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Friday, Oct. 8, 2010

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week end what to do, hear, see, watch, read, listen to, visit and eat in Gwinnett and Atlanta The Dish: Genghis Grill offers a create-your-own stir-fry concept ................Pg. 4

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman

Genghis Grill serves its brownie ala mode topped with caramel and chocolate sauce.

Art Beat ......................................................................Pg.6 Local Event .............................................................Pg. 7 Movies.................................................................Pg. 10-19 Showtimes ............................................................Pg. 14 By Venue ................................................................Pg. 20 Gwinnett Calendar ............................................Pg. 22 Metro Calendar....................................................Pg. 23 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 cover: Nicole Puckett; Weekend design: Kristen Ralph

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THE DISH www.genghisgrill.com

Genghis Grill 678-733-5426

1825 Mall of Georgia Blvd., Buford

BY DEANNA ALLEN

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STAFF WRITER deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

• Buddhist Bowl — Tofu seasoned with yellow curry salt and combined with bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, green beans, zucchini, squash, baby corn and steamed rice in a honey soy sauce • Bowl of Seoul — Chicken, beef and shrimp seasoned with dragon salt and combined with red and green bell peppers, onions, potatoes, green onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and Udon noodles in the 3G sauce

• Open since: Sept. 27 • Location: Genghis Grill is housed in a series of stores and businesses near Mall of Georgia, and this location is the first in the state, with additional locations planned for Perimeter and Buckhead. • Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays • Owner: While some Genghis Grill locations are franchises, the Mall of Georgia restaurant is corporately owned.

Staff Photos: Jason Braverman

Above, Genghis Grill serves the Surf N Turf stir fry, front, along with the teriyaki • Atmosphere: Genghis chicken stir fry and their strawberry lemonade.Top right, at Genghis Grill, diners Grill offers booth, table and choose their protein, veggies, seasoning, sauce and starch. Visitors can decide how much of each they want to include in their finished meal before handing it bar seating in a relaxed envi- off to get stir fried.

ronment where full service is provided once guests make their bowl selections. That process can be a little intimidating for first-time guests, but servers walk customers through the steps. Genghis Grill is sparsely decorated, save for six gold decorative gongs in the rear of the dining area and one at the host/hostess stand to greet customers, as well as the occasional faux weapon and battle flag. The most prominent fixture in the

restaurant is the large circular grill where grill masters cook guests’ selections, separating the orders using long, wooden sticks. Guests can watch as their food is prepared or wait for a server to bring the finished bowls to the table. • Menu: At Genghis Grill, choice is key and selections abound under the signature create-your-own stir-fry concept. The method of prepara-

tion is based on the legend that 12th century Mongol warriors led by Genghis Khan heated their shields over open fires to grill food in the fields of battle. Step 1 in the process of building one’s own bowl, and the first station in the line leading up to the grill, is protein — chicken, shrimp, sliced beef and marinated steak are the more common selections, while calamari, ham, Khan’s crab, scallops, turkey, marinated white

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fish, pepperoni, pork and sausage are the more unique options. Customers can select as many meats as desired. Step 2 is adding seasoning to the meats selected, anything from run-of-themill salt and pepper to garlic, ginger, yellow curry salt, cayenne, Cajun seasoning, crushed red pepper, lemon pepper, a steak house blend and a citrus garlic herb seasoning. Once customers have

added a little seasoning, the next step is selecting from the more than 30 fresh vegetables available — baby corn, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cilantro, green beans, green onions, jalapenos, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, spinach, squash, zucchini, tomatoes and more. Step 4 is selecting a sauce. Sauces are categorized according to spiciness. Mild sauces include honey soy, island teriyaki sweet n’ sour and a stir fry sauce. Medium selections include chili garlic, ginger citrus, roasted tomato and red curry peanut. The spiciest options are the Asian chili, szechuan, Khan’s pao sauce and a sauce dubbed dragon. Not sure which sauce you want? Grab a sampling

spoon provided and have a taste of as many sauces as you’d like, using a new spoon each time, of course. Meat, veggies and sauce in hand, the final step in the process is choosing a starch and informing a waiting grill master of the choice — brown rice, steamed rice, fried rice, spiral pasta, Udon noodles or tortillas, or any combination of these. The ingredients are then placed on the circular grill, where grill masters add the sauce and complete the customer’s signature selection. For the indecisive customers, Genghis Grill has created a list of six traditional and six signature recipes that guests can use to create a bowl. The most popular of these is the teriyaki chicken bowl, made with fresh chicken seasoned with salt and pepper and combined with carrots, onions, green beans, pineapple, cabbage and steam rice flavored with the island teriyaki sauce. Another popular selection is the Surf N Turf — beef and Khan’s crab seasoned with salt and pepper and combined with carrots, onions and green beans with steamed rice with a honey soy sauce. For dessert, Genghis Grill offers the Choklate Chunk Brownie, a Choc’late Lovin’ Spoon Cake and a New York-style cheesecake.


DINING GWINNETTTASTES unique flavor, and comes in specialty forms like barbecue chicken and chicken alfredo. Pizza Pub also offer salads like the popular Greek chicken and recently started soup/salad combos. 554 W. Main St., Building E, Buford. 770-831-0272. www.thepizzapub.biz

A selection of local eateries recently featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post: • Jubilate Cafe Jubilate Cafe serves homemade sandwiches, the most popular of which are the Philly steak and egg salad. Other sandwich selections include chicken salad, tuna salad, turkey and Swiss, ham and Swiss and a turkey club. A sandwich combo is available and includes a sandwich, a drink and chips for $5. A selections of soups are also offered and change seasonally, from a mushroom cream soup to clam chowder. 2986 Buford Highway, Duluth. 770-813-0144 • Gary’s Bistro Gary’s Bistro offers a lunch menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pizzetta, while the dinner menu is expanded to include higherend entrees. The menu will change seasonally. Recommendations from the current menu include the calamari, which is lightly pan fried and tossed in a signature infused Himalayan lemon salt blend with flash fried capers and lemons and served with garlic lemon aioli charcuterie and imported cheese platter, as well as the pecan crusted halibut, an 8-ounce piece of fish encrusted with Georgia-grown pecans and served with roasted garlic potatoes and fresh arugula. 1250 Scenic Highway, Suite 1240, Lawrenceville. 770-9781800. www.garysbistro.com • Gold Medal Diner Gold Medal Diner offers an extensive menu of more than 100 items, and customers can order anything at any time of the day. The diner’s signature breakfast items include the banana granola pancakes and the Ragin’ Cajun Scrambler. When it comes to entrees, Gold Medal Diner strays from typical diner fare, offering more upscale dishes. Customers can order pork chops, pasta dishes, shrimp scampi, steaks and more. 3333 Buford Drive, Suite

