COUPLES RETREAT Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau team up again for this comedy they co-wrote about four couples on vacation at a lush tropical resort who find themselves forced to participate in marriage-healing therapy sessions. Malin Akerman, Jason Bateman, Faizon Love, and Kristen Bell co-star for director Peter Billingsley. (PG-13) 107 minutes. Starts Friday.
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FLAME & CITRON The real-life exploits of Danish resistance fighters out to subvert Nazi control in occupied Denmark during World War II is the basis for this action thriller from Danish filmmaker Ole Christian Madsen. With the precision of a gangster melodrama, Madsen sets up a turf war between the Germans and the brotherhood of resistance fighters, and as the body count rises, the moral distinction between the two camps erodes. Gripping, suspenseful and tragic, the film stars the great Mads Mikkelsen and simmering newcomer Thure Lindhardt as the guerrilla soldiers driven by irrefutable ideals and betrayed by what they must become to achieve them. (Not rated) 130 minutes. In Danish with English subtitles. (★★★)—Lisa Jensen. Starts Friday. Watch movie trailer >>>
THIRST Maverick Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Old Boy; Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) takes a bite out of the vampire genre in this contemporary thriller about a priest who volunteers to take an experimental vaccine and ends up with a hankering for human blood—and other forbidden pleasures that include the wife of an old friend. (R) 133 minutes. In Korean with English subtitles. Starts Friday. Late shows Fri-Sat only, at the Del Mar, 11:10 pm.
THE BOYS ARE BACK Reviewed this issue. (PG-13) 104 minutes. (★★★★) Stats Friday.
CONTINUING SERIES: MIDNIGHTS @ THE DEL MAR Eclectic movies for wild & crazy tastes plus great prizes and buckets of fun for only $6.50. This week: THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Oh, Rocky! The granddaddy of all midnight movies totters back onscreen on its platform stilettos in this classic cult 1975 rock horror musical comedy. Tim Curry is irresistible in his corset, fishnet stockings, and purring, throaty vibrato; creator Richard O'Brien and Susan Sarandon co-star, along with a live cast to lead you in rice-flinging and dialogue recitation. Don't dream it, be it. (HHHH) (PG) Fri-Sat midnight only. At the Del Mar.
CONTINUING EVENT: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES This informal movie discussion group meets at the Del Mar mezzanine in downtown Santa Cruz. Movie junkies are invited to join in on Wednesday nights to discuss current flicks with a rotating series of guest moderators. Discussion begins at 7 pm and admission is free. For more information visit www.ltatm.org.
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