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Friday, April 1, 2011


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week end what to do, hear, see, watch, read, listen to, visit and eat in Gwinnett and Atlanta The Dish: Steverino’s brings Athens staple to Duluth ..................................................................Pg. 4

UPCOMING EVENTS April 15-17 • Mall of Georgia Bridal Expo & Showcase Are you planning to say “I do” in the near future? You won’t want to miss this free event held during mall hours in the Nordstrom Court

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steverino’s serves the supreme pizza with pepperoni, sausage, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. Also served are the steak and cheese sub with housemade potato chips, a mediterranean salad and hot wings.

Art Beat ....................................................................Pg. 5 Movies.....................................................Pgs. 6-15, 17-19 Showtimes ............................................................Pg. 12 By Venue ................................................................Pg. 16 Gwinnett Calendar ............................................Pg. 20 Metro Calendar....................................................Pg. 20 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: Brian Giandelone

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LOCAL EVENT

Aurora unveils lineup for latest season BY HEATHER DARENBERG STAFF WRITER heather.darenberg @gwinnettdailypost.com

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Aurora Theatre has announced the lineup for its 16th season. • “A Chorus Line,” scheduled for Aug. 4 to Sept. 4 Aspiring performers put everything on the line to fulfill their dream of winning a role in a Broadway musical. Winner of nine Tony Awards, includ-

ing Best Musical, “A Chorus Line,” is the longestrunning American Broadway musical. • “Gray Area,” scheduled for Oct. 6 to 30 When a scathing theater critic and radio commentator, Farragut, takes a gratuitous swipe at Civil War re-enactors as his final public salvo, three “good ole Dixie boys” decide they cannot let his remarks go unchallenged. This comic collision of worlds is a full out blackwhite, blue-gray, blue-red

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raging debate. • “Christmas Canteen 2011,” scheduled for Nov. 25 to Dec. 23 The Aurora’s annual living Christmas card and Gwinnett’s longest running theatrical holiday tradition, Christmas Canteen will return to prepare patrons for the most wonderful time of the year. This nostalgic musical revue is a winter wonderland that just keeps getting better. • “A Body of Water,” scheduled for Jan. 19 to

Feb. 12 It is a beautiful summer morning as middle-aged Avis and Moss wake up in a cottage surrounded by water on all sides. Everything else is a mystery, because the pair has no recollection of who they are, how they got there or anything else for that matter. Has Wren, an enigmatic young woman, come to help them unfold the answers to these questions? Do they really want to know the truth about their story?

• “Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale,” scheduled March 15 to April 12 (Rights pending) America’s most romantic gangsters outwit and outrun a relentless J. Edgar Hoover to the delight of the poor and downtrodden, as their relationship changes from “strictly business” to passionate romance. Funny, tuneful and historically dubious, “Bonnie and Clyde: A Folktale” is a good ol’ musical about the bad ol’ days.

• “A Fox on the Fairway,” scheduled May 3 to 27 Love and money are in the rough at the Quail Valley Country Club. Two rival country club owners waggle around mistaken identities and play through over-the-top romantic shenanigans in order to stay on the fairway and ace a happy ending. For more information about season tickets, visit www.auroratheatre.com or call 678-226-6222.

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THE DISH

Steverino’s

3117 Main St., Duluth 30096

770-622-2110

www.steverinosduluth.com

BY BRANDON BRIGMAN STAFF WRITER brandon.brigman @gwinnettdailypost.com

• Open since: April 14, 2008 • Location: Steverino’s is located in downtown Duluth facing Main Street. The backyard of the restaurant faces the Duluth Town Green. • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; closed Sundays; extended spring and summer hours • General manager: Henry Harrington • Atmosphere: Former University of Georgia students or frequent visitors to Athens are familiar with Steverino’s. The restaurant originally opened in the Classic City in 1974, but moved to its Duluth location in 2008. The Athens version was more of a college hangout, while the Duluth location has evolved into a family restaurant. The fast and casual restaurant has customers order at the counter, get a number and then seat themselves. The dining room, which features a game room in the back, holds 65 people. The front patio overlooking Main Street is ideal for enjoying a relaxing afternoon. The backyard features picnic

ONTHEMENU • Steverino’s Supreme 14-inch Pizza — Signature specialty pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, red and green peppers, black olives, caramelized onions and mushrooms, $18.95 • Chicken wings — Five wings in medium, hot, smoking hot, lemon pepper, BBQ or teriyaki flavors, with celery and a side of ranch or blue cheese, $3.95 • Steak and cheese sub sandwich — Sirloin steak, provolone cheese, grilled onions and peppers on sub roll with a choice of housemade chips, pasta salad or French fries, $5.95 half, $8.95 whole • Mediterranean salad — Mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, red onion and feta cheese, $4.95 half, $7.50 whole

tables where customers can relax after strolling in the adjacent Duluth Town Green. The backyard often features live music on the weekends, while a blue grass band plays on Tuesdays. Thursday is trivia night. • Menu: Steverino’s is a pizzeria, but caters to more than just the pizza crowd. They feature great burgers, hot wings, sub sandwiches and salads in addition to their signature pizzas.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips

Steverino’s serves the supreme pizza with pepperoni, sausage, onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. Also served are the steak and cheese sub with housemade potato chips, a mediterranean salad and hot wings.

The pizzas are special because the dough is made fresh on location and the marinara sauce is made from scratch from an old Italian family recipe. Steverino’s most popular pizza is the supreme, while the steak and cheese sub is also a favorite with customers. A unique appetizer is the blue cheese chips, which are homemade potato chips with blue cheese sprinkled on top. Beverages include Coca-Cola fountain drinks

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along with three beers on tap and 15 varieties of bottled beers. Red and white wine is also available. Steverino’s desserts are chocolate, red velvet and strawberry cakes from the popular Cecila’s Villaveces Cakes in Athens. Things you might not know: Steverino’s works with local groups for fundraisers. The restaurant will host a dinner for a group on a Monday or Steverino’s is located at 3117 Main St. in Duluth Tuesday and donate a por- and offers patrons table seating, outdoor patios, a stage for live music and beer and wine. tion of sales to the group.


