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“Movie review: Banksy's 'Exit Through the Gift Shop ... - Republic” plus 3 more

“Movie review: Banksy's 'Exit Through the Gift Shop ... - Republic” plus 3 more


Movie review: Banksy's 'Exit Through the Gift Shop ... - Republic

Posted: 12 Apr 2010 06:49 AM PDT


In this film publicity image released by Paranoid Pictures, a scene is shown from, "Exit Through the Gift Shop." (AP Photo/Paranoid Pictures)


In this film publicity image released by Paranoid Pictures, graffiti art is shown in a scene is shown from, "Exit Through the Gift Shop." (AP Photo/Paranoid Pictures)


"Exit Through the Gift Shop" guides you through the world of street art before showing you the door, leaving you — as all thought-provoking graffiti does — amused, thrilled, bewildered and a little confused about the nature of art.

The film is a curiosity. It's both an attempted documentary of an artistic movement and a bemused examination about why the movie failed in that mission. It was made by the renown British graffiti artist known as Banksy, whose creations appear secretly overnight on random walls the world over.

Banksy's works often suggest a wry comment on pop culture: a mural of Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta from "Pulp Fiction" holding bananas rather than guns; a painting on the West Bank barrier of a girl pulled upward by balloons; British pound notes with Princess Diana's head replacing the Queen's.

Aside from apparently guiding the movie behind the camera, Banksy occasionally appears in front of it, too. Lounging leisurely in a chair, he's hooded and shrouded in shadow, his voice altered.

He introduces the film, apologizing that it's "not 'Gone With the Wind,'" but that he thinks there may be "a moral in there somewhere."

The central figure of the movie isn't Banksy, but an enthusiastic, mutton-chopped Frenchman named Thierry Guetta. A celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles family man ("C'est Shaq," he exclaims), Guetta obsessively videotapes his life.

When Guetta comes in contact with street artists like Invader and Shepard Fairey, he quickly ingratiates himself to them and becomes the artists' de facto documentarian.

"The man who would film anything had stumbled into an underground world," intones the film's narrator, the Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

Guetta knows little about art or even filmmaking, but he's game. He excitedly follows these artists (whose works now can fetch tens of thousands of dollars at auction) as they, like burglars, scramble across rooftops at night.

As time goes by, Guetta amasses a great library of footage. Much of it is riveting — a rare window into people who spend a lot of energy keeping their identities secret and obscuring their methods.

When fame finds Banksy and the other graffiti artists, they urge Guetta to assemble his documentary. He responds with a 90-minute movie, "Life Remote Control," a plotless, almost demented mess.

Realizing that they had entrusted the wrong person — "someone with mental problems with a camera," says Banksy — Banksy decides to take the reins, and "Exit Through the Gift Shop" is the result.

There's a twist, though. While Banksy is sifting through the wreckage, he suggests Guetta try creating street art, himself — thereby unwittingly creating a monster.

In Los Angeles, Guetta remakes himself as "Mister Brainwash" and — with the help of a large staff and notices from Banksy and Fairey — fixes up an extravagant hit debut show. The lavish attention he gets and the prices paid for his derivative, manufactured paintings, astonishes Banksy and the rest.

They are left shaking their heads at this counterfeit "overnight artist." Looking for a lesson, Banksy shrugs, "Maybe it means art is a bit of a joke."

It's a deflating, albeit sensible conclusion, especially when it comes at the heels of a movie that celebrates art's inventiveness. It's also fitting: One of Banksy's most famous pranks was stealthily hanging his own works in the Louvre.

"Exit Through the Gift Shop" begins with a beautiful montage of street artists at work, set to Richard Hawley's "Tonight the Streets Are Ours." As fascinating a story as Guetta's is, one can't help but wish street art could have gotten the documentary it deserved.

"Exit Through the Gift Shop," a Producers Distribution Agency release, is rated R for some language. Running time: 87 minutes. Three stars out of four.

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Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G — General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG — Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG-13 — Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R — Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 — No one under 17 admitted.

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Movie Schedule - Arizona Daily Star

Posted: 09 Apr 2010 11:56 PM PDT

Century El Con 20*

3601 E. Broadway

1-800-FANDANGO (326-3264), Ext. 902

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 12:10, 2:50, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45.

Black Waters of Echo's Pond (R) - 11:35, 1:55, 4:20, 7, 9:25.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:50, 10:35.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - noon, 12:40, 1:20, 2:40, 3:20, 4, 5:20, 6:15, 6:40, 8:05, 8:55, 9:30, 10:50.

Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) - 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15.

