Films This Week
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THE BIG YEAR
Extreme birdwatching? The stakes are high for Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin as rival birdwatchers in this comedy about a prestigious competition to spot the rarest birds in North America. David Frankel (Marley & Me) directs. (PG) Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
Newcomer Kenny Wormald gets the plum Kevin Bacon role in this reboot of the 1984 teen musical drama. Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid co-star for writer-director Craig Brewster. (PG-13) 113 minutes. Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
MACHINE GUN PREACHER
No, it's not a cheesy exploitation movie. Gerard Butler stars in this true story of ex-drug-dealer Sam Childers, who journey to civil war-torn East Africa to rebuild housing and ends up founding and running an organization dedicated to rescuing hundreds of orphans from a brutal paramilitary group. (R) 123 minutes. Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
Reviewed this issue. (Not rated) 92 minutes. (★★★1/2) Starts Friday.
TEXAS KILLING FIELDS
A city cop and a local detective team up to solve a series of murders in the Texas bayou in this true-crime drama from director Ami Canaan Mann. Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jessica Chastain and Chloe Grace Moritz star. (R) 105 minutes. Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
Another retread for the venerable pulp horror thriller. (R) 103 minutes. Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
The autobiography of Britain's master chef and culinary icon Nigel Slater is the basis for this wry comedy-drama about growing up foodie in the 1960s. Freddie Highmore stars as the teenage Nigel, trying to find himself as both a passionate cook and a gay youth while resisting the influence of his scheming, suffocating step-mother (Helena Bonham Carter). Ken Stott and Matthew McNulty (he played Luis Bunñuel in Little Ashes) co-star. (Not rated) 96 minutes. Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman star in this Joel Schumacher thriller as a couple whose marriage is falling apart as they're being held for ransom by young thugs. Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, and Ben Mendelsohn co-star. (R) 91 minutes. Starts Friday. Watch film trailer >>>
SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: FERLINGHETTI AT THE DEL MAR. To celebrate Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day in Santa Cruz, the iconic poet, publisher, artist and freedom-fighter will appear live, onstage, in the Grand Auditorium of the Del Mar. There will also be a special screening of Chris Felver's biographical doc, Ferlinghetti, that considers the life and legacy of the beat poet and City Lights Bookstore founder who successfully defended freedom of speech in American letters when he won an obscenity trial over his publication of Allen Ginsburg's "Howl." At the Del Mar, 7 p.m., Tuesday only (October 18).
SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE, SPECIAL ENCORE PRESENTATION: ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS Back by popular demand, an encore presentation of Britain's acclaimed National Theatre of London production, broadcast digitally, in HD, to movie theaters worldwide. Richard Bean's update of an 18th Century farce by Carlo Goldoni serves up the staples of Commedia del'Arte—mistaken identities, a woman disguised as a man, a permanently famished clown/hero—in a modern-day comedy of sex, food, and money. Nicholas Hynter directs. At the Del Mar, Grand Auditorium, Friday only (October 14), 2 p.m. Admission: $15. Seniors, students, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz subscribers: $13.
SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: METROPOLIS Giorgio Moroder's 1984 reconstruction of Fritz Lang's 1927 Deco Expressionist epic is a mixed blessing. It was the most complete print of the film in existence at the time, showing off Lang's production design in crystal-clear detail, with some restored footage and atmospheric tinting. Moroder's pulsing new musical score is fine too, but adding contemporary '80s rock songs makes the whole thing feel a little tacky. This new HD re-release will guarantee the movie looks splendid. (But please note: this is not the latest reconstruction, The Complete Metropolis that played in town at the end of 2009.) (Not rated) 80 minutes. (★★★)—Lisa Jensen. At the Del Mar, Grand Auditorium, four days only (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Check listings for complete showtimes.
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 LAST CIRCUS (R) 107 minutes. Fri-Sat midnight only. At the Del Mar.
