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Eugene Weekly : Movies : 08.03.06




Films open the Friday following date of EW publication unless otherwise noted. See archived movie reviews.

Barnyard: When the farmer's away, the cows will … order pizzas and throw a party? Don't think too much about this animated feature from the creators of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, or you might begin to wonder why the carefree lead cow, Otis (Kevin James) has udders. PG. Cinemark.

Da Vinci Code, The: Dan Brown's gazillion-selling book about a centuries-old religious mystery arrives in cinematic form with a glowing pedigree. As if the book isn't popular enough, the adaptation is directed by Ron Howard and stars Tom Hanks. PG-13. Movies 12. Online archives.

DCI Quarterfinals: Drum Corps International competition on the big screen. Plays only at 3 pm Aug. 10 at Cinemark.

Descent, The: Something nasty attacks a group of women adventuring in Appalachian caves. In Entertainment Weekly, director Neil Marshall said of his film, "It's a bit of a nod and a wink to Deliverance." R. Cinemark.

Idiot, The (1958): Part one (the only part completed) of a masterpiece from director Ivan Pyr'ev, based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Plays at 7 pm Aug. 8 in 142 Law, UO. Free.

Night Listener, The: Toni Collette and Robin Williams star in this adaptation of a novel by Amistead Maupin, about a radio show host who develops a by-phone friendship with a young boy (Rory Culkin). Strange circumstances make the boy's tale seem a bit less than likely. R. Cinema World. Cinemark.

Oregon Festival of American Music: Films featuring the music of this year's focus, Irving Berlin, play at the Shedd Recital Hall throughout the week, including The Cocoanuts (1929), 10 am Aug. 3; Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938), 1:30 pm Aug. 3; Top Hat (1935), 10 am Aug. 4; Annie Get Your Gun (1950), 10 am Aug. 8; Follow the Fleet (1936), 10 am Aug. 9; Holiday Inn (1942), 10 am Aug. 10. Free.

Prairie Home Companion, A: Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor present a winning story about the imagined death of Keillor's radio classic, "A Prairie Home Companion" (still going strong in real life). A first-rate ensemble cast, including Keillor, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Kevin Kline, Lily Tomlin, Woody Harrelson and Tommy Lee Jones, makes the film sparkle. PG-13. Movies 12. Online archives.

Retro Thriller Cinema: Part of Summer Reading for Teens. Godzilla vs. Mothra plays at 2 pm Aug. 3 at Bethel Library. Free.

Robots: Chris Wedge's tale of a robot lad who dreams of being an inventor. This creative world of mechanical beings is never dull because these endearing, pieced-together, talking tin cans convey comfort and safety. Voices by Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, Greg Kinnear. Warmly recommended. PG. Plays only at 10 am Aug. 8 at Movies 12. Online archives.

Scanner Darkly, A: Richard Linklater (Before Sunset) adapts Philip K. Dick's novel about addiction. Live performances were filmed, then painted over for a trippy, surreal look that works well with the film's themes of identity confusion and paranoia, but the story is a bit distant. R. Bijou. See review this issue.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: Will Ferrell and NASCAR. What more do you need to know? OK, well, Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) and his racing partner face a new challenge when a French Formula One driver (Sacha Baron Cohen) arrives on the scene. PG-13. Cinema World. Cinemark.

There's Something About Mary: Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz star in the ultimate humiliation comedy. But few can pull off gags like these better than wide-eyed, bumbling Stiller. R. Bijou LateNite.

Whale Rider: World Cinema award-winner at Sundance 2003, Niki Caro's Maori drama is about a spunky girl (Keisha Castle-Hughes) who shows her beloved but authoritarian grandfather she's able to lead the tribe, despite being a girl. Wonderful, inspiring drama features the exquisite New Zealand coast. PG-13. Plays with subtitles for the hearing impaired at 9 pm Aug. 4 at Monroe Park. Free. Online archives.



Ant Bully, The: Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep lend their voices to the animated tale of a kid shrunk down to bug-height and put to work by the insects he used to torment. PG. Cinemark.

Break-Up, The: Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn star in the latest from director Peyton Reed (Bring It On) as a Chicago pair who apparently aren't very good at breaking up. PG-13. Movies 12. Online archives.

Brick: Rian Johnson's debut film, a sharp and witty detective story set in a California high school, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (10 Things I Hate About You) as a young man caught up in a world of teen crime after the murder of his ex-girlfriend. R. Bijou LateNite. See review this issue.

Cars: The animation wizards at Pixar (Toy Story, Finding Nemo) team up with Disney for the story of a rookie race car (voiced by Owen Wilson) taking an unexpected detour on his way to a big race. Bonnie Hunt and Paul Newman also voice characters. G. Cinemark. Online archives.

Clerks II: Eminently quotable writer-director Kevin Smith returns to the mini-mart clerks with whom his career began. Randal (Jeff Anderson) and Dante (Brian O'Halloran) face fast food jobs, grown-up matters and, of course, endless geek-centric debates. R. Cinemark.

