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Wednesday, Aug 22, 2012

This week's film openings

Plus one-time-only screenings and other movie listings

By Anders Wright
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Opening

360: The director of City of God weaves together global issues via people looking for sex, with a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Ben Foster. 

2016: Obama’s America: A right-wing doc designed to terrify the faithful.

The Apparition: College kids like Ashley Greene and Tom Felton release something supernatural while conducting experiments.

Beloved: Catherine Deneuve and her real-life daughter, Chiara Mastroianni, co-star in this decade-spanning musical romance. 

Cosmopolis: Robert Pattinson keeps trying to get out of the Twilight shadow. David Cronenberg’s new film, in which Pattinson stars as a hedge-fund guy who sees his fortune unravel during the course of a single day, might give him some cred. 

Hermano: Two Venezuelan brothers desperately try to make it in professional soccer to escape their poverty-stricken beginnings.

Hit & Run: Real-life couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell co-star in this action road-trip comedy, which Shepard also wrote and directed.

Premium Rush: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a Manhattan bike messenger being pursued by corrupt cop Michael Shannon, who thinks Gordon-Levitt’s got something more than irony and attitude in his messenger bag.

Robot & Frank: In the not-too-distant future, an elderly jewel thief (Frank Langella) gets a robot butler as a gift. 


One Time Only

Singin’ in the Rain: It’s the final encore presentation of the classic Gene Kelly musical. Screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at several area theaters. Visit fathomevents.com.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Good news, everyone! This is the original, with Gene Wilder playing the mysterious candy man. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the food court at the Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza. 

Sideways: Still the best wine movie of all time. Sad sack Paul Giamatti takes Thomas Hayden Church to the Santa Barbara wine country for a two-man bachelor party. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Pearl Hotel in Point Loma. 

300 with RiffTrax: The guys formerly known as Mystery Science Theater 3000 take on the abs of Sparta at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

The Sound of Music: Wouldn’t it be weird if the hills really were alive with the sound of music? Screens at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Reading Cinemas Town Square in Clairemont.

Behind the Palms: This documentary screens as part of a SurfAid USA benefit, followed by Manufacturing Stoke. The event begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas. 

Malavoglia: The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents this film about a Sicilian fishing family whose traditional lifestyle is threatened by tough stuff like illegal immigrants and smuggling. Screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.

Sabrina: Serious older brother Humphrey Bogart has to contend with his playboy brother’s charms in dealing with Sabrina, the beautiful daughter of their chauffeur. Audrey Hepburn is wonderful in the titular role, and the movie will be paired with snooty French wines. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla.

On Any Sunday: Bruce Brown’s seminal 1971 motorcycle documentary will screen at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at Ship in the Woods in Del Mar.

Strangers on a Train: Hitchcock classic about a crazy rich guy who approaches a tennis pro in hopes of getting him to help commit a murder. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23 and 24, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

Fury: Fritz Lang’s 1936 film stars Spencer Tracy as a man who barely survives a mob attack and whose humanity barely survives the experience of his response. Screens at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the Central Library, Downtown.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Turns out it wasn’t the last one after all. Screens at midnight, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25, at the Ken Cinema.

Classic cartoons: Most cartoons on TV are just advertisements for toys. Expose the kids to the likes of Felix the Cat, Popeye and Betty Boop at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Victory Theater in Grant Hill.

Salt of the Earth: This drama, about a miner strike in New Mexico in the 1950s, is presented by Activist San Diego and was written, directed and produced by Hollywood guys who were all blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Joyce Beers Community Center in Hillcrest.

Goodfellas: Scorsese’s mob masterpiece stars Ray Liotta as small-time wise guy Henry Hill, who has to decide if he’s got what it takes to take down his mentor, Robert De Niro, and loose cannon Joe Pesci, who earned an Oscar for his performance. Screens at 7 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday, Aug. 25 and 28, at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp.

Back to the Future double-feature: It would be more appropriate to double-feature BTTF 2 and 3, since they were shot at the same time. However, the first one is the best. Screens at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Full Moon Drive In in Pacific Beach.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Sure, it skirts certain key issues in the book, and yeah, Mickey Rooney’s performance is completely racist, but still, Audrey Hepburn is wonderful as Holly Golightly. Screens at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, at Cinema Under the Stars in Mission Hills.