CONTINUING SERIES: FLASHBACK FEATURES Oldies and goodies on Thursday nights at the Cinema 9, presented by your genial host, Joe Ferrara. $5 gets you in. This week: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE R. 137 minutes. (★★1/2)—Lisa Jensen. Tonight only (Thursday, October 13), 8 p.m., at the Cinema 9.
CONTINUING EVENT: LET'S TALK ABOUT THE MOVIES At the Del Mar mezzanine. Discussion begins at 7 pm and admission is free. For more information visit www.ltatm.org.
MOVIE TIMES 10/14–10/20
Del Mar Theatre 469-3220
The Help 3:45, 6:30
Drive 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:40 + Sat – Mon 12:45
Crazy, Stupid, Love 9:20 + Sat-Mon 1:20
One Man, Two Guvnors National Theatre Live HD Encore 10/14 - 2
The Paris Concert Special Opera Thurs 10/20 7:30
Metropolis Special Limited Engagement Sun 10/16 8, Tues 10/18 2, 4,
Wed 10/19 2, 4, 6, 8, Thurs 10/20 2, 4
Lawrence Ferlinghetti VERY Special Event – Tues 10/18, 7pm
The Last Circus Friday 10/14 & Saturday 10/15 Midnight Showing
Midnight in Paris 2:30, 6:50 + Sat, Sun 12:20
The Mill and the Cross 2:50, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30 + Sat, Sun 12:40
Toast 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10 + Sat, Sun 12:30
Happy, Happy 3, 5, 7:10, 9:20 + Sat, Sun 12:50
Our Idiot Brother 4:40, 9
Aptos Cinema 426-7500
Footloose 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10 + Sat, Sun 11:50am
50/50 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15 + Sat, Sun 12:15
Green Valley Cinema 8 761-8200
Footloose 1:30, 4, 7, 9:30 + Sat, Sun 11am
The Thing 1:30, 4, 7, 9:40 + Sat, Sun 11:15am
Reel Steel 1:35, 4:10, 7, 9:40 + Sat, Sun 11am
Courageous 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40 + Sat, Sun 11am
Dolphin Tale 3D 1:30, 9:30
The Ides of March 1:30, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30 + Sat, Sun 11:15am
The Big Year 1:30, 4, 7, 9:30 + Sat, Sun 11:15am
The Lion King 3D 3:20, 5:15, 7:15 + Sat-Sun 11am
Dream House 1, 3:05, 5:05, 7:15, 9:40 + Sat, Sun 11am
Cinelux Scotts Valley Cinema 438-3260
50/50 11:45am, 2:20, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30 Ghostbusters Thurs 10/20 7:30
The Lion King 11, 1 The Ides Of March 11:30am, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30
Moneyball 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45
The Big Year 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10
Real Steel 11, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20
The Thing 11:55am, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10
Dolphin Tale 11am, 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20
Footloose 11:20am, 2, 3, 4:45, 5:30, 7:20, 8:15, 1
Cinelux 41st Avenue Cinema 479-3504
Real Steel 11am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20
The Ides Of March 11:30am, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30
Moneyball 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45
Paranormal Activity 3 10/20 11:55
Santa Cruz Cinema 9 (800) 326-3264 #1700
The Shining Flashback Feature Thu 10/20 8
Anna Bolena MET Opera Sat 10/15 - 9:55am
The Rolling Stones: Live in Texas 1978 Tue 10/18 7:30
Footloose 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10
Real Steel 1:30, 2:50, 4:30, 6:40, 7:30, 9:40, 10:30 + Sun 11:40am
The Thing 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:40 + Sat & Sun 11:50am
Dolphin Tale 1:50, 7:20 + fri - Thurs 4:35, 10:05 + Sat & Sun 11am
The Ides of March 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:10 + Sat, Sun 11:40am
Moneyball 1, 4, 7, 10:20 Lion King 2, 4:25, 6:50 + Sat & Sun 11:30am
Killer Elite 9:30 Contagion 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:35 + Sat, Sun Noon
Riverfront (800) 326-3264 #1701
50/50 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:50 + Mon-Thurs no 1:15
The Big Year 1, 4, 7, 9:40 + Mon-Thurs no 1
ABDUCTION Taylor Lautner stars in this thrillr as a man who sees his baby photo on a missing persons website and is swept into a dangerous brush with alternate reality. John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) directs. (PG-13) 106 minutes.