Devil Wears Prada, The: Meryl Streep stars as demanding, high-powered fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestley, whose new assistant (Anne Hathaway) is fresh from college and totally clueless about fashion. Based on Lauren Weisberger's bestselling novel. PG-13. Cinemark. Online archives.

Fast and the Furious, The: Tokyo Drift: The series gets a new star in Lucas Black (Friday Night Lights), whose character moves to Japan and gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing. PG-13. Movies 12.

Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties: Bill Murray returns as the voice of the once-somewhat-classic Garfield, who follows his owner Jon (Breckin Meyer) to London. Some kind of mad cat switcheroo ensues with a high-falutin' royal feline named Prince. PG. Movies 12.

Inconvenient Truth, An: Following the 2000 election, Al Gore changed tack, turning his focus to the worldwide crisis that is global warming. Director Davis Guggenheim combines footage of Gore's traveling multimedia presentation on climate crisis with Gore's personal story, creating an effective and engaging film. PG. Bijou. Online archives.

John Tucker Must Die: Jesse Metcalfe — whom you may know as the tempting young gardener on "Desperate Housewives" — plays the title character, whose many girlfriends get together to exact revenge on the cheating high school feller. PG-13. Cinema World. Cinemark.

Lady in the Water: Paul Giamatti (Sideways) plays a building super who finds, in the building's pool, a creature called a "narf" (seriously) who needs to get back to her world. Supposedly, the first film from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) to not hinge on a plot twist. PG-13. Cinema World. Cinemark. Online archives.

Miami Vice: Director Michael Mann (The Insider), who executive produced the original "Miami Vice" TV series, brings a darker version to the big screen. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx star as detectives Crockett and Tubbs, who are deeply involved in undercover work fighting drug traffickers. Naomie Harris and Gong Li costar. R. Cinemark. Cinema World.

Monster House: Three kids face off against a creepy neighborhood house that's something other than haunted. With the voices of Maggie Gyllenhaal, Steve Buscemi and Jon Heder. PG. Cinema World. Cinemark (with 3-D showings also). Online archives.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend: Matt (Luke Wilson) breaks up with his needy girlfriend Jenny (Uma Thurman) only to find she's got superpowers. And she's going to use them against him. Because women are crrrrazy! PG-13. Cinemark.

Over the Hedge: A gang of woodland creatures wakes up from their winter hibernation to find a big green thing has appeared in their world. On the other side, they hear, wacky creatures called "humans" exist. Bruce Willis, William Shatner and Steve Carrell are among those voicing critters. PG. Movies 12.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Johnny Depp reprises his role as over-the-top swashbuckler Jack Sparrow in the second Pirates film, which we rather fervently hope is as entertaining as the first. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are the in-love eye candy — actually, it's a toss-up as to which of the three leads is prettiest. With Bill Nighy all betentacled as watery bad guy Davy Jones. PG-13. Cinemark. Cinema World. Online archives.

RV: In Barry Sonnenfeld's latest film, Robin Williams tells his family they're going on vacation to Hawaii — but instead packs his wife and kids into an RV and heads to Colorado. Jeff Daniels heads up a wacky bunch of full-time campers. It's a sure bet there are hijinks involved. PG-13. Movies 12.

Scoop: Woody Allen's second shot-in-London film keeps the star of Match Point, Scarlett Johansson, here playing a young journalist uncovering the story of a lifetime. Hugh Jackman, freed from his Wolverine getup, is her potentially dangerous love interest. PG-13. Cinema World. See review this issue.

Superman Returns: At long last, the man of steel returns to movie screens — and to Earth. In director Bryan Singer's new film, Superman's been gone five long years, during which his former flame Lois Lane has had a son and found a new fellow. Oh, and Lex Luthor is out of prison. Starring Brandon Routh as the man in tights, Kate Bosworth as Lois and Kevin Spacey as Lex. PG-13. Cinemark. Online archives.

Thank You for Smoking: Jason Reitman (the son of director Ivan Reitman) directs Aaron Eckhart and a strong supporting cast in this sharp-eyed, satirical look at the tobacco industry. R. Movies 12. Online archives.

Wordplay: Bill Clinton, Jon Stewart and Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina are among those proclaiming their love for the New York Times crossword puzzle in this winning doc, which focuses on puzzle master Will Shortz and the competitors in an annual crossword tournament. Likely one of the best films of the year. PG. Bijou. Online archives.

X-Men: The Last Stand: The third X-Men movie combines the loved-by-fans "Dark Phoenix" storyline with the discovery of a "cure" for mutancy. Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen and the rest of the core cast return (sans Nightcrawler, oddly). Stay through the credits for a vital scene. PG-13. Movies 12. Online archives.

You, Me and Dupree: Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon star as a newly married couple whose new life together takes a sharp turn when perpetual bachelor Dupree (perpetual scene-stealer Owen Wilson) crashes at their place. But it's just for a little while. Right? PG-13. Cinemark.





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