• Maya Fresh Grill Co-owner Guillermo Gonzalez-Patron calls the cuisine offered by Maya Fresh Grill a north and south Latin fusion. The restaurant’s menu is a combination of Mexican dishes — tacos (listed on the menu as takkos), burritos and quesadillas — and American selections — burgers with a Latin flavor, hot wings with a twist. The menu was influenced by Gonzalez-Patron’s parentage — his mother is from the southern part of Mexico, where food is flavorful, bold and spicy, while his father hails from the north, Staff Photo: Jason Braverman where the cuisine is more Jubilate Cafe in Duluth serves a variety of sandwiches, including the turkey club with a glass of green tame, often served plain and tea. Jubilate Cafe is located at 2986 Buford Highway in Duluth. grilled 960 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite A, Lawrenceville. 770-279a special sauce from the pre2022C, Buford. 678-765-6414. chef’s special catfish with Thai Grayson. 678-407-1964. 3748. www.mayafreshgrill.com www.joesallamericangrill.com vious owners that gives it a spice and green curry with www.goldmedaldiner.com soft shell crabs, more unique dishes not often found in Thai • Macky’s Caribbean • Fisherman’s Catch Cuisine As the name suggests, this is restaurants. Common Thai The restaurant serves typical a restaurant to come to if you selections such as red curry ISTORANTE and green curry, with a choice Caribbean food, including the are craving seafood. Much of popular oxtail and jerk chicken of chicken, pork, beef, tofu or the meat served is farmTALIANO dishes. The most popular dish shrimp, are also hot sellers. raised. Appetizers include is jerk chicken, marinated in selections such as fried north- 5450 Peachtree Parkway, INE AR Jamaican jerk spice and speern oysters and Alaskan snow Norcross. 770-807-7684. www.samuithaicuisine-ga.com cially cooked in a charcoal grill crab legs. Popular entrees for an original smoky flavor. include the captain’s fried Many different types of meat • Joe’s All American Grill shrimp and combination dishes are served with peas Just like the name suggests, meals where customers can and rice or white rice, fried choose a selection of different the food includes wraps, plantains and a choice of vegfish and seafood, such as the sandwiches, wings and burgers. Almost all items are under etables or McLeen’s special Ye Hearty Catch and the $8. The biggest sellers are the potato salad recipe. Most Skipper’s Choice. drinks are unique and can’t be wings, which come in orders 4132 U.S. Highway 78, Lilfound on a typical grocery of 10 to 30 with 12 different burn. 770-979-2296 store shelf, like Ting, a carsauces. They are on sale 20 bonated grapefruit beverage, for $10.99 on Mondays and • Samui Island and Agua De Coco, or This restaurant serves typical Tuesdays. The entrees are coconut water. typical American cuisine. The dishes found in Thai eateries Minimum $50.00 order. Expires 10/15/2010 1215 Scenic Highway with some unique additions. A “famous burgers” are a half Lawrenceville. 770-979-8484 strong emphasis is placed on pound and handmade daily 139 South Clayton St., Lawrenceville, 30045 served with a choice of sides the appearance of the food, • www.italia-cafe.com and extra toppings. The “over- • Pizza Pub which is prepared ornately The menu provides cusstuffed wraps” come in comand colorfully. Each dish ASK FOR CATERING mon varieties like BLT, chicken tomers typical American food comes with a small, edible Hours: Tue-Fri 11-2:30; 5-10 • Sat 12-10 • Sun 12-9 with a real focus on pizza and Caesar and club. flower and jasmine rice. The (Hwy 20/Grayson Hwy east, Just past Lawrenceville City Hall on right) wings. The pizza is made with 2715 Loganville Highway, most popular dishes are the

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GCPS-TV to premiere new series on reading A new television series that promotes a love for reading will premiere on Gwinnett County Public Schools TV beginning Oct. 18. Aimed at children, and at the child in all of us, the series is called “Love that Book!” and features storyteller and New York Times bestselling children’s author Carmen Deedy. GCPS-TV spokesperson Kolinda Scialabba described the show saying, “Each 15 minute episode takes students on a reading adventure as they explore a featured book, a cool new book, and an ‘oldie but goodie.’” The first of three completed episodes will air at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-24. This first episode is themed around libraries, and the featured books include “Bats in the Belfry,” “Library Mouse” and “The Library.” Subsequent episodes are themed around “Bookstores” and “Art Galleries.” Four programs are planned for the year. Putting together a television program requires the artistic input of many talented people. There are writers, actors, camera technicians, editors and visual art directors. The GCPS-TV crew has

use the phrase, ‘I love that book!’ countless times,” she said. “I thought it might make a wonderful title for a children’s book series. As we discussed the format, I wanted children to be a part of the show.” With so many talented people at work on the series, Deedy enjoyed the creative process. “The best part of this already won an Emmy project has been the colAward for the program laboration. What a fabu“What is the School Special Photo Effect,” a piece created in Award-winning author Carmen Deedy, center, will lously creative crew,” she conjunction with the 2009 be featured in the new GCPS-TV program “Love said. “There was never a ‘Can we do it?’ but rather, Gwinnett County Board That Book!” ‘How do we do it?’ It’s a of Education’s area board dream environment for meetings. The Emmy was heritage, and all have won siasm for the “Love that any artist. awarded to GCPS-TV on awards, particularly “The Book!” project. “It has kept me on my Yellow Star: The Legend “I have been making June 26. school visits as an author creative toes,” Deedy con“Love That Book!” was of King Christian X of tinued. “We work without for over 20 years, and I conceived during a taping Denmark.” Deedy has great enthu- have heard happy children a script, which means we with Deedy for another program, “Author In You.” Scialabba said, “We started talking about all of the wonderful books available for students. The idea came up that wouldn’t it be great to create a program that introduces students to some of the best books of our times as a way to get them excited about reading?” Deedy is a well loved personality both on television and off. Her published works include nine children’s books, her most recent being “14 Cows for America.” Many of her books reflect her Hispanic

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go with an overall theme. The director tells us in a general way what to talk about in each segmentand away we go! “Some of the best stories from this project are the out takes,” she added. “If you can find them!” GCPS-TV can be found on Charter channel 22 and Comcast channel 24 or 26. It will also be coming to AT&T U-Verse soon. For more information about GCPS-TV and to see a complete listing of programming, visit www.gwinnett.k12. ga.us/gcps-mainweb01.nsf /pages/GCPSTV0~QuickLinks. Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.


LOCAL EVENT

Split personality Theater to perform ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ BY DEANNA ALLEN STAFF WRITER deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Perhaps the same is true for a man at odds with himself, his dual natures waging a fierce battle of wills. The Aurora Theatre’s latest production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” explores the concepts of good and evil while subtly posing questions on the nature of man: Is anyone wholly good or wholly evil? What depraved or sinister personalities lurk beneath our subconsciousness? What happens when the monsters within gain a measure of control? Evil has many faces in Hatcher’s chilling retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story of an upstanding and highly respected doctor who has unlocked the door separating himself from his alter ego and is faced with re-caging the monster or losing himself. “With Halloween as October’s premiere holiday (sorry Christopher Columbus), ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ is a perfect show for our 15th

Staff Photos: Jonathan Phillips

Shannon Eubanks, left, Suehyla El-Attar, Scott Warren, Matt Felten and James Donadio perform a scene from “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville on Tuesday. Brik Berkes performs a scene as Dr. Henry Jekyll.

