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“Movie review: 'Cairo Time': A woman lost and found amid the chaos - Washington Post” plus 3 more

“Movie review: 'Cairo Time': A woman lost and found amid the chaos - Washington Post” plus 3 more


Movie review: 'Cairo Time': A woman lost and found amid the chaos - Washington Post

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 11:00 PM PDT

Patricia Clarkson has a voice like toasted pecans drenched in bourbon. Sultry and refined, classically beautiful but not Hollywood perfect, she is often the best thing about the movies she's in -- and, all too often, she's in them too briefly. In "Cairo Time," a gentle, achingly romantic bagatelle from Canadian writer-director Ruba Nadda, Clarkson finally claims the romantic leading role she has long deserved. Delivering a tender, unshowy performance as eloquent in its silences as in her seductive, peppery whisper, Clarkson proves what her fans have known forever: She's ready for the spotlight. With luck she'll stay there for a while.

As "Cairo Time" opens, Clarkson's character, Juliette, a Canadian magazine editor, has just landed in Egypt, where she plans to join her husband, Mark, a U.N official. At the airport, Juliette is met by Mark's old friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig), who informs Juliette that her husband has been delayed in Gaza. At large and more than a bit at sea, at first Juliette tries to navigate Cairo's chaotic and noisy streets on her own, but quickly learns that she'll need a guide. She calls on Tareq, and for the next few days the two explore the city and their own interior landscapes, which undergo tiny seismic shifts the longer they spend together.

As a portrait of a woman confronting foreign climes and mid-life changes, "Cairo Time" resembles a bigger, glossier movie in theaters right now. But as a heroine Juliette presents a far more enigmatic -- and, oddly, more recognizable -- protagonist than Julia Roberts's post-divorce pilgrim in "Eat Pray Love." As "Cairo Time" unfolds, with Juliette and Tareq taking leisurely ambles through the city or smoking hookah pipes in its coffeehouses, she begins to exude an unmistakable sense of longing, a feeling that Tareq -- a man of courtly restraint and old-fashioned decorum -- picks up on and responds to in kind.

Like Tokyo in "Lost in Translation," Cairo plays a role unto itself in "Cairo Time," which like that earlier film seems steeped in an ethereal, slightly dazed sense of dislocation. As Juliette embarks on her geographic and psychological journey, it's never clear where she's going or means to end up, which makes the film's most pivotal moment -- elegantly staged by Nadda in a hotel lobby and elevator -- all the more electrifying. With slow-burning emotion and finely calibrated performances from its two deeply attractive leads, "Cairo Time" pays lyrical tribute to the beauty and rue of brief encounters everywhere.

*** PG. At Landmark's Bethesda Row. Contains mild thematic elements and smoking. In English and Arabic with English subtitles. 88 minutes.

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Movie Schedule - Arizona Daily Star

Posted: 20 Aug 2010 12:12 AM PDT

Century El Con 20*

3601 E. Broadway

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

Countdown to Zero (PG) - 2:20, 7:30.

Despicable Me 3D (PG) - 12:05, 2:35, 4:55, 7:35, 9:55.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 11:45, 2:25, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 11:20, 12:45, 2:35, 4:05, 5:40, 7:10, 8:50, 10:15.

Expendables (R) - 11:30, 12:15, 1, 2:15, 3, 3:45, 5:05, 5:45, 6:30, 7:45, 8:25, 9:15, 10:30.

Inception (PG-13) - 12:20, 3:35, 6:55, 10:10.

Kids Are All Right (R) - 11:40, 4:50, 10:20.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - noon, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 11:15, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 11:35, 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 10:25.

Piranha 3D (R) - 12:10, 2:25, 4:45, 7:05, 9:45.

Salt (PG-13) - 11:25, 1:55, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:50, 1:10, 2:40, 3:55, 5:20, 6:40, 8, 9:25, 10:45.

Step Up 3D (PG-13) - 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:25, 10:05.

Switch (PG-13) - 12:25, 2:55, 5:30, 8:05, 10:40.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 11:30, 12:30, 1:45, 2:45, 4, 5, 6:15, 7:15, 8:30, 9:30, 10:45.

Century Gateway 12*

770 N. Kolb Road

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

A-Team (PG-13) - 12:30, 3:30, 7:30, 10:15.

Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) - 12:35, 2:55, 5:15, 7:40, 10:10.

Iron Man 2 (PG-13) - 12:55, 3:55, 7:10, 9:55.

Karate Kid (PG) - 12:50, 3:50, 7, 10.