Date Night (PG-13) - 11:15, 11:50, 12:35, 1:30, 2:10, 2:55, 3:45, 4:25, 5:10, 6, 6:45, 7:30, 8:20, 9:05, 9:50, 10:40.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 11:15, 1:45, 4:15.

Ghost Writer (PG-13) - 1:20, 4:20.

Greenberg (R) - 11:40, 2:25, 5:05, 7:45, 10:25.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 12:30, 3, 5:30, 6:50, 8, 9:20, 10:30.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 12:45, 1:25, 3:15, 3:55, 5:45, 6:30, 8:15, 9, 10:45.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:45, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45.

Last Song (PG) - 11:30, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 8:45, 10:20.

Letters to God (PG) - 11:25, 2:05, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 12:50, 3:40, 7:05, 10:10.

Century Gateway 12*

770 N. Kolb Road

1-800-FANDANGO (326-3264), Ext. 962

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) - noon, 5:05, 10:05.

Avatar (PG-13) - 12:15, 3:45, 7:10.

Blind Side (PG-13) - 12:30, 3:30, 7:15, 10:05.

Book of Eli (R) - 12:05, 3:15, 7:30, 10:10.

Cop Out (R) - 12:45, 3:20, 7:20, 9:55.

Dear John (PG-13) - 2:35, 7:35.

Green Zone (R) - 1, 3:40, 7:50, 10:25.

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (PG-13) - 12:50, 3:50, 7, 9:50.

Repo Men (R) - 12:35, 3:25, 7:55, 10:30.

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) - 12:25, 3:35, 7:25, 10:15.

Spy Next Door (PG) - 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05, 9:45.

Valentine's Day (PG-13) - 2:25, 7:40.

When in Rome (PG-13) - noon, 5:15, 10:25.

Wolfman (R) - 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20.

Century Marketplace*

12155 N. Oracle Road, at the Oro Valley Marketplace

1-800-FANDANGO (326-3264), Ext. 899

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 10:50, 1:35, 4:25, 7:05, 9:40.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 10:55, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 11, 12:15, 1:40, 3, 4:20, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:35.

Date Night (PG-13) - 12:20, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 11:20, 1:50, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10.

Ghost Writer (PG-13) - 12:55, 4, 6:55, 9:50.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 11:40, 2:15, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 10:30, 1:05, 3:35, 6:05, 8:35.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45.

Last Song (PG) - 11:15, 2, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 10:25, 1:15, 4:05, 7:10, 10:10.

Century Park 16*

1055 W. Grant Road

1-800-FANDANGO (326-3264), Ext. 901

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 12:20, 1:30, 2:55, 4:05, 5:35, 6:40, 8:15, 9:15.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:25.

Brooklyn's Finest (R) - 1:25, 4:25, 7:30, 10:30.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20.

Crazies (R) - 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45.

Date Night (PG-13) - 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:35.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - noon, 2:20, 4:40, 7, 9:20.

Ghost Writer (PG-13) - 1, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 12:10, 1:20, 2:35, 3:45, 5, 6:15, 7:25, 8:40, 9:50.

Last Song (PG) - 1:55, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (PG) - 1:50, 4:35, 7:25, 10:10.

Shutter Island (R) - 12:55, 4, 7:10, 10:15.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 1:15, 4:05, 7, 9:50.

Century Park Place 20*

5870 E. Broadway

1-800-FANDANGO (326-3264), Ext. 903

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 10:10, 12:50, 3:30, 7:15, 9:50.

Alice in Wonderland 3D (PG) - 11:30, 2:05, 4:45.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 11:35, 2:20, 5, 7:40, 10:25.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 10:25, 11:45, 12:25, 1:05, 2:25, 3:05, 3:45, 5:05, 5:45, 6:25, 7:45, 8:25, 9:05, 10:25.

Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) - 11:05, 1:45, 4:25, 7:05, 7:25, 9:45, 10:05.

Date Night (PG-13) - 10, 10:40, 11:40, 12:30, 1:20, 2:10, 3, 3:50, 4:40, 5:30, 6:20, 7:10, 8, 8:50, 9:40, 10:30.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 11:25, 2, 4:30, 6:55, 9:20.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 12:05, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:15.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 10:05, 11, 12:35, 1:25, 3:10, 3:55, 5:35, 6:30, 8:05, 8:55.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:45, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 9:55.

Last Song (PG) - 11, 12:20, 1:40, 2:55, 4:20, 5:40, 7, 8:20, 9:35.

Letters to God (PG) - 11:10, 1:55, 4:55, 7:35, 10:20.

Shutter Island (R) - 10:30.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 10:15, 11:50, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 5:50, 7:20, 8:45, 10:10.

Crossroads*

4811 E. Grant Road, 327-7067

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) - 11 a.m.