IFYOUGO ■ What: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” ■ When: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31 ■ Where: Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St. in Lawrenceville ■ Cost: $16 to $30 ■ For more information: Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.aurorathetra.com

anniversary season,” said Anthony Rodriguez, the Aurora’s producing artistic director. “However, producing this play was less about seasonality and more about story.” While a single actor (Brik Berkes) portrays the good Dr. Jekyll, his alter ego Mr. Hyde is brought to life by four

different performers, each giving Hyde a new face. “It is a truly innovative way to show the complexity of Jekyll’s changing personality,” Rodriguez said. This twist breathes new life into the classic tale, which ultimately leaves questions largely unanswered, allowing the audience to make up its own mind about the concepts of good and evil and the nature of man. The Aurora Theatre will present “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31 with a matinee also scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 27. Tickets starts at $16. For more information, call the theater box office at 678-226-6222 or visit www.aurorathetra.com.

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ARTS

All about rice Asian food festival set for Saturday BY DEANNA ALLEN STAFF WRITER deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

Short-grain, long-grain, basmati, jasmine. “All Asians eat rice,” said Connie Jee. “Asians each have their own national rice dish.” A main component of Asian meals, rice is the banner under which the Asian American Resource Center brings together the diverse Asian cultures in an annual celebration. This year’s Rice Festival will be held for the first time Saturday on Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Lawn, a location that will

IFYOUGO ■ What: Rice Festival ■ When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday ■ Where: Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Lawn, U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, in Stone Mountain ■ Cost: Free to attend with a $10 parking pass ■ For more information: Visit www.aarcatlanta.org

allow the already popular festival to grow even more. More than 10,000 people are expected to explore the diversity of Asian cultures during the event, which will include perfor-

mances by Asian dance groups, singers and martial artists, as well as games and Asian foods. As the festival showcases the diversity of Asian cultures, it also serves as a fundraiser in support of the social and educational services the nonprofit organization AARC provides to the metro-Atlanta immigrant community. “I’m very excited about the future of our organization and of the Rice Festival,” said Jee, executive director of the AARC. “I hope everyone will come and have a good time.” For more information on the Rice Festival, visit www.aarc-atlanta.org.

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OUT IN THE CROWD

Arts&crafts BY DEANNA ALLEN

STAFF WRITER deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

As the city of Lilburn celebrates its 100th birthday, the annual city-wide arts and crafts festival will celebrate 37 years. Lilburn Daze will bring together artists and crafters offering their unique work — from finger puppets from Peru and mosaic mirrors with a Mediterranean flair to pottery and barbed wire art — and entertain-

Lilburn Daze set for Saturday

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. SatIFYOUGO urday at Lilburn City Park ■ What: Lilburn Daze and will include a bake Arts and Crafts Festival sale, an author’s corner ■ When: 9 to 4 p.m. and children’s games and Saturday activities ranging from a ■ Where: Lilburn City petting zoo and pony rides Park to inflatables and a wood■ Cost: Free to attend working workshop. ■ For more information: Visit www.lilburnThis year’s event will daze.org also include a health tent, where guests can obtain flu shots and have their blood pressure checked. For more information on ment for a day-long festiDaze, visit val that organizers say is Lilburn like a large family reunion. www.lilburndaze.org.

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gordonbiersch.com This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art in collaboration with the Salvador Dalí Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, Spain. Exhibition support provided by Art Partners, The Atlanta Foundation, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, The Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment and indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Image: Philippe Halsman (American, born Latvia, 1906–1979), Dalí’s Mustache, 1953. © Philippe Halsman Archive. Salvador Dalí’s Right of Publicity Reserved by Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2010.

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FILM FANS

Film Fans mixed over vampire flick ‘Let Me In’ EDITOR’S NOTE — Film Fans features local residents reviewing the film of the week: “Let Me In.” Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

★★★★ This movie provided more than I expected. I knew this vampire movie was more horror based than the popular vampire films of late, which it was. The surprise came Sean Ahern from the complexity of the story. The extra layer found within provides the real entertainment and puts this movie in a class of its own. The child actors do a great job of portraying the emotions key to the subtle conflicts of both the boy and the girl characters. I think the movie is well done. I cannot wait to see it again after reading the book on which it was based. The more you reflect on the movie, the more you will enjoy. — Sean Ahern, Buford

★★★★ Director Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In” is an intelligent tale that doesn’t need dreamy schoolgirl

vampire fetishes to captivate. You witness a 12-yearold boy’s (Kodi SmitMcPhee) deep loneliness and solitude, and Abby (Chloe Moretz), a shy girl “about his age,” when she and her father, played by Richard Myra Simons Jenkins, move into the same apartment complex. Bullied at school, Owen is tormented by isolation, spending time acting out slasher scenes, spying on residents (reference to Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Rear Window”) and sitting alone in the wintry cold. Abby’s need for companionship compels her to seek out Owen, risking exposing her secret. Abby slowly trusts Owen, allowing a glimpse of her gruesome world, which repulses and horrifies him. In spite of challenges, their lives intertwine and a bond and deep affection develops. Jenkins’ acting is his best in many years, as is Elias Koteas’ as the policeman investigating recent murders in the area. The understated, quiet dialogue and facial expressions of SmitMcPhee and Moretz were nothing short of brilliant. Mature crowds will appreciate the Regan-era “good and evil” speeches and the symbolism of

David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.” Based on the deep fingernail marks on my movie partner’s forearm, I give this movie 4 stars. — Myra Simons, Buford

★★✩✩ Although it’s on the cutting edge of being something special, it cannot sustain itself due to a very weak story line. It borders on being a madefor-TV special you have seen a dozen times. But the actors excel in their difficult roles and the Rick Wright music is very good as well. So with such a mixed bag of cargo you hang on hoping for the wow and it just never surfaces. The inept story evolves around just a few primary characters whose interactions are too predictable. You have the devil/vampire element, which is just not enough to capture the audience. Then you have a budding romance between the two main actors that is just not believable. You have the bully conflict that is uninteresting. So try as it may this movie will not reach. At best it’s a streamable movie from Netflix. — Rick Wright, Auburn

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MOVIES

‘Kind of a Funny Story’ actually quite trite It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13) ★★★ ★★ BY CHRISTY LEMIRE AP Movie Critic

