It’s been a pretty disappointing year for movies. Uninspiring sequels: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover Part II, Scream 4. Highly anticipated disappointments: Sucker Punch, Green Lantern, Battle: Los Angeles. And movies that felt like they could have been so much better: Super 8, Thor, Cowboys & Aliens, 30 Minutes or Less. Hell even Pixar made a bad movie this year with Cars 2. But despite a lackluster summer at the cinema, there were a few bright spots and two of them are debuting at the David Minor Theater this week.
Hanna: First showing at 5:30 Thursday, September 8. Action – 2011 – 111 Minutes – Rated PG-13
Think of Hanna as The Bourne Identity meets an old fairy tale. Saoirse Ronan plays Hanna, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the woods with her father (Eric Bana). Unlike most teenage girls, Hanna has the strength, stamina and intelligence of a soldier having been trained by her father, an ex-CIA man. After years of living in isolation with just her father, Hanna suddenly is thrown into the modern-day world and forced to use her unique skills to elude a ruthless government agent (Cate Blanchett) who will do anything to keep both Hanna and her father a secret. Hanna is a unique thriller with outstanding fighting sequences, an ass-kicking soundtrack and beautiful European locations.
X-Men: First Class: First showing at 9:15 Friday, September 9. Action – 2011 – 131 Minutes – Rated PG-13
There were a lot of superhero movies this summer and the best one was X-Men: First Class. Set before the events of the first three X-men movies, First Class tells the story of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr before they were known as Professor X and Magneto. Before they became the most powerful mutants on opposite sides, they were just two young men discovering their powers for the first time. But at the hight of the Cold War in the early 1960s, their views on where mutants fit in the world were very different and their relationship would forever change during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Unlike the other superhero films this summer, X-Men: First Class felt like the most fun despite being an origins story. Set in the early 1960s and feeling a lot like the James Bond films from that decade, the movie has exciting action sequences and terrific performances particularly from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Professor X and Magneto.
Everything Must Go: Showing at 7:30 on Thursday, September 8. Comedy/Drama – 2010 – 97 Minutes – Rated R
Also opening on Thursday is Will Ferrell’s latest attempt at serious material, Everything Must Go. This film had a very short run at the Bijou and was just released on DVD last week. Fans of Ferrell’s usual work might not find a rare dramatic turn from him as appealing. Check out last week’s local cinema watch for a synopsis of the film.
(Still Playing) Thursday Listings
Win Win: Showing at 9:15
Paul: Showing at 5:30
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Showing at 7:30
(Last Chance to See) Thursday Listings
The Breakfast Club: Showing at 9:15
Over at the Bijou, they have four films showing.
Daylight: Showing at 10:10 on Thursday, September 8. Horror/Thriller – 2010 – 75 Minutes – No Rating
On their way to a wedding, a couple picks up a hitchhiker they shouldn’t have. There isn’t a lot of information on this film. Watching the trailer, it looks very independent, relying on psychological thrills over the usual genre thrills. Judging by the trailer, it looks like a Terrence Malick film with blood and violence.
Incendies: Showing at 7:30 on Thursday, September 8. Drama – 2010 – 130 Minutes – Rated R
This Oscar-nominated film from Canada tells the story of twins who travel to the Middle East in search of their troubled family roots. Following their mother’s death, the sisters receive a pair of envelopes from their mother’s will. One envelope is for the father they thought was dead and the other for a brother they didn’t know existed. Upon these startling revelations, they decide to dig up family history by traveling to a foreign country to seek the truth about their lives.
The Guard: Showing at (5:10), 7:25 and 9:35 on Thursday, September 8. Comedy/Thriller – 2011 – 96 Minutes – Rated R
Midnight in Paris: Showing at (5:00) on Thursday, September 8. Romantic Comedy – 2011 – 100 Minutes – Rated PG-13
Check out last weeks cinema watch for a synopsis of these two films.