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At the Movies

For Friday, October 1, 2010


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Opening: Week of Friday, Oct. 1

'Cairo Time' **
A romantic drama starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig about a brief, unexpected love affair that takes place in Egypt between a fashion magazine editor and her husband's security officer. Review on Page 24. (PG, 89 mins.)

'Case 39'
Renee Zellweger stars as a family social services worker who gets caught up in the case of a mysterious, troubled young girl. (R, 109 mins.)

'Catfish' *** 1/2
A documentary about a photographer who has what he thinks is a cyber-romance with the older sister of an 8-year-old painting prodigy who contacted him through MySpace. Review on Page 24. (PG-13, 94 mins.)

'Let Me In'** 1/2
In the English-language remake of the Swedish vampire horror hit "Let the Right One In," a lonely 12-year-old befriends the strange new girl who's moved into his building, only to discover that she's not everything she seems. Review on Page 26. (R, 115 mins.)

'The Social Network'****
Jesse Eisenberg stars in David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's fictionalized story of Mark Zuckerberg, whose idea he started in his college dorm room, Facebook, became a revolution in communication. Feature on Page 22 and review on Page 25. (PG-13, 120 mins.)

 

The Top 10 Movies

The top-grossing movies of the past week, courtesy Hollywood.com

'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' ** 1/2
Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, emerging from a lengthy prison stint into a much harder financial world than the one he left. Despite terrific performances by Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan, the screenplay lets everybody down, the cliches pile up like junk bonds and Oliver Stone's film can't decide who or what is moral. (PG-13, 127 mins.)

'Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'** 1/2
In this animated tale in 3-D, winged warriors embark on a journey across the sea to save the Owl Kingdom. It's a gorgeously animated combat fantasy, occasionally exciting, but loses some of its heart and momentum in clutter, laborious title included. (PG, 90 mins.)

'The Town'***
Ben Affleck directs and stars in this tough, muscular crime drama about a professional thief who gets involved with a victimized bank manager who doesn't know he was her captor during a heist. This is a movie that strikes a deft balance between the cynical and the humane. (R, 130 mins.)

'Easy A'***
After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean-cut high school girl (Emma Stone) decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing. It's a winning teen comedy that deftly riffs on "The Scarlet Letter." (PG-13, 90 mins.)

'You Again'* 1/2
Disney's effort to turn Kristen Bell into America's sweetheart reaches its tipping point with this flat romantic comedy about a woman who discovers that her brother is marrying her old high school rival and then proceeds to sabotage the impending nuptials. (PG, 105 mins.)

'Devil'**
M. Night Shyamalan indulges his messianic side with this quasi-religious supernatural thriller about the devil picking off folks trapped in an elevator. It's not great but it's not bad. (PG-13, 80 mins.)

'Resident Evil: Afterlife'*
Milla Jovovich returns as Alice, as she continues her fight to survive in a world ravaged by a virus that turns its victims into the undead. Jovovich used to give her all in these movies, but she no longer runs as if her life depends on it. And that's the problem with the whole film: There's no urgency. (R, 95 mins.)

'Alpha and Omega'* 1/2
In this animated tale in 3-D, two wolves embark on the ultimate road trip home after being taken by park rangers and shipped halfway across the country. Even though this is pretty good-looking, as with any movie, this kids' film is only as good as its writing, and that's where it comes up short. (PG, 88 mins.)

'Takers'***
A notorious group of bank robbers finds its plans for one last score thwarted by a hardened detective hell-bent on solving the case. It's a slickly efficient yarn, largely uncomplicated yet offering a few moments of insight and dramatic weight. (PG-13, 107 mins.)

'Inception'****
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller as the leader of a group of skilled thieves who steal people's ideas for corporate gain by inserting themselves into strangers' subconscious while they are sleeping. It's a stunningly gorgeous, technically flawless symphony of images and ideas. In its sheer enormity, it's every inch a blockbuster, but in the good sense of the word. (PG-13, 147 mins.)

 

Arthouse

DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St., entry on Kinau Street (532-8768); $8.50 general; $7.50 seniors, students and military; $5 museum members (tickets also available online at www.tix.com):

'The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. today, tomorrow, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday
In this visually dazzling film, a laid-off computer programmer resorts to cleaning toilets with a brown-collar band of janitorial misfits. Unbeknownst to him, he is made the subject of a bizarre experiment involving addictive cookies that cause spectacular visions, wild mood swings and quasi-pregnancies in the male janitors. (2009, 98 mins.)

 

MOVIE MUSEUM

3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771); $5 general, $4 members; reservations recommended:

'That Evening Sun'
12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 today
An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy and the loss of his farm. (2009, 110 mins.)

'Hachi: A Dog's Tale'
6:30 and 8:30 p.m. today and 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. tomorrow
Based on a true story from Japan, it's a moving film about a college professor who finds an abandoned Akita puppy at his local train station and decides to keep him when no one claims the dog. Richard Gere and Joan Allen star. (2009, 93 mins.)

'The Ballroom'
4:30, 6:15, 8 and 9:45 p.m. tomorrow and 12:15, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15 and 9 p.m. Monday
A diverse cast of characters crosses paths on the floor of a beautiful old Brazilian dance hall, and the experiences of many different lifetimes play out against each other during one eventful night. (2007, 95 mins.)

'Cible Emouvante (Wild Target)'
12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday
An aging assassin, played by Jean Rochefort, takes on a young apprentice and an alluring thief in this funny French caper. (1993, 85 mins.)

'The Killer Inside Me'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
The Hawaii premiere of Michael Winterbottom's savage and controversial adaptation of Jim Thompson's 1952 crime novel about the dark, psychotic side of a boyish-looking West Texas deputy sheriff. Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba star. (109 mins.)






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