An Education (PG-13) - 11:20 a.m.

Avatar (PG-13) - 11:40, 3, 6:30, 9:10.

Blind Side (PG-13) - 1:30, 4:20, 7.

Book of Eli (R) - 9:50.

Cop Out (R) - 4:45, 7:20, 9:55.

Crazy Heart (R) - 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40.

Green Zone (R) - 11:30, 4:35, 9:45.

Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (PG-13) - 9:40.

It's Complicated (R) - 2, 7:10.

Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) - 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:35.

Tooth Fairy (PG) - noon, 2:20.

Foothills*

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., 1-888-AMC-4FUN

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 11:15, 2:05, 4:55, 7:50, 10:20.

Black Waters of Echo's Pond (R) - 10:30, 12:45, 3, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45, midnight.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 11:55, 2:25, 5, 7:40, 10:25.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 10:30, 11:05, 12:55, 1:30, 3:45, 4:15, 6:15, 6:45, 8:45, 9:30, 11:15, midnight.

Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) - 11:45, 2:15, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20.

Date Night (PG-13) - 11, 12:15, 1:15, 2:30, 3:30, 4:45, 5:45, 7, 8, 9:15, 10:15, 11:30.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 10:50, 1, 3:10, 5:20, 7:35.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 10:40, 1, 3:20, 5:50, 8:15, 10:35.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 10:35, 1:05, 3:25, 5:45, 8:10, 10:30.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:35, 2, 4:25, 6:55, 9:20, 11:45.

Last Song (PG) - 11:30, 2, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40, 12:05.

Letters to God (PG) - 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55.

Shutter Island (R) - 9:50.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 10:55, 1:50, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10.

Harkins Spectrum*

5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz, 806-4275 Ext. 843

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 10:05, 1, 3:50, 6:45, 9:20.

Black Waters of Echo's Pond (R) - 9:45, 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 11:15, 2:20, 5:10, 7:50, 10:40.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 10:10, 10:50, 12:10, 12:50, 1:30, 2:50, 3:30, 4:10, 5:30, 6:10, 6:50, 8:10, 8:50, 9:30, 10:50.

Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) - 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10.

Date Night (PG-13) - 10, 11:20, 12:20, 1:40, 2:40, 4, 5, 6:20, 7:20, 8:40, 9:40, 11.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 10:15, 12:45, 3:20, 6:05, 8:45.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 9:55, 12:30, 3, 5:20, 8, 10:30.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 10:40, 1:15, 3:45, 6:15, 9.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:40, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 10.

Last Song (PG) - 10:20, 11:10, 1:10, 2, 3:50, 4:40, 6:30, 9:10.

Letters to God (PG) - 10:30, 1:20, 4:20, 7:10, 10:20.

Runaways (R) - 11, 1:45, 4:15, 7, 9:45.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 9:50, 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 7:40, 9:50, 10:55.

Loft*

3233 E. Speedway, 795-7777

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (NR) - 12:30, 3:45, 7.

Goonies (PG) - 10.

Massive Movie Sing-a-Long Part 2 (NR) - 7.

Police, Adjective (NR) - 1.

A Prophet (R) - 3:30, 10.

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road, 292-2430

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) - 12:20, 2:40.

Blind Side (PG-13) - 1, 4, 7, 9:40.

Book of Eli (R) - 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50.

Dear John (PG-13) - noon, 2:30, 7:10, 9:30.

Edge of Darkness (R) - 4:40, 9:20.

It's Complicated (R) - 1:30, 4:10, 6:40.

Repo Men (R) - 12:10, 5:10, 7:30, 9:55.

Tooth Fairy (PG) - noon, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10.

Tower Theatres*

8031 N. Business Park Drive, Marana

579-0500

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 11:15, 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:20.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:20, 9:45.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 12:45, 3:20, 5:50, 8:30.

Clash of the Titans 3D (PG-13) - 11:30, 2, 4:40, 7:15, 9:55.

Date Night (PG-13) - 11, 12:10, 1:10, 2:20, 3:15, 4:30, 5:30, 6:40, 7:40, 8:50, 9:50.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 12:15, 2:25, 4:35, 6:45, 9.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 12:40, 3, 5:25, 7:45, 10.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 12:35, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:20, 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25.

Last Song (PG) - 11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 11:10, 1:45, 4:20, 7, 9:40.

Desert Sky Cinema*

70 W. Duval Mine Road, Sahuarita

393-1222

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 1, 4, 7, 9:15.

Brooklyn's Finest (R) - 4, 9:40.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30.

Date Night (PG-13) - 1, 4, 7, 9.

Ghost Writer (PG-13) - 1, 7, 9:30.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:30.