CONTAGION This one’s a keeper. Fine storytelling, wonderful execution and a pitch-perfect cast elevate Contagion beyond typical Hollywood offering. There’s an outbreak of a deadly virus that kills its victims within days. Director Steven Soferbergh.does a fine job of rotating the subjects and the mood he’s focusing on. Great locales here—Hong Kong, Macao, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, London and Geneva. Even better cast: Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Laurence Fishburne, and Gwyneth Paltrow. This a bold, thought-provoking work. (PG-13) 106 minutes. (★★★1/2)—Greg Archer
DOLPHIN TALE Well crafted and filled with plenty of emotion. It’s hard to resist this tale of an injured dolphin and the people—particularly one boy—that helps rally to save it. Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Morgan Freeman co-star for director Charles Martin Smith. (PG) 113 minutes. (★★★)—Greg Archer
DREAM HOUSE Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Naomi Watts star for director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot; In America) in this new horror-thriller. (PG-13)
DRIVE Ryan Gosling's commanding presence fuels this lean, stylish suspense thriller. He plays a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a wheelman for petty criminals, forced to go on the offensive after a job goes awry. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn; costarring. Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston and Albert Brooks. (R) 100 minutes. (★★★)—Lisa Jensen.
50/50 His own brush with cancer inspired comedy producer Will Reiser to pen this tender, thoughtful and humane comedy disguised as a raunchy guy farce—complete with Seth Rogen as the cancer patient's horndog buddy. In real life, Rogen and Reiser are friends, and Reiser has written him a typically gauche comic part. But the film belongs to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who racks up another wry, disarming, perfectly life-sized performance as a 27-year-old radio writer suddenly facing mortality. Directed by Jonathan Levine, the film never pokes fun at cancer or cancer patients, but it does offer up a bracing and humorous manual on coping with life's surprises. (R) 100 minutes. (★★★1/2)—Lisa Jensen.
THE FUTURE An LA couple scheduled to adopt a stray cat in one month are so panicked by the impending responsibility, they quit their marginal jobs in hopes of finding something meaningful to do while there's still time. Nothing rings emotionally or culturally true here. (R) 91 minutes. (★★)—Lisa Jensen.
THE GUARD John Michael McDonagh’s profane, subversively funny comedy pairs a sophisticated FBI agent (Don Cheadle) with an irasicible small-town Irish police sergeant (the great Brendan Gleeson). (R) 96 minutes. (★★★1/2)—LIsa Jensen.
HAPPY, HAPPY Director Anne Sewitsky trades in a laugh-to-keep-from-crying sort of worldview when a city couple and their adopted young African son rent a small guest house from warm, ebullient schoolteacher Katja (Agnes Kittelsen) and her sullen husband for a winter vacation. Sewitsky punches up her dark themes of infidelity and emotional battery with ironic appearances by a quartet of Nordic males, singing a capella American gospel (after a montage of illicit sex, the chorus chimes in with a deadpan, yet somehow salacious "Good Religion"), as the filmmakers introduce the idea iof a bad marriage as a kind of enslavement for couples unhappily shackled together. The narrative strays into some weird, off-putting moments, but Kittelsen delivers a mostly endearing performance; the viewer becomes invested in her emotional journey. And Sewitsky displays a droll sensibility (ironic, if not strictly comic) that keeps her feature debut interesting, however strange it may get. (R) 88 minutes. In Norwegian with English subtitles. (★★1/2)—Lisa Jensen.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 Series veterans David Yates (directing his fourth Potter film) and Steve Kloves (screenwriter on all but one) do their damnedest to honor all the complex subtexts of J. K. Rowling's books, in one of the most thrilling, yet elegiac films in the series. (PG-13) 130 minutes. (★★★1/2)—Lisa Jensen.