Dumb and Dumber: Still pretty dumb. Screens at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Full Moon Drive In in Pacific Beach. 

Unconscious: This 2004 Spanish film is set in Barcelona in 1913 and explores Freud’s sexual ideas via a mystery in the Sherlock Holmes vein. Screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at the Central Library, Downtown.

Bringing Up Baby: Cary Grant is a paleontologist desperate to get a grant from wealthy heiress Katharine Hepburn, who happens to have a pet leopard named Baby. Screens at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at Reading Cinemas Town Square.

Forrest Gump: These days, it just seems weird when you see someone wearing Bubba Gump gear. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Gingham in La Mesa.

Grease: Apparently, it’s the word. Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma.

The Princess Bride: The final show of Stone’s movie series. It seems inconceivable that the summer’s over. It’s family-friendly, so bring the kids in for a beer at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

Dolphin Tale: A boy saving a dolphin from a crab trap doesn’t just spawn a friendship; it also creates a movie! Screens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the food court at the Piazza Carmel Shopping Plaza.


Now Playing

Killer Joe: Matthew McConaughey is good as an overly polite hitman in William Friedkin’s new NC-17 thriller. 

Easy Money: Swedish thriller about a student who turns to crime to keep up his affluent lifestyle. Ends Aug. 9 at the Ken Cinema. 

Ek Tha Tiger: This Bollywood action romance shot around the world screens at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp. 

The Expendables 2: Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme join the aging-action-star party, along with Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Willis, Li and the Governator. 

Paranorman: Everyone thinks Norman, voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, is a freak because he can talk to ghosts. That talent comes in handy when his small town is invaded by the undead. New 3-D stop-motion film from Laika, the folks who made Coraline

The Odd Life of Timothy Green: Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton can’t have a kid. That is, until there’s a knock on the door and an odd little boy who apparently grew in their garden tells them that he’s theirs. 

Searching for Sugar Man: When two South Africans try to learn how an obscure American singer-songwriter from the ’70s died, they get more than they bargained for. Despite that sounding like a feature, it’s a pretty damn good documentary.

Sparkle: Whitney Houston’s final film is about a girl group that has to deal with the difficulties of success.

The Bourne Legacy: Jeremy Renner takes over the franchise, which is now directed by Tony Gilroy, the guy who wrote all of the other Bourne movies and directed Michael Clayton

The Campaign: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis spar over a North Carolina congressional seat. 

Celeste and Jesse Forever: Rashida Jones, who co-wrote, plays Celeste, who’s trying to stay friends with her soon-to-be-ex-husband Jesse (Andy Samberg).

The Healing: In this Filipino horror flick, a faith healer conjures up exactly the sorts of things she’s trying to dispel. 

Hope Springs: Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones turn to Steve Carell to put some zip back into their marriage. 

Nitro Circus: The Movie 3D: The crazy guys in the Nitro Circus do all kinds of death-defying stunts that would put the Jackass crew to shame.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days: If it feels like they release one of these every summer, that’s because that they release one of these every summer. 

Farewell, My Queen: A behind-the-scenes look at Marie Antoinette’s palace in the early days of the French Revolution, as seen through the eyes of a woman whose job is to read books to the cake-eater. Ends Aug. 23 at La Jolla Village Cinemas. 

Ruby Sparks: The first film since Little Miss Sunshine from co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris stars Paul Dano as a writer whose latest creation, a gorgeous, quirky girl named Ruby, comes to life. Ends Aug. 23 at Hillcrest Cinemas. 

Total Recall: Less a remake of Arnie’s 1990 flick than a new adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s short story. Colin Farrell plays Quaid, a man who starts to believe that everything he remembers might not be real. Kate Beckinsale is in the Sharon Stone role; Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston also star. 

Adventures in Wild California: Here’s what happens when the state has a few drinks and flashes the camera. Actually, no it’s an IMAX movie about nature that’s screening on Fridays at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Step Up Revolution: This time the dancing is in 3D! And Miami!

