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week end what to do, hear, see, watch, read, listen to, visit and eat in Gwinnett and Atlanta ‘Burn the Floor’ showcases the history of dance at the Fox Theatre ..............................Pg. 3

Photo: Joan Marcus

The cast of “Burn the Floor” performs “Proud Mary.” “Burn the Floor” will be at the Fox Theatre starting Tuesday and running through March 27.

The Dish ....................................................................Pg. 4 Art Beat ....................................................................Pg. 5 Local Event..............................................................Pg. 8 Movies .........................................................Pgs. 6,7, 9-14 Showtimes ............................................................Pg. 10 Gwinnett Calendar ............................................Pg. 15 Metro Calendar....................................................Pg. 15 The “Weekend” arts and entertainment guide includes select events in the coming week. To be considered for a listing, send a fact sheet to: Weekend, Features Department, Gwinnett Daily Post, 725 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30045; or call 770-963-9205, e-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com or fax 770-339-8081. Weekend Design: Corinne Nicholson

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‘Burn the Floor’ brings history of dance to Fox BY CAROLE TOWNSEND Staff Correspondent

ATLANTA — “Burn the Floor,” the spectacular Latin and ballroom dance production, was heating up stages all over the world well before the TV phenomenons “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance” ever hit the airwaves. On March 22, this exciting dance extravaganza, coming direct from Broadway, opens at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Now that those hot TV dance shows have turned ballroom dancing into a national passion, audiences

IFYOUGO • What: “Burn the Floor” • Where: Fox Theatre, Atlanta • When: Tuesday through March 27 • Showtimes: 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, with matinee shows 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday • Tickets: Ticket prices range from $13 to $131 and can be purchased through the Fox Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-982-2787. Ticket orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

are thrilled that some of those TV stars are bringing their fire and grace to this Broadway production. Featuring “So You Think You Can Dance” stars Anya Garnis, Pasha Jovalev, Rob-

bie Kmetoni, Janette Manrara and Karen Hauer, the dancing in “Burn the Floor” is breathtaking and gravity-defying. “American Idol” fourth season second runner-up Vonzell Solomon’s (aka “Baby V’s”)

captivating vocals add to the spectacular, making it a mustsee for anyone who loves breathless dance numbers and brilliant music. This performance is part of the Broadway Across America 2010-11 season. Audiences in more than 30 countries have been thrilled by the fire and passion of the performers and the music. The 20 featured champion dancers bring grace and athleticism to the stage. From the elegance of the Viennese waltz to the steamy rhythms of the salsa, “Burn the Floor” takes audiences through the history of dance.

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THE DISH

Amy LaFaye’s

2559 Pharr Ave., Dacula BY CAROLE TOWNSEND Staff Correspondent

Open since: September of 2009 Location: Amy LaFaye’s is located at 2559 Pharr Ave., and is visible from Harbins Road and not far from Dacula Park. Hours: 5:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 5:30 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday; 5:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday; closed on Sunday and Monday

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ONTHEMENU BREAKFAST • Sausage biscuit, $1.50 • Tenderloin biscuit, $2.35 • Breakfast-in-a-bowl, $1.75 • Sides (grits and gravy), $1.05 each • Breakfast Platter Special (biscuit with choice of meat, grits and/or gravy, eggs, coffee, tea or lemonade), $4.75 DINNER • Meat entrée, which included baked ham and meatloaf among others in a rotating fashion, $3 • Vegetable, $1.50 • Dessert, $1.50

Owner: Amy Gravitt is Gravitt’s mother, Donna, a Dacula resident who is a big help and one of uses her grandmother’s the friendly faces that recipes. customers have come to know at the restaurant. Atmosphere: Amy Amy LaFaye’s is open LaFaye’s restaurant in for breakfast only, except Dacula is a down-home on Friday evenings, when tribute to Southern cook- Gravitt serves up a ing and family recipes. Southern-style menu that Owner Amy Gravitt and changes from week to her family and friends week. run the place just like a busy kitchen at home, Menu: The breakfast with smiles, casual menu includes a la carte laughter and an occasion- items as well as a hearty al holler to the kitchen in breakfast platter. You can the back for more biscome in and order a plain cuits. biscuit, a biscuit with A Dacula resident, breakfast meat (chicken, Gravitt opened Amy steak, sausage link, tenLaFaye’s in September derloin, ham, sausage 2009. patty or bacon) or a “I opened it in honor whole platter with bisof my grandmother,” she cuit, eggs, and plain, said, and all the recipes cheese or butter grits, used in the restaurant are meat and gravy. The bisher grandmother’s. cuits are huge and made

