Adam Sandler, Animated Shakespeare, Epic Roman Action, and Justin Bieber… Hollywood Strikes Even Earlier This Year

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EUGENE–

Coming to local theaters this weekend are a few options for fellow Eugenians, as Hollywood tries to blast movie-goers out of their winter slumber and into fall’s flick-tastic spectacular even earlier this year with a four-shot barrage.

First in the chamber is heavy-hitter Adam Sandler in Columbia Pictures’ Just Go With It directed by Dennis Dugan, Sandler’s go-to guy, and co-starring Jennifer Aniston. Just Go With It is a first for newcomer Brooklyn Decker, Sports Illustrated model and wife to tennis star Andy Roddick. She plays Sandler’s much-younger girlfriend who he spends the movie trying to fool into thinking he is going through a divorce so she doesn’t find out he is a womanizer who wears a wedding ring to get girls. Hilarity ensues. Just Go With It is rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language.

Second out of the barrel is Shakespeare, played by garden gnomes. A re-telling of Romeo and Juliet to the sounds of Elton John. Gnomeo and Juliet is ratedG.

Third we have the Roman epicThe Eagle from director Kevin Reynolds, whose previous works include the suspenseful and harrowing docu-dramaTouching the Void, the heart-wrenching Last King of Scotland, and Russel Crowe’s State of Play. The Eaglefollows a young Roman soldier on the front lines in England in 140 AD, and has been well reviewed as a fall-back to the times when epic battle scenes were shot on location. The Eagle stars Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and Donald Sutherland; it is rated PG-13 for battle se quences and some disturbing images.

Finally, if you don’t know who Justin Bieber is, you don’t associate with children a lot. It’s gotta be the hair, but the teen singing sensation comes to movie theaters this weekend, and is primed to take the number one spot at the box office. Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is a documentary, if it can be called that, that chronicles the star’s rise to fame, cut with concert performances from his sold-out 2010 concert tour.

Take your pick, it’s going to rain this weekend.