Local Cinema Watch


It’s been a pretty disappointing year for movies.  Uninspiring sequels: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover Part IIScream 4.  Highly anticipated disappointments: Sucker PunchGreen LanternBattle: Los Angeles.  And movies that felt like they could have been so much better:  Super 8ThorCowboys & Aliens30 Minutes or Less.  Hell even Pixar made a bad movie this year with Cars 2But despite a lackluster summer at the cinema, there were a few bright spots and two of them are debuting at the David Minor Theater this week. 

Hanna - Bourne on estrogen?

:  First showing at 5:30 Thursday, September 8.  Action – 2011 – 111 Minutes – Rated PG-13

Think of Hanna as The Bourne Identity meets an old  fairy tale.  Saoirse Ronan plays Hanna, a 16-year-old  girl who lives in the woods with her father (Eric Bana).    Unlike most teenage girls, Hanna has the strength,  stamina and intelligence of a soldier having been  trained by her father, an ex-CIA man.  After years of  living in isolation with just her father, Hanna suddenly  is thrown into the modern-day world and forced to use  her unique skills to elude a ruthless government agent  (Cate Blanchett) who will do anything to keep both  Hanna and her father a secret.  Hanna is a unique  thriller with outstanding fighting sequences, an ass-kicking soundtrack and beautiful European locations.  

Superhero reboot?


X-Men: First Class: First showing at 9:15 Friday, September 9.  Action – 2011 – 131 Minutes – Rated PG-13

There were a lot of superhero movies this summer and the best one was X-Men: First Class.  Set before the events of the first three X-men movies, First Class tells the story of Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr before they were known as Professor X and Magneto.  Before they became the most powerful mutants on opposite sides, they were just two young men discovering their powers for the first time.  But at the hight of the Cold War in the early 1960s, their views on where mutants fit in the world were very different and their relationship would forever change during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Unlike the other superhero films this summer, X-Men: First Class felt like the most fun despite being an origins story.  Set in the early 1960s and feeling a lot like the James Bond films from that decade, the movie has exciting action sequences and terrific performances particularly from James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Professor X and Magneto.

Everything Must Go: Showing at 7:30 on Thursday, September 8.  Comedy/Drama – 2010 – 97 Minutes – Rated R

Also opening on Thursday is Will Ferrell’s latest attempt at serious material, Everything Must Go.  This film had a very short run at the Bijou and was just released on DVD last week.  Fans of Ferrell’s usual work might not find a rare dramatic turn from him as appealing.  Check out last week’s local cinema watch for a synopsis of the film.

(Still Playing) Thursday Listings

Win Win: Showing at 9:15

Paul: Showing at 5:30

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Showing at 7:30

(Last Chance to See) Thursday Listings

The Breakfast Club: Showing at 9:15

Over at the Bijou, they have four films showing.

Daylight: Showing at 10:10 on Thursday, September 8.  Horror/Thriller – 2010 – 75 Minutes – No Rating

On their way to a wedding, a couple picks up a hitchhiker they shouldn’t have.  There isn’t a lot of information on this film.  Watching the trailer, it looks very independent, relying on psychological thrills over the usual genre thrills.  Judging by the trailer, it looks like a Terrence Malick film with blood and violence.

Incendies: Showing at 7:30 on Thursday, September 8.  Drama – 2010 – 130 Minutes – Rated R


This Oscar-nominated film from Canada tells the story of  twins who travel to the Middle East in search of their  troubled family roots.  Following their mother’s death, the  sisters receive a pair of envelopes from their mother’s  will.  One envelope is for the father they thought was  dead and the other for a brother they didn’t know existed.   Upon these startling revelations, they decide to dig up  family history by traveling to a foreign country to seek the  truth about their lives.

(Still Playing)

 The Guard: Showing at (5:10), 7:25 and 9:35 on  Thursday, September 8.  Comedy/Thriller – 2011 – 96  Minutes – Rated R

 Midnight in Paris: Showing at (5:00) on Thursday,  September 8.  Romantic Comedy – 2011 – 100 Minutes –  Rated PG-13

Check out last weeks cinema watch for a synopsis of these two films.

New Releases for Friday 4/8


Welcome to the weekend Eugeneans! Can you feel the excitement of the Spring Movie Season? It’s anybody’s game at the box office this weekend with sleeper-hit-movie possibilities abound. With 5 (count ’em 5!) new movies premiering in local theaters today, what will be this year’s Diary Of A Wimpy Kid? Maybe the sequel?

First up we’ve got the remake of the 1981 Dudley Moore classic, Arthur. This time around the insanely funny Russell Brand (on his way up to super-stardom I see? Not enough that you’re married to Katy Perry is it pal?) plays Arthur- a billionaire lush with a penchant for tomfoolery. This time around, with an updated script, Arthur’s drinking gets more of the spotlight. The scene with Russell Brand (as Arthur) is sitting in an AA meeting with a huge fake beard, and introduces himself as Gandalf… funny stuff. Arthur seems to be quite a bit more laugh-out-loud than the original, at the sacrifice of the quality of the movie as a whole. Arthur is rated PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language and some drug references.

Also we’ve got the IMAX-Exclusive Born to be Wild 3D playing at Valley River’s IMAX theater. Born to be Wild 3D is a documentary that follows various apes, elephants, and other African wildlife. My daughter is absolutely dying to see this movie, and as much as IMAX costs, it looks like it might be worth it. Born to be Wild 3D is rated G for everyone.

Next up is the inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, a world-class surfer who at 13 lost her arm at the shoulder to a Tiger Shark. Her experience, struggle, and victory are chronicled in the new movie Soul Surfer starring Anna Sophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, and Helen Hunt. Bethany Hamilton overcame incredible odds to learn how to live and how to surf all over again… and proves the might of the human spirit. Soul Surfer is rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material.

What could shape up to be the sleeper-hit of the season is a movie getting more buzz than a bee hiveHanna. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett, Hanna is the tale of a 16-year-old assassin who is sent on a complicated mission across Europe to take out a notorious intelligence operative. Raised at home and taught by her father, Hanna is what would happen if Jason Bourne had a daughter. Played without fear by Saoirse (pronounced say-or-say I believe), who starred in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones, this thriller looks like a must-see. Hanna is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language.

Last but certainly not least is Your Highness, by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride. The team behind HBO’s Eastbound and Down and the brilliant Pineapple Express, brings us a stoner-comedy set in a fantasy-Dungeons-n-Dragons-movie. If that’s not enough to get you to go then we need to have a serious talk about what’s funny and what is not. Danny McBride, James Franco, and Academy Award Winner Natalie Portman quest to rescue the fair maiden, and plow through more weed than a tanker full of RoundUp. Your Highness looks hilarious, and is rated R for strong crude and sexual content, pervasive language, nudity, violence and some drug use.

That’s it for Toomb’s New Releases this week, stay tuned for more and have a great weekend Eugene!