Staff Photos: Jason Braverman

Amy LaFaye’s in Dacula serves a gravy biscuit with chicken and eggs, a bowl of grits and side of bacon and biscuit.

from scratch, and the gravy (both milk and redeye) is also made from scratch. The grits are “real,” not instant, and the eggs are freshly cooked all morning. For big appetites with time to enjoy the feast, the platter is a favorite. For a quicker breakfast (but plenty filling), wrapped biscuits to go are popular. The Friday evening dinner menu changes weekly but includes a

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choice of two meats, a long list of sides (pinto beans, boiled cabbage and macaroni and cheese are favorites), cornbread or rolls and a dessert. Things you might not know: Gravitt’s children — Cheryl, 15, Jesse, 9, and Lacy, 6, pitch in and help run this family enterprise, too. Cheryl helps run the cash register, Jesse makes the coffee and little Lacy helps break the eggs.

Amy LaFaye’s is located off Pharr Avenue in Dacula. It specializes in homemade breakfast and biscuits.


Fine Arts League to bring Terry Kay to Duluth “To Dance with the White Dog” is a much lauded book, and its author, Terry Kay, is one of Georgia’s most recognized and popular authors. What better choice to be the first book and first author selected for the Duluth Fine Arts League’s first Duluth Reads event? Fans of the book and the author can meet Kay on at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Duluth City Hall. Duluth Reads has been launched as a project of the growing Duluth Fine Arts League. Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris said, “The vision of the Duluth Fine Arts League is to educate and engage residents in a variety of arts experiences. The Duluth Reads project is an attempt to foster reading and have people engage with the author.” The “shared experience” of a group of people reading the same book at the same time, and coming together to discuss it, is a popular one. The book and author chosen for this event have a wide appeal. “To Dance with the White Dog” was written in 1990 and received a Southeastern Library Association award for Kay as Outstanding Author of the Year in 1991. Many people are familiar with the story from its televised version as a Hallmark Hall of Fame telecast starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. It was filmed on location in Georgia. The movie premiered Dec. 5, 1993, on CBS, and it was nominated for many awards. Cronyn won an Emmy award for his performance. The story is about an elderly couple who live a

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happy life in rural Georgia. When the wife dies suddenly, the husband begins to see a white dog on the property. Trouble is, he is the only one who can see it until little by little, others become aware of the white dog, too. The story is poignant and heartwarming, and it is universal in its appeal. Duluth Reads is only one of a list of projects launched by the DFAL. “The Duluth Fine Arts League is doing very well,” Harris said. “We are in our third year now, and our membership continues to grow. We have 60 people signed up to receive our newsletter each month. We continue to focus our fundraising on scholarships for seniors going into the arts after high school.” The DFAL has two fund raisers a year: Arts at Twilight in July and the Holiday Walking Tour of Homes in December. The next event after Duluth Reads will be an Art Walk on June 3. Artist Cher Austin is in charge of all of the Art Walks. The DFAL is a nonprofit organization serving residents, artists and visitors to Duluth and its surrounding cities and counties. Its mission is to encourage individual and corporate participation in the performing, literary and visual arts in the

greater Duluth area. Established in 2008 as a Task Force Committee by Harris, by early 2009 they had a working committee involved in sub-committees and new projects

involving the arts. The DFAL welcomes new members. Their meetings are ar 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Duluth Studios. Duluth Studios is located at 3530

W. Lawrenceville St. in Duluth. For more information about Kay’s appearance or about any of the many activities of the DFAL, visit the website at

www.artsduluth.org. Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.

