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Weekend Six-Pack: Feb. 25th-27th, 2011


Ah, the weekend. Two fleeting days to convince yourself you have some measure of control over your life. But planning out activities and amusements is a lot of pressure—which is why we're here to take some of the burden off your shoulders. And we promise not to let your boss know about all that extra shoulder space that could be used for at least eight more job responsibilities.



Hall Pass (In theaters Friday, 2/25) Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis are likable enough goofballs, and directors The Farrelly Brothers have elicited a few chuckles over their careers, but supporting players Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate and Alyssa Milano are the ones who have us in the mood to cut class for this Hall Pass.




Drive Angry (In theaters Friday, 2/25) Chances are the trailers for this ridiculous-looking 3D revenge/horror/hot rod hybrid flick haven't really sold you on Nic Cage making a convincing badass (hey, Con Air was a loooong time ago, and his mullet doesn't look nearly as imposing these days). Give it the benefit of the doubt, though; it should be mindless, campy fun, and it doesn't hurt to have Amber Heard behind the wheel.




Due Date (Released Tuesday, 2/22) The Robert Downey Jr./Zach Galifianakis team-up didn't exactly live up to Hangover standards, but Galifianakis' weird perm looks far more at home on the small screen. Ditto for the warmed-over Planes, Trains and Automobiles plot…and the welcome Two and a Half Men gags. And even while in labor, Michelle Monaghan spending most of her time in bed is a strong selling point.




Johnny Cash, From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2 (Released Tuesday, 2/22) Though the Man in Black's archives have been raided several times since his 2003 passing, it's amazing how much stuff worth hearing is still lingering in dusty corners; witness the 57 tracks on this two-CD set, 16 of which have never been released in any format. (Many other tracks make their digital debut, should you choose to go the iTunes route.) Cherry-picked from 1955 through the late '60s, these songs easily demonstrate why Cash became a musical icon.




Fringe (Airs Friday, 2/25, 9 p.m., Fox) Stuck at home on a Friday night? Netflix and Redbox leave you hanging? Like parallel universes? Then join the geeks who tune into Fox every week for this criminally underrated sci-fi series that makes The X Files look like Manimal. This installment centers on flashbacks that show main characters Peter and Walter experimenting on a young Olivia (above), which sounds far dirtier than it actually is.




NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Phoenix (Airs Sunday, 2/27, 3:00 p.m., Fox) Following last weekend's crash-tastic Daytona 500 (nice job, Michael Waltrip), all eyes will be on the "Subway Fit 500" on the Arizona oval this Sunday. 20-year-old Trevor Bayne pulled out a surprising first-time win at Daytona (even requiring directions to Victory Lane), so hopefully he won't be too tied up watching Spongebob to make it to Phoenix…