Local Cinema Watch

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Ryan Beltram, EDN

A new slate of films open this Friday at the Bijou: a well-reviewed documentary, a film featuring the biggest cast ever,and the return of a popular film from a familiar director. In addition to a new set of films debuting, the Bijou will also be hosting a one-night event on Friday showcasing an old horror classic with a new interpretation on the sound of the film by a local band.

Senna: Documentary; 2010 – 106 Min. – Rated PG-13.

Debuting at 7:10 pm on Friday, Oct. 28; Showing at 2:15, 4:45 and 7:10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Showing at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

Senna tells the story of Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 World Championship three times before his death at age 34.

Chronicling the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid ’80s, the documentary follows Senna’s fierce rivalry with fellow racer and French World Champion Alain Prost, as well as Senna’s struggles with politics within the sport of racing. Stripped of narration and talking heads that usually frequent a documentary, Senna is a portrait of a tragic sports figure who was patriotic, a perfectionist and a humble, spiritual man.

Life in a Day: Documentary – 2011 – 95 Min – Rated PG-13

Debuting at 5:45 pm on Friday, Oct. 28; Showing at 1:30 and 5:45 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Showing at 5:15 pm Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

50 years from now, someone might ask the question, “What was it like to live in 2010?” Life in a Day presents more specifically, what it was like to live on July 24, 2010.

A year ago, filmmaker Kevin Macdonald asked the YouTube community to film itself on a specific day and submit the video to the Life in a Day page.

Macdonald and a number of fellow filmmakers would then take the footage and edit it down to a 90-minute feature film that would premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011. From Macdonald’s challenge, 80,000 videos were submitted with 4,500 hours of footage from 192 countries.There are no typical YouTube antics – just a simple mosaic of how people decided to spend one July day.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil: Comedy/Horror – 89 Min – Rated R

Showing at 9:30 pm on Friday, Oct. 28-Nov. 3.

Just in time for Halloween is a horror comedy about two best friends who have been mistaken for killers.

Tucker and Dale are headed to their run-down vacation cabin to drink, fish and have a good time. Unfortunately, a group of preppy college kids who’ve seen Deliverance and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre one too many times, run into the innocent hillbilly duo and assume they’re redneck killers. In an attempt to convince the kids that they mean them no harm, Tucker and Dale unwittingly fall into a series of gruesome and hilarious situations that lead to the college kids dying one by one.

Also Playing-

Back by popular demand is Woody Allen’s well-reviewed and most financially successful film of his career, Midnight in Paris. The movie stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams and involves time travel, conversations with historical figures and – you guessed it – Paris.

Midnight in Paris shows on Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:00 pm Weekend showings are at 3:30 and 7:45 pm, and the film will be shown at 7:15 pm from Monday, Oct. 31-Nov. 3.

This Friday will also be Halloween Night at the Bijou, and it will host two special events in anticipation of the spooky holiday.

At 8 pm, Mood Area 52 returns to the Bijou to perform its inspired original soundtrack to F.W. Murnau’s classic horror film Nosferatu. Mood Area 52 incorporates many different genres into its music, from electronica to folk. Its take on the horror classic should be a unique experience. Tickets for the show are $10.

Also on Friday, Forbidden Fruit presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Eugene’s only live shadow cast, Forbidden Fruit showcases the cult classic like you’ve never seen it before.  Expect language, nudity, screaming and the throwing of props. This is an age 17+ event; anyone under 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The show begins at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and costs $10.

The David Minor Theater is throwing its own costume party on Friday, but it isn’t just because of Halloween; it’s also the theater’s third anniversary. A superhero costume will get you into the party and Captain America screening for free; otherwise it will cost you $2. The screenings are at 7:15 and 9:30 pm.  Showings of Tree of Life, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses and Attack The Block will be canceled for the party. However, Bad Teacher will still be playing at 5:15 pm.

Still playing at David Minor:

Bridesmaids: Thursday, Oct. 27, and Oct. 29- Nov. 2. Showtime: 7:40 pm

Tree of Life: Thursday, Oct. 27, and Oct. 29-Nov. 2. Showtime: 5:15 pm

Horrible Bosses: Thursday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Bad Teacher: Showing at 5:15 on Thursday, Oct. 27-Nov. 2.; Showtime: at 9:50 pm

Captain America: Debuting Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:40 pm; Friday, 7:15 and 9:30 pm.; Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 7:40 pm

Attack The Block

Attack The Block: Comedy – 2011 – 87 Min – Rated R

Debuting on Thursday at 9:50 pm and screening again on Saturday, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Speaking of Attack The Block, the popular British sci-fi comedy will be debuting on Thursday and then screening again on Saturday. Starring mostly a collection of young, unknown actors, Block follows a South London teen street gang who is forced to fight against an invasion of savage alien monsters.

Using their housing project as a battleground, the gang uses their tough street smarts to foil the visitors from outer space and essentially become a team of kick-ass heroes.

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