EUGENE– Oscars hangover anyone? Well if you haven’t seen all of the award winning films from last Sunday, especially The King’s Speech, then you’ve still got another week at local theaters. The Fighter, True Grit, and Black Swan are all excellent movies, and are still playing. Opening this weekend, however, is another wave of bigger movies… ah the oncoming tide of summer.
First up we’ve got the charmer Rango, voiced by Johnny Depp. Rango is brought to us by the makers of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and looks like all the fun an animated chameleon can have in the wild west. It follows the adventures of Rango, a city-slicker chameleon who winds up in the western town of Dirt… that just so happens to need a sheriff. Rango is NOT in 3D, thank the stars. I’ve seen the preview a few times, and my kids are dying to see it. This is one that I’ll be glad to take them too. Rango is rated PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking.
Second out is the Matt Damon thriller The Adjustment Bureau. Damon plays an up and coming politician who takes on the agents of fate in order to meet Emily Blunt. The two flee across New York City and try to outsmart the Bureau, an FBI-type force that corrects fate when things go wrong. It sounds like an intriguing plot, and it looks like a smartly made movie. For anyone wanting action and romance, The Adjustment Bureau is rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.
Next up we’ve got the comedy Take Me Home Tonight, yes named after the hit song from the 80s. The movie takes place late in that same decade and follows Topher Grace (from That 70s Show) as he graduates MIT, gets sickened by the greed and materialism of the 1980s, and quits his high-paying job to work in a video store. The movie centers around a Labor Day Weekend party where the sensitive male lead follows his dream girl around… Like a John Cusak movie. Take Me Home Tonight is rated R for language, sexual content and drug use.
Last up is the teen drama Beastly. Think Beauty and the Beast meets Twilight… which is weird because we’re also getting a Little Red Riding Hood meets Twilight… I’ll be glad when this Twilight things is over. Anyway, Beastly is brought to you by CBS Films and is rated PG-13 for language including crude comments, brief violence and some thematic material.