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‘Limitless’ a visually stunning homage to style he becomes overtly precious, he pulls it off. The movie isn’t perfect (few thrillers are) and it is highly derivative, but BY MICHAEL CLARK it always keeps us guessing Movie Critic and delivers a most unexpected ending. Since his breakout role as Eddie (Cooper) is a the sleaze-ball jock in disheveled underachiever “Wedding Crashers,” living off of the good graces Bradley Cooper has been of his soon to be ex-girlfilmmakers’ go-to guy friend Lindy (Nicole Kidwhenever over-styled hair, man’s separated-at-birth azure peepers, a thousandtwin Abbie Cornish). For watt smile and a perpetual 5 reasons never given, Eddie o’clock shadow is required. has received a huge advance Normally men this good for a novel but is stuck with looking can’t act their way full-time writer’s block and out of a paper bag, but shows little signs of wanting Cooper is an exception. His to fix it. timing is impressive and his One day Eddie runs into range considerable. his ex-brother-in-law Ver“Limitless” gives Cooper non (Johnny Whitworth), his first real shot as a dramat- whom he knew years ago as ic leading man, and save for an illegal drug dealer. Vera couple of instances where non still is in the drug trade

Limitless (PG-13) ★★★★ ★

but now reps the newly created product NTZ and thinks Eddie would benefit greatly from using it. Instead of the usual 20, NTZ allows the user to utilize 100 percent of his brain. Initially scoffing at the idea, Eddie — now a little more than desperate — takes it and it immediately rocks his world. His senses are heightened and he can recall everything he’s ever seen or heard without any letdown or nasty side effects. Eddie cleans himself up, finishes his book in four days and decides to move on to bigger and better things. Up to this point “Limitless” — based on the 2001 novel “The Dark Field” by Alan Glynn — is basically

a modern, high-tech version of “Flowers for Algernon” minus the mental health angle. Eddie becomes a financial wunderkind, beds gorgeous women the world over and grabs the attention of important people in high places, most notably business tycoon Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). At the exact time Eddie can go on to secure a lifetime of riches and fame, his supply of NZT starts to dwindle and the constant, prolonged use of it starts to take its toll. Taking up where he left off with “The Illusionist,” director Neil Burger puts

heavy emphasis on style and visuals while never losing sight of the story. Whether intending to or not, Burger’s film recalls the mind-bending, sleight-ofhand of “Inception,” the twisted black humor of “Fight Club,” the drug subplot of “The Matrix” and razor-sharp paranoia of “Strange Days.” It might be unfair to call what Burger is doing here a rip off but, at one point screenwriter Leslie Dixon has Eddie say to two bodyguards: “Try not to dress alike. This isn’t ‘The Matrix.’” It’s just as easy to label

what Burger’s attempting here as homage. Mixing this many styles in this kind of seamless and undetectable manner is no mean feat, even if it’s not completely original. It’s highly entertaining and (thank goodness) not available in 3-D. For this Berger owes much to his editors Tracy Adams and Naomi Geraghty as well as cinematographer Jo Willems. It goes without saying that “Limitless” is something you should see on the biggest screen possible. Don’t you dare wait for the DVD or Blu-ray. (Relativity Media)

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‘Battle: Los Angeles’ delivers a lot of action Angeles” is a very good movie. The story is about aliens invading earth for our resources. The heroes are a squad of marines w h o where sent to evacuate a police See if this sounds famil- Bryce Wright s t a t i o n . Afteriar. A group of extraterresward, they had to fight trial beings are their way out of the area because it was going to invading earth and be bombed. “Battle: Los searching Angeles” is very good and kind of sad. for — Bryce Wright, resources Lawrenceville that can Kenny only be Grams found on our planet. The aliens are hostile in Against a plethora of nature and won’t rest until military clichés and a they take over the world. weak story line, this Earth sends its finest and toughest troops to fight off movie moves aimlessly this life-threatening siege. along through a barrage of military scenes that are so There are lots of exploover the sions and many people top they die. Everything looks become a hopeless, but then somedistracone delivers an amazing tion. But speech and suddenly we it’s a new are back on top. day and a Does this sound familnew alien iar? It should. If we’ve seen it once, we’ve seen it Rick Wright invasion where the a hundred times. “Battle: Los Angeles” simply recy- aliens look rather anemic and skinny but their mencles what we’ve already acing fire power is more seen and does a secondrate job at it. If you never than our marines can handle. seen such a movie, well, But Drill Sergeant they only get better from Nantz, (Aaron Eckhart) is here. — Kenny Grams, military tough and tested Lawrenceville through previous tours which left him scared. He is forced back into duty despite his desire to retire, I think “Battle: Los and he leads a platoon EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Battle: Los Angeles.” Want to be a film fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost .com.

