There are two movies inside The Help, and you may as well know about both before your folks drag you to see them this Thanksgiving. One is a slightly self-congratulating tear-jerker about a white Birmingham writer who confronts segregation with poop stories. The other stars Viola Davis. With measured fury, she plays a nanny who endures the basic pain of motherhood—you nurture children so they can grow up to leave you—more than two dozen times over. Her performance, which allows no room for condescension, displays how injustice breeds bereavement.

Showing at: Academy, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst. Best paired with: Bridgeport Kingpin Double Red.
Also showing
: The Rum Diary (Academy, Laurelhurst).