ART BEAT

FROM DISASTER TO DANCE

Haitian ‘underdogs’ bring three shows to Gwinnett

“Resurrection from the Rubble” is the name of the production that the Dance Theatre of Haiti will present at three Gwinnett locations during the month of April. This acclaimed group of young Haitian men, formerly orphans, tours the country raising funds for their home which has seen much trouble and poverty. However, in the words of their Executive Director Dr. Rick Barger, “This is not a poverty tourism event. It is a celebration of life event.” The performances will be April 14 at North Gwinnett High School, April 16 at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Suwanee and April 17 at Good Samaritan Haitian Alliance Church in Lawrenceville. All shows are free and start at 7 p.m. The performances are sponsored by the Haitian Timoun Foundation. Audiences are encouraged to donate what they are inspired to give, and 100 percent of the funds go to Haiti. The young men use dance and drumming to tell their story, a liberating message that all things are possible with faith and determination. They perform on behalf of the Saint Joseph Family in Haiti. Under the leadership of Michael Geilenfeld, this “family” has taken in orphaned and rejected children for the past 26 years, raising them up to be the best they can be. The Dance Theatre of Haiti was created as a way for some of the

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orphans to find a creative outlet and encourage selfesteem, and they have excelled and inspired viewers all over the country. Barger is the founder of the Haitian Timoun Foundation, based in Suwanee and founded in 1990. He is also the lead pastor at Suwanee’s Epiphany Lutheran Church. Barger said, “The dances speak deeper than just the earthquake situation. They give a window into the life of Haitians, their own stories as the thrown away and discarded children, and how they have been raised up to lives of hope and dignity in sustainable ways. “I have personally watched most of these boys grow up. The group is important because it will give a totally different picture of Haiti than the negative stories that saturate the press. People will go, ‘Wow!’Young children will look at the boys as role models and leaders. They are great ambassadors for the country of Haiti.” There are six dancers and four drummers comprising

the troupe. Didi, at 10, is the youngest performer. Other dancers include Eddy, Gerald, Jacky, Patrick and Walnes Cangas. In addition to dancing, these young men have many other talents, including visual art and teaching. The drummers are Bill Nathan, Lele, Tiboudo and Roland. Nathan’s story is very remarkable. Orphaned at age 6, he was abused by relatives. Discovered in a marketplace, he was taken to St. Joseph’s. He is now the director of this facility, and recognized as a world-class drummer. He was the first resident of St. Joseph’s to graduate from high school, and he is now in college. Dances reflect the culture of Haiti. According to Barger, audiences will find the experience uplifting and moving. “Their story is among the very best underdogs-to-victor stories on the planet,” Barger said. “The troupe is a world-class dance troupe and has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of the Arts and other high profile venues. Bill Nathan, the lead drummer, as well as Walnes, the troupe director, has performed in Brazil and in Africa. The performance and the energy will blow you away.” There will also be a performance in Marietta on April 15, and another in Atlanta at Emory University on April 18. Find out more about the Dance The-

atre of Haiti and the St. Joseph Family by visiting www.htflive.org. For more information about the individual Gwinnett and Atlanta performances, call Julie Sutton at 770-8311966. Holley Calmes is a

freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes @mindspring.com.

Haitian artists perform traditional dances during the Dance Theatre of Haiti’s three April events in Gwinnett. Special Photo

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MOVIES

Horror fan’s delight Director Wan scares with originality in ‘Insidious’ Insidious (PG-13) ★★★★

Patrick Wilson, left, and Rose Byrne star in “Insidious.”

BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

Seven years after changing the landscape of horror movies with “Saw” (and then wisely walking away from the now-on-life-support franchise), director James Wan has done it again with “Insidious.” Perhaps more so than any other genre, there’s not a lot of originality left to mine in horror and “Insidious” does little to change that perception. There are bits and pieces of many other movies here, but that’s OK. Wan and his “Saw” screenwriter Leigh Whannell culled their story from great sources and this movie has style to burn. It’s got everything any serious horror fan could possibly want — and at least one thing fans probably don’t. We’re introduced to the Lambert family right after they’ve moved into an old house that could easily double for the one in “Amityville Horror.” There are creaking stairs and doors, lots of windows and an attic that all but screams “get out.” Husband, dad and teacher Josh (Patrick Wilson) leaves the unpacking chores to musician/composer Renai (Rose Byrne), his wife and the mother of three who is already beyond frazzled. One night when everyone else is watching TV, eldest son Dalton (Ty Simpkins, who also played Wilson’s son in “Little Children”) vis-

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its the attic, takes a fall and slips into a coma. Three months later, Dalton is still in a coma although he shows none of the typical symptoms and his doctors are baffled. While Josh takes a detached, wait-and-see attitude to his son’s predicament, Renai is ready to jump out of her skin and starts seeing things; most likely ghosts. She demands that the family leave and — in breaking with major horror convention — Josh and the filmmakers quickly oblige her. When Renai’s visions continue in a new setting, Josh’s mother Lorraine (Barbara Hershey) suggests they employ the services of her old friend and clairvoyant Elise (Lin Shaye). The Elise character provides the cleaning lady/“Poltergeist” connection/homage and brings with her two techno-geek assistants (one played by Whannell) to deliver healthy doses of much-needed comic relief. Plot-wise, that’s about all you need to know going in. The first indicator that “Insidious” is far beyond other schlock horror releases is the studio’s decision to show it to the press a full week in advance. Studios rarely screen horror films for critics and never do it that far ahead of the release date. There’s a second reason

non-horror viewers might want to consider seeing “Insidious.”You know those people who go to horror films and laugh at points where they should be screaming because they want to look tough? There were a few of them at the screening, and they did laugh — once. It then became clear to even them that the filmmakers weren’t messing around and the next time — and for the remainder — they screamed. Loudly. In a nod to Spielberg’s “Jaws,” Wan waited as long as possible to reveal his “shark” (or in this case “sharks”) and the build-up is, as it should be, nervewracking. As in “Jaws,” the audience is given flash glimpses along the way but never enough to make a full connection of what will be seen in full in the final part. The same goes for Whannell’s clever, methodical, clue-packed script. Hitchcock would be proud. The filmmakers’ sole misstep — and unfortunately it’s the type we’ve come to expect with horror movies — is the open-ended, sequel-seeking final scene. It robs the viewer of absolute closure and will inevitably lead to an inferior cash-in follow-up. This movie doesn’t warrant a sequel, it just needs a different ending. (FilmDistrict)

