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At the Movies

For Friday, August 6, 2010


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Opening Friday, August 6

'Furimun's Paradise'
In this Okinawan comedy, a bizarre love triangle pits a piggery worker against an American soldier to win the affections of the town's newest pole dancer in an epic duel. (NR, 110 mins.)

'Micmacs' * * *
The latest film (above) 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. (R, 104 mins.)

'The Other Guys'
Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay join comedic forces with Mark Wahlberg to tell the story of a pair of sidelined police detectives who finally get their chance to crack a big-time financial fraud case. (PG-13, 107 mins.)

'Restrepo' * * *
Two journalists chronicle the deployment of a platoon of American soldiers at one of the most dangerous outposts in Afghanistan. (R, 94 mins.)

'The Servant'
Director Dae-woo Kim puts a twist on a popular Korean folktale, where the affections for an ambitious daughter of a courtesan pits a magistrate's son and his servant against each other. (NR, 124 mins.)

'Step Up 3D'
In the series' third film, a tight-knit group of street dancers find themselves pitted against the world's best dancers in a high-stakes hip-hop showdown. (PG-13, 97 mins.)

 

The Top 10 Movies

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

'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.)

'Dinner for Schmucks' * * *
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd -- who previously worked together on "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Anchorman" -- collaborate again in this comedy about an ambitious finance executive who fights for a promotion on the condition that he invite a megadork to a dinner contest, where the one who brings the biggest imbecile wins. The movie's tone is more naughty than raunchy, and the little character turns by everyone in the cast are an embarrassment of comic riches. (PG-13, 114 mins.)

'Salt' * *
Angelina Jolie stars as a CIA agent who's accused of being a Russian sleeper spy. She goes on the run while trying to clear her name, using all her skills as a covert operative to stay one step ahead of the agency's pursuits. No actress working today is as convincing an action star as Jolie, and she does tear it up in the visceral fight scenes, but the movie doesn't help us care for her character, as Salt's motives and her fate aren't sufficiently fleshed out. (PG-13, 93 mins.)

'Despicable Me' * * 1/2
A master villain planning the world's biggest heist meets his greatest challenge in three orphaned girls who see him as a potential dad. The animated movie has some clever moments and colorful characters, but it isn't particularly memorable. It's actually darker and odder than most family-friendly animated fare, but it goes predictably soft and gooey at the end. (PG, 95 mins.)

'Charlie St. Cloud' * *
Zac Efron plays an accomplished young sailor who must find the courage to let go of the past when tragedy strikes his family. Efron takes a confident half-step toward becoming a mature romantic lead in this middling movie. (PG-13, 100 mins.)

'Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore' * * *
Nearly a decade after the original, the 3-D spy spoof sequel has the two sides forming an unlikely alliance against a common enemy: a demented hairless cat trying to take out dogs and humans alike. There's enough here in this movie to keep everyone watching -- grown-ups, kids, dogs, cats -- entertained. (PG, 87 mins.)

'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.)

'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' * * 1/2
Nicolas Cage plays a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan, who finds a reluctant protege (Jay Baruchel) in his eternal fight against the forces of darkness. "National Treasure" alumni Cage, director Jon Turteltaub and producer Jerry Bruckheimer stir up a pleasant-enough potion whose effects, action and comedy should send parents and kids home happy. (PG, 110 mins.)

'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 mins.)

Arthouse

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

'The Secret of Kells'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday
Adventure, action and danger await a 12-year-old who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells in this Oscar-nominated animated film. (75 mins.)

'Ingredients'
1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
This documentary by part-time Hawaii resident Robert Bats is about the people behind the American movement to prepare and eat locally grown food. (73 mins.)

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

'Barefoot Gen'
12:30, 2, 3:30, 5, 6:30 and 8 p.m. today
Being screened on the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, this animated anti-war film is based on the manga series that draws upon the author's memories to tell the story of a boy who must take on the responsibilities of a grown man when his family is crippled after the bombing. (1983, 83 mins.)

'Downfall'
12:15, 3, 5:45 and 8:30 p.m. tomorrow
The Oscar nominee depicts the final 10 days of Adolf Hitler's life in his Berlin bunker, through the eyes of his secretary. (2004, 156 mins.)

'The Ghost Writer'
12:30, 3, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Sunday
Roman Polanski's latest film is a drama about a writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister, uncovering secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan star. (128 mins.)

'Home'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Monday
Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet star in this claustrophobic drama about a family who live on the edge of an abandoned highway. (2008, 98 mins.)

'Giovanna's Father'
12:30, 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday
In the years just before and spanning World War II in Bologna, Italy, a secondary school teacher tries to buoy up the confidence of his shy and average-looking daughter. But things take a tragic turn when the young woman becomes jealous of her beautiful and generous classmate. (2008, 104 mins.)






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