Remember Me (PG-13) - 1, 7.

Young Victoria (PG) - 4.

Oasis Cinema

240 W. Roper Road, Nogales AZ

1-520-761-1777

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 1:45, 4:35.

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 7:30.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 1:30, 4:20, 7:15.

Crazy Heart (R) - 1:30, 4:20, 7:15.

Date Night (PG-13) - 2:10, 5, 8.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 1:45, 4:35.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 7:45.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 2, 4:50, 7:45.

Last Song (PG) - 1:45, 4:35, 7:30.

Our Family Wedding (PG-13) - 2, 4:50, 7:45.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 1:30, 4:20, 7:15.

Cinemark 10*

2175 El Mercado Loop, Sierra Vista

1-520-458-1980

Alice in Wonderland (PG) - 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:05.

Clash of the Titans (PG-13) - 11:15, 12:10, 1:05, 1:55, 2:50, 3:45, 4:35, 5:30, 6:25, 7:15, 8:10, 9:05, 9:55.

Date Night (PG-13) - noon, 2:30, 5, 7:20, 9:40.

Hot Tub Time Machine (R) - 12:15, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15.

How to Train Your Dragon (PG) - 1:10, 3:50, 6:20, 8:50.

How to Train Your Dragon 3D (PG) - 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10.

Last Song (PG) - 11:35, 2:15, 5:05, 7:35, 10:20.

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? (PG-13) - 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50.

Uptown Theatre*

4341 S. State Highway 92, Sierra Vista

1-520-378-2858

Bounty Hunter (PG-13) - 1, 4, 7, 9:30.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (PG) - 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30.

Our Family Wedding (PG-13) - 12:45, 3:45, 6:45.

Repo Men (R) - 9:30.

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Date Night: A Movie to Remember? - Associated Content

Posted: 12 Apr 2010 09:44 PM PDT

Date Night doesn't stand out in comparison to any other night.

Date Night is a movie that landed in US theaters April of 2010. It faired well in its opening weekend box office clashing against the 3D movie Clash Of The Titans and by some accounts winning; though, perhaps controversially, not by all accounts. ( A recount of box office intake placed Clash Of the Titans at number one after Date Night was first announced to be in the top earning spot.)

The story is about a married couple caught in the dredges of boring routine, with their sanctioned date night of the week not even spurring in excitement. However, they become aware of their predicament and seek to liven things up by a dinner trip into the city. Continuing to live on the wild side they dare to steal another couple's reservation at a fancy restaurant and consequently some mafia thugs mistaken them for said other couple and the gun blazing chase is on! Why? Because it is a funny premise and the "other" couple have stolen a flash drive and are holding it ransom.

Steve Carell and Tina Fey headline the movie Date Night, however, there are many other notable names chipping in for support. Mark Wahlberg, Taraji P. Henson, Common, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Mark Ruffalo, William Fichtner, Ray Liotta, Kristen Wiig, and Jimmi Simpson aka Lyle The Intern from the David Letterman Show all make appearances as well. The movie was directed by Shawn Levy, who previously helmed the Night At The Museum movies, and scripted by John "Shrek The Third" Klausner.

If you do not like Steve Carell or Tina Fey then you will already not like this movie. I wouldn't hold that against it as the biggest flaw though, because I'm not fans and they were not exactly the weakest link per-say. If you do like them, then there's a chance that you might enjoy some of what Date Night has to offer. I would say the audience most likely to get a big kick out of Date Night would be older couples, but even then it's not really that big of a kick.

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Russell Brand and Katy Perry's snog axed from movie! - New!

Posted: 08 Apr 2010 04:55 PM PDT

Russell Brand reprises his 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' role of rocker Aldous Snow in 'Get Him To The Greek', and in the movie he locked lips with his real-life fiancee Katy Perry, who has a cameo.

However test audiences were bemused to find the scene had been removed and replaced by a smooch with fellow pop star Christina Aguilera instead.

A source said: "There has been a few early screenings over in the States and Katy wasn't in it.

"Everyone had been waiting for the big kiss scene, but it wasn't there. It's the moment the big romance started."

The source added to The Daily Mirror: "And now they are getting married - it's like a fairytale unravelling in front of our eyes. The scene has got to get back in there."

Katy – who started dating Russell in September, four months before they got engaged – recently admitted she was attracted to Russell as soon as they worked together on the film.

She said: "When he was filming Get Him to the Greek, I did a cameo with him.

"My scene called for me to make out with him. And on the way down the stairs after the scene, I was hopping like a bunny.

"I hop like a bunny when I'm happy - I get a bit childlike."

She's no doubt still hopping around LA...

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