against the ugly aliens to save civilians trapped at the L.A. police station. So an alarming number of casualties and a lot min-

utes are consumed in this one mission. Too much focus on one aspect or theme is not the making of a good movie

and this is clearly a drag on this one. Plus the movie just cannot sustain itself as it gets lost in action. Despite whether

this yawner was intended as a war story, monster flick or a gripping sci-fi, it misses on all accounts. — Rick Wright, Auburn

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Classy performance

Aurora Theatre stages new musical ‘Academy’

BY HEATHER DARENBERG

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LAWRENCEVILLE — Just one year ago, the Aurora was the first regional theater in America to produce the post-Broadway production of “A Catered Affair,” a performance that won high praise from its creators, the legendary Harvey Fierstein and composer John Bucchino. Now the Aurora Theatre is staging the new pop chamber musical “Academy,” by John Mercurio, conceived and created by Andrew Kato. The play opened Thursday at the Lawrenceville theater. Inspired by Goethe’s “Faust,” “Academy” follows tensions at St. Edward’s Academy that heat up as a short-sighted bet between two upperclassmen fails. Seniors Michael Fletcher and Amory DuPres manipulate a naive freshman, which results in catastrophic consequences for all involved. “Academy” offers a lesson in how much time and work goes into making a new musical. Ten years ago, Kato had the idea to set a musical in a prep school. He collaborated with Mercurio, who wrote the book and the score. Over the past decade, “Academy” received many readings. Kato and Mercurio further refined the musical, and the show was selected from more than 300 works to be one of just a dozen presented at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in October 2009. It was at that festival that “Academy” caught the eye

• What: “Academy” • When: 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through April 10 • Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville • Cost: $16 to $35

Photos: Andrew McMurtrie

Above, the cast of the musical “Academy,” play a scene during a preview performance at the Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville Tuesday. “Academy” will play from through April 10 with performances on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. at the Aurora Theater in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $16 to $35 and more information can be found on www.auroratheatre.com. Left, Pete Neville, played by Nick Arapoglou, left, Benji DuPres, played by Bryan Lee , center, and Theodore Gert, played by Mike Morin, right, play a scene in the musical “Academy.”

of the Aurora’s producing artistic director Anthony Rodriguez and associate producer and resident music director Ann-Carol Pence. “It is my dream for Aurora to discover or create a Tony award-winning musical,” Pence said. “By pro-

ducing ‘Academy’ we are taking a big step in being the kind of theater to fulfill that dream.” At the New York Musical Theatre Festival Awards, “Academy” won for Excellence in Writing and for Outstanding Ensemble Per-

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formance. Later that year, “Academy” took top honors at the Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea, winning the Production Award. “Academy” received its world premiere in December at the Maltz Jupiter The-

atre, the company instrumental in the show’s development. The Aurora production will provide the next chapter of this story of perseverance. Returning to Aurora Theatre for the show are some favorites from recent pro-

ductions, including Jeremy Wood (“Singin’ in the Rain”), Lowrey Brown (“Sirens”), Jacob York (“Fat Pig”) and Nick Arapoglou (“The Storytelling Ability of a Boy”). Making their Aurora debuts are Bryan Lee (“Cabaret,” New American Shakespeare Tavern), Greg Bosworth (“I Dream,” Musical-Dramatic Arts Inc. at the Woodruff Arts Center) and Mike Morin (“Cinderella,” Atlanta Lyric Theatre). Returning to the Aurora as director of “Academy” is Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley (“A Catered Affair,” “Grey Gardens at Actor’s Express”), who teams up with Atlanta choreographer Ricardo Aponte (“Christmas Canteen 2010;” “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” Georgia Ensemble Theatre). The 2010 Suzi Award winner for Best Musical Direction (“A Catered Affair”), Pence completes the trio that has created some of Atlanta’s most memorable musicals. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through April 10. Tickets cost $16 to $35. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com


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Paul the alien, voiced by Seth Rogen, left, and Simon Pegg are shown in a scene from the film, “Paul.”