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MOVIES 4. What was the home state of Matt Damon’s character in “Saving Private Ryan”? A: Iowa 5. Name the last person to win an acting Oscar for a performance in their first feature film. A: Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”

character in a film played by Ben Affleck that died by gunshot. 3. What was the occupation of David Duchovny’s character in “Kalifornia?” 4. Who was the last person born in Georgia to win an Oscar for acting? Test your 5. Charlie Sheen once film knowledge with played a nonfictional characMichael Clark ter in a movie who was a Now, for this week’s professional baseball player So, you think you’re good questions: for what team? at movie trivia? Every week, The first person to Special Photo we give readers the opportu1. What is the highest respond with all the correct nity to flex their movie mus- “March of the Penguins” is the highest grossing cles by answering five trivia documentary ever not directed by Michael Moore. grossing movie ever that was answers receives a prize based on a Shakespeare package of movie-related questions from our movie play? goodies, which could critic, Michael Clark. 1. What is the highest dent has been depicted in the 2. Name a nonfictional include promotional T-shirts, grossing documentary ever most live-action feature Congratulations to last not directed by Michael films? week’s winner, Terri Wilkes Moore? A: Ulysses S. Grant of Danielsville. A: “March of the Pen3. What was the first film guins” to feature THX sound? Here are last week’s ques2. After Lincoln and A: “Return of the tions again and the answers: Kennedy, what U.S. presiJedi”

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MOVIES

POWER, PRAYER, PRETENSION Lofty aspirations of ‘Gods and Men’ best suited for snobby, arthouse movie lovers Of Gods and Men (PG-13) ★★★ ★★ BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

Winner of a few associations’ 2010 Best Foreign Language prize and some festival accolades, “Of Gods and Men” is yet another bloated, selfimportant, overlong bit of artsy twaddle that appeals mostly to stuffed-shirt types while offering nothing resembling entertainment or riveting drama to anyone else. Boring, vapid and repetitive to the point of

torturous, it also squanders a major opportunity to address a dire issue that, to some degree or another, touches the lives of every person in the world. Based on events that took place in 1996, it focuses on a group of eight French-born Trappists monks practicing at the Tibhirine monastery in a Muslim majority section of Algeria. Because most of them are indigent, illiterate and sick a lot most the locals are glad to have the monks around and are either unaware or indifferent to the more than century long, often oppressive French colo-

nization of that region. Algeria gained its independence in 1962 and in the decades since then, most French

nationals left — and for good reason. Since the ’80s — or least in the area depicted in the film — the country has been

littered by assorted terrorist sects leery of and against any foreigners setting up shop in their backyard. Early on in the

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Gods • From Page 8 Both in attitude and general appearance, six of the eight monks are interchangeable and do next to nothing for the duration. Well over 60 minutes of the two-hour film shows the monks repeatedly studying in silence, eating in silence and working in silence, just like monks do. In between the long stretches of silence they chant and one of them — also a doctor — tends to the physical maladies of the locals. A little of this stuff goes a long way yet director Xavier Beauvois wants to drive the point of the monks’ selfless dedication and isolation into the ground and he more than succeeds. The resulting tedium of this portion

they’ve requested, as the supply is low. The lead terrorist is at once insulted, impressed and dumbfounded by Christian’s unflinching bravado and perhaps because it comes from a man of the cloth, he accepts what he is told and leaves. Realizing they’re living on borrowed time, the monks determine this will Special Photo: Sony Pictures Classic likely be the first of many Jacques Herlin stars as Amédée and Michael unfriendly visits and proLonsdale stars as Luc in “Of Gods and Men. ceed to debate, or rather quietly discuss, whether or of the film negates any of band of Muslim terrorists not they should stay or hit the other few minor high who need the doctor to fix the road. Some audiences will mistake this passage points. one of their wounded About halfway through comrades. Walking a fine for dramatic tension as there’s little doubt how it Beauvois and his coline between diplomacy screenwriter Etienne and insolence, head monk will turn out. What happens in the Comar finally get around Christian (Lambert Willast act — as it did in real to the meat and potatoes son) respectfully tells of the story, if only them no. He also informs life — is fuzzy. There are conflicting accounts of momentarily. The them that they can’t have what transpired and what monastery is invaded by a any of the medicine

exactly was done to whom by whom and in one of his few moments of clarity Beauvois doesn’t try to determine the truth. In another early scene, the doctor is quoting from a book and what he says in mere seconds eclipses everything else in the movie. Men are the most successful and zealous at war when inspired to do so by religion. Although they are clear-

ly the protagonists, the monks are just as unwavering as the terrorists and this sadly speaks to what’s going on in the world now. People of different beliefs are convinced theirs is the only worthy path to righteousness and would rather die than compromise in any way. Everybody is waiting for the other side to blink and no one ever does. (Sony Classics)

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Tame Easter tale ‘Hop’ skips into dullness Hop (PG)

BY DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer

“Hop” has one of the cutest bunnies you’ll ever see and plenty of other eye candy among its computer-generated visuals, yet there’s not much bounce to the story behind this interspecies buddy comedy. Letting bad-boy Russell Brand supply the voice of the Easter bunny sounds like a promising way to add spice to a warm and fuzzy family flick. Too bad the movie winds up about as bland as carrotflavored jelly beans. Its gooey sentiment and harebrained gags are likely to appeal only to very young kids. The filmmakers trip up on their scattered attempts to inject some hipness to “Hop” for older children and parents (a bit about a rabbit apparently cooked in a pot is handled so tepidly, it barely registers as a halfhearted allusion to the boiled bunny in “Fatal Attraction,” while a couple of Hugh Hefner-Playboy bunny

RATING SCALE — Drop everything you’re doing and hop to the theater now! — Put it in your to-do basket — Wait until fall for the video — Not worth sitting through. Dye some eggs instead.

riffs are just dreary). Directed by Tim Hill, a veteran at blending live action and digital animation on “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” “Hop” skips and jumps between the fantasy land beneath Easter Island (clever location scouting, huh?) — where rabbits and chicks manufacture holiday candy — and the human world of Fred O’Hare (clever character name, huh?). Fred (James Marsden) is a grown-up slacker living with his parents, who hound him to get a job and move out. As a boy, Fred caught a forbidden glimpse of the Easter bunny making his rounds, and his destiny seems tied to the rabbit realm. He’s not the only disappointment to his parents. Down under Easter Island, young E.B. (voiced by Brand) is about to take over the family business from his dad, the

