Eugene Weekly : Movies : 5.8.08



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Best of the 34th Northwest Film and Video Festival, The: See story this week.

David Bowie: A 1978 German television performance and the final Ziggy Stardust show make up this late-night musical extravaganza. Bijou LateNite.

Queer Film Festival: This free festival, over several weekends in May, continues with Shelter, the story of a young man who puts his dreams on hold to take care of his family but finds, when he meets a friend of his brother’s, that he might need to make some time for himself. 11:30 pm May 9, Bijou. Free.

Redbelt: David Mamet directs (and wrote) this film, the story of Mike Terry (the fantastic Chiwetel Ejiofor), a martial arts teacher who’s chosen to live by a samurai’s code rather than fight competitively. But everything changes after an accident. With Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, Ricky Jay and Tim Allen. R. 99 min. Bijou. Cinemark.

Speed Racer: Here it comes, here comes … the Wachowski Brothers’ color-saturated, whiz-bang take on the oddball Japanese cartoon that some of us never understood when we were children. Emile Hirsch stars as Mach 5 racer Speed; Matthew Fox (as baddie Racer X), John Goodman, Christina Ricci and Susan Sarandon round out the cast. PG. 129 min. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.

Ten Thousand B.C.: Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day) directs a set-ages-ago story about a young hunter and the lovely woman he’ll stop at nothing to save from “mysterious warlords.” Other key phrases from the studio’s synopsis include “ultimate fate,” “tyrannical god” and “empire beyond imagination.” PG13. 109 min. Movies 12.

Videomaker’s Forum and Slam: Monthly event invites video artists to share knowledge and experience with fellow artists, and also submit short videos of up to 10 minutes for a competition that follows the format of the poetry slam. Forum 4 pm, Slam 5:30 pm May 11, DIVA. Free.

Visitor, The: A disillusioned professor who finds two young people living in his unused apartment allows them to stay and finds, slowly, that he’s growing close to them — until one is arrested as an undocumented citizen. “This is a film of our times — paranoid, heartbroken, disillusioned,” said The Boston Globe‘s Wesley Morris. PG13. 103 min. Bijou.

What Happens in Vegas: Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher star as a couple that gets rather spontaneously wed in Vegas, then realizes they hate each other — only to wind up stuck together when he puts her quarter in a slot machine and hits the jackpot. PG13. 99 min. Cinemark. VRC Stadium 15.


Use the links provided below for specific show times.

Bijou Art Cinemas
Bijou Theater 686-2458 | 492 E. 13th

Regal Cinemas
VRC Stadium 15 342-6536 | Valley River Center

Cinemark Theaters
Movies 12 741-1231 | Gateway Mall
Cinemark 17 741-1231 | Gateway Mall