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At the Movies

For Friday, October 8, 2010


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Opening: Week of Fri., Oct. 8

'It's Kind of a Funny Story' **
A clinically depressed teenager gets a new start in life after he checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Review on Page 22. (PG-13, 91 mins.)

'Life as We Know It' **1/2
A couple (Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel) must set aside their differences when they suddenly find themselves in care of their goddaughter after their mutual best friends die in a car accident. Review on Page 23. (PG-13, 112 mins.)

'My Soul to Take'
In the latest movie from horror vet Wes Craven, a serial killer turns up 16 years in a little town after his purported death to kill the seven children born on that night. (R, 107 mins.)

'Never Let Me Go' ***1/2
Adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's best-seller, a special class of people is bred to supply replacement parts for their elders. Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield star. Review on Page 24. (R, 103 mins.)

'Secretariat' **
The true story of the 1973 record-breaking Triple Crown-winning horse, and the suburban housewife who ushered him to greatness. Review on Page 24. (PG, 116 mins.)

 

The Top 10 Movies

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

'The Social Network' ****
Jesse Eisenberg stars in the fictionalized story of Mark Zuckerberg, whose website started in his college dorm room, Facebook, became a revolution in communication. The performances, direction and writing of one of the best pictures of 2010 make this "Social Network" every bit as addictive, and a little chilling as well. (PG-13, 120 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.)

'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.)

'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.)

'Case 39' *1/2
Renee Zellweger stars as a family social services worker who gets caught up in the case of a mysterious, troubled young girl. Zellweger is forced to play a character who lurches from rational to absurdly credulous, and the movie spirals into cheap jolts that don't work and ineffective special effects. (R, 109 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. While director Matt Reeves doesn't ruin the remake, the results are still seriously flawed. Too much shock 'n' gore and not enough psychological terror. (R, 115 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.)

'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.)

 

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; and $5 museum members (tickets also available online at www.tix.com):

'The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle'
1 and 4 p.m. today
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.)

'The Last Days of Shishmaref'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Against the stark white background of Alaska winters, this documentary tells the story of some of the first climate-change refugees, the Inupiaq Eskimos of Sarichef Island, who must relocate to the mainland and face an uncertain future. (2008, 95 mins.)

 

Movie Museum

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

'Cible Emouvante (Wild Target)'
12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. today

'The Killer Inside Me'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. tomorrow

'The Ballroom'
12:15, 2, 3:45 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday

'That Evening Sun'
7:30 p.m. Sunday

'The Infidel'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday
A "relaxed" British Muslim finds out after his mother's death that he was adopted at birth and he's Jewish. (105 mins.)

'Swing'
12:15, 2, 3:45, 5:30, 7:15 and 9 p.m. Thursday
In this charming coming-of-age story, a French boy discovers the beauty of gypsy music and the emotions of his first romance. (2002, 91 mins.)






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