Knight and Day (PG-13) - 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25.

Letters to Juliet (PG) - 3:25, 10:05.

Marmaduke (PG) - 12:20, 2:45, 4:55, 7:15, 9:40.

Predators (R) - 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) - 12:45, 3:45, 7:35, 10:20.

Ramona and Beezus (G) - noon, 2:30, 5, 7:25, 9:50.

Robin Hood (PG-13) - 12:25, 7:05.

Shrek Forever After (PG) - 12:10, 1, 2:40, 3:40, 5:05, 6:10, 7:20, 8:45, 9:45.

Century Marketplace*

12155 N. Oracle Road, at the Oro Valley Marketplace

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

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) - 10:40, 1.

Despicable Me 3D (PG) - 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 1:55, 7:25.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 12:25, 3:40, 6:55, 10:10.

Expendables (R) - 11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50.

Inception (PG-13) - 3:50, 7:05, 10:25.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:15.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 10:35, 1:20, 4:05, 6:50, 9:35.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 10:50, 1:35, 4:20, 7, 9:40.

Piranha 3D (R) - 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10.

Salt (PG-13) - 11:15, 4:45, 10:20.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:25, 2:15, 4:55, 7:45, 10:30.

Switch (PG-13) - 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 12:10, 2:35, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30.

Century Park 16*

1055 W. Grant Road

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

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) - 12:20, 2:40, 4:50, 7, 9:10.

Despicable Me (PG) - 11:55, 2:15, 4:35, 6:55, 9:15.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 1, 4:05, 7:10, 10:20.

Expendables (R) - noon, 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 10.

Inception (PG-13) - 12:45, 4, 7:15, 10:30.

Last Airbender (PG) - 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 11:50, 2:25, 5, 7:35, 10:05.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 10:05.

Piranha (R) - 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 9:45.

Salt (PG-13) - 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:45, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:10.

Sorcerer's Apprentice (PG) - 1:40, 4:15, 6:50, 9:25.

Toy Story 3 (G) - 1:50, 4:30, 7:05, 9:40.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) - 1:45, 4:45, 7:40, 10:25.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:25, 9:35.

Century Park Place 20*

5870 E. Broadway

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

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D (PG) - 11:55, 2:05, 4:30.

Despicable Me 3D (PG) - 11:35, 1:55, 4:20, 6:50, 9:10.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 11:35, 2:25, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 11:05, 12:30, 2:15, 3:45, 5:30, 7, 8:35, 10:10.

Expendables (R) - 11:15, 12:05, 12:55, 1:45, 2:35, 3:25, 4:15, 5:05, 5:55, 6:45, 7:35, 8:25, 9:20, 10:05.

Inception (PG-13) - 12:10, 3:35, 6:55, 10:15.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - 11:10, 2:10, 4:45, 7:15, 9:40.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 11:10, 1:50, 4:25, 7:10, 9:45.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 11:45, 1:05, 2:20, 3:40, 5, 6:15, 7:45, 9, 10:30.

Piranha 3D (R) - 11, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8, 10:25.

Salt (PG-13) - 4:10, 10:25.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:20, 12:40, 2, 3:20, 4:40, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:15.

Step Up 3D (PG-13) - 7:40, 10:20.

Switch (PG-13) - 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:25, 10.

Twilight Saga: Eclipse (PG-13) - 1, 7:20.

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

Crossroads*

4811 E. Grant Road

327-7067

A-Team (PG-13) - 4:25, 9:55.

Charlie St. Cloud (PG-13) - 11:30, 1:45, 7:10.

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (R) - 11:10, 4.

Karate Kid (PG) - 11:20, 1:30, 4:35, 7.

Knight and Day (PG-13) - 4:45, 7:20, 9:45.

Predators (R) - 2:15, 7:30, 9:50.

Ramona and Beezus (G) - 11, 1:15, 3:30.

Robin Hood (PG-13) - 12:30, 3:35, 6:30, 9:30.

Sex and the City 2 (R) - 9:25.

Shrek Forever After (PG) - 11:25 a.m.

Solitary Man (R) - 2:25, 5:45, 7:50, 9:55.

Foothills*

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.

1-888-AMC-4FUN

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 3D (PG) - 11, 1:05.

Despicable Me (PG) - 10:30, 12:50, 3, 5:10, 7:35.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 11:15, 2:05, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 10:45, 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45.

Expendables (R) - 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30, 10:15, midnight.

