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New Movies & Events: Week of Oct. 29

movie_boondock_saints2THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY Ten years after filmmaker Troy Duffy unleashed the original Boondock Saints, the cult action drama about Irish homeboys defending their turf in Boston, he finally gets the sequel up onscreen. Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus star as the McManus Brothers forced to return from Ireland when they learn they've been framed in Boston for the murder of a priest. Billy Connolly, Clifton, Collins Jr., Judd Nelson, and Peter Fonda co-star. (R) 115 minutes. Starts Friday.
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movie_damned_unitedTHE DAMNED UNITED Reviewed this issue. (R) 97 minutes. ★★★1/2 Opens Nov. 6 .
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movie_gentlemen_broncosGENTLEMEN BRONCOS At a fantasy convention, a sci-fi novelist (Jermaine Clement, from Flight of the Conchords) is accused by a teenage fan (Michael Angarano) of stealing his story idea in this offbeat comedy from Jared and Jerusha Hess (Napoleon Dynamite). (PG-13) Starts Friday.
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movie_horse_boyTHE HORSE BOY Everyone has a different idea of what autism is and how to treat it. When Rupert and Kristen Isaacson's son, Rowan, is diagnosed autistic, they begin an unorthodox, round-the-world odyssey to try to forge a bridge into his inner world. Noticing Rowan becomes calm, happy, and communicative on a neighbor's horse, the Anglo-American couple invites filmmaker Michel O. Scott along on a journey by van and horse caravan across the Mongolian steppes that will involve nine shamans, one "clinging" spirit, ritual cleansings, nomadic sheepherders, and the healing powers of reindeer. It all sounds touchy-feely, but what emerges is a graceful, remarkable portrait of the Isaacson's love and courage, fighting not to "cure" what's "wrong" with Rowan, but to find a new way to appreciate what's special about him and help him out of his isolation. It's also an intriguing comparison of the different ways Western and more traditional cultures treat the "others" in their midst. (Not rated) 93 minutes. ★★★ —Lisa Jensen. Starts Friday.
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movie_house_of_the_devilTHE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL Just in time for Halloween comes this horror thriller about a college coed lured to a creepy house in the woods for the babysitting job from Hell. Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov star for director Ti West. (R) 95 minutes. Starts Friday.

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movie_paris_with_lovePARIS Reviewed this issue. (PG-13) 130 minutes. In French with English subtitles. ★★1/2 Starts Friday.
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Film Events

SPECIAL EVENT THIS WEEK: ITALIAN FILM SERIES Contemporary and classic Italian films highlight this series (one Sunday a month) organized by the Dante Alighieri Society of Santa Cruz to promote Italian culture and language. This Week: NOTTE PRIMA DEGLI ESAMI (THE NIGHT BEFORE THE EXAM) Four Roman teenagers cope with unexpected love and grumpy teachers on the night before their final exam in this 2006 comedy from Fausto Brizzi. Set in 1989, this is the prequel to the popular Notte prima degli esami—oggi,  which screened last spring. 100 minutes. In Italian with English subtitles. At the Vets Hall (846 Front Street, downtown Santa Cruz), Sunday only, 7 pm. Suggested donation: $5.

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: SHAUN OF THE DEAD This cheeky 2004 British import describes itself as a zombie romantic comedy about a pair of underachieving mates making a last stand against an invasion of flesh-eating zombies at their local pub in North London. Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, and Penelope Wilton star; Edgar Wright directs. (R) 99 minutes. 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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Best of Santa Cruz County

The 2013 Santa Cruz County Readers' Poll and Critics’ Picks It’s our biggest issue of the year, and in it, your votes—more than 6,500 of them—determined the winners of The Best of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll. New to the long list of local restaurants, shops and other notables that captured your interest: Best Beer Selection, Best Locally Owned Business, Best Customer Service and Best Marijuana Dispensary. In the meantime, many readers were ever so chatty online about potential new categories. Some of the suggestions that stood out: Best Teen Program and Best Web Design/Designer. But what about: Dog Park, Church, Hotel, Local Farm, Therapist (I second that!) or Sports Bar—not to be confused with Bra. Our favorite suggestion: Best Act of Kindness—one reader noted Café Gratitude and the free meals it offered to the Santa Cruz Police Department in the aftermath of recent crimes. Perhaps some of these can be woven into next year’s ballot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy the following pages and take note of our Critics’ Picks, too, beginning on page 91. A big thanks for voting—and for reading—and an even bigger congratulations to all of the winners. Enjoy.  -Greg Archer, EditorBest of Santa Cruz County Readers’ Poll INDEX

 

Have Mercy!

Looking for a frisky summer wine at a reasonable price? Look no further than Mercy Vineyards’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($20). Richly textured “with an exotic flavor profile,” the wine reveals aromas of honeydew melon and honeysuckle, with anise appearing as a star attraction. Smidgeons of pineapple and honeycomb add a touch of sexiness to this well-balanced, easy-drinking wine, which pairs well with a variety of cuisine —especially ceviche, calamari and other not-too-heavy foods.