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At the Movies

As of Friday, July 9, 2010


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Opening Friday, July 9

'Cyrus'* * *
John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill star in a comedy about a lonely divorce whose new relationship with an attractive single mom is challenged by her 20-something, still-at-home son with whom she shares an off-puttingly close relationship. Review on Page 24. (R, 92 minutes)

'Despicable Me'
A master villain planning the world's biggest heist meets his greatest challenge in three orphaned girls who see him as a potential dad. Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Kristen Wiig, Will Arnett and Danny McBride are part of the voice cast in this animated feature. Review on Page 20. (PG, 95 minutes)

'Predators'
A group of elite warriors realize they've been brought together on a distant planet to be systematically hunted by alien predators. Robert Rodriguez produces this sequel to the 1987 original (with some location shooting in Hawaii); Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Alice Braga and Topher Grace head the cast. Review on Page 18. (R, 107 minutes)

 

The Top 10 Movies

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

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'* *
In the third part of the 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. Director David Slade and his collaborators lighten up on the relentless gloom of the first two movies by making fun of some of the franchise's silliness. Still, it wallows in what fans love most, that whiny romantic triangle among a schoolgirl and her two beastie boys. (PG-13, 124 minutes)

'The Last Airbender' *
The hit Nickelodeon animated adventure series comes to life, courtesy director M. Night Shyamalan, as a powerful young warrior learns he is key to restoring balance to his war-torn world. This is a muddled mess. Even though it has epic scope and soaring ambitions, exotic locations and a cast of thousands, it manages to get everything wrong on every level. (PG, 94 minutes)

'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 minutes)

'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 minutes)

'Knight and Day' * *  1/2
Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz (above) 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 minutes)

'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 minutes)

'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 minutes)

'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 minutes)

'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 minutes)

'Cyrus' * * *
See above in "opening today." (R, 92 minutes)

 

Arthouse

DORIS DUKE THEATRE
Honolulu Academy of Arts, (532-8768); $5-$8 (tickets online: www.tix.com)

'Mighty Uke'
1 p.m. today
Documentary on worldwide popularity of the ukulele. (79 mins.)

3rd Annual Surf Film Festival:'Lost Prophets: Search for the Collective'
7:30 p.m. today and July 20
Pro surfers balance their lives with adventure, dedication and a deep connection to the sea. (52 mins.)

'Out of Place'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (repeats July 21)
Documentary about the underground surf scene surrounding Lake Erie in winter. (65 mins.)

'Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables' with 'You Scratched My Anchor'
1 and 4 p.m. Sunday (repeats July 23)
Two films on influential longboarders who fly under the radar. (39 and 30 mins.)

'180 Degrees South: Conquerors of the Useless'
7:30 p.m. Sunday
"A Brokedown Melody" filmmaker Chris Malloy chronicles his and Jeff Johnson's surf and climbing trip inspired by a 1968 Ventura-to-Patagonia trip by two outdoor sport clothing founders. (85 mins.)

'Last Paradise: Extreme Pioneers Explore Mystical Lands'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (repeats July 25)
With 45 years of surf footage culled with the help of New Zealander Clive Neeson. (90 mins.)

'Gum for My Boat' with 'Fiberglass and Megapixels'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (repeats July 30)
Documentaries on the Bangladesh Surf Club and professional photographers who gather for the Triple Crown of Surfing. (33 and 48 mins.)

'Hanging Five' with 'Fire'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday (repeats July 24)
Documentaries about artists who surf and the life of tube-riding pioneer Mike Stewart. (53 and 48 mins.)

MOVIE MUSEUM
3566 Harding Ave. (reservations: 735-8771); $4-$5

'Outcast of the Islands'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. today
A 1952 adaptation of the Joseph Conrad novel about a Britisher who betrays his friends when he falls for a native woman. (102 mins.)

'A Single Man'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. tomorrow
Tom Ford's film set in 1960s Los Angeles, about a closeted British professor struggling to find meaning in life when his long-time partner dies. (99 mins.)

'The Eclipse'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday
A widower believes he's being visited by the ghost of his late wife, competing for the affections of a visiting author. (88 mins.)

'La Nuit de Varennes'
12:15, 3, 5:45 and 8:30 p.m. Monday
1982 film on stagecoach passengers caught up in the attempted escape of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. (147 mins.)

'Gettin' Square'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
On Australia's Gold Coast, a parolee sets out to find a job. (98 mins.)






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