Eugene Weekly : Movies : 3.15.07



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Because I Said So: Diane Keaton plays a mom conspiring with her two elder daughters (Lauren Graham and Piper Perabo) to get youngest child Milly (Mandy Moore) a good man. PG13. Movies 12.

Blood and Chocolate: Being a werewolf spells trouble in love for Vivian (Agnes Brucker) in this adaptation of Annette Curtis Klause’s young adult novel. PG13. Movies 12.

Blood Diamond: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly star in Edward Zwick’s (Glory) film about diamond mining in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. R. Movies 12. (12/21/06)

Brother 2: A former soldier comes to the U.S. to help free a friend’s brother from a crooked hockey-playing contract. In Russian with English subtitles. 7 pm March 20, 111 Pacific, UO. Free.

Catch and Release: Jennifer Garner is a suddenly single woman who finds comfort in her quirky male friends after the death of her fiancé. With Kevin Smith and Timothy Olyphant. PG13. Movies 12.

Dead Silence: Creepy dolls, a mad ventriloquist and grisly murders — oh, and Donnie Wahlberg (formerly of NKOTB) and model Amber Valetta. This frightfest clearly has everything. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

House of Angels: Second Summer: After returning to the tiny village where Fanny inherited a house, singer Fanny and her boyfriend Zac find themselves helping some elderly neighbors locate their long-lost brother in New York. In Swedish with English subtitles. 7 pm March 16, 221 McKenzie, UO. Free.

I Think I Love My Wife: Written by, directed by and starring Chris Rock, this seven-year-itch comedy puts Rock between his busy wife (Gina Torres, last seen on Serenity) and a hot young lady (Kerry Washington). R. VRC Stadium 15.

Premonition: Linda Hanson (Sandra Bullock) is having a very bad week: One day, her huband is killed in a car wreck; the next, she wakes up and he’s still alive. This peculiar shift in the time-space continuum leads to more revelations; meanwhile, we wonder if this time-wackiness theme will continue for Bullock? PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Solaris: Andrei Tarkovsky’s sci-fi classic (remade in 2002 by Steven Soderbergh) follows an astronaut investigating a failed mission on a strange planet that is home to an alien intelligence. 7 pm March 18, DIVA, with discussion to follow. Free.

3-Iron: A young drifter breaks into vacationing strangers’ homes to live their lives for a few days. In one, he meets a woman ready to end her marriage. In Korean with English subtitles. 7 pm March 15, Int’l Resource Center, EMU, UO. Free.

Venus: Oscar-nominated Peter O’Toole stars as an aging actor who strikes up a questionable relationship with his new, young nurse. “Elegiac, filthy-minded, unsparing … and deeply moving,” wrote Ella Taylor in L.A. Weekly. R. Bijou.



Amazing Grace: Ioan Gruffudd stars as British abolitionist William Wilberforce in a solid but uninspired film directed by Michael Apted, whose resumé includes everything from the 49 Up documentary series to Bond entry The World is Not Enough. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Breach: Dramatic thriller follows Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillipe) in his new job: secretly keeping an eye on Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper), a government employee being investigated as a suspected mole. With Laura Linney. PG13. VRC Stadium 15.

Bridge to Terabithia: Adaptation of the much-loved children’s book by Katherine Paterson, in which two lonely kids create a fantasyland for themselves. Despite the fantasy-film feel of the trailer, the film is said to be very loyal to the book. PG. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Casino Royale: Bond gets blond as Daniel Craig (Munich, Infamous) steps into the role in a rebooting of the whole franchise, turning it into something darker and, well, better. With Judi Dench and Eva Green. PG13. Movies 12. (11/22/06)

Charlotte’s Web: Dakota Fanning plays Fern, the little girl who loves her pig Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay) more than anything. Julia Roberts voices Charlotte the spider, who helps Wilbur escape his fate. G. Movies 12.

Ghost Rider: What did they do to Nicolas Cage’s face? He looks like he lost at least 10 years to play the titular hero, whose long-ago deal with the devil forces him to hunt rogue demons at night. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Happy Feet: Warner Bros. chases some March of the Penguins dough with this animated film, starring Elijah Wood as a cute lil’ guy in search of his soul mate. (OK, so they were working on this one first.) PG. ACADEMY AWARD: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE. Movies 12.

Lives of Others, The: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s debut feature, set in East Germany in the 1980s, is a gripping and affecting look at the watched and the watcher: a playwright suspected of being subversive, and the stoic police captain who warms to the writer’s life while spying on him. ACADEMY AWARD: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM. R. Bijou. (3/8)

Music and Lyrics: Hugh Grant is back in scruffy, lovable mode as a washed-up pop star who has a new chance at fame — if he can just write the right song for a young diva. Drew Barrymore plays his “plant lady,” who has a flair for words. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Night at the Museum: When down-on-his-luck Larry (Ben Stiller) gets a job as the night guard at a museum, he sure doesn’t expect the exhibits to come alive at night. There’s something very Jumanji about this. PG. Movies 12.

Number 23, The: After discovering a book that seems to be about his own life, Walter Sparrow (Jim Carrey) gets obsessed with the number 23 and goes a little crazy in inconsistent director Joel Schumacher’s messy, jumbled new film. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15. (3/1)

Pan’s Labyrinth: Writer-director Guillermo del Toro delivers a beautifully wrought, sometimes excruciating film that follows a young girl though her adventures in a fantastic otherworld — and through a difficult, frightening existence in this one. In Spanish with English subtitles. ACADEMY AWARDS: CINEMATOGRAPHY; ART DIRECTION. R. Bijou. (2/8)

Pursuit of Happyness, The: Will Smith stars as a down-on-his-luck father who strives to make it as a stockbroker while facing eviction and raising his son (Smith’s real-life son Jaden). PG13. Movies 12.

Reno 911: Miami: The cast of the Comedy Central show (including Carrie Kinney and Thomas Lennon) heads to Miami to thwart terrorist attacks on spring break. R. Cinemark.

Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Animation: The 25-year-old series of weird and wild animation hits town with a new bunch of films. Not rated. Bijou.

Stomp the Yard: A troubled street dancer from L.A. finds himself a hot commodity among the step dancing teams of two fraternities at a university in Atlanta. PG13. Movies 12.

300: Super-stylized film, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, about the Battle of Thermopylae, when King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) led 300 Spartans against the massive army of Persia. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15. See review this issue.

U2: Live at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1987, on The Joshua Tree tour. Part of the “In-Concert” series. Bijou LateNite.

Ultimate Gift, The: A trust-fund kid’s inheritance from his grandfather comes with twelve tasks meant to teach the spoiled kid about life. Based on the book by Jim Stovall, and co-starring a gothy little Abigail Breslin. PG. VRC Stadium 15.

Wild Hogs: What kind of dirt did the producers have on William H. Macy, John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence to get them to appear in this male-bonding, midlife crisis flick with a mortifying trailer? PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Zodiac: David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) directs a rigid and procedural take on the case of the notorious Zodiac killer, who haunted the Bay Area in the 1970s. Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. play the men fixated on solving the case. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15. (3/8)


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