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At the Movies

For Friday, July 2, 2010

By Star-Advertiser Staff and News Services

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Opening Friday, July 2

'I Am Love'* * * 1/2
Tilda Swinton plays the matriarch of a wealthy Milanese family whose long-repressed sexual passions are ignited by a chance encounter with her son's friend. (R, 120 mins.)

'The Last Airbender'
The hit Nickelodeon animated adventure series comes to life, courtesy of director M. Night Shyamalan, as a powerful young warrior learns he is key to restoring balance to his war-torn world. Review on Page 21. (PG, 94 mins.)

'Micmacs'* * *
The latest film by "Amelie" director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a whimsical fantasy comedy about a man and his friends who come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers. Review on Page 24. (R, 104 mins.)

'Solitary Man' * * *
Michael Douglas stars as a once successful Manhattan mogul who owned a chain of car dealerships and finds himself on the brink of a comeback. His steely new resolve, however, is put to the test when he takes his college-bound daughter on a tour of a prospective school. Review on Page 25. (R, 90 mins.)

 

The Top 10 Movies

The top grossing movies of the past week, courtesy 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.)

'Grown Ups'*
A group of childhood buddies get together after 30 years for the funeral of the basketball coach who led them to a championship. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider are the depressing waste of talent here. The movie is shockingly inept and nothing much happens, aside from pratfalls in the woods, plenty of public urination and an eventual moment of confession which is nothing short of cringe-worthy. (PG-13, 102 mins.)

'Knight and Day' * * 1/2
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz star in this action-comedy about how a highly trained secret agent turns a regular gal's life upside down when he takes her on a worldwide journey to protect a nerdy creator's powerful battery that holds the key to an infinite power source. It's a vintage Cruise role: He gets to be charming but also toy with the idea that he might be a little nuts. That contradiction is part of the fun of the character and the movie as a whole. (PG-13, 130 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 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.)

 

Art House

DORIS DUKE THEATRE
Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St. (532-8768); $8 general; $7 seniors, students and military; and $5 Academy members (tickets also available online at www.tix.com):

'Mighty Uke'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Originally presented by 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; reservations recommended:

'Day for Night'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. today
Francois Truffaut's most popular film from 1973 is a romantic comedy that takes place behind-the-scenes on a movie set. Jean-Pierre Leaud, Jacqueline Bisset and Valentina Cortese star. (115 mins.)

'Creation'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. tomorrow
The biopic details Charles Darwin's struggles with the conflicts his theory of evolution created with religious belief and the resultant problems for his family. Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam and Toby Jones star in this 2009 film directed by Jon Amiel. (108 mins.)

'The Messenger'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday
Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster star in this critically praised, Oscar-nominated film about a pair of Army soldiers who work as a casualty notification team. (113 mins.)

'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday
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.)

'A Single Man'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
In his impressive debut feature film, fashion designer Tom Ford brings out solid performances from Colin Firth and Julianne Moore in this period piece, set in 1960s Los Angeles, about a closeted British professor who struggles to find meaning in life when his long-time partner dies. (99 mins.)






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