With only two feature films to their credit, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck had already established themselves as an original, confident and exciting writingdirecting team. Their 2006 debut, “Half Nelson,” featured Ryan Gosling in an Academy Award-nominated performance as a drug-addicted

junior high school teacher who tries to turn his life around with help from a student. Their second film, 2008’s “Sugar,” could not have been more different: It followed an up-and-coming pitcher from the Dominican Republic struggling to make it here in the big leagues. Both films stood out for the purity of their storytelling, the honesty of their characters and the complete lack of cliche even within genres that are pretty familiar. All of this makes their third film, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” such a letdown. It has some strong performances from a solid cast — Zach Galifianakis

especially stands out in an uncharacteristically meaty, serious role — but there are also some tonal inconsistencies, too much narration and ill-fitting fantasy sequences. Ultimately, the whole effort feels too pat, given that it’s about something as complex as mental illness. Based on Ned Vizzini’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” finds 16-year-old Craig Gilner (Keir Gilchrist) riding his bike early one morning to check himself into a Brooklyn hospital. Seems he’s been feeling suicidal and wants someone to fix this for him. When the doctor who examines him

(Aasif Mandvi) agrees to admit him, Craig finds out he’ll have to stay there for a minimum of five days and can’t just zip in and out overnight. And because the youth psychiatric ward is closed, he’s placed in the adult ward. His parents (Lauren Graham and Jim Gaffigan, both underused) are supportive; meanwhile, his high school friends view him as a rock star for doing something so daring, including his best friend’s girlfriend (Zoe Kravitz), with whom he’s secretly in love. But Craig finds a new girl he clicks with in Noelle (Emma Roberts in a pleasingly more mature role),

who is there because she’s been cutting herself. They’re the only teenagers there so, naturally, they’re going to hook up with each other. Craig and Noelle also happen to be the most obviously well-adjusted of the lot. “Funny Story” features all the stock characters you’d find in any movie set in a mental institution: a schizophrenic screaming to himself in the hallways; an obsessive-compulsive woman who always wears surgical gloves; a roommate who never gets out of bed. But it’s Galifianakis’ character, Bobby, who becomes a makeshift mentor to Craig, teaching him how to cheat the system and

make the most of his time in the psych ward. The star of “The Hangover” shows some of his trademark offbeat humor, but he also has some more dramatic, volatile scenes that allow him to show off unexpected range. If only Gilchrist himself had done the same. Granted, he’s meant to be the straight man in a setting where everyone else is wildly unusual, but Gilchrist delivers his lines in a monotone throughout the movie and he never changes — which is a problem, since he’s supposed to have undergone a massive internal transformation by the film’s end. (Focus Features)

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‘Secretariat’ lacking the underdog factor Secretariat (PG-13) ★★★ ★★

RATING SCALE ★★★★ — Drop everything you’re doing and see it now! ★★★ — Put it on your to-do list ★★ — Wait for the video ★ — Not worth sitting through

VIEWPOINTS

treats the animal’s story with minor flourishes and spends far MICHAEL CLARK too much time on secondary subplots that total up to absolutely nothing. Five minutes is spent on one In the spring of 1973, the thorcharacter’s inability to hit a golf oughbred Secretariat became the ball. A good 20 minutes is dedicatcenter of attention for the entire ed to a subplot involving the U.S. population and most of them socialist/artistic activities of the had never even heard of the Triple daughter of Secretariat’s owner. Crown. Not since Seabiscuit — There’s another five-minute music the overachiever from the ’30s video-like passage where the — had a race horse so transhuman principals dance to an hopes and dreams on the perforfixed the nation. During R&B song while bathing Secrethis five-week stretch, a mance of a pampered, high-profile tariat. That’s 30 minutes of supercolt. horse was on the fluous footage — or roughly 25 One of the key problems with cover of both percent of the movie. “Secretariat” is its lack of an ath“Time” and The remaining 90 minutes letic underdog. Team sports “Newsweek.” aren’t horrible, but aren’t easy to movies in this vein always focus Secretariat recommend either. The 10 minutes was an over- on a group or an individual facing dedicated to the actual races are achieving ath- heavy odds and overcoming them mesmerizing and each segment is lete/animal and — just like in “Seabiscuit.” The delivered in its own distinctive biggest challenge for the humans few had any manner. Even those of us who in “Secretariat” is coming up with lived through them and already doubts regarding millions of dollars to save their the outcome of the know the outcomes will be transalready million dollar investment Triple Crown races in fixed and electrified. — or payoff. It’s not nearly the which he ran. The rest of the time is dedicated same as the day-to-day worries of to Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), If someone had made “Secretariat” 10 years ago — or any time the middle class or those of the the daughter of a Virginia breeder depression era. prior to the 2003 movie “Seabis(Scott Glenn) who became a Eliminate this crucial, universal- major player in the sport by cuit” — this film might have worked better. Both follow essen- ly appealing factor and the differ- default. After her father died, tially the same blueprint: calculat- ences becoming even more glarhousewife Penny took over his ing. “Seabiscuit” stuck to the story estate and rather than liquidate it ing sports uplift melodrama with human characters facing adversity of the horse with very little else as her brother Hollis (Dylan coming into play. “Secretariat” of some sort while placing their Baker) and husband Jack (Dylan

Walsh) suggest, she decides to keep the in-the-red enterprise afloat. Turning down low-ball offers for Secretariat from the seemingly more business savvy breeder/industrialist Ogden Phipps (James Cromwell) — at the time the richest man in America — Peggy put her metaphorical blinders on and threw caution to the wind. She hired the flamboyant, fashion-challenged trainer Lucien Laurin (a loopy and acerbic John Malkovich) and embarked on a high-stakes game in an overwhelmingly male-dominated sport. Neither Lane nor Malkovich is capable of turning in anything resembling a poor performance, no matter how questionable the material and they collectively save the production from falling into the trash heap. Her unwavering pluck and his wing-nut bravado (and beyond loud attire) are just enough to counter the staid, middle-brow aspirations of the screenplay. The auto-pilot “Secretariat” isn’t bad as much as it is anticlimactic and lukewarm. Knowing what happens in the end won’t ruin a movie for you, but failing to deliver anything truly interesting within the unknown margins certainly will. (Disney)

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‘Secretariat’ lacking the underdog factor Secretariat (PG-13) ★★★ ★★

RATING SCALE ★★★★ — Drop everything you’re doing and see it now! ★★★ — Put it on your to-do list ★★ — Wait for the video ★ — Not worth sitting through

