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At the Movies

As of Friday, June 25, 2010

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:33 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2010



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Opening Friday, June 25

'Blades of Blood'
[Updated 6/26] Post-poned until further notice. From famed Korean director Lee Joon-ik, this historical drama is about men in the lower class who fight for social equality during the Chosun era. (NR, 111 mins.)

'Grown Ups'
A group of childhood buddies get together after 30 years for a Fourth of July weekend to meet each others' families for the first time. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider star. (PG-13, 102 mins.)

'Harry Brown' **
An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend's murder in this British vigilante movie starring Michael Caine. Review on Page 28. (R, 103 mins.)

Opening Wednesday, June 30

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'
In the third part of the immensely popular franchise, a string of mysterious killings grips the city of Seattle, and Bella, whose high school graduation is fast approaching, is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob. Feature on Page 23. (PG-13, 124 mins.)

Top 10 Movies

The top grossing movies of the past week. Source: Hollywood.com

'Toy Story 3' ***
Eleven years have passed since the last "Toy Story" movie, and Buzz and Woody's owner is leaving for college. His toys are shipped to a day-care center, where they meet an uncertain future. It's a gorgeous film -- funny, sweet and clever in the tradition of the best Pixar movies -- even though this third installment doesn't feel quite as fresh as the first two. (G, 102 mins.)

'The Karate Kid'**
In a reboot of the 1984 original, Jackie Chan stars as the martial arts mentor who teaches an American transplant (Jaden Smith) to stand up for himself against Beijing bullies. The remake hits all the same notes of the earlier movie, but Smith is so slight of build, neither the fighting nor the romance with a girl out of his league -- two key components of the original -- makes sense. The ending is still rousing enough to make this a crowd-pleaser, though. (PG, 126 mins.)

'The A-Team'***
Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Sharlto Copley star in the big-screen remake of the popular 1980s action TV show that featured the exploits of a rogue crew of ex-special operatives. This is flat-out fun with a cheeky sense of humor and full of over-the-top action scenes. (PG-13, 117 mins.)

'Get Him to the Greek'*** 1/2
A junior music exec is assigned to escort an out-of-control rock star from London to a gig at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre, the first stop on a huge comeback tour. This movie is a complete blast, filled with refreshing energy and lack of pretension or self-seriousness and, like other Judd Apatow productions, a layer of humanity and sweetness that sneaks in, providing some heart along with the raunchiness. (R, 99 mins.)

'Shrek Forever After' * 1/2
The last of the popular animated series finds the domesticated Shrek signing a magical contract to make him a plain old ogre for just one day, only to find himself plunged into an alternate and topsy-turvy far far away universe. It's lifeless, joyless and woefully devoid of the upbeat energy that distinguished the earlier movies. Brief bursts of manic energy give way to long, heavy stretches that drag. (PG, 93 mins.)

'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' **
Jake Gyllenhaal (above) stars as the rogue prince Dastan in an epic fantasy adventure based on the popular video game series. While the movie doesn't try to replicate the sensation of playing a game, its structure is undeniably episodic. It does have its fleeting moments of swashbuckling fun, but the solid performances are obliterated by a noisy and garish climax. (PG-13, 120 mins.)

'Killers'*
A former undercover assassin (Ashton Kutcher) and his wife (Katherine Heigl), leading a life of suburban domestic bliss, go on the lam when he learns he's the target of a multimillion-dollar hit. This frenetic time-waster is a brain-deadening collision of high concept and low standards. (PG-13, 100 mins.)

'Jonah Hex'* 1/2
Based on the gritty DC Comics Western series, Josh Brolin stars as a hideously scarred bounty hunter who hunts down his oldest enemy who is preparing to unleash Hell. Unlike most movies, this one's too short -- so short and so bad, you cringe at the thought of how awful whatever ended up on the cutting-room floor must be. There's barely an hour's worth of actual movie here. (PG-13, 81 mins.)

'Iron Man 2'**
Lots of things get blown up and torn apart here, as you would expect from any self-respecting blockbuster movie kicking off the summer movie season. But that's not all that gets obliterated -- the substance of the original, the brain and the soul that set it apart from the typical seasonal fare of 2008, also have been blown to bits. It's a narrative mess and Robert Downey Jr. seems to be on autopilot. (PG-13, 126 mins.)

'Marmaduke'* 1/2
Owen Wilson does the voice of the enormous Great Dane who's making the leap from the comic pages to the big screen, as the big dog adjusts to a whole new way when his owners move from Kansas to Southern California, and gets caught in a love triangle with two female pooches. Best to take the kids to this and leave them there to enjoy it while you go elsewhere rather than suffer through this tripe. (PG, 87 mins.)

Art House

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768); $5-8 (tickets also available at www.tix.com):

3rd Annual Chinese Film Festival: 'The Story of a Closestool'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. today, Tomorrow, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday
The fest's final film is a comical and charming portrait of rural life set in southern China that takes place in the early 1980s after the fall of Mao Zedong. A dreamy young woman, who is trapped in the confines of a traditional family and whose primary responsibility is to empty her little brother's chamber pot, is thunderstruck when, at a fancy party, she discovers a washroom with a modern, Western-style toilet. Her family's egalitarian neighbors become equally surprised when, after the girl's discovery, her family decides to construct a separate, up-to-date washroom on their premises. (91 mins.)

'Mighty Uke'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Originally a presentation at Friends of Film Friday in March, this documentary travels the world to discover why so many different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele. (79 mins.)

MOVIE MUSEUM

3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771) ; $5 general and $4 members.

'The Good Guy'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. today and Monday
A Wall Street stock trader's relationship becomes threatened when a naive co-worker that he takes under his wing becomes his girlfriend's confidante. Scott Porter, Alexis Bledel, Bryan Greenberg, Anna Chlumsky and Aaron Yoo star. (90 mins.)

'Remember Me'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. tomorrow
Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin (of "Twilight" and "Lost" fame, respectively) star as two lovers, tormented by memories of the death of loved ones, trying to find comfort and hope for the future in each other's arms. (113 mins.)

'The Maid'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Set in Chile, it's the story of a woman who has served for a family for 23 years, neither truly a member of the family nor simply a servant. Threatened when the family decides to bring on extra help, she engages in a series of increasingly desperate acts to hold on to her position. (94 mins.)

'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
Based on a true story from Japan, it's a moving film about a college professor who finds an Akita puppy abandoned at his local train station and decides to keep him when no one claims the dog. Richard Gere and Joan Allen star. (104 mins.)






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