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Easter bunny (Hugh Laurie). But E.B. dreams of becoming a rock ’n’ roll drummer and runs away to Hollywood to follow his bunny bliss. E.B. just happens to come across Fred at a mansion where he’s house-sitting. Let’s see, mischievous, screwy rabbit, fridge full of carrots, rooms loaded with plush, pricey bedding. Inevitably, E.B. unleashes mayhem on Fred, who seems to be the only person surprised that a talking rabbit is running loose in Hollywood (in a couple of weirdly self-referential but very unfunny scenes, David Hasselhoff is among those who take a talking bunny in stride). Written by the “Despicable Me” team of Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, along with Brian Lynch, “Hop” mostly is a lot of slapstick adventures between E.B. and Fred. They gradually form a kinship, find common ground and go through all the other usual things that arise when man befriends rabbit, including taking on scheming chick Carlos (voiced by Hank Azaria), who wants to turn Easter into a poultryrun holiday. The vocally dexterous Azaria brings some pep to “Hop,” but most of the actors, among them Gary Cole and Elizabeth Perkins as

Fred’s parents, are left to doze as if they’d been up all night hiding goodies for the big Easter egg hunt. After playing stick-in-the-mud mutant Cyclops in the first three “X-Men” movies, Marsden has gotten to show comic charm in such romps as “Enchanted” and “Hairspray.” In “Hop,” he comes across as a genuinely nice guy — keeping in mind that genuinely nice guys can be genuinely boring. Marsden’s Fred is genuinely boring. That leaves the movie hanging on Brand. His slightly spacy Anglo mutterings lend a strange warmth to E.B., whose adorable face could inspire an entire line of cuddly plush toys. The animation is the movie’s strong point, presenting a rainbow-colored world that should satisfy young children’s cinematic sweet tooth. But Carlos’ legion of chicks look like downy replicas of the yellow minions of “Despicable Me,” while a trio of commando rabbits known as the Pink Berets are really annoying, down to their own dreadful theme song that plays over the end credits. (Universal)

Special Photos: Universal

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Tame Easter tale ‘Hop’ skips into dullness Hop (PG)

BY DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer

“Hop” has one of the cutest bunnies you’ll ever see and plenty of other eye candy among its computer-generated visuals, yet there’s not much bounce to the story behind this interspecies buddy comedy. Letting bad-boy Russell Brand supply the voice of the Easter bunny sounds like a promising way to add spice to a warm and fuzzy family flick. Too bad the movie winds up about as bland as carrotflavored jelly beans. Its gooey sentiment and harebrained gags are likely to appeal only to very young kids. The filmmakers trip up on their scattered attempts to inject some hipness to “Hop” for older children and parents (a bit about a rabbit apparently cooked in a pot is handled so tepidly, it barely registers as a halfhearted allusion to the boiled bunny in “Fatal Attraction,” while a couple of Hugh Hefner-Playboy bunny

RATING SCALE — Drop everything you’re doing and hop to the theater now! — Put it in your to-do basket — Wait until fall for the video — Not worth sitting through. Dye some eggs instead.

riffs are just dreary). Directed by Tim Hill, a veteran at blending live action and digital animation on “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties,” “Hop” skips and jumps between the fantasy land beneath Easter Island (clever location scouting, huh?) — where rabbits and chicks manufacture holiday candy — and the human world of Fred O’Hare (clever character name, huh?). Fred (James Marsden) is a grown-up slacker living with his parents, who hound him to get a job and move out. As a boy, Fred caught a forbidden glimpse of the Easter bunny making his rounds, and his destiny seems tied to the rabbit realm. He’s not the only disappointment to his parents. Down under Easter Island, young E.B. (voiced by Brand) is about to take over the family business from his dad, the

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Easter bunny (Hugh Laurie). But E.B. dreams of becoming a rock ’n’ roll drummer and runs away to Hollywood to follow his bunny bliss. E.B. just happens to come across Fred at a mansion where he’s house-sitting. Let’s see, mischievous, screwy rabbit, fridge full of carrots, rooms loaded with plush, pricey bedding. Inevitably, E.B. unleashes mayhem on Fred, who seems to be the only person surprised that a talking rabbit is running loose in Hollywood (in a couple of weirdly self-referential but very unfunny scenes, David Hasselhoff is among those who take a talking bunny in stride). Written by the “Despicable Me” team of Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, along with Brian Lynch, “Hop” mostly is a lot of slapstick adventures between E.B. and Fred. They gradually form a kinship, find common ground and go through all the other usual things that arise when man befriends rabbit, including taking on scheming chick Carlos (voiced by Hank Azaria), who wants to turn Easter into a poultryrun holiday. The vocally dexterous Azaria brings some pep to “Hop,” but most of the actors, among them Gary Cole and Elizabeth Perkins as

Fred’s parents, are left to doze as if they’d been up all night hiding goodies for the big Easter egg hunt. After playing stick-in-the-mud mutant Cyclops in the first three “X-Men” movies, Marsden has gotten to show comic charm in such romps as “Enchanted” and “Hairspray.” In “Hop,” he comes across as a genuinely nice guy — keeping in mind that genuinely nice guys can be genuinely boring. Marsden’s Fred is genuinely boring. That leaves the movie hanging on Brand. His slightly spacy Anglo mutterings lend a strange warmth to E.B., whose adorable face could inspire an entire line of cuddly plush toys. The animation is the movie’s strong point, presenting a rainbow-colored world that should satisfy young children’s cinematic sweet tooth. But Carlos’ legion of chicks look like downy replicas of the yellow minions of “Despicable Me,” while a trio of commando rabbits known as the Pink Berets are really annoying, down to their own dreadful theme song that plays over the end credits. (Universal)

Special Photos: Universal

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HOWTIMES S MOVIE TIMES FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 1

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

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REGAL CINEMAS, MALL OF GEORGIA 20

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3333 Buford Drive 678-482-9263 www.regalcinemas.com

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The 5th Quarter (PG-13)

Beastly (PG-13)

12:35, 2:55, 5:20, 7:55, 10:20

1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40, 9:50

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

Black Swan (R)

4:50, 10:00

7:15, 9:45

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

Hall Pass (R)

12:30, 3:15, 6:30, 9:15, 11:55

2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:40

Beastly (PG-13)