VIEWPOINTS

treats the animal’s story with minor flourishes and spends far MICHAEL CLARK too much time on secondary subplots that total up to absolutely nothing. Five minutes is spent on one In the spring of 1973, the thorcharacter’s inability to hit a golf oughbred Secretariat became the ball. A good 20 minutes is dedicatcenter of attention for the entire ed to a subplot involving the U.S. population and most of them socialist/artistic activities of the had never even heard of the Triple daughter of Secretariat’s owner. Crown. Not since Seabiscuit — There’s another five-minute music the overachiever from the ’30s video-like passage where the — had a race horse so transhuman principals dance to an hopes and dreams on the perforfixed the nation. During R&B song while bathing Secrethis five-week stretch, a mance of a pampered, high-profile tariat. That’s 30 minutes of supercolt. horse was on the fluous footage — or roughly 25 One of the key problems with cover of both percent of the movie. “Secretariat” is its lack of an ath“Time” and The remaining 90 minutes letic underdog. Team sports “Newsweek.” aren’t horrible, but aren’t easy to movies in this vein always focus Secretariat recommend either. The 10 minutes was an over- on a group or an individual facing dedicated to the actual races are achieving ath- heavy odds and overcoming them mesmerizing and each segment is lete/animal and — just like in “Seabiscuit.” The delivered in its own distinctive biggest challenge for the humans few had any manner. Even those of us who in “Secretariat” is coming up with lived through them and already doubts regarding millions of dollars to save their the outcome of the know the outcomes will be transalready million dollar investment Triple Crown races in fixed and electrified. — or payoff. It’s not nearly the which he ran. The rest of the time is dedicated same as the day-to-day worries of to Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), If someone had made “Secretariat” 10 years ago — or any time the middle class or those of the the daughter of a Virginia breeder depression era. prior to the 2003 movie “Seabis(Scott Glenn) who became a Eliminate this crucial, universal- major player in the sport by cuit” — this film might have worked better. Both follow essen- ly appealing factor and the differ- default. After her father died, tially the same blueprint: calculat- ences becoming even more glarhousewife Penny took over his ing. “Seabiscuit” stuck to the story estate and rather than liquidate it ing sports uplift melodrama with human characters facing adversity of the horse with very little else as her brother Hollis (Dylan coming into play. “Secretariat” of some sort while placing their Baker) and husband Jack (Dylan

Walsh) suggest, she decides to keep the in-the-red enterprise afloat. Turning down low-ball offers for Secretariat from the seemingly more business savvy breeder/industrialist Ogden Phipps (James Cromwell) — at the time the richest man in America — Peggy put her metaphorical blinders on and threw caution to the wind. She hired the flamboyant, fashion-challenged trainer Lucien Laurin (a loopy and acerbic John Malkovich) and embarked on a high-stakes game in an overwhelmingly male-dominated sport. Neither Lane nor Malkovich is capable of turning in anything resembling a poor performance, no matter how questionable the material and they collectively save the production from falling into the trash heap. Her unwavering pluck and his wing-nut bravado (and beyond loud attire) are just enough to counter the staid, middle-brow aspirations of the screenplay. The auto-pilot “Secretariat” isn’t bad as much as it is anticlimactic and lukewarm. Knowing what happens in the end won’t ruin a movie for you, but failing to deliver anything truly interesting within the unknown margins certainly will. (Disney)

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HOWTIMES S MOVIE TIMES FOR FRIDAY, OCT. 8

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Alpha and Omega (PG)

1:00, 3:15, 8:05

Easy A (PG-13)

Case 39 (R)

1:45, 4:20, 7:05, 9:30, 11:45

12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:55, 10:35

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

Catfish (PG-13)

12:10, 2:25, 4:40, 7:15, 9:30, 11:45

1:40, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40, 12:00

Devil (PG-13)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3-D (PG)

12:50, 3:05, 5:40, 7:50, 10:00, 12:10 Easy A (PG-13)

1:40, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40

11:50, 2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:30, 11:55 It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:10 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

Let Me In (R)

11:50, 12:20, 3:15, 4:00, 7:15, 7:40, 10:10, 10:30

10:10, 1:10, 3:15, 5:30, 7:50, 10:15

Owls of Ga’Hoole 3-D (PG)

11:55, 2:15, 4:35, 6:55

The Social Network (PG-13)

Easy A (PG-13)

10:45, 1:15, 3:55, 6:40, 9:15, 11:55

Let Me In (R)

11:30, 12:40, 3:10, 4:35, 7:30, 7:50, 10:25, 10:55 The Town (R) 2:00, 5:10, 8:05, 10:50

11:30, 1:55, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10

Let Me In (R)

Inception (PG-13)

11:20, 2:00, 4:40, 7:30, 10:25

10:15, 1:45, 5:05, 8:25

Life as We Know It (PG-13)

1:15, 4:10

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

10:05, 12:30, 1:10, 3:20, 4:15, 6:20, 7:20, 9:20, 10:20, 12:05

1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:00

12:55, 3:50, 6:45, 9:10, 11:35 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3-D (PG)

11:40, 1:10, 2:10, 4:50, 7:00, 7:30, 10:10

Life as We Know It (PG-13)

12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 8:00, 10:30

My Soul to Take 3-D (R)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole: An IMAX 3-D Experience (PG)

12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 9:20, 10:20 Secretariat (PG)

1:00, 4:10, 7:35, 10:40

Let Me In (R)

1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 9:40, 12:15 Life as We Know it (PG-13)

12:00, 1:10, 2:35, 4:00, 5:10, 7:00, 7:45, 9:40, 10:20, 12:15 My Soul to Take 3-D (R)

11:50, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:15 Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D (R)

1:00, 3:50, 4:30, 6:50, 7:20, 9:30, 10:00 The Social Network (PG-13) The Town (R)

1:15, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

11:50, 2:40, 4:10, 5:35, 8:30, 9:40 You Again (PG)

11:45, 2:05, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15

Secretariat (PG)

DULUTH

1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:20 5:30, 10:30 The Social Network (PG-13)

1:20, 4:40, 7:25, 10:10 The Town (R)

1:15, 4:10, 7:05, 10:05 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

4:15, 7:15, 10:15

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10:45, 1:35, 4:20, 7:10, 9:55 Life as We Know It (PG-13)

10:50, 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 My Soul to Take (R)

10:40, 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:20 My Soul to Take 3-D (R)

Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG)

2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20

4:00, 7:15, 9:15

10;00, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

Secretariat (PG)

Despicable Me (PG)

Takers (PG-13)

4:05, 5:00, 6:40, 7:30, 9:00, 9:50

10:20, 12:50, 3:40, 6:50, 9:45

Going the Distance (R)

The Expendables (R)

4:25, 7:10, 9:45

10:20, 12:55, 3:50, 6:55, 9:50 The Social Network (PG-13)

10:05, 1:05, 4:05, 7:00, 10:00

Alpha and Omega (PG)

4:05, 7:15, 9:40

Case 39 (R)

Alpha and Omega 3-D (PG)

11:50

4:20, 7:00, 9:25

11:55, 2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

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11:45, 2:35, 5:05, 7:40, 10:30

Let Me In (R)

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11:40, 2:30, 5:15, 8:10, 11:00 Devil (PG-13)

5:00, 10:00 Easy A (PG-13)

11:50, 2:25, 4:40, 7:00, 9:50 Inception (PG-13)

12:35, 4:15, 7:25, 10:40 It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

Machete (R)

The Town (R)

4:30, 7:05, 9:30

11:40, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) Piranha 3 (R)

4:55, 7:20, 9:50 The Expendables (R)

