Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Schedule week of June 28-July 4, 2013

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE Week of Friday, June 28, 2013 through Thursday, July 04, 2013

Sirius (NR) 
Tue: 7:00 PM

Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) 
Fri: 7:30 PM
Sat: 9:00 PM
Sun: 9:15 PM
Mon: 7:00 PM
Tue: 9:30 PM
Wed: 9:15 PM
Thu: 3:30 PM

Frances Ha (R)
Fri: 9:45 PM
Sat: 12:00, 8:00
Sun: 12:15 PM
Mon: 4:30, 9:45
Tue: 6:30 PM
Wed: 9:30 PM

Mud (PG-13)
Fri: 6:45 PM
Sat: 6:00 PM
Sun: 6:15 PM
Mon: 8:50 PM
Tue: 8:45 PM
Wed: 6:30 PM
Thu: 4:00 PM

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (NR)
Fri: 5:00 PM
Sat: 5:30 PM
Mon: 6:30 PM
Wed: 7:00 PM

Shortbus (NR)
Sun: 3:00 PM

Team America: World Police (R)
Thu: 7:00 PM

Hairspray (1988) (PG)
Sat: 10:30 PM

Back to the Future (PG)
Fri: 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:30 PM

Sleepaway Camp (R)
Fri: 10:30 PM

Jaws (PG)
Thu: 6:30 PM

The Wild Bunch (R)
Sun: 6:00 PM

Room to Breathe (NR)
Sat: 2:00 PM

Hi all,

It is a glorious time to be a movie fan. For fans of high-octane, non-stop racing thrills, Frances Ha is a wonderful alternative that will broaden your horizons in a necessary way. For uppity, holier-than-thou art-house movie snobs, Fast and Furious 6 will take your righteous snobbery down a peg and blow your hair back in a cascade of explosions, ripped muscles and amazingly stupid but hilarious one-liners. We have a brooding but scary Matthew McConaughey terrifying and amusing two teenage boys in the South and a hard-core documentary for the 'documentary crowd' who are scared by Fast and Furious 6'. 

Fast and Furious 6

Who would have known? That a fun but blatant rip off of 'Point Break' would spawn five (soon to be six) sequels. I have not seen this level of bromance since Val Kilmer and Tom Cruise nearly swapped fluids (too descriptive?) in Top Gun. Even more surprising is the level of quality as the sequels progress. Typically for any franchise that reaches number 6, the standard is usually one step below a TV movie. The budget has steadily increased and as Vin Diesel's, Paul Walker's and The Rock's careers have steadily declined they have all come to the unmistakeable fact that this is easily their biggest money maker. 

The producers have realized that street racing would only spin off three sequels. Now they are focusing on heists and it adds a wonderfully unpredictable element to everything that happens. Every movie guarantees a certain amount of crazy car chases, over-the-top action and somewhat stupid dialogue. I feel like I am being too harsh on this movie. It is on 70% on Rotten Tomatoes and the New Yorker gave it a positive review. Thus, it is the Citizen Kain of action movies.


Matthew McConaughey (I misspelled this a few times- and then misspelled misspelling) is undergoing a career renaissance right now. Previously I thought he was genuinely simple but lately his glorious master plan has been revealed. The plan involved being in as many bad romantic comedies as humanly possible within an 8 year time period so that the public saw him as a good looking buffoon with a Texas drawl who could barely provide enough charisma to make you sit through a lot of banal crap. When his stock hit rock bottom, he started to choose better roles and actually act again. The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, Magic Mike and now Mud. Not only do we know what a good actor he is now but he made us feel guilty for under-estimating him. 

Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi, who describes fantastic scenarios about how he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. . It features wonderful performances from everyone involved. It is taut and very well paced. It is worth every minute of your time. 

Frances Ha

Every summer a fun looking movie set in New York, with quirky characters, a delightfully different script, and enchanting performances comes along and makes you happy to be human (dogs enjoy the soundtrack too). '500 days of Summer' comes to mind. This year Noah Baumbach follows up 'The Squid and the Whale' and 'Greenberg' with 'Frances Ha'. It is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption.

Greta Gerwig is delightful as Frances. Incredibly well received by critics, it is one of the summer's undeniable pleasures. 'Late-blooming 20-somethings have never been so perfectly captured -- and Gerwig has never been more appealing -- than in this funny, tender, life-affirming movie' (Newsday). This movie is different but rings true at the same time. Thoroughly enjoyable. 

Free Angela

Writer/director Shola Lynch's new film centers on the struggle of educator and activist Angela Davis, an outspoken UCLA professor whose affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers landed her on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list while challenging our perceptions of political freedom in America. From her early years as a student in the U.S. and abroad to her highly publicized arrest and trial following the brazen hostage-taking and murder of Marin County judge Harold Haley in California, Lynch's film leaves no stone unturned as it explores every remarkable detail of Davis' life, and allows her to tell her own stories through a series of intimate interviews.

Let's face it, if the synopsis did nothing for you and you are not in any way excited to see it, there is very little I can do to tempt you to see it. Apart from saying it is 92% on Rotten Tomatoes and if your girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband/best friend is a history geek, they will probably love it and give you bonus points for taking them to see it. So do you want to be a shitty friend/partner to a history geek or a good one? When they are on their death bed they will either curse your name or praise you to their next-of-kin. So make the right choice now. 

- Adam

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