12:20, 2:45, 7:45

Insidious (PG-13) Hop (PG)

Paul (R)

9:50, 12:35, 3:20, 6:15, 9:20

12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:40, 10:05

11:40, 12:40, 2:00, 3:00, 4:20, 5:15, 6:40, 7:30, 8:55, 9:45

2:25, 5:25, 8:10, 10:55

Unknown (PG-13)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

Insidious (PG-13)

Rango (PG)

1:35, 7:05

11:15, 1:55, 4:35, 7:15, 10:00

12:40, 4:20, 7;10, 10:15

Just Go With It (PG-13)

Source Code (PG-13)

2:05, 7:25 Limitless (PG-13)

12:00, 12:20, 2:20, 2:50, 4:40, 5:20, 7:30, 7:50, 10:10, 10:30

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Sucker Punch (PG-13)

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The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

1:55, 4:30, 5:00, 7:15, 9:55, 10:45

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Cat Run (R)

11:50, 1:00, 2:10, 3:20, 4:30, 5:40, 7:05, 8:00, 9:25, 10:25, 11:45 Gnomeo and Juliet (G)

11:55, 2:05, 4:25 Hop (PG)

12:00, 1:05, 2:20, 3:25, 4:40, 5:45, 7:00, 8:10, 9:20, 10:30, 11:40 Insidious (PG-13)

12:00, 2:25, 5:00, 7:30, 10:15 Limitless (PG-13)

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 6:40, 7:35, 9:10, 10:20, 11:40 The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45 Mars Needs Moms 3-D (PG)

12:25, 2:45, 5:30, 7:50, 10:05 Paul (R)

12:10, 2:35, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 Rango (PG)

11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:55 Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

12:05, 2:25, 5:05, 7:30, 9:50, 12:10 Source Code (PG-13)

12:10, 1:10, 2:30, 3:30, 5:05, 5:45, 7:20, 8:05, 9:35, 10:25, 11:50 Sucker Punch: The IMAX Experience (PG-13)

1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40, 12:10

11:30, 2:10, 4:55, 7:40, 10:20 Mars Needs Moms (PG)

12:05, 2:15 Paul (R)

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:10 Rango (PG)

11:10. 1:40, 4:40, 7:10, 9:35 Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

4:25, 6:45, 9:05

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13) Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

Sucker Punch (PG-13)

11:50, 2:45, 4:10, 5:40, 7:00, 8:45, 9:55

12:20, 2:50, 4:50, 7:20, 9:55

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

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The 5th Quarter (PG-13)

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Source Code (PG-13)

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The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

2:15, 4;50, 7:25, 10:20 Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

12:15, 3:45, 7:40, 10:25 Cat Run (R)

12:15, 2:45, 5:10, 8:05, 11:00 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

12:10, 2:00, 2:35, 4:35, 5:05,7:05, 7:35, 9:30, 10:00 Hop (PG)

The Adjustment Bureau (PG-13)

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Insidious (PG-13)

Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13)

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The King’s Speech (R)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules (PG)

12:145, 3:55, 7:00, 9:50

11:20, 1:50, 4:10, 6:50, 9:10

12:05, 2:10, 2:40, 5:25, 7;40, 8:00, 10:40

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The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

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9:45, 11:55, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15 Gnomeo & Juliet 3-D (G)

9:55, 12:15, 2:20, 4:40 Hop (PG)

9:40, 10:30, 11:40, 1:00, 2:25, 3:30, 4:55, 6:00, 7:25, 8:30, 9:45 I Am Number Four (PG-13)

6:55, 9:40 Limitless (PG-13)

10:45, 1:25, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50 Just Go With It (PG-13)

10:40, 4:20, 9:50 Mars Needs Moms 3-D (PG)

11:20, 1:50 Paul (R)

12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:40, 10:10 Rango (PG)

10:05, 1;00. 3:30, 6:10, 9:10 Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

2:40, 10:05 Source Code (PG-13)

10:00, 11:00, 12:25, 1:30, 2:50, 3:55, 5:20, 6:20, 7:55, 8:50, 10:25 Sucker Punch (PG-13)

11:05, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00 The 5th Quarter (PG-13)

10:50, 1:20, 3:50, 6:30, 8:55 The King’s Speech (R)

11:10, 2:15, 5:30, 8:20 The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

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Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) Beastly (PG-13)

6:00, 8:25, 10:40 Cat Run (R)

12:05, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10:00 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

10:45, 12:15, 1:20, 2:55, 4:00, 5:30, 6:45, 8:10, 9:25, 10:45 Hop (PG)

10;25, 11:25, 12:50, 2:05, 3:25, 4:45, 5:55, 7;25, 8:45, 9:55, 11:10 Insidious (PG-13)

11:55, 2:50, 5:25, 8:20, 11:15 The Last Godfather (PG-13)

11:20, 2:10, 5:10, 8:05, 11:00 Limitless (PG-13)

Chronicles of Naria: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (PG-13)

1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:40

4:40, 7:50

1:00, 3:05, 5:10 Paul (R)

No Strings Attached (R)

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Rango (PG)

Roomate (PG-13)

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5:25, 7:35, 9:45

The Roommate (PG-13)

Tangled (PG)

7:20, 9:55

5:20, 7:45, 10:00

Source Code (PG-13)

Tourist (PG-13)

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4:10, 7:10, 9:45 Tron: Legacy (PG)

8:00 True Grit (PG-13)

4:05, 7:05, 10:05 Yogi Bear (PG)

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1:25, 6:35, 11:55 Sucker Punch (PG-13)

11:35, 2:20, 5:00, 8:00, 10:55 The King’s Speech (R)

11;50, 2:40, 5:35, 8:30 The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

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Mars Needs Moms 3-D (PG)

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Limitless (PG-13)

Little Fockers

Chronicles of Naria: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (PG)

Paul (R)

The King’s Speech (R)

5:15, 8:15

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1:25, 4:00, 7:05, 9:45

Drive Angry (R)

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The Eagle (PG-13)

Sucker Punch (PG)

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2:55, 5:35, 8:20, 11:00 Big Mommas House: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13)

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (PG)

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From Prada to Nada (PG-13) The Green Hornet (PG-13)

5:20, 7:20, 9:30

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Little Fockers (PG-13)

The 5th Quarter (PG-13)

4:15, 7:05

2:25, 4:30, 7:15, 9:30

The Mechanic (R)

