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Eugene Weekly : Movies : 10.26.06




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Buyer Be Fair: The Promise of Fair Trade Certification: Film about using the market to promote social justice and environmental sustainability screens with a Q&A with director John de Graaf following. 7:30 pm Nov. 1, Bijou Art Cinemas. $5.

Catch a Fire: Director Phillip Noyce's (The Quiet American) new film is about Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke), who becomes a political operative after a member of South Africa's Police Security Branch (Tim Robbins) interrogates Patrick and tortures his wife. PG-13. Cinemark.

Conversations With God: Henry Czerny stars as author Neale Donald Walsch, who wrote a series of books about his spiritual journey. PG. Cinema World.

Covenant, The: Renny Harlin (Cutthroat Island) directs the story of four teens with supernatural powers — and the fifth that turns up to stop all their fun. It's got something to do with ancient bloodlines, family banishment — the usual where eerie abilities are concerned. R. Movies 12.

Death of a President: Gabriel Range's second "retrospective documentary," a look back at a fictional event, imagines the assassination of President Bush in 2007. Winner of the International Critics' Prize at the Toronto Film Festival. R. Bijou.

Downtown Library Art: Premiere big-screen showing of a DVD featuring artwork at the Downtown Library and interviews with the Oregonians who created it. 6 pm Nov. 2, Downtown Library. Free.

Invincible: Mark Wahlberg stars in the based-on-a-true-story tale of Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who made the team at an open tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles. With Greg Kinnear and Elizabeth Banks. PG. Movies 12. (8/31)

Night Watch: Timur Bekmambetov's epic exploration of the powers of good and evil as they manifest in present-day Moscow is part one of a planned trilogy. Striking and fresh though some of the techniques are familiar, this film went shamefully unnoticed when released in the U.S. earlier this year. R. 7 pm Oct. 31, 111 Pacific, UO. Free. Online archives.

Off Road to Athens: Eight mountain bikers compete in a series of world races, hoping for one of three spots on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. Not rated. 7 pm Oct. 26, 177 Lawrence, UO. $3.

Old Joy: Subtle, introspective film stars Daniel London and singer-songwriter Will Oldham as two old friends on a camping trip in the mountains east of Portland. Shot entirely in Oregon, the film has been reviewed as one of the year's best. Not rated. Bijou. See review this issue.

Others, The: A haunted Victorian mansion, a rigid and icy mother (Nicole Kidman) and two special kids who see things makes this one of the scariest movies made, critics say. Directed with style by Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar, it's very highly recommended. PG-13. 7 pm Oct. 27, Unity of the Valley. Free. Online archives.

River Ran Red, The: Film looks at the effects of the events in Homestead, Pa., in 1892 that led to the destruction of unions in American steel towns, and the issues of technical change and workplace involvement that are still relevant today. 7 pm Nov. 1, 180 PLC, UO. Free.

Rocky Horror Picture Show, The: Let's do the time warp again! The long-term camp cult classic fave from the 1970s shows with live performance by Forbidden Fruit — and, we hope, by the audience. R. Bijou LateNite.

Running With Scissors: Adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' memoir stars Joseph Cross as young Augusten, whose bipolar mother (Annette Bening) sends him to live with her slightly addled psychiatrist (Brian Cox) and his oddball family. PG-13. Cinemark.

Saw 3: Scary clown-faced villain Jigsaw is on his deathbed. Yeah, right. There's something about a doctor who has to keep Jigsaw alive and a former victim working on a plot of his own, but this moneymaking B-movie franchise doesn't need us to tell you it's going to be nasty, scary and gory. R. Cinema World. Cinemark.

Video Slam: Monthly event invites video artists to submit short videos of up to 10 minutes for a competition that follows the format of the poetry slam. One winning video goes to the upcoming OpenLens competition. 4 pm Oct. 29, DIVA. $2-$5.

Wicker Man, The: Director Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, Possession) remakes the 1973 horror film about a police officer (Nicolas Cage) searching for a missing girl on an island with dark secrets. PG-13. Movies 12.



Another Gay Movie: Four gay boys look for "butt love" in the summer before they start college. Immense hilarity, sweetness and hot sex ensue. Not rated. Bijou LateNite. (10/12)

Barnyard: When the farmer's away, the cows will … order pizzas and throw a party? Don't think too much about this animated feature or you might begin to wonder why Otis (Kevin James) has udders. PG. Movies 12.

Beerfest: The Broken Lizard comedy group (Super Troopers) offers this tale of American brothers who discover an underground beer games competition at Oktoberfest. Jay Chandrasekhar (who directed), Kevin Heffernan, Jürgen Prochnow and M.C. Gainey ("Lost") appear. R. Movies 12.

