Eugene Weekly : Movies : 5.3.07



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

Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival: Five days of the world’s best films on ancient cultures, archaeology and indigenous peoples. Full schedule online at May 1-5, Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd. $40 five-day package, $8-$12 per day.

Delicate Balance, A: A wealthy couple’s “delicate balance” is upset every time a visitor comes in this 1973 film based on the Edward Albee play. Starring Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield. 7 pm May 6, DIVA. Free.

Genesis: “In-Concert” series continues with a film of Genesis live in London in 1973 — the Peter Gabriel era. Bijou LateNite.

Human Rights in Latin America: Class film series is open to the public. Introductions to each film take place at 6:30 pm. They Can Cut All the Flowers, But They Will Never Stop the Spring and Frontline: War on Nicaragua, 7 pm May 3; Machuca, 7 pm May 10. 129 McKenzie, UO. Free.

Lucky You: A would-be singer and a poker player (Drew Barrymore and Eric Bana) use their various talents to win each other’s hearts. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Mr. Sean’s Cartoon Club: Crazy, weird and old cartoons featuring Betty Boop, Felix, Superman and more. Noon-1:30 pm May 6. Bijou. $4.

Pianist, The: Critically acclaimed film based on the life of Wladyslaw Szpilman (Oscar-winning Adrien Brody), a Polish Jew, composer and pianist. When the Nazis invade, he finds salvation in his art. R. Online archives.

Queer Film Festival: 15th annual festival includes Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhythms, 7 pm May 4; Austin Unbound screening and workshop, 1 pm May 5, 100 Willamette, UO; Gypo, 7 pm May 5; Cubbyholes: Trans Men in Action, 10 pm May 5; QFF Retrospective, 1 pm May 6; and Q-Tube, a collection of shorts, 3 pm May 6. 180 PLC, UO, unless noted. Free.

Revenants, The: Locally produced film follows two multicultural teens whose budding relationship is a catalyst for disturbing events. Not rated. Bijou LateNite.

Russian Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles. In Russian with English subtitles. 7 pm May 1, 115 Pacific, UO. Free.

Spider-Man 3: Spidey’s suit turns black, somehow bringing out the hero’s dark side — just as new villains appear (played by Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace). And what about Mary Jane? PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Step Into Liquid: Surfing film profiles characters who’ve spent their lives pursuing the perfect wave. 8 pm May 10, River House. Free.


Are We Done Yet?: Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Nia Long) and two kids return in this sequel to Are We There Yet?, in which Nick’s new house in the ‘burbs is more work than it’s worth. PG. Cinemark.

Astronaut Farmer, The: Billy Bob Thornton plays the title character in this based-on-a-true-story feelgood film about a feller building a rocket in his barn. With Virginia Madsen and Bruce Dern. PG. Movies 12.

Avenue Montaigne: Characters intersect in a Paris bar where Jessica (Cecile de France) is a new-to-town waitress. The Washington Post called it “a delicately charming fable.” PG13. Bijou. See review this issue.

Blades of Glory: Ricky Bobby and Napoleon Dynamite … er, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder star in the story of two disgraced figure skaters who discover a way they can compete again: by skating together. Spandex and bad hair abound. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Condemned, The: An international collage of condemned killers are brought to an island by a corrupt television producer … wait, I swear I read this in Brian K. Vaughan’s recent X-Men run. All will fight, one will live, yadda yadda. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Disturbia: Under a three-month house arrest, teenager Kale (Shia LaBeouf) spies on the homes around him — which leads to meeting the hot girl next door and, you know, figuring out that the creepy neighbor might be up to something nasty. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Firehouse Dog: A fancy-pants cinematic canine, gets lots, meets a troubled kid and learns to use his stunt skills for good in a movie Variety called “A likable but ungainly mutt of a movie.” PG. Movies 12.

Fracture: Director Gregoy Hoblit, who brought Edward Norton to our attention in 1996’s Primal Fear, brings Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) back to the mainstream as an assistant D.A. working to get a suspected murderer (Anthony Hopkins) convicted. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

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. Movies 12.

Grindhouse: Double feature with classic exploitation-influenced thrillers from Quentin Tarantino (who offers Death Proof) and Robert Rodriguez (with Planet Terror) promises violence, zombies, hot chicks and B-movie greatness. R. Cinemark.

Hot Fuzz: The team that brought us the wondrous, gory Shaun of the Dead returns with Hot Fuzz, in which the awesomest London cop ever (Simon Pegg) is sent to a sleepy village so he’ll stop making his superiors look bad. ‘Course, other stuff happens. With Jim Broadbent and pretty much every hysterical Brit working in film. R. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15. (4/26)

In the Land of Women: Unfortunately titled film stars The O.C.‘s Adam Brody as a recently dumped young man who moves in with his grandmother and gets involved with her neighbor’s family, which includes Meg Ryan as the mother of two daughters. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Invisible, The: A young man attacked and left for dead (Justin Chatwin) tries desperately to win his way out of limbo by discovering his killer’s identity. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Kickin’ It Old Skool: Jamie Kennedy (Scream) plays a guy who just woke up from a 20-year coma — one he got in via a freak breakdancing accident. But it’s breakdancing that’ll help him earn some dough and win back his old girlfriend. PG13. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Last Mimzy, The: A mysterious box of toys gives two children strange powers and draws them and their families into a magical, sometimes scary world. With Timothy Hutton, Joely Richardson and Rainn Wilson. PG. Movies 12.

Meet the Robinsons: Orphaned inventor Lewis has his latest and greatest creation stolen, but a stranger whisks him away to the future, where adventures, and the thief, await. G. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15 ($2.50 fee for 3D).

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. Movies 12.

Next: Nicolas Cage is a gambler who can see into the future and Julianne Moore is the government agent who needs him to see what some terrorists are up to in iffy looking flick based on Philip K. Dick’s The Golden Man. 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.

Norbit: Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy plays both the nerdy title character and his overweight, possessive fiancée. The trailer hurts us, and so does the fact that Thandie Newton is in this movie. PG13. Movies 12.

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. Movies 12. ACADEMY AWARDS: CINEMATOGRAPHY; ART DIRECTION. R. (2/8)

Pathfinder: A young man left behind when Viking raiders visited North American, Ghost (Karl Urban, The Lord of the Rings’ Eomer) grows up among Native Americans and takes on the Vikings when they return. R. Movies 12.

Redline: A hot young lass who’s into cars and the singer for the “hottest unsigned band on the West coast” gets mixed up in some illegal drag racing scheme. No, seriously. PG13. Movies 12.

Vacancy: Something seems off about Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale starring in a slasher movie — let alone one in which they’re stuck in a motel … and the creepy slasher flicks they’ve been watching were filmed in their room! Still, that preview is pretty spooky. R. Cinemark.

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. 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. Movies 12. (3/8)




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