Gnomeo & Juliet 3-D (G)

6:55, 9:25

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Gulliver’s Travels (PG)

No Strings Attached (R)

The Grace Card (PG-13)

4:00, 6:50, 9:25

2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:25

Rabbit Hole (PG-13)

I am Number Four (PG-13)

4;10, 7:20, 9:40

2:50, 5:30, 8:15, 11:00

The Roomate (PG-13)

Just Go With It (PG-13)

4:05, 7:00, 9:15

2:45, 5:20, 8;00, 10:35

Tangled (PG)

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Yogi Bear (PG)

5:05, 8:05

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The Lincoln Lawyer (R)

2:35, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 Red Riding Hood (PG-13)

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MOVIES NOWSHOWING Recently reviewed films now playing in theaters: • The 5th Quarter (PG-13) The tragic and moving story of a selfless Cobb County teen is mangled, distorted and turned into an overblown and manipulative sports-uplift drama that has little, if anything to do with the dying boy’s memory. Sincere intent — terrible execution. 2 stars — Michael Clark • happythankyoumoreplease (R) The feature debut of writer/director/leading man Josh Radnor is less of a movie and more of an extended episode of his hit TV show “How I Met Your Mother.” Saved just slightly by a few not-that-horrible supporting performances. 11⁄2 stars — MC • Jane Eyre (PG-13) Of the nearly three dozen incarnations of the classic Charlotte Bronte novel, this newest version from director Cary Fukunaga gets the closest

to the original intent thanks to the sturdy performances by leads Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender. 31⁄2 stars — MC • The Lincoln Lawyer (R) In spite of lead Matthew McConaughey, this modern noir, L.A.-based crime thriller hits mostly on all cylinders. Based on the popular series by Michael Connelly, it mixes sex, betrayal and retribution in a semiinteresting, if not very original, light. 21⁄2 stars — MC • Limitless (PG-13) Romantic-comedy go-to guy Bradley Cooper (“The Hang-

over”) is given his first shot as a dramatic leading man and he makes the most of it. Pinching from (among others) “The Matrix,” “Fight Club” and “Inception,” it’s both entertaining and unpredictable. 3 stars — MC • Paul (R) After spot-on spoofs of zombies (“Shaun of the Dead”) and cop/buddy adventures (“Hot Fuzz”), this lampooning jab at sci-fi from writer/leading man Simon Pegg comes off as tentative and mostly halfbaked but has just enough laughs to make it a first-rate, second choice. 21⁄2 stars — MC

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“She’s such a fantastic character,” Adams said Tu e s d a y at CinemaCon, a Las Ve g a s c o nve n tion for theater Amy Adams owners, where she appeared with co-star Jason Segel to promote their family comedy “The Muppets,” due out in November. “She’s feminine, she’s intelligent, she’s a go-getter. She’s somebody I have identi-

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ALL HE DOES IS ‘WIN’ Actor-turned-director McCarthy puts out another crowd-pleasing film Win Win (R) ★★★★ BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

In a manner akin to Ben Affleck, Tom McCarthy began his career as an actor and only recently began writing and directing his own films. However unlike Affleck, McCarthy is a very good actor and virtually unidentifiable to even serious moviegoers. He was in “Little Fockers,” “2012” and “Michael Clayton” as well the HBO show “The Wire.” “Win Win” is McCarthy’s third effort as a filmmaker and is his third straight triumph. Not quite as good as “The Station Agent” but better than “The Visitor,” “Win Win” is an arthouse dramedy posing as a mainstream crowd pleaser, and if its solid positive buzz catches on it could become this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine.” Some might refer to McCarthy’s movies as formulaic or slight variations on the same theme and they’d be right. All three feature everyday people crossing paths with other everyday people they probably wouldn’t get to know if given the choice. If this indeed is a formula,

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Paul Giamatti, left, and Alex Shaffer star in “Win Win.”

it’s a good one and it provides limitless dramatic and comedic possibilities. Mike (Paul Giamatti) is an atypical attorney. Based in a small New Jersey suburb, his practice isn’t the kind that generates big bucks. Mike doesn’t seem to have a niche and most of his clients are appointed to him by the court system. Low visibility cases equate to low fees and that coupled with an anemic economy means Mike is barely getting by. From what we can tell he’s an ethical guy, but he’s also desperate. A situation far better explained by the film arises and presents Mike with a chance to ease his financial woes. Whether it’s legal or not is iffy, but it is categorically unethical and it’s clear that it’s gnawing at Mike’s psyche and soul.

When not trying to field new clients, Mike is the coach of the local high school wrestling team and despite the considerable instructional and motivation skills of he and assistant Stephen (Jeffrey Tambor), the team is an abysmal. All of this changes with the arrival of Kyle (Alex Shaffer), a new student who recently fled Ohio to escape his louse of a mother Cindy (Melanie Linskey). McCarthy isn’t a big fan of contrivance and forced story wrinkles and this approach may irritate some viewers conditioned to expect 11th-hour surprises and faux upbeat finales. As “Win Win” could technically qualify as a sports movie, the expectation of zeroes-toheroes, feel-good uplift is be expected and McCarthy refuses to

deliver. There’s no swelling score or mistyeyed tugging of heartstrings, but that doesn’t mean the film doesn’t pack a considerable emotional punch. Discerning audiences should be grateful that Tom Hanks became a megastar when he did. If he didn’t, he’d be starring in low-visibility gems like this and Giamatti might never have had a career. Both men (who ironically shared a key scene in “Saving Private Ryan”) have — to be kind — less than ideal leading man good looks, especially Giamatti. Add to that Giamatti’s tendency to play heavily flawed characters that are often unlikable and you end up with a lot of very good movies not a whole lot of people want to see. As with most of his films, Giamatti is surrounded with a killer supporting cast that also includes Oscar nominee Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”) as Mike’s prickly and judgmental wife Jackie and Bobby Cannavale as his flustered, recently divorced buddy Terry. The biggest surprise is Shaffer, a non-actor who got the gig because he’s a champion wrestler. At first, Shaffer’s lackluster style seems out of place alongside his more emotive co-stars, but it fits his character perfectly. Kyle

is a regular kid with regular kid problems and having him go all blubbery and high strung would have ruined everything. As welcome as “Win Win” is in April, it should have been released in the late fall where it would

have had a better chance of securing awards notice. That could still happen but it’s unlikely; nominating committee members and most critics have notoriously short attention spans. (Fox Searchlight)

