Weekly US film releases: Carell and Fey comedy couple with chemistry

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Pairs in peril: From The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler to the upcoming Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, the popular comedy action film puts a twist on standard romantic comedy. With an April 9 release, comic actors Steve Carell and Tina Fey have a Date Night romp with a stellar supporting cast.

Date Night
Steve Carell ( 40-Year-Old Virgin, Get Smart, The Office) and Tina Fey ( The Invention of Lying, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live) star as a married couple whose romantic dinner date in Manhattan turns into a harrowing night when a case of mistaken identity goes awry.

The star-studded cast includes James Franco ( Milk, Pineapple Express), Mark Wahlberg ( The Lovely Bones), Mark Ruffalo ( Shutter Island), rapper/actor Common, Taraji Henson ( The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and Kristen Wiig ( How To Train Your Dragon).

Directed by Shawn Levy ( Night at the Museum, The Pink Panther), the film opens in North America and a dozen other countries, including Russia, Singapore, Australia, India, and Mexico, April 8-9. Releases elsewhere through May.

This thriller stars Liam Neeson ( Clash of the Titans, Chloe, The Chronicles of Narnia) and indie film darling, Christina Ricci ( Sleepy Hollow, The Addams Family). A dark tale about a young woman, who wakes up to find the funeral director preparing her body for burial, claiming she's caught between life and death. Written and directed by Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, film festival winner for Paté. The film is also known as Afterlife.