an unlikely pair: he’s without ambition but always the life of the party while she’s academic and grounded. They start up a friendship by chance — when he wakes up on her front lawn one morning after a night of heavy drinking, and she takes him on her paper route to help him find his car – and the characters complement each other, with Sutter’s laid-back charm and wit detaching Aimee from her shyness.

Reviews: ‘The Avengers’

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Thor fought Iron Man? How Joss Whedon would do directing a superhero movie? Whether a superhero crossover could work as a blockbuster? Well, you get to discover the answers for yourself in “The Avengers.” The mega superhero movie kicks off the summer season with lots of action, lots of superheroes and some semblance of plot.

SFIFF: Centerpiece showing

On April 30, the San Francisco Film Festival held its major Centerpiece screening of Lynn Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister,” starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass. The Centerpiece screening is, unsurprisingly, held right in the middle of the festival and showcases a promising new independent film. Past Centerpiece screenings include “Happythankyoumoreplease,” “500 Days of Summer” and “Terri.”