Not-so-out-of-this-world ‘Paul’ lands in theaters Paul (R) ★★★★ ★ Though not classics by any stretch, writer/actor Simon Pegg’s “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” skewered zombie flicks and cop/buddy action thrillers with sly tongue-in-cheek wit and a not-too-intellectual approach. Each was a combination lampoon/love letter to the respective genres and both were directed by Pegg’s co-writer Edgar Wright. Wright wasn’t involved with Pegg’s subsequent “Run, Fatboy, Run” or the new “Paul,” and his absence makes it clear that Pegg isn’t as great a screenwriter as initially suspected but merely an adequate one. In all fairness to Pegg, Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the

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World” proved he’s not all that special without Pegg. These guys need each other more professionally than either might care to admit. “Paul” wants to be a clever jab at sci-fi movies and the millions of fanboys that live vicariously through them but it never quite fully gels. There is a fair share of laughs, but few of them come via the sci-fi messenger. Instead of original

satire, Pegg and his cowriter and frequent co-star Nick Frost lazily pilfer directly from other films, and while you might giggle at these bits you’re more likely to groan. Graeme (Pegg) and Clive (Frost) are lifelong buddies who’ve crossed the pond from England to attend the West Coast-based Comic Con. While in the states the fashion-challenged hetero life partners also plan on visiting several notable landmarks associated with sci-fi lore (i.e., Roswell, N.M., Area 51). Their collective, high level of oblivious dedication to all things geek cannot be overstated. After narrowly escaping the wrath of two mouthbreathing rednecks, Graeme and Clive witness a single car wreck on the highway by a vehicle that was being

driven — very badly — by Paul (voice and motion-capture by Seth Rogen). Baring an uncanny resemblance to the Roger character from the animated TV series “American Dad,” Paul is an intergalactic hippie type now in need of a ride to a rendezvous location to reunite with his space “peeps.” Considering how enamored they are with sci-fi, it’s surprising just how long it takes for Graeme and Clive to embrace Paul as a kindred spirit. After a considerable lull, the threesome makes a pit-stop at an RV park where they meet Ruth Buggs (Kristen Wiig), by far the most interesting character in the entire film. Blind in one eye, Ruth is the daughter of a biblethumping widower (John Carroll Lynch) who shares her father’s slightly clueless

religious fervor and paranoia. Ruth doesn’t know it yet but she’s about to uncork the metaphoric pressure valve that has been bottling up a lifetime of repressed naughty behavior. Coming in a close second to Wiig in the entertainment department is Jason Bateman (aka “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”) as the tightly wound covert agent Zoil. Always a half-step behind Paul, the very serious Zoil must also deal with a merciless, faceless female boss (Sigourney Weaver) while playing wet nurse to two incompetent underlings (Bill Hader and Joe Lo Truglio). Director Greg Mottola — who did such a great job with the teen stoner comedy “Superbad” — doesn’t seem at all comfortable with the material, which is in

large part due to the tentative script. Most people initially interested in “Paul” are “Shaun” and “Fuzz” cultists who are likely to be disappointed with Pegg and Frost’s sleepwalking performances. Pure sci-fi fans — the target of much of the hit-or-miss humor — probably won’t like being the butt of most of the jokes. The heavy duty profanity Pegg and Wright put to such good use in “Shaun” and “Fuzz” seems forced, desperate and out of place here. Wiig (because of her character) is the only one who gets any mileage out of it. This also puts the film far into hard “R” territory, thus making it an iffy choice for a date movie. Unless you’re a Pegg fanatic, wait for a secondrun dollar theater showing or the DVD. (Universal)

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HOWTIMES S

For movie showtimes for Saturday and Sunday, visit the theater websites.

