Local Cinema Watch


It’s the end of August and you may have noticed it’s really hot outside.  I can’t think of a better place to be than in a nice cool air-conditioned movie theater.  If you’re already caught up seeing what remains of the summer blockbusters and in the mood for something a little different, how about seeing what the local theaters have to offer.

The Bijou has three new movies debuting today and tomorrow as well as a couple of well-received films that tonight is your last chance to see.

(Last Chance to See)

Beginners:  Final showing at 5:00 tonight. Comedy/Drama – 2010 – USA – 105 Minutes – Rated R

Ewan McGregor stars as Oliver, a man still mourning  the death of  his father Hall (Christopher Plummer)  when he meets the  unpredictable Anna (Melanie  Laurent of Inglourious Basterds).   This new love  opens up memories Oliver had with his father, who,  following the death of his wife of 45 years, came out of the closet  at age 75 to live as happily and open as he could for the time he  had left.  The sudden honesty of Hall brought the father and son  closer together.  Now Oliver wants to take the lessons of love,  bravery and humor his father taught him to love Anna.

In a Better World: Final showing at 8:00 tonight. Drama/Thriller – 2010 – Denmark/Sweden – 119 minutes – Rated R

The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, In a Better World tells the story of a family dealing with an impending divorce, acts of revenge and the lesions we learn from pain and empathy.

(Opening Today)The Big Uneasy:  First showing at 7:15. Documentary – 2010 – USA – 98 minutes – Not Rated

Humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer gets the inside story of what really happened during Hurricane Katrina.  Could the disaster have been prevented?  Is the new levee system being built any different than the one that failed during the hurricane?  These are some of the questions Shearer asks in trying to uncover the truth behind one of the worst disasters in American history.  This film marks the third event in Bijou Art Cinemas new monthly series, The Cinema Pacific Filmmaker Dialogues.  The screening of The Big Uneasy will be followed by a moderated Skype chat with the film’s writer-director Harry Shearer. (Opening Tomorrow)

Everything Must Go
: Showing on Friday, August 26 at 9:00. Comedy/Drama – 2010 – USA – 97 minutes – Rated R

In a rare dramatic role, Will Ferrell stars as Nick Halsey, a man struggling to hold his life together.  After being fired from his job, Nick comes home to discover his wife has kicked him out of the house and put all of his possessions on the front lawn.  Suddenly without a roof over his head or a job, Nick decides to live on his front lawn while holding a daily yard sale until everything is gone.

The Guard: Showing on Friday, August 26 at (5:10), 7:20, 9:30. Comedy/Thriller – 2011 – Ireland – 96 minutes – Rated R

Sergeant Gerry Boyle (Brendan Gleason) is a small-town cop with a crass personality and politically incorrect sense of humor.  Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle) is a straitlaced 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.

(Still Playing)

Midnight in Paris: Showing at (5:45), 9:40.  Tomorrow at (4:30) Romantic Comedy – 2011 – USA/Spain – 100 minutes – Rated PG-13

Woody Allen’s latest film about a couple (Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams) who go to Paris for inspiration, love and nostalgia.

As long as you’re sitting in a cool theater, how about an adult beverage and some food to go with your movie-going experience.  Over at The David Minor Theater, they are debuting one new film today.

Win Win: Showing at 5:40, 9:45. Comedy/Drama – 2011 – USA – 106 minutes – Rated R

Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) is a struggling lawyer  who moonlights as a high school wrestling coach when  he discovers a star athlete through some questionable  business dealings while trying to support his family.

(Still Playing)

The Breakfast Club:  Showing at 5:40

Paul: Showing at 7:35

The Lincoln Lawyer: Showing at 7:35

Source Code: Showing at 9:45

Well there you go.  Something a little less mainstream than your typical multiplex.  Going to an art-house theater is not only a different experience, it’s an education into independent and foreign cinema.  At the very least you’ll being showing off to your friends about some artsy movies they’ve probably never heard of.

Passionate about movies, sports and writing, Ryan hails from Bend but lives in Springfield now. He earned his college degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and hopes to one day write a novel. He also enjoys sunsets and long walks on the beach.

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