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October 4 Gravity

Warner Bros After satellite debris nearly destroys their space shuttle, a medical engineer and an astronaut struggle to survive as they drift together out into open space. George Clooney plays the astronaut, Matt Kowalsky. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, the medical engineer. Ed Harris is the voice at Mission Control. The film has a 90 minute duration, so I am not sure how they will keep us entertained within this limited sandbox, but I doubt Clooney and Bullock would have signed up if it wasn’t something special. Alfonso Cuarón directs and co-wrote the screenplay with his son, Jonas. Alfonso has been nominated for three Oscars and is probably best known for Children of Men (2006) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). The film has a budget of $80,000,000, so I’m hoping we don’t just see a bunch of close-ups of space helmets. Again, I cannot begin to imagine how I could sit through an hour and a half of two people floating in space.

October 25

The Counselor

20th Century Fox After someone hijacks a multi-million dollar drug shipment, a drug-trafficking lawyer and his wife struggle to survive the ensuing slaughter by the relentless drug lords who want their shipment back. Michael Fassbender plays The Counselor, a lawyer who needs money now, a lot of money, and uses drug trafficking as his high-risk, high-reward vehicle. He plans to do a one-time deal, one big score and then get out unscathed. Ridley Scott (Thelma & Louise, Alien) directs a very capable cast including Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz and Penelope Cruz. He is dedicating the movie to his younger brother, Tony Scott, who passed away while the movie was being filmed. The film was written by Cormac McCarthy, the author of the novel No Country For Old Men. They have four Oscars to overcome there with an all-toofamiliar setup and no help from the Cohen Brothers. Hopefully, they do not try to do it with violence alone.

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cinema new releases

Star Trek Into Darkness

Paramount The story takes us into the darkness of space and the heart. It tastefully entertains, examines a violent circle of revenge and the difficulty of doing what is needed, versus what is moral. All of this, of course, is all very neatly wrapped with intergalactic spectacle courtesy of action-packed director, J.J. Abrams. Picking up where we left off from the 2009 movie, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) Captains the USS Enterprise and Spock (Zachary Quinto) returns as his First Officer. The film keeps Kirk in a state of almost constant peril, which makes for a tense viewing. All of the important crew members are able to have their moment in the sun. Overall, the movie is fast and fun but does lack a meaningful experience - except to further the spectacle of the franchise - which in this case is not all that bad.

The Bling Ring

A24 Based on true events, a group of teens uses the internet to track celebrity whereabouts and breaks into their homes while they’re away. The film focuses mainly on Marc (Israel Broussard), a somewhat sympathetic, lost boy who is self-conscious about the way he looks compared to others. We don’t actually see this; rather he tells us this during an interview after being caught (lame). The acting was well-done, but something very important is missing here – the story – and why it needs to be told on the silver screen. This is YouTube material at best. It could have (albeit little) merit as a documentary, but all-in-all it is one drug-induced party after another, one break-in after another, and the entire time no one seems to be in any real danger. Not that you would care about any of these characters if they were. —Ben Clark Call for Advertising Information (812) 426-6398 • October 2013

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