MOVIE TIMES FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 18

BUFORD

R EGAL C INEMAS , M ALL OF G EORGIA 20 3333 Buford Drive 678-482-9263 www.regalcinemas.com

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

2:20, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

12:50, 1:40, 3:40, 4:30, 6:30, 7:30, 9:15, 10:20, 12:05 Beastly (PG-13)

12:30, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:35, 11:45 Gnomeo and Juliet (G)

12:25, 2:50, 8:00 Hall Pass (R)

12:20, 2:50, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30 I Am Number Four (PG-13)

1:00, 3:45, 7:00, 9:50 Just Go With It (PG-13)

5:10, 10:10 Limitless (PG-13)

12:00, 1:05, 2:30, 3:40, 5:00, 6:30, 7:35, 9:05, 10:25, 11:40

Mars Needs Moms (PG)

True Grit (PG-13)

Beastly (PG-13)

11:45, 1:55, 4:05, 6:40, 8:55

11:55, 2:40, 7:15

11:00, 1:20, 3:45, 6:00, 8:25, 10:40

12:30, 2:35, 4:50

12:40, 3:55, 7:40, 10:45

Mars Needs Moms 3-D (PG) The King’s Speech (R)

2:05, 7:15

Paul (R)

12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 7:00, 7:50, 9:30, 10:20 Rango (PG)

11:30, 1:15, 3:50, 4:45, 6:50, 9:20, 9:55 Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05

1:30, 4:15, 7:20, 10:25

7:25, 10:05

Lord of the Dance 3-D (G)

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 Mars Needs Moms (PG)

11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:20, 11:35 Mars Needs Moms 3-D (PG)

12:35, 3:05, 5:30, 8:00, 10:15 Paul (R)

11:55, 1:00, 2:25, 3:50, 4:55, 6:40, 7:30, 9:10, 10:10, 11:40 Rango (PG)

12:05, 1:35, 2:35, 4:05, 5:15, 6:45, 7:50, 9:20, 10:30, 11:55 Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

12:15, 1:20, 2:40, 3:55, 5:20, 7:00, 7:50, 9:30, 10:30, 11:55

DACULA G REAT E SCAPE T HEATERS : H AMILTON M ILL 14 2160 Hamilton Creek Parkway Dacula, GA 30019 678-482-0624 www.greatescapetheaters.com

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

11:15, 1:45, 4:25, 6:55, 9:25 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

11:10, 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 10:00 Beastly (PG-13)

12:40, 2:50, 5:0, 7:05, 9:10 Gnomeo and Juliet (G)

12:35, 2:55, 5:05 Hall Pass (R)

12:25, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15 Just Go With It (PG-13)

11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Limitless (PG-13)

11:25, 2:10, 4:55, 7:35, 10:15 Lincoln Lawyer (R)

11:20, 2:00, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10

Unknown (PG-13)

DULUTH R EGAL C INEMAS , M EDLOCK C ROSSING 18 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, Suite 170 770-814-8437 www.regalcinemas.com The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

11:40, 2:15, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

12:05, 12:25, 2:50, 4:40, 7:15, 7:50, 10:25, 10:55 Beastly (PG-13)

12:15, 2:30, 7:25, 10:00

Gnomeo and Juliet (G)

5:10, 10:05

Hall Pass (R)

12:35, 5:10, 8:15, 11:00

I Am Number Four (PG-13)

4:20, 9:55

Just Go With It (PG-13)

11:30, 2:20, 7:05, 9:50

The King’s Speech (R)

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Drewe”) wisely wrote a movie and not just a condensed version of the book. Buffini and film editor Melanie Ann Oliver (who BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic shaved a whopping 90 minutes off of Fukunaga’s first With close to three dozen cut) deserve as much credit as the director in making this previous feature, short and TV incarnations it might be movie as streamlined and safe to surmise that it would audience-friendly as could be possibly be expected. be difficult to put any kind Seeing to minute details of new spin on Charlotte Bronte’s iconic novel “Jane of a film before and after it shoots is always preferable, Eyre.” but with a story like “Jane Austere to the point of brittle, director Cary Fuku- Eyre,” the casting of the two naga’s production is steeped leads is the most crucial aspect and Fukunaga totally in gothic dreariness and steadfastly avoids the flow- nails it. The Jane character is one of the most demandery British period piece trappings most all other ver- ing in all of adapted literasions have wallowed in. In a ture. If played correctly, she says little and must rely manner similar to Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon,” almost completely on a very limited range of body lanFukunaga keeps the interiors (and emotions) dark and guage. Even with her two dimly lit and the resulting impressive breakthrough dread is palpable. 2010 performances (“Alice The 115-minute final cut might not please some Eyre in Wonderland” and “The purists, but for regular view- Kids Are All Right”) Mia Wasikowska (pronounced ers who can take only so vah-shee-kof-ska) is an much mope it is more than enough. Judiciously jettison- unlikely choice for Jane. Usually played by older ing some of the less imporbrunettes, Wasikowska — tant religious subtext and brilliantly condensing flash- with her severely pinnedback, dishwater-dull, mousy back passages of Jane as a blonde hair and flattened, young girl, screenwriter grayish porcelain complexMoira Buffini (“Tamara

