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Ryan Beltram, EDN

It’s Thanksgiving week so not a whole lot of new stuff debuting at your local cinemas. The Bijou has a French drama opening, while David Minor debuts a summer blockbuster on Friday.

At the Bijou this week.

The Hedgehog: Drama – 2009 – 100 Min. – Not Rated. Starts Friday, Nov. 25 at 2:15, 2:45 and 7 pm through Sunday.

The Hedgehog

Paloma is a serious but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. She views everyone and everything around her with a pessimistic and hypocritical view and decides her future won’t get any better. Using her father’s old camcorder to chronicle her view on the world, Paloma begins to learn about the rest of life from the grumpy building concierge, Renee Michel, and discovers that maybe her trivial complaints about life are not as bad as she thought.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Take Shelter: Showing at 7:30 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Shows at 2:45 and 7:45 pm Friday-Sunday.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 5 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Friday – Sunday showing at 5:30 pm.

The Skin I Live In: Showing at 5:25 and 8 pm Wednesday and Thursday. Showing at 9:15 pm Friday – Sunday.

At David Minor this week, one new film debuts.

Super 8: Sci-Fi/Thriller – 2011 – 112 Min. – Rated PG-13. Debuts on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5:25 and 9:40 pm.

In Super 8, during the summer of 1979, a group of friends set out to make a zombie movie using a Super 8 camera. While filming at a train station, they witness the cause and aftermath of a train derailment. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and strange events begin to happen due to something that escaped from the train. The local deputy tries to uncover the truth while dealing with the government’s attempt to hide what’s really going on.

Super 8

Super 8 is a nostalgic trip back to early Steven Spielberg films including Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The director of E.T., J.J. Abrams, attempts to make an old-fashioned summer blockbuster focusing on characters over spectacle. While the film was better than most blockbusters this summer, it still felt disappointing. Abrams seemed to focus more on making the film remind us of an old Spielberg classic than making his own original movie.

The film features good performances by the child actors and a couple of spectacular action sequences. But the father-son relationship at the heart of the story could have been developed more, and the alien creature didn’t seem interesting or original.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Beginners: Showing at 5:30 pm Wednesday, and at 7:35 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Horrible Bosses: Showing at 5:30 pm Wednesday, and at 9:40 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Crazy, Stupid, Love: Showing at 9:30 pm Wednesday, and at 7:35 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Water For Elephants: Showing at 7:25 pm Wednesday, and at 5:25 pm Friday, Nov. 25-30.

Edward Scissorhands: Final showing is on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:25 pm.

David Minor Theater will be closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

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