Inception (PG-13) - 11:55, 3:30, 7:15, 10:30.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - 10:40, 1, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:35.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 11:05, 1:50, 4:50, 7:25, 10:05.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 11:50, 2:45, 5:15, 8, 10:40.

Piranha 3D (R) - 10:55, 1:05, 3:15, 5:25, 7:40, 9:55, 12:10.

Salt (PG-13) - 11, 1:25, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45, 12:05.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:35, 2:15, 5, 7:50, 10:25.

Step Up 3D (PG-13) - 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40.

Switch (PG-13) - 11:45, 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50, 12:10.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 11:20, 1:35, 3:40, 5:45, 7:55, 10, 12:05.

Harkins Spectrum*

5455 S. Calle Santa Cruz

806-4275 Ext. 843

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) - 11:30, 1:45.

Despicable Me (PG) - 10:45, 1:20, 4, 6:45, 9:15.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 12:15, 3, 6:10, 9.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 11:50, 3:10, 6:40, 10.

Expendables (R) - 10, 10:50, 11:40, 12:40, 1:30, 2:20, 3:20, 4:10, 5, 6:05, 6:50, 7:40, 8:45, 9:45, 10:20.

Inception (PG-13) - 11:15, 2:45, 6:15, 9:55.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - noon, 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:40.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 10:05, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 11:10, 1:50, 4:45, 7:50, 10:45.

Piranha (R) - 10:40, 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30.

Piranha 3D (R) - 9:50, 12:10, 2:30, 4:50, 6:20, 7:10, 8:40, 9:30, 11.

Salt (PG-13) - 4:30, 7:45, 10:50.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:20, 2, 4:40, 7:20, 10:10.

Step Up 3D (PG-13) - 9:55, 12:20, 3:15.

Switch (PG-13) - 11, 1:40, 4:20, 7, 9:40.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 10:10, 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50.

What If ... (PG) - 10:15, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15.

Loft*

3233 E. Speedway

795-7777

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (PG-13) - 10.

Girl Who Played With Fire (R) - 11, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15.

Trash Humpers (NR) - 10.

Wild Grass (PG) - 3, 7:45.

Winter's Bone (R) - 12:30, 5:30.

Oracle View

4690 N. Oracle Road

292-2430

A-Team (PG-13) - 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50.

Cyrus (R) - 12:50, 3, 5:10.

Date Night (PG-13) - 7:30.

Get Him to the Greek (R) - 9:35.

Iron Man 2 (PG-13) - 1:45, 4:20.

Knight and Day (PG-13) - 2:50, 7:10, 9:40.

Marmaduke (PG) - 11:40 a.m.

Predators (R) - 12:30, 5:20, 7:40, 10.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (PG-13) - 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30.

Shrek Forever After (PG) - 12:20, 2:30, 4:40, 6:50, 9.

Tower Theatres*

8031 N. Business Park Drive, Marana

579-0500

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) - 11:20, 1:20.

Despicable Me (PG) - 1:50, 6:40.

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 4:10, 9.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45.

Expendables (R) - 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55.

Inception (PG-13) - 3:30, 6:35, 9:35.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - 12:20, 2:30, 4:45, 7:05, 9:25.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 11:30, 2, 4:30, 7, 9:30.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 12:10, 2:35, 5, 7:25, 9:50.

Piranha 3D (R) - 11:15, 1:25, 3:35, 4:35, 5:45, 7:55, 9:10, 10:10.

Salt (PG-13) - 11:25, 6:50.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50.

Step Up 3D (PG-13) - 11:45, 2:10.

Switch (PG-13) - 12:05, 2:25, 4:40, 6:55, 9:20.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 12:05, 2:05, 4:05, 6:05, 8:05, 10:05.

Desert Sky Cinema*

70 W. Duval Mine Road, Sahuarita

393-1222

Cyrus (R) - 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 1, 4, 6:45, 9:30.

Expendables (R) - 1, 4, 6:45, 9:15.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 1, 4, 7, 9:15.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 1, 4, 6:45, 9.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 1:15, 4:15, 7, 9.

Oasis Cinema

240 W. Roper Road, Nogales AZ

1-520-761-1777

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 1, 4, 7:15.

Expendables (R) - 1, 4:30, 7:45.

Good, the Bad, the Weird (R) - 1, 4, 7:30.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - 1, 4:30, 8:45.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 1, 4:15, 7.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 1, 4:15, 8.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 1, 4, 8:15.

Step Up 3 (PG-13) - 1, 4:15, 8:30.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 1, 4:45, 9.