ion — is a perfect fit. With two required exceptions, Wasikowska voices no emotion for the duration yet is able to deftly display the silent strength, unwavering resolve and put upon nature of the character Bronte so elegantly imparted to the printed page. Starring opposite Wasikowska as Mr. Rochester is Michael Fassbender, another up-andcomer best known for his role

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of the clipped, elitist British officer Hicox in “Inglourious Basterds.” For reasons not explained until well into the movie, Rochester is a bitter and sullen man prone to mercurial mood swings and one who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Rather than turn Rochester into a maniacal tyrant as many before him have done, Fassbender — like his leading lady — externalizes through precise

movement, although his Rochester is far more demonstrative than Jane. Initially indifferent and borderline dismissive of Jane, Rochester grows to respect her because of her intellect and refusal to callow in his presence like the majority of his other employees. Even though fond of and impressed with Jane, Rochester isn’t beyond messing with her head and toying with her heart in a

most dastardly manner. Not a chick flick in the strictest sense of the term, this version of “Jane Eyre” is more of an exploration of old world female empowerment and not letting a long string of defeats get the best of you. If anyone ever had reasons to repeatedly throw in the towel and give up, it would be Jane. Modern day women — and men for that matter — could learn a lot from her. (Focus Features)


‘Lincoln Lawyer’ not a great thriller, but not bad The Lincoln Lawyer (R) ★★★★ ★ BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

In the canon of Matthew McConaughey movies, “The Lincoln Lawyer” ranks near the top. Only “Lone Star,” “A Time to Kill,” “Dazed and Confused” and “We Are Marshall” are better. That’s the good news. The bad news is “The Lincoln Lawyer” still stars McConaughey, who as he always does, plays himself. If McConaughey was an icon along the lines of Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne or Clint Eastwood this would be easy to overlook, but he’s not. He’s a B-

grade pretty boy with nice teeth, a Texas drawl and zero dramatic range. Like in most of the above mentioned titles, McConaughey is very lucky to be surrounded by a dream supporting cast and in every scene he shares with any of them, he wisely lets them do all of the work and looks better in the process. McConaughey might not be very talented but he at least is able to recognize that quality in others. Based on the enormously popular novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, “The Lincoln Lawyer” is a pulp-drenched noir crime thriller set in modern day Los Angeles but could just as easily work as a ’40s or ’50s period piece or an update of “L.A. Confidential.”

The first hour of the movie is superb. McConaughey plays Mickey Haller, a hot shot, slightly smarmy defense attorney who always stays within but regularly pushes the letter of the law. For the right price he’ll defend anyone and most of his clients are hookers, thieves and drug dealers. In the space of 15 minutes, screenwriter John Romano introduces us to everyone in Mickey’s inner circle with blazing efficiency. There’s ex-wife Maggie (Marisa Tomei) who is also a prosecuting attorney, Mickey’s gumshoe assistant Frank (William H. Macy), the slippery bail bondsman Val (John Leguizamo) and Earl (Laurence Mason), the soft-spoken ex-con chauffeur of Mickey’s vintage

Lincoln Continental. Through Val, Mickey procures his next client Louis (Ryan Phillippe), the spoiled-rotten son of a wealthy heiress (Frances Fisher) who has been accused of raping and beating a prostitute. The freshfaced, perpetually indignant Louis claims he was set up for possible extortion and the initial findings more than support his claims. It doesn’t hurt that the prostitute and her bleach-blond boyfriend have probably done this kind of thing before. Despite all of the usual

mystery/thriller ingredients — lascivious sex, red herrings, pop-up/gotcha evidence and questionable witnesses — Romano and director Brad Furman (“The Take”) never rush things or allow for lulls in the narrative. Not great but certainly engaging enough, the filmmakers slip at about the 90minute mark; the point where they should have wrapped everything up. Instead the story lumbers along for another half hour with no less than four false endings that lead to an uneventful, sequel-seeking finale.