THE HELP Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel about female solidarity and racial stereotype-busting in the American south of the 1960s is given fine treatment here. Emma Stone stars. (PG-13) 137 minutes. (★★★)—Greg Archer
THE IDES OF MARCH A perfect George Clooney trifecta: he directs, co-writes and stars in this winning political drama playing a candidate in a pivotal Ohio presidential primary. It’s Ryan Gosling though that, once again, steals the show, delivering a priceless performance playing a young press secretary (Ryan Goslin) who happens to stumble into a political scandal. Great supporting cast. Great script. Plenty of intrigue. Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Marisa Tomei co-star (R) 101 minutes. (★★★1/2)—Greg Archer
LIFE ABOVE ALL A rural township in South Africa is the setting for this drama about a bright, courageous 12-year-old girl who stands up to poverty and ignorance when she has to quit school to raise her brother and sister and care for their ailing mother. First-time actress Khomotso Manyaka makes an impressive film debut. (PG-13) 100 minutes.
THE LION KING Return engagement—in 3D—for Disney's classic 1994 Hamlet-like coming of age drama.. (G) 89 minutes. (★★★★)—Lisa Jensen.
KILLER ELITE Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro star in this action thriller. Gary McKendry directs. (R) 105 minutes.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS There's nothing not to love in Woody Allen's irresistible romantic comedy. Owen Wilson is great fun as a Hollywood screenwriter longing to write serious fiction who's transported back to the era he idolizes, Paris in the 1920s. (PG-13) 100 minutes. (★★★★) —Lisa Jensen.
MONEYBALL In Bennett Miller's entertaining screen adaptation of Michael Lewis' non-fiction book, "moneyball" refers to the old-school way baseball has been run over the last 40 years, where celebrity players' salaries skyrocket into the millions, and only the richest teams who can afford the most expensive players ever win championships. Brad Pitt makes a tasty little feast out of the part of Billy Beane, iconoclastic GM of the Oakland As, who in 2002 assembles a group of inexpensive players from spare parts and leftovers, according to computerized stats, who go on to make major league history. A wry, engaging David vs. Goliath tale that pays homage to the "romance" of baseball without resorting to the usual sentimental clichés. (PG-13) 133 minutes. (★★★)—Lisa Jensen.
OUR IDIOT BROTHER A surprisingly good film with a lot of heart—something you wouldn’t know if you just watched the previews, which make the film out to be totally slapstick. Paul Rudd stars.. (R) 90 minutes. (★★★)—Greg Archer
REAL STEEL Hugh Jackman stars in this near-future sci-fi action drama as an ex-fighter who lost his chance for glory when robots replaced humans in the ring; now a small-time promoter, he tries to redeem himself in the eyes of his young son by training a scrap-heap bot for the big time. Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, and Anthony Mackie co-star for director Shawn Levy.(PG-13) 127 minutes.
RESTLESS Gus Van Sant's latest offers a tip of the hat to the classic Harold and Maude in this tale of a young woman facing mortality via a terminal illness, and the young man she falls for, who's obsessed with funerals. Mia Wasikowska and Henry (son of Dennis) Hopper star. Schuyler Fisk (daughter of Sissy Spacek) co-stars; Bryce Dallas (daughter of Ron) Howard co-produced. (PG-13) 91 minutes.
SENNA Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna is the subject of this documentary by Asif Kapadia. An Audience Award winner at both Sundance and the Los Angeles Film Festival, the film not only documents Senna's tragically brief but icredible career as a three-time F1 champion, and by many accounts, "The best driver who ever lived." It also delves deeper into Senna's personal life, a man so committed to political and social justice, and so generous in his charitable donations to Brazil's poor, that he is now considered almost a saint in his native country. (PG-13) 106 minutes.
WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? Anna Faris stars in this romantic comedy about a young woman looking back on her past 20 relationships and wondering if she let true love slip through her fingers. Based on the novel by Karyn Bosnak. Chris Evans, Blythe Danner, Joel McHale and Chris Pratt co-star for director Mark Mylod. (R) 106 minutes.
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