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There’s something for everyone this week at the Bijou.  A little comedy, some drama, throw in some sci-fi and top it off with a Schwarzenegger flick.

Another World

Another Earth: Showing at 9:30 every night this week.  Drama – 2011 – 92 Min – PG-13

How would you react if another Earth suddenly popped up in the solar system?  Rhoda Williams, a young woman recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program and a brilliant composer, John Burroughs who has just reached the top of his profession and expecting the birth of his second child, inadvertently cross paths after tragedy happens.  Despite the discover of another Earth and possibly an alternate universe, these two characters become estranged from the world and the selves they once knew.  But after they become involved, one of them is presented with the opportunity to travel to the other Earth and not only start over, but embrace an alternative reality.

Despite the sci-fi element to this story, Another Earth is really a drama and romance about two people trying to reconnect with the world after their lives drastically change.  But now there’s another world and that idea opens up an endless amount of questions about our existence and what really matters.  It’s a fascinating and unique premise that fans of both drama and science fiction might like to check out.

Life, Above All:  Showing at (5:45) and 8:00 all this week.  Drama – 2010 – 100 Min – PG-13

Set in South Africa, this foreign drama tells the story of Chanda, a 12-year-old girl who has recently lost her newly-born sister.  Following the death, Chanda’s mother flees their small village in Johannesburg due to rumors about what caused the death.  Sensing that the gossip stems from prejudice and superstition, Chanda leaves home and school in search of her mother and the truth.

The Trip

The Trip:  Showing at (4:45) and 7:10 all this week.  Comedy – 2010 – 107 Min – No Rating

Steve Coogan plays himself in this mockumentary about the actor who’s asked by The Observer to tour the country’s finest restaurants and write about them.  The only problem is he has no one to go with on this adventure except his best friend Rob Brydon.  This is really just a road trip movie for Coogan and Brydon to improvise, lob insults at one another and compete over who does a better Michael Caine impression.  The Trip is directed by Michael Winterbottom who directed Coogan and Brydon in another mockumentary-style film-within-a-film called Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story.  If your a fan of dry, british humor in the vain of Monty Python then you’ll probably enjoy The Trip.

The Terminator: Begins Thursday, September 22 at 11:30 PM.  Action – 1984 – 107 Min – Rated R

When I think of art house cinema, I don’t think of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.  But the Bijou has dubbed this Schwarzenegger September by showing four of Arnold’s movies.  From Thursday through Saturday, you can watch the movie that made Arnold a star.  The Terminator is basically one long chase movie that never fails to entertain.  It’s a bit dated in the fashion department (what 80’s movie isn’t), but it’ s action-packed from beginning to end and Linda Hamilton is great as the hero trying to outrun the cyborg.

At David Minor this week, there’s only one new film playing and it’s the funniest movie of the year.

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids:  Showing at 5:15 on Thursday, September 22.  Comedy – 2011 – 125 Min – Rated R

It’s been called the Hangover for chicks.  But to compare Bridesmaids to The Hangover Part II would be doing it a disservice.  This is a hilarious comedy that both men and women will enjoy.  Kristen Wiig plays Annie, a woman whose life kind of sucks right now.  She has a crappy job, terrible roommates and a guy friend who only wants to sleep with her.  She’s asked to be a maid of honor for her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph).  Seeing her best friend getting married and being happy should mask her own crappy life, but Annie has to compete with Lillian’s new friend and fellow bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne) for Lillian’s affection.

Bridesmaids has a lot of heart, numerous laugh-out-loud moments and will definitely become one of those movies you quote over and over.  It runs a little too long, but that’s a minor complaint.  This is the funniest movie of the year and should be seen with an audience.

Other movies still playing at David Minor:

Everything Must Go: Showing at 5:30

Hanna: Showing at 9:40

Paul: Showing at 9:40

Win Win: Showing at 5:30, 7:25

X-Men: First Class: Showing at 7:25

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