“The Lincoln Lawyer” is a serviceable little thriller without any major gaffes or missteps that gives the audience its money’s worth but not by much. With some liberal editing and a different leading man, it might have been something you’d actually need to rush out and see. If you like stories with the same kind of twists, attitude and subject matter you might want to check out the less-is-more “… And Justice for All” starring Al Pacino or “The Accused” with Jodie Foster. (Lionsgate)

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2. Name three movies where characters played by Nicole Kidman died. A: “Moulin Rouge,” “To Die For,” “The Hours” (spoiler alert: Kidman’s character in “The Others” — a ghost — dies before the film starts) 3. Name a movie about the Vietnam War that was produced while the war was still taking place. A: Answers included “Heart and Soul,” “The Green Berets” and “The Anderson Platoon” 4. What is the oldest Disney movie to exceed $1 billion in combined box office and home video sales? A: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” 5. Name a father and daughter to win acting Oscars who are both still living. A: Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie

Now, for this week’s questions: 1. Name the son who directed his father to an acting Oscar. 2. Name the consecutive movies for which lead Edward Norton had to gain and then lose weight. 3. What is the common bond shared by the movies “Flashdance,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Stigmata,” “Wonder Boys,” “Smart People,” “She’s Out of My League” and “Three Days Later?” 4. What classic 1950 film is narrated by a character in it that is dead? 5. Name the only winner of the Best Animated Feature Oscar that was originally presented in a language other than English. Please e-mail your answers, along with your name to clarkwriter @mindspring.com. Include “Gwinnett Daily Post Trivia Contest” in the subject line.

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GWINNETT CALENDAR March 26 Gwinnett County Public Library will host author Suzanne Brockman as part of their “Meet the Author Series,” at 7 p.m. March 26 at Parc at Duluth, 3315 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. in Duluth. It is a free event and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-9785154.

Ongoing Events The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host the exhibit “Your House, My House,” through April 16. The exhibit displays the homes of people around the world. The exhibit is included with admission to the GEHC and free for GEHC members. For more information, call 770-904-3500 or visit gwinnettEHC.org. The Gwinnett Historic

Courthouse will host the art show, “Walk Like a Gwinnettian,” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through April 25. For more information, call 770-822-5450. The Actor’s Edge Community Players are hosting a musical called “The Stories of Scheherazde” at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays today through Sunday and March 25 through 27 at the Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St. in Duluth. Cost is $10 for Adults, $8 for Children. For more information call 770846-6721. The Rising Stars are hosting a production of ‘Peter Rabbit” at 11 a.m. through March 26 at the New Dawn Theater, 3087 Main Street in Duluth. Tickets are $5 and for more information call 678-887-5015.

METRO CALENDAR The North Atlanta Trade Center is hosting The Pride of Dixie Antiques Market show at noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday March 25 through 27 at 1700 Jeugens Court in Norcross. $4 admission is good for the whole weekend. For more information, visit www.prideofdixieatiqueshow.com. New London Theatre will present “A Midsummer Night’s Western” at 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday at 2485 East Main Street S.W. in Snellville. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 for the day of the show, $10 for children/students and seniors at Sunday preformances. For more information, visit www.newlondontheatre.org.

Monday ART Station will host gospel singer Mildred Brown, as part of the “Lunchtime Series at ART Station,” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Ongoing events The High Museum of Art will present “Toulouse-Lautrec and Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection” through May 1 at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437. The High Museum of Art will present “Fifty Works for Fifty States: The Dorothy and Herb Vogel Collection” through June 5 at 1280

Peachtree St. N.E. Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437. The High Museum of Art will be holding “The Museum of Modern Art, New York” until Aug. 14. For more information, visit www.High.org. Theatrical Outfit will present “Caroline, or Change” through April 10 at The Balzer Theater, 84 Luckie St. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, call 678-528-1500 or visit www.theatricaloutfit.org. Fifth Row Center presents “Charlotte’s Web” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Historic Downtown Flowery Branch Train Depot. An addition Saturday show is at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information, call 678-357-7359, visit FifthRowCenter.com or e-

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