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— Ryan Beltram, EDN

Hello movie buffs. We’ve got four new movies opening this week at our local cinemas. The Bijou is debuting a film about the rebirth of the electric car and a film about the world’s oldest profession. David Minor also has two new films; a bleak film about the spread of a deadly virus and a story about two men in law enforcement forced to work together despite having two very different approaches.

At the Bijou:

Revenge of the Electric Car: 2011 – Documentary – 90 Mins. – Rated PG-13. Opening on Friday, Jan. 6, at 7 pm.

Back in 2006, director Chris Paine released Who Killed the Electric Car? which examined the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

Five years later, Paine is back with Revenge of the Electric Car which looks at the resurgence of electric vehicles through the eyes of four pioneers of the electric revolution. Given unprecedented access, Paine follows the research and development programs at General Motors, Nissan, Tesla Motors and one part-time electric car converter who refuses to wait for the international car makers to create electric vehicles.

House of Pleasures: 2011 – Drama – 122 Mins. – Not Rated. Debuting on Friday, Jan. 6, at 9 pm.

Set entirely in a Parisian brothel at the turn of the 20th Century, House of Pleasures follows the brothel’s inhabitants; from naive teenagers seeking independence from their families to girls in their late 20s, already considered old.

The film is an unflinching look inside an environment that is anything but sexy. Women are abused, including one who becomes disfigured and others forced to stay for years to pay off debts. With a modernistic soundtrack and stylistic landscapes, House of Pleasures is a unique film and certainly one that goes against the grain.

Still Playing at the Bijou:

Blackthorn: Final two showings on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 4:45 and 9:30 pm.

Mozart’s Sister: Showing at 5:20 pm., Thursday and Friday. Screenings at 2:45 and 5:20 pm., Saturday and Sunday.

Martha Marcy May Marlene: Showing at 7 pm., on Thursday. Showing at 4:45 pm., Friday-Sunday.

Melancholia: Showing at 8 pm., Thursday-Sunday.

Over at David Minor:

Contagion: 2011 – Thriller – 106 Mins. – Rated PG-13. Opening on Thursday, Jan. 5, at  7:30 pm.

Director Steven Soderbergh has assembled an all-star cast in this depressing yet thrilling and accurate portrayal of an infectious disease that spreads across the planet. Seen through the eyes of multiple perspectives including families, CDC employees, politicians and journalists, Contagion perfectly balances the process and paranoia of what might happen if a disease suddenly spread.

Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet,  Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, the  film opens with Beth (Paltrow) returning home from a trip  overseas. The following morning, Beth collapses in her  kitchen as her husband, Mitch (Damon), looks on. While  at the hospital, Beth dies and thus begins the spread of a  disease that soon wipes out thousands.

For doctors and administrators at the CDC, they must  identify the type of virus they’re dealing with and then find  a way to combat it. As the disease begins spreading,  order to society begins to crumble and people, from  different walks of life, begin to doubt the future of not only  their lives, but life itself.

 The Guard: 2011 – Comedy – 96 Mins. – Rated R. Opens  on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 5:25 pm.

Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleason) is a small-town  cop with a crass personality and a politically incorrect sense of humor. Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle), is a strait-laced FBI agent assigned to Boyle’s small town to help investigate an international drug-smuggling gang. Together this unlikely duo uncover not only drug trafficking, but also murder, blackmail and rural police corruption.

We don’t see enough buddy-cop movies these days and judging by the trailer, The Guard looks like an original black comedy that isn’t afraid to offend.

Still Playing at David Minor:

Cowboys & Aliens: Showing at 5:25 pm., Jan. 5-11.

Midnight in Paris: Showing at 7:30 pm., Jan. 5-11.

Our Idiot Brother: Showing at 9:20 pm., Jan. 5-11.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Showing at 9:20 pm., Jan. 5-11

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