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MUSIC BY VENUE RIALTO CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

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• Today: Alice in Chains and STP Tribute • Saturday: Generation Now • Thursday: Reasob Y • April 8: Depature • April 9: The Breakfast Club • April 14: Butt Naked • April 15: Iron Mullet

• Saturday: Zakir Hussain, Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer • April 22: Joe Lovano • April 30: Big 3 Palladium Orchestra SMITH’S OLDE BAR 1578 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta 404-875-1522 www.smithsoldebar.com

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• Today: The Last Waltz Ensemble • Saturday: Scythian/The Whiskey Gentry • April 5: Matthew Mayfield • April 8: Soul Rebels Brass Band • April 9: The Bridge • April 14: William Fitzsimmons • April 16: Fourth annual Tatapalooza

• Today: Futurebirds and Dexter Romweber Duo • Saturday: Elephant 6 Holiday Surprise Tour • Monday: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart • Wednesday: The Felice Brothers • April 8: Citizen Cope • April 11: Dr. Dog • April 14: The Orkids

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• April 16: Tim McGraw with Luke Bryan and The Band Perry • May 20: Kenny Chesney • May 24: Jimmy Buffett ARENA AT GWINNETT CENTER

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• Monday: Duran Duran (sold out) • Tuesday: Chris Cornell (sold out) • April 8: Tedeschi Trucks Band (sold out) • April 9: Citizen Cop (sold out) • April 11: BET Music Matters Tour with Marsha Ambrosius, Melanie Fiona and Anthony David CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER

• April 22-23: “Carmen” • May 20 and 22: “The Little Mermaid”

• Saturday: Salt-N-Pepa • April 9-10, 15-17: The Atlanta Passion Play BUFORD VARIETY THEATER 170 W. Main St., Buford 770-271-7878 www.bufordvarietytheater.com

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• Today: Please Pleaserock Me • Saturday: Jill Andrews and Amy Speace • Sunday: The Chapin Sisters and Deep River • Tuesday: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra with Bob Livingston • Wednesday: Open Bluegrass Jame with members of The Dappled Grays • Thursday: Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton and Mike Bub • April 8: The Waymores feat. Sally Barris, Don Henry and Tom Kimmel

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• April 18: Lady Gaga • June 7: Katy Perry • June 8: Josh Groban

• April 27: Tom Jones

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• April 16: Lisa Lampanelli • April 23: Sinbad

• April 12-14: America’s Got Talent • April 21: Charlie Live: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Tour

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• April 22: Tony Bennett THE LOFT 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta 404-885-1365 http://www.centerstageatlanta.com/shows/the-loft/

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• April 9: Lil Wayne • April 19: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band • May 14: Bon Jovi • June 18: Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash 16

• Today: Delbert McClinton • Saturday: Juan De Marcos and The Afro-Cuban All Stars • Sunday: Lee Ritenour • Monday: The Residents • Thursday: The Infamous Stringdusters • April 8: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder • April 9: Amos Lee (sold out) • April 15: Toad the Wet Sprocket VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER AT ENCORE PARK 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta www.ticketmaster.com/venue/115485

• Saturday: Band of Horses with the Jayhawks • May 5: Project 9-6-1 Cinco Party: Avenged Sevenfold, Seether and Alterbridge • May 6-7: Zac Brown Band WILD BILL’S

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• Saturday: Aural Pleasure, Liquid and Sol • April 9: Jeff Shephard Band • April 16: Faces in the Pavement, Mideastern Night

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Film Fans stung with low blows from ‘Sucker Punch’ EDITOR’S NOTE: Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Sucker Punch.” Want to be a film fan? Email features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

★★ ★★★ I felt like a sucker halfway through “Sucker Punch,” so don’t waste your money on this one. The plot was stupid, the acting was bad and there was nothing special about the special effects. The word cheese comes to mind. With characters named Baby Doll, Rocket, Sweet Pea and Blondie (who was a brunette), that should give you a hint of how dumb it was. I thought about walking out on more than one occasion. I still can’t figure out why it’s called “Sucker Punch.” If you’re expecting another “300,” forget about it. This movie is a stinker. — Kevin Kilroe, Lawrenceville

★★★★ ★ This little movie spins a creative and alluring web. With an array of young actors who are well equipped for the task, a sto-

ryline that is quite remarkable, special effects so well done they are haunting and technical craft-persons who take risks to deliver a serious movie punch, this movie will surprise many people. We begin with a dying mother and her young daughters who are at risk as their greedy stepfather plots against them. Soon we see daughter, Baby Doll (Emily Browning), in a weird girl’s home that is really a brothel that caters to high rollers. Also at the brothel is Sweet Pea, played by Abbie Cornish, who is an emerging actor with tremendous screen presence. As Baby Doll plots with the other girls on escaping, we see a series of scenes that are sheer imagination and free fall, as the escape plan unfolds. This movie will make a ton of money and may be the total surprise of 2011. — Rick Wright, Auburn

get sucker punched?” If you paid full price for this movie, I’m afraid you did. Combine sci-fi with young girls in thigh highs, “Sailor Moon,” a smattering of “Burlesque,” then throw in a little “Sin City” action

and strangeness and you get “Sucker Punch.” Word gets out quickly, because the reputable and typically crowded theater in which I saw the movie was almost empty on opening weekend. The introduction of the

characters and plot development was instant and shallow. Emily Browning plays a 20-year-old girl whose death of her mother brings out the carnal nature of her stepfather. Without giving away too much, Emily (aka Baby Doll) is committed to

an insane asylum and spends the rest of the movie “passing levels,” similar to arcade gaming. The people who might find this movie appealing are those who seek eye candy. — Cathryn Veal, Lawrenceville

★★ ★★★ Let’s first review the true definition of “sucker punch.” According to dictionary.com, it is defined as “to strike (someone) with an unexpected blow.” After watching the movie, I had to ask myself, “Did I just

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CRACKING THE CODE Source Code (PG-13) ★★★★

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Duncan Jones perfects, Jake Gyllenhaal dazzles in psychological thriller more different. They don’t even feel as if they were directed by the same person. That is not only an indication of genius, but a sign that Jones has no intention of

repeating himself. He is treating the medium of film the same way his father did with music and we are all the better for it. (Summit Entertainment)

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The instances where human genius is passed down from one generation to the next is exceedingly rare. For artistic/creative/performance types, the rate is practically incalculable. There’s Lon Chaney Sr. and Jr. and Henry and Jane Fonda and that’s about it. You can now add David Bowie and his son Duncan Jones, aka Zowie Bowie, to that very short list. With just one short film (“Whistle”) to his credit, Jones stunned the film community with his 2009 debut “Moon.” Many called it a rip-off of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001” but even most of those naysayers agreed Jones had what it took for the long haul. “Source Code” proves that Jones isn’t a flash in the pan. Far more accessible and commercial than “Moon,” “Source Code” is a thinking person’s action/adventure doubling as a sci-fi thriller that is tricky but not impossible to follow. Toss in a little romance and the occasional bit of snarky humor and you’ve got yourself a smart and highly entertaining motion picture. Some nitpickers have already chided “Source Code,” saying it’s little more than the evil spawn of “Groundhog Day” and “Minority Report,” and tech-

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Michelle Monaghan and Jake Gyllenhaal star in “Source Code.”

nically they’re right. The lead character relives the same slice of the past mostly against his will and does so to prevent a crime before it happens. Others have complained that the plot is implausible, which again is technically correct. After all, it is science-fiction. If you were to apply this logic fairly, the plot of every sciencefiction movie ever made is implausible. Duh, that’s why it’s referred to as science-fiction. What separates “Source Code” not only from every other sci-fi film but all thrillers is the absolutely airtight screenplay by Ben Ripley. In addition to being Ripley’s first feature effort, it does not have a single hole in the plot. It might and does take until the last scene to do so, but every plot thread is sewn up and

there’s isn’t a clue doled out along the way that doesn’t make sense or fit into the final puzzle. It’s as close to perfect as a screenplay can get. It makes all kinds of sense that Jones cast Jeffrey Wright (as Rutledge) and Vera Farmiga (as Goodwin) as two shadowy, possible undercover covert types. They are two of the best character actors in the world and have the ability to simultaneously project sympathy, empathy, danger, assurance, kindness and indifference often in the same scene. We don’t know if Rutledge and Goodwin are good, evil or something else all together. They might not even be of this earth. What is particularly surprising is Jones’ casting of Jake Gyllenhaal as lead

character Colter Stevens, the guy charged with doing all of the heavy lifting. After many fits and starts, Gyllenhaal has finally delivered on the promise that was hinted at in “Brokeback Mountain” and “Donnie Darko” and squandered in drivel like “Love & Other Drugs” and “Prince of Persia.” With “Source Code,” Gyllenhaal has cemented solid, A-list stature. Not quite as surprising is Michelle Monaghan as Christina, the woman sitting opposite Stevens at the start of all his “trips.” Christina seems to know him quite well but Stevens has no idea who she might be. She could either be the culprit he’s looking for or his salvation. In tone, style, approach and execution, “Moon” and “Source Code” couldn’t be FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011 • WWW.GWINNETTDAILYPOST.COM • PAGE 19


GWINNETT CALENDAR Today Gwinnett County Public Library will host Author Kristin Hannah as part of its “Meet the Author Series” at 7:15 p.m. today at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway in Norcross. It is a free event and open to the public. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

Saturday Gwinnett Place Mall will hold “Minnie’s Masquerade” party, hosted by Radio Disney AM 590, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The mall is located at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth.

from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The mall is located at 3333 Buford Drive, Buford.

April 9 The Right to Hike will host a banquet in memory of Meredith Emerson on April 9 at the Gwinnett Center Tommy Hughes Grand Ballroom, featuring a guest appearance by the Indigo Girls. Tickets are $75. For more information, email julia@righttohikeinc.com. Books-a-Million Discover Mills is having a free magic tree house kids event at 1 p.m. April 9. For more information, call 678847-5115. The store is located at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville.

Wednesday Mall of Georgia will hold “Minnie’s Masquerade” party, hosted by Radio Disney AM 590,

April 16 Creative Enterprises is hosting the third annual Ride for the Challenged

at 9:15 a.m. April 16 at 701 Hi Hope Lane in Lawrenceville. Cost is $25 per rider and $10 per passenger with all proceeds supporting the disabled through employment and day rehab activities. For more information, visit www.ceisite.com.

April 20 The Gwinnett County Pubic Library presents a panel of gardening experts and gardening book authors at 10 a.m. to noon April 20 at the Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. The panel consists of author Erica Glasener, former University of Georgia football coach Vince Dooley, author Jim Wilson and author Jane Bath. For more information, visit www.gwinnetttech.edu.

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METRO CALENDAR Ongoing Events

April 14

Aurora Theatre’s Spanish language theatre initiative Teatro del Sol will host the show Barrio Hollywood from April 14 through May 1. The theater is located at 128 E. Pike St., Lawrenceville. The Hudgens Center for the Arts is presenting the “We Are Folk: Exploring Traditions in Southern Folk Art” exhibit through May 21 at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300 in Duluth. For more information, visit www.thehudgens.org. The Kudzu Art Zone is holding an exhibit called “Floura and Fauna” through April 30 at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. For more information, visit www.kudzuartzone.org.

The Smithgall Arts Center will present the independent film “The Electric Fairy” at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at The Arts Council Inc., 331 Spring St. in Gainesville. For more information, visit www.theartscouncil.net.

April 16 The Smithgall Arts Center will present Morgan Guerin Quartet as part of its evenings of intimate Jazz concerts at 8 p.m. April 16 at The Arts Council Inc., 331 Spring St. in Gainesville. For more information, visit www.theartscouncil.net.

April 25 The ART Station will host the “Lunchtime Series” from noon to 1 p.m. April 25 at 5384 Manor

Drive in Stone Mountain Village. Tickets are $10 for the presentation and a boxed lunch and $5 for the presentation only. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

May 13 The Smithgall Arts Center will present Steve Cunningham Trio at 8 p.m. May 13 at The Arts Council Inc., 331 Spring St. in Gainesville. For more information, visit www.theartscouncil.net.

Ongoing events The Center for Puppetry Arts will present “Beauty and the Beast” from April 7 through May 29. Showtimes vary. The theater is located at 1404 Spring St. in Atlanta. For showtimes and more information, visit www.puppet.org or call 404873-3089.

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