Cinemark 10*

2175 El Mercado Loop, Sierra Vista

1-520-458-1980

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG) - 1:30.

Despicable Me 3D (PG) - 12:05, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20.

Expendables (R) - 11:15, 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 10.

Inception (PG-13) - 3:50, 7:05, 10:30.

Lottery Ticket (PG-13) - noon, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10.

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) - 1:20, 4:10, 7, 9:50.

Other Guys (PG-13) - 11:20, 2, 4:50, 7:35, 10:15.

Piranha 3D (R) - 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55.

Salt (PG-13) - 12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25.

Step Up 3D (PG-13) - 9:40.

Switch (PG-13) - 11:30, 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:45.

Vampires Suck (PG-13) - 12:50, 3:10, 5:20, 7:45, 10:20.

Uptown Theatre*

4341 S. State Highway 92, Sierra Vista

1-520-378-2858

Dinner for Schmucks (PG-13) - 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:30.

Eat Pray Love (PG-13) - 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13) - 12:55, 3:55, 6:55, 9:30.

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Posted: 20 Aug 2010 01:59 AM PDT


August 20, 2010

Cats and Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore

Critic's rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG for animal action and humor.

Length: 1 hr., 22 min.

Voices of: James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Katt Williams, Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes.

In the age-old battle between cats and dogs, Kitty Galore, former agent for the cat spy organization MEOWS, plans to bring her canine enemies to heel, take down her former kitty comrades and make the world her scratching post.

Merrillville 10, ShowPlace 12 (S) and ShowPlace 14

Charlie St. Cloud

Critic's rating: 21⁄2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for language including sexual references, an accident scene and sexuality.

Length: 1 hr., 39 min.

Stars: Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Amanda Crew, Augustus Prew, Donal Logue, Kim Basinger and Ray Liotta.

The story of Charlie St. Cloud's choice between keeping a promise he made to his brother, who died in a car accident, or going after the girl he loves.

Merrillville 10, Portage 16 and ShowPlace 16

Despicable Me

Critic's rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG for rude humor and action.

Length: 1 hr., 35 min.

Voices of: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier and Elsie Fisher.

Gru, the world's greatest villain, has just met his greatest challenge: Three little girls named Margo, Edith and Agnes.

Cinemark, Merrillville 10, ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

Dinner for Schmucks

Critic's rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG-13 for crudeness, sexuality, nudity and language.

Length: 1 hr., 54 min.

Stars: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood and Stephanie Szostak.

A rising executive succeeds in finding the perfect guest, an IRS employee, for his boss' monthly event, a so-called "dinner for idiots," offering certain advantages to the executive who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

Cinemark, Merrillville 10, Portage 16, ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

Eat Pray Love

Critic's rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 on appeal for language, sexual references and nudity.

Length: 2 hr., 13 min.

Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis and James Franco.

While trying to get pregnant, a happily married woman realizes her life needs to go in a different direction, and after a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey.

Cinemark, Portage 16, ShowPlace 12 (H), ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

Grown Ups

Critic's rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and nudity.

Length: 1 hr., 42 min.

Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Maria Bello, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Joyce Van Patten, Ebony Jo-Ann and Steve Buscemi.

After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Merrillville 10 and ShowPlace 16

Inception

Critic's rating: 4 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violence and action.

Length: 2 hr., 28 min.

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Berenger and Michael Caine.

Dan Cobb's rare ability has made him a coveted player in the treacherous world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved.

Cinemark, ShowPlace 12 (H), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

Ramona and Beezus

Critic's rating: Not reviewed

Rated: G for general audiences.

Length: 1 hr., 44 min.

Stars: Joey King, Selena gomez, John Corbett, Bridget Moynahan, Josh Duha-mel, Sierra McCormick and Sandra Oh.

Follows the misadventures of young grade schooler Ramona Quimby from Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series.

Merrillville 10

Salt

Critic's rating: 4 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violence and action.

Length: 1 hr., 40 min.

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schrieber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Olek Krupa, Daniel Olbrychski and August Diehl.

After CIA agent Evelyn Salt is accused of being a Russian spy by a defector, she goes on the run using her years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. But her efforts to prove her innocence only cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues.

Cinemark, Merrillville 10, Portage 16, ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Critic's rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG-13 for violence, sexuality, language and drug references.

Length: 1 hr., 52 min.

Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin and Alison Pill.

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Cinemark, Portage 16, ShowPlace 12 (H), ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

Step Up

Critic's rating: Not reviewed

Rated: PG-13 for language.