Salt (PG-13)

4:00, 7:05, 9:30 Toy Story 3 (G)

4:05, 7:10, 9:40

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

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11:45, 2:20, 4:50, 7:10, 9:30

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Case 39 (R)

12:10, 2:45, 5:15, 7:35, 9:55

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

Let Me In (R)

11:10, 12:05, 2:15, 3:10, 5:20, 6:20, 8:30, 9:40 You Again (PG)

10:25, 1:00, 3:45, 6:15, 9:00

The Last Airbender (PG)

11:55, 2:35, 5:05, 7:45, 10:15

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3-D (PG)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

5:20, 7:35, 9:55 4:30, 7:30, 9:45

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Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D (R)

My Soul to Take 3-D (R)

1:45, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30, 12:00 Nanny McPhee Returns (PG) Secretariat (PG) Takers (PG-13)

1:35, 4:20, 7:15, 9:50 The American (R)

1:30, 7:15

Secretariat (PG)

The Last Exorcism (PG-13)

10:10, 12:15, 1:00, 3:05, 4:00, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:10, 12:00

The Lottery Ticket (PG-13)

7:15, 9:30, 11:45

The Social Network (PG-13)

4:15, 10:00

11:15, 12:45, 2:05, 3:40, 4:55, 6:40, 8:00, 9:40, 11:00

2:35, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00

The Town (R)

11:05, 2:10, 5:15, 8:20, 11:30 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

11:30, 2:30, 5:30, 8:40, 11:50 You Again (PG)

11:40, 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30

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The Other Guys (PG-13) The Social Network (PG-13)

1:00, 1:30, 3:45, 4:15, 6:30, 7:00, 9:15, 9:45, 12:00

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Alpha and Omega 3-D (PG)

2:15, 4:20, 6:30, 8:30, 10:35 Case 39 (R)

2:45, 5:25, 7:55, 10:30 Despicable Me (PG)

2:40, 5:15, 7:20, 9:40 Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (PG)

Devil (PG-13)

5:20

Eat Pray Love (PG-13)

2:45, 4:40, 6:45, 8:50, 10:45

Despicable Me (PG)

2:30, 5:30, 8:25

5:15, 7:40, 9:55

Get Low (PG-13)

Going the Distance (R)

2:25, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45

4:10, 7:10, 9:35

Inception (PG-13)

Grown Ups (PG-13)

2:20, 5:25, 8:30

7:05, 9;50

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

Alpha and Omega 3-D (PG)

Lottery Ticket (PG-13)

2:15, 4:30, 6:40, 8:50, 10:55

10:35, 1:00, 3:30, 5:45

5:35, 7:55, 10:10

Life as We Know It (PG-13)

Case 39 (R)

Nanny McPhee Returns (PG)

2:30, 5:35, 8:20, 10:45

10:25, 1:15, 3:50, 6:50, 9:35, 12:15

4:05

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3-D (R)

Devil (PG-13)

Piranha (PG)

2:15, 4:25, 6:35, 8:45, 10:55

11:35, 1:S55, 4:15, 6:45, 9:10, 11:35

4:30, 7:30, 9:40

The Town (R)

Easy A (PG-13)

Salt (PG-13)

2:35, 5:20, 8:05, 10:50

10:25, 12:50, 3:25, 5:40, 8:15, 10:55

4:15, 7:15, 9:45

Vampires Suck (PG-13)

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (PG-13)

The Karate Kid (PG)

2:25, 4:30, 6:25, 8:15, 10:30

10:05, 12:55, 3:40, 6:30, 9:05, 11:40

5:30, 8:30 Toy Story 3 (G)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (PG-13)

4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:30

2:20, 5:10, 8:00, 10:50

Vampires Suck (PG-13)

You Again (PG)

7:20, 9:25

2:15, 4:45, 7:10, 9:35

Easy A (PG-13)

1:05, 4:55, 7:50, 10:35

12:25, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:45

Life as We Know It (PG-13)

Alpha and Omega (PG)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owl of Ga’Hoole (PG)

12:30, 12:55, 3:20, 4:20, 7:20, 7:55, 10:20, 10:30

10:30, 12:45, 3:25, 6:00, 8:20

My Soul to Take 3-D (R)

Case 39 (R)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (PG)

12:15, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:35

12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:55

11:05, 1:50, 4:25, 7:15, 10:05

12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 8:10, 10:45

Legend of the Guardians: The

Secretariat (PG)

Devil (PG-13)

Legend of the Guardians:The

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My Soul to Take (R)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3-D (PG)

Lottery Ticket (PG-13)

2:50, 7:05

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You Again (PG)

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1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50

12:40, 3:05, 5:35, 8:10, 10:40 Takers (PG-13)

1:55, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00

Owl of Ga’Hoole 3-D (PG)

12:10, 2:55, 5:25, 7:55, 10:25

12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50, 12:10

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Beauty & the Beast Diamond Edition 3-disc Blu-ray (G) Movie: ★★★★ Discs: ★★★★ This Disney classic is the only animated film ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar not created by Pixar. “Beauty & the Beast” took a slightly dangerous, certainly dusty old piece of classic literature, gussied it up and turned it into one of best selling family home videos of all time. This pristine and painstakingly thorough overhaul covers all of the bases and then some. Even the most diehard fan could be overwhelmed by the wealth of the content and the fancy new techno bell and whistles.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.78:1/1080p), audio: English (7.1 DTS-HD, DEHT), French and Spanish (5.1 DEHT), subtitles: English, French and Spanish. Special features include: • Three version of the film including a complete restoration • Sing-Along mode • Commentary • Four featurettes • Deletes scenes • Games • New Jordin Sparks music video (Disney, $39.99)

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stars — Michael Clark

erratic results. 11⁄2 stars — MC

• The Social Network (PG-13) Because of its overwhelming legalize/geek-heavy, rapid-fire dialogue, this dramatic thriller about the dubious founding of Facebook is far from director David Fincher’s best effort, yet it is still a riveting, essential and mesmerizing watch. 3

• Freakonomics (PG-13) Proofpositive that not every best-selling book is an ideal candidate for bigscreen adaptation, the borderline tongue-in-cheek documentary “Freakonomics” — with its six directors — applies theories of economics to social issues with wildly

• Let Me In (R) Atlanta native Chloe Moretz thoroughly astounds in this English language remake of the Swedish “Let the Right One In.” As note-perfect as the original, Matt Reeves’ film proves that it is possible to make a commercially-viable, high-quality teen vampire flick. 4 stars — MC

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MOVIES Buffet & Sushi Grill Special Photo: Lionsgate

Ryan Reynolds plays Paul Conroy in “Buried.”