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. Movies 12. (6/29)

Click: Christopher Walken gives Adam Sandler a truly universal remote: it lets him put the wife on fast forward, put the boss on pause, help the kid get even … until the remote goes all TiVo on him and starts making decisions on its own. PG-13. Movies 12.

Departed, The: Martin Scorcese's new film is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a cop undercover in the mob; Matt Damon is the gangster mole in the police force. Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg round out the stellar cast. R. Cinema World. Cinemark. (10/12)

Flags of Our Fathers: Clint Eastwood's new film explores the story behind the iconic image of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima during WWII. "a film of awesome power and blistering provocation," says Rolling Stone. R. Cinemark.

Flicka: The remarkably ageless Alison Lohman (Matchstick Men) once again plays a teen, this time who would rather work on her father's ranch (and work with wild mustang Flicka) than go to college. PG. Cinema World. Cinemark.

Grudge 2, The: Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) stars as the little sister of Sarah Michelle Gellar's character from the first film, who's gone off searching for big sis. Haunted houses and creepy children abound. PG-13. Cinemark.

Guardian, The: A hotshot young Coast Guard rescue swimmer (Ashton Kutcher) learns how to be a real hero from a retired swimmer who lost his team in an accident (Kevin Costner). PG-13. Cinema World. Cinemark.

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. 6:30 pm Oct. 29, First Congregational Church. Free. (6/15)

Jackass: Number Two: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Bam Margera and crew regroup for more nasty, brutal, naked, crude, snortingly funny pranks and stunts. Don't try this at home. R. Cinema World. (10/5)

Little Miss Sunshine: Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton guide a stellar cast (particularly Paul Dano, Steve Carell and Abigail Breslin) through a quirky family trip on the road to the titular beauty pageant. Sweet, smart and funny, though you can see the road bumps coming a mile off. R. Bijou. (8/24)

Man of the Year: Supposedly, Robin Williams' unlikely president in this film, a satirical comedian who ran as a joke, is partly based on Jon Stewart. Which is odd, because the previews aren't nearly as funny as "The Daily Show." With Christopher Walken and Lewis Black. PG-13. Cinema World. Cinemark.

Marie Antoinette: Sofia Coppola's third movie follows Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), who became the queen of France as a teenager. Booed at Cannes, the film is said to be a confection, a romp, anachronistically set to '80s New Romantic tunes and with the actors (including Jason Schwartzman and Asia Argento) using their own accents. PG-13. Cinemark. See review this issue.

Marine, The: The WWE's John Triton plays a Marine who, upon his return (against his will!) from Iraq, sees his wife kidnapped by a gang leader and … no. Just no. PG-13. Cinemark.

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. Movies 12. (7/20)

Mr. Sean's Cartoon Club: Crazy, weird and old cartoons featuring anchor tattoos, partying cats and dancing buildings. Noon-2 pm Sundays at the Bijou. Program consists mostly of shorts, so punctuality is not essential. $4.

Nightmare Before Christmas, The: Tim Burton's delightfully macabre stop-motion animation film, in which Jack Skellington and his ghoulish companions try to take over Christmas, comes to life bigger and brighter in 3D. "What's this? What's this! There's magic in the air," indeed. PG. Cinemark.

Open Season: Sony breaks into the animation game with the story of a clueless grizzly bear (Martin Lawrence) whose friend Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) lures him into the wild life. PG. Cinema World. Cinemark.

Prestige, The: Two magicians (Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman) see their slight friendship turn to rivalry in Christopher Nolan's (Batman Begins) new film. Competition grows as the men do, each trying to outdo the other's performance. With Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine and … David Bowie? PG-13. Cinema World. Cinemark. See review this issue.

Protector, The: A Thai fighter (Tony Jaa) must travel to Australia to reclaim his family's elephants, which were stolen by a gang before they could be given to the king of Thailand as a sign of devotion. R. Movies 12. 42111 (9/14)

Step Up: A kid from the wrong side of the tracks brings hip hop to a ballet school – chiefly, to a privileged dancer whose main problem in life is finding a partner for her senior showcase. Goodness! What will happen? PG-13. Movies 12.

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 (Brandon Routh) been gone five long years, during which his former flame Lois Lane (Kate Bosworth) has had a son and found a new fellow. Oh, and Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) is out of prison. PG-13. Movies 12. (6/29)

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. Movies 12. (8/10)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning: Gore, chainsaws, pretty girls in distress … and the backstory about why ol' Leatherface the way he is. R. Cinemark.



Use the links provided below for specific show times.

Bijou Art Cinemas

Bijou Theater 686-2458 | 492 E. 13th

Regal Cinemas

Cinema World 342-6536 | Valley River Center

Cinemark Theaters

Movies 12 741-1231 | Gateway Mall

Cinemark 17 741-1231 | Gateway Mall



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