Length: 1 hr., 47 min.

Stars: Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Keith Stallworth, Kendra Andrews and Stephen Boss.

A tightknit group of New York City street dancers team up with an NYU freshman and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip-hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

Merrillville 10, Portage 16 and ShowPlace 12 (S)

The Expendables

Critic's rating: 2 stars

Rated: R for action, violence and language.

Length: 1 hr., 43 min.

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke and Amin Joseph.

A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.

Cinemark, ShowPlace 12 (H), Portage 16, ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

The Kids Are All Right

Critic's rating: 3 1⁄2 stars

Rated: R for sexuality, nudity, language, and teen drug and alcohol use.

Length: 1 hr., 44 min.

Stars: Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson.

The story of two children conceived by artificial insemination who bring their birth father into their family life.

ShowPlace 14

The Other Guys

Critic's rating: 3 stars

Rated: PG-13 for crudeness, sexuality, language, violence and drug material.

Length: 1 hr., 47 min.

Stars: Derek Jeter, Samuel L. Jackson, Damon Wayans Jr., Larnell Stovall, Jalil Jay Lynch and Roy T. Anderson.

Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize, but things don't quite go as planned.

Cinemark, Portage 16, ShowPlace 12 (H), ShowPlace 12 (S), ShowPlace 14 and ShowPlace 16

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Critic's rating: 21⁄2 stars

Rated: PG for action violence, rude humor and language.

Length: 1 hr., 48 min.

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Teresa Palmer, Alfred Molina, Monica Bellucci, Toby Kebbell and Alice Krige.

Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath.

Merrillville 10

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Critic's rating: 2 stars

Rated: PG-13 for action, violence and sexuality.

Length: 2 hr., 4 min.

Stars: Xavier Samuel, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke.

As a string of mysterious killings grips Seattle, Bella is forced to choose between her love for vampire Edward and her friendship with werewolf Jacob.

Merrillville 10 and ShowPlace 12 (S)

Toy Story 3

Critic's rating: 3 stars

Rated: G for general audiences.

Length: 1 hr., 43 min.

Voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, John Ratzenberger and Laurie Metcalf.

After Andy departs for college, Woody, Buzz, and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a daycare center.

Merrillville 10 and ShowPlace 16

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'Vampires Suck:' Same can be said of movie - Everett Herald

Posted: 19 Aug 2010 11:57 PM PDT

We can all agree that the "Twilight" phenomenon is overdue for a long, bloody parody -- but man, "Vampires Suck" is truly not worthy.

It's another spoof picture from the guys who made "Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Their style of lame pop-culture references, interrupted by long pauses without any jokes, is intact here.

The plotline hits most of the high spots of the first couple of "Twilight" movies, with angst-ridden newcomer Becca (Jenn Proske) moving to a small town in Washington (this time it's Sporks, not Forks), and falling hard for the pale vampire Edward Sullen (Matt Lanter) and his bloodsucking family.

Of course her werewolf buddy, Jacob (Chris Riggi), is also around, reminding her that he is contractually required to take his shirt off every 10 minutes. That's the kind of joke that might have been funny if it hadn't already been made by virtually anybody who's seen the "Twilight" movies -- Friedberg and Seltzer really have to work harder at this.

Very lame jokes about werewolves and vampires alternate with pitiful pop-culture allusions. Maybe just mentioning the names Tiger Woods, Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga will make the audience break up in helpless mirth. Somehow I doubt it.

A few gags work just because of the sheer possibilities offered by the heavy-breathing, teen-passion world of "Twilight," including a passable joke about Becca's paper cut turning into a blood flow that could fill a pyramid of champagne glasses.

Missed opportunities abound: There's very little about author Stephenie Meyer's abstinence subtext, which should be a fat target for satirists. And although somebody blames the mysterious vampire attacks on "Canadians," how about some jokes around the fact that this Washington-set series of films is mostly filmed in British Columbia?

Even though Friedberg and Seltzer fit two movies' worth of plot into less than 90 minutes here, "Vampires Suck" is still boring. The busy mayhem and constructed gags of an "Airplane!" or a Mel Brooks classic are nowhere in sight -- these guys don't have a sense of rhythm or overall shape.

There's one exception to this poor scorecard: In the lead role (and her film debut), Jenn Proske does an absolutely terrific imitation of "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart's halting mannerisms. I think Stewart is very good in the films, but give credit where due; Proske's impersonation is dead-on.

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