The Watch: Originally called Neighborhood Watch, this comedy—starring Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn as suburbanites in over their heads while trying to protect their ’hood—had its title changed after the Trayvon Martin killing. 

The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan’s epic Batman trilogy concludes.

Beasts of the Southern Wild: This Sundance success, about a little girl living in Louisiana after an apocalyptic environmental disaster, is beautiful and beguiling.

Ice Age: Continental Drift: So cold. 

The Amazing Spider-Man: Apparently, he does whatever a spider can. In 3-D, too. 

Katy Perry: Part of Me: She’s also in 3-D!

Savages: Oliver Stone directs this thriller about two pot growers, played by Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson, who take on a Mexican cartel after the bad guys kidnap their girlfriend (Blake Lively). As in, they share. 

Take This Waltz: Michelle Williams is just amazing in Sarah Polley’s second film, playing a Toronto woman who’s happily married to a cookbook author (a surprisingly restrained Seth Rogen) but finds herself falling for her neighbor.

Deep Sea: This IMAX undersea film was made by Del Mar’s Howard and Michele Hall and is narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Screens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

Ted: Mark Wahlberg’s girlfriend gives him an ultimatum: It’s either her or his walking, talking, foul-mouthed teddy bear, voiced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane, who also wrote and directed. 

To Rome with Love: Woody Allen is his own worst enemy, because every time he turns out a mediocre movie—and this pastiche of stories set in Rome is certainly mediocre—it gets judged against his previous work.

Tyler Perry’s Medea’s Witness Protection: What the world needs now, apparently, is another Medea movie. 

Brave: Princess Merida would rather be shooting arrows than playing dress-up, but when she defies her Scottish tribe, she sets loose a horrible curse that only she can fix. 

Your Sister’s Sister: Lynn Shelton’s latest improvised film finds Emily Blunt taking Mark Duplass to her family’s vacation home while he’s grieving his dead brother, and he ends up getting busy with her sister, Rosemarie DeWitt.

Moonrise Kingdom: Set on an island off the coast of New England in 1965, this new one about two 12-year-olds who fall in love and run away from the dysfunctional adults in their lives will be adored by those who worship at the altar of Wes Anderson.

Madagascar 3: Apparently kids still fall for this. Parents, too.

Prometheus: Ridley Scott returns to outer space, exploring the origins of humanity and the original Alien. It’s worth seeing on the big screen and in 3D.

Flying Monsters 3D: No, it’s not a crappy studio blockbuster—this one is all about dinosaurs and was written and directed by Richard Attenborough, using Avatar-like technology, and plays the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

The Intouchables: French blockbuster sensation about an aging Caucasian paraplegic who hires a poor young black man to be his caretaker. 

Snow White and the Huntsman: Big-budget retelling of the fairy tale finds the huntsman (Thor’s Chris Hemsworth) teaming up with Snow White (Kristen Stewart) to try to end the reign of the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). 

Men in Black 3: Will Smith has to go back in time to prevent Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement from murdering Tommy Lee Jones, who’s represented in the past by Josh Brolin. 

Battleship: Peter Berg’s adaptation of the Hasbro board game, pitting the American Navy against invading aliens, is seriously loud and explodey.

Bernie: Jack Black plays the real-life Bernie Tiede, a popular Texas funeral director who was convicted of murdering an 81-year-old widow.

The Dictator: Sacha Baron Cohen—aka Borat, Bruno and Ali G—is back as a despot willing to do anything to prevent the spread of democracy.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: There’s a charm to this movie about British retirees who outsource their retirement to India, mostly because the cast is made up of folks like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Maggie Smith. 

To the Arctic 3-D: Cute-animal-movie alert No. 2. Meryl Streep narrates this new IMAX movie about a mama polar bear and her two cubs. 

The Hunger Games: The most anticipated movie of the year to date is about a dystopian future where teens like Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are forced to kill one another to stay alive. 

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity: Liam Neeson narrates this IMAX film, screening at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. 

Born to be Wild 3-D: Despite sounding like yet another animated animal movie, this is an IMAX film about baby elephants and orangutans and the people who love them. Oh, and it’s narrated by Morgan Freeman. Collective sigh for the baby monkeys, please.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The camp classic continues its ongoing run, Fridays at midnight at La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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