Thinking inside the box phone conflicts and the more immediate problems of being buried underground. Reynolds, who has shown you’re six feet under”) but its power is slowly draining flashes of depth in films like “Adventureland” but mostly just as Paul’s oxygen is. From his desperate calls, appeared in more conventional ones like “The Prowe quickly gather that our posal,” plays Paul in dramatsardine is a contract truck driver in Iraq whose convoy ic extremes. It’s as if the BY JAKE COYLE The Associated Press actor and the filmmakers felt was ambushed. He’s being they had dieted so much on held hostage for ransom by setting that they had a right an Iraqi who calls him to In “Buried,” Ryan demand $5 million in a mat- to otherwise gorge themReynolds plays a sardine. selves on hyperbole. ter of hours. He may not literally be Whatever the reasons that Paul tries calling anyone one, but he’s packed just as draw us to the movies, he can — 911, the State tightly in an underground spending an hour and a half Department, his company, coffin. The film opens in his family — but he is most- trapped in a box with Ryan darkness, flickering to life ly stymied. He’s transferred, Reynolds isn’t one of them. when Paul Conroy You will not see “Buried” (Reynolds) comes to, using put on hold, subjected to for its lush scenery, ensempettier concerns of legality his Zippo lighter to make ble acting nor its chase and family squabbles and out his horrific confines. sequences. managed like a public relaThe film never strays Those who do seek it out tions problem. from the coffin. It’s a 94will likely sit nervously eyeThe politics of “Buried” minute exercise in minimaling one’s moviegoing neigharen’t exactly refined. ism, the sort of filmmaking puzzle Hitchcock reveled in. There’s outrage over bureau- bors, wondering if the theater is populated by only cratic indifference, but “Buried” and its Spanish masochists and “The Pro“Buried” works better in director Rodrigo Cortes posal” fans (assuming those representing the more simdon’t deserve such a comparison, but the film — writ- ple frustration of hold music are mutually exclusive and disinterested reception- groups). ten by Chris Sparling — But really, the interest ists. does succeed as an intriguhere is getting an answer to: The biggest surprise of ing if somewhat absurd B“Buried” is that it’s not pure “How’d they do that? How’d movie. torture. Cortes, with director they make such an uncineBesides his lighter, Paul matic movie?” has few tools at his disposal: of photography Eduard Yes, “Buried” pulls off its a cell phone, a flask of alco- Grau, vary their angles trick. But few besides magihol, a pencil. The phone gets impressively. Drama, too, cians will be much has enough room to build service (imagine the ad for impressed. (Lionsgate) from both the over-theAT&T: “Five bars when

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‘Life’is surprising ent of a child. Often seen as a ceremonial and donothing title, the job of godparent is only necessary under the direst of circumstances. Custodial parents often bestow these possible future obligations BY MICHAEL CLARK upon people who are Movie Critic wholly unprepared and/or unqualified for the job of raising a child. Given this movie’s Baker Holly (Katherine wafer-thin plot and the soHeigl) and sports TV proso collective track record fessional Messer (Josh of its two leads, this byDuhamel) are not only the-numbers chick flick could’ve been a whole lot unprepared to be godparents, they loath each other worse. Up to its eyeballs in virtually every romantic after a blind date years earlier ended before it comedy cliché, “Life as even started. He’s a We Know It” still manhappy-go-lucky ladies ages to do a few things man and she’s rigid typedifferently and actually surprise us on more than a A list-maker and, physical handful of occasions. Set in Atlanta and filmed on location in the Virginia Highlands, it delivers the city’s Chamber of Commerce everything last summer’s “Lottery Ticket” couldn’t. Cinematographer Andrew Dunn captures the grandeur of the downtown skyline from a distance and takes the natural afternoon sunlight and turns the tony Midtown enclave into a loving, warmly hued picture post card. Atlanta hasn’t looked this good on film since “Driving Miss Daisy.” Pinching a bunch from the almost identical 2004 made-for-TV movie “Raising Waylon,” the film should be required viewing for anyone who is the in-the-wings godpar-

Life as We Know It (PG-13) ★★★ ★★

attributes notwithstanding, it’s easy to see why they repelled each other. After their close married-with-child friends die in a car accident, Holly and especially Messer do almost everything they can to get out of taking care of the orphaned 1year-old Sophie. After a judge makes their situation legal, they still don’t quite get it. Treating Sophie like a hot potato or unwanted time-share property, the accidental parents go at each other tooth-and-nail and become even more miserable. The only things preventing complete catastrophe are the half-dozen

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Greek chorus neighbors who help out now and then, Josh’s revolvingdoor of bimbos and Holly’s possible romantic involvement with Sophie’s pediatrician Sam (Josh Lucas). Though much of what actually takes place here is exaggerated, it does provide the plot with the strong dramatic friction so often lacking in this type of lightweight production. Wisely recognizing that this is ultimately a slice of high-gloss fluff, veteran

New Heigl film a tiny little gem

TV director Greg Berlanti and his two screenwriters never get too heavy and work in a plentiful supply of zippy, stinging one-liners in order to keep the levity level high. Like most of the target audience probably will, every female (and one male) character — no matter what their age or relationship situation — perpetually drool over the Messer character like he was a sizzling steak. Thankfully, Duhamel’s character doesn’t have a

big ego. Otherwise, this facet of the movie could have drifted into unsavory territory. With the notable exception of a forced, borderline sell-out ending, “Life as We Know It” works most of the time and does a lot with a little. You can’t expect high art or to be fully surprised by a movie like this. For what it is, this tiny little gem is far better than the lion’s share of romantic comedies Hollywood regularly serves up. (Warner Bros.)


MOVIES ‘Waiting’ takes close look at the American school system Waiting for ‘Superman’ (PG) ★★★★ ★ BY MICHAEL CLARK Movie Critic

At the beginning of “Waiting for ‘Superman’” (“WFS”) co-writer/director/narrator Davis Guggenheim drives by three Los Angeles public schools and points out that while he could enroll his own children in any one of them, he and his actress wife Elisabeth Shue will instead go the route of a private school. In the space of 30 seconds and probably without intending to do so, Guggenheim overstates the obvious. If you’re well-to-do, you don’t have to send your kids to public school and likely ruin their future. For 100 or so minutes, Guggenheim lays out statistics that most people with a working brain have already heard: the nation’s public schools are failing and if we don’t do something about it soon, the U.S. as a whole is in BIG trouble. Because of his soothing honey-rich high baritone and steady, measured delivery of material, Guggenheim never comes across as the typical sky-is-falling documentarian (read: Michael Moore). This cool, detached approach allows the audience to fully soak in the information with being distracted by a grandstanding narcissist. Guggenheim

lets the facts speak for themselves and, as you might guess, they are scary. In the context of a feature film, however, they are also more than a tad stiff and yawn-inducing. When not piling on the numbers, Guggenheim devotes his attention to five children, their families and two high profile school administrators who deliver the punch and drama the rest of “WFS” so sorely lacks. The children — all minorities — are trying desperately to get into charter schools — private and publicly funded enterprises that employ non-union teachers, and for the most part, churn out brilliant students. The animated and always engaging Geoffrey Canada is a trailblazer in the charter school movement and after setting up shop in one of the most rundown communities in the nation (Harlem), he proved that the system itself isn’t the problem. The nations’ two teachers unions are holding the system hostage and show no signs of loosening their arcane, vise-grip mantra. They are effectively doing to schools what the auto workers’ unions did to the nation’s car industry in the late 1970s. Backed with an unlimited supply of cash, these unions have more political clout than any other organization in the country and they fund the coffers of national Democratic and local Republican lawmakers who see to it the status quo remains undisturbed. With few exceptions, once a teacher attains tenure (two

years of employment), it is practically impossible to fire them, no matter how incompetent they might be. In Washington, D.C., Michelle Rhee, the chancellor of the worst public school system in the country, dared to take on the unions. She closed down 20 schools and dismissed hundreds of under-performing teachers and principals. People and the unions cried bloody murder but Rhee held her ground and as a result, students’ test scores and graduation rates skyrocketed. Go figure. Someone somewhere should make thousands of Rhee clones as soon as possible and send them to every other school district in the country. In the film’s final sequence, Guggenheim practically negates everything he’s accomplished by pulling a Michael Moore. Close-ups of those five children and their families are shown as lottery numbers for admission to various charter schools are announced. Very few of the children applying to these schools ever get in, and like another type of lottery many adults play, they get their hopes up too high. Guggenheim’s invasive camera work and tabloid level of journalism here borders on the repugnant. It is the moral equivalent of a slow-motion carwreck with actual carnage being replaced by dashed hopes, emotional despair and the resignation of future failure. It’s a sad end to an otherwise enlightening film. (Paramount)

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• Sunday: Melodies USA 2010 • Tuesday: Elena Vorobey and Theater • Oct. 16-17: Atlanta Chinese Dance Company’s “Nezha” • Oct. 30: GCANA — Diwali Show • Nov. 2-4: “Menopause the Musical”

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• Oct. 16: Playing for Change • Oct. 23: ATL’s Baddest Chicks with Avery Sunshine, Rhonda Thomas, Kayte Burgess and Carmen Rodgers • Oct. 27: Jason Derulo • Oct. 28: El DeBarge • Oct. 29: 8 Ball and MJG

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• Oct. 22-24, 28-31: Atlanta Ballet’s “Moulin Rouge” • Nov. 5: Guido’s Orchestra — Live from the Heart of Europe • Nov. 6: America’s Got Talent Live • Nov. 11: Vince Vaughn and Kevin James Comedy Roadshow • Nov. 13: An Evening with Styx • Nov. 27: Dave Koz and Friends 2010 Smooth Jazz

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• Today: Karla Bonoff • Saturday: Josh Joplin & Hannah Miller (two shows) • Sunday: Susan Gibson, Rachael Sage and Chris Trapper • Monday: Shawn Mullins and Callaghan • Tuesday: Shawn Mullins and Chuck Cannon • Wednesday: Shawn Mullins and Callaghan • Thursday: Sarah Harmer and Clare Burson • Oct. 15: Kenny White and Dan Navarro EVERETT BROTHERS MUSIC BARN Stonecypher Road, Suwanee 770.945.9098 www.everettsmusicbarn.com

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• Oct. 16: James King • Oct. 23: Ralph Stanley II • Oct. 30: Newfound Road • Nov. 13: Redhead Express • Nov. 27: The Crowe Brothers FERST CENTER FOR THE ARTS 349 Ferst Drive, Georgia Tech campus 404-894-9600 www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu

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• Today-Saturday: Ron White • Tuesday-Oct. 17: “Dreamgirls” • Oct. 23-24: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live • Oct. 29: Massive Attack and Thievery Corporation

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• Wednesday-Oct. 17: Disney on Ice presents “Toy Story 3” • Nov. 16: Dave Matthews Band • Nov. 18: Roger Waters • Dec. 5: Usher • Dec. 19: Disney Live! “Mickey’s Magic Show”

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Country music series continues BY DEANNA ALLEN STAFF WRITER deanna.allen @gwinnettdailypost.com

Coming off the success of its summer rock series, a Gwinnett music venue is mounting a series of shows for fans of a different music genre. Wild Bill’s in Duluth will celebrate fall with the sounds of country music in a lineup of performers that include chart-topping singer Blake Shelton, former Hootie and the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker and self-professed redneck woman Gretchen Wilson. The series kicked off Oct. 1 with singer Darryl Worley and will continue tonight with Shelton’s show. Rucker will perform Oct. 15, followed by Wilson on Oct. 23, Tucker native Jaron Lowenstein, famous for being one-half of the duo Evan and Jaron, in Jaron and The Long Road on Nov. 5 and Uncle Kracker taking the stage Nov. 6. For more information on the fall country music series at Wild Bill’s, call 678-473-1000 or visit www.wildbillsatlanta.com.

IFYOUGO Blake Shelton will perform tonight at Wild Bill’s as part of the venue’s fall country music series.

■ What: Wild Bill’s fall country music series ■ When: Through Nov. 6 ■ Where: 2075 Market St. in Duluth ■ Cost: Tickets are $14 to $20 for general admission in advance and $25 to $100 for table and VIP seating, also in advance ■ For more information: Call 678-473-1000 or visit www.wildbillsatlanta.com Special Photo

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Lilburn Daze will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lilburn City Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-921-2210 or visit www.cityoflilburn.com. Today The opening reception for Photomix, a juried exhibit of original photography and mixed media, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross. The event is free to attend. For more information, visit www.kudzuartzone.com. Comedian Matt Bergman will perform at 9 p.m. today at Buford Variety Theater, 170 W. Main St. in Buford. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 770-271-7878 or visit www.bufordvarietytheater.com.

Saturday Lilburn Daze will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lilburn City Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 770-9212210 or visit www.cityoflilburn.com. The Asian American Resource Center will host its sixth annual Rice Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Stone Mountain Park. Admission to the festival is free with a $10 parking pass. For more information, call 770-270-0663 or e-mail

ricefestival@aarc-atlanta.org. Comedian Matt Bergman will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Buford Variety Theater, 170 W. Main St. in Buford. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 770-2717878 or visit www.bufordvarietytheater.com.

Thursday The opening reception for the exhibit Works by John Lawrence will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hudgens Center for the Arts, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, in Duluth. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children, and free for children younger than 2. For more information, call 770-6236002 or visit www.thehudgens.org.

Oct. 15 Festa della Pasta, an Italian food festival, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 in historic Old Town Suwanee. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 770-945-8996 or visit www.suwanee.com. Haunted Night at the Museum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at the

Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 S. Perry St. in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-822-5178 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com. Comedian Johnny Millwater will perform at 9 p.m. Oct. 15 at Buford Variety Theater, 170 W. Main St. in Buford. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 770271-7878 or visit www.bufordvariety theater.com.

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Oct. 16 The Music in Me, Tannery Row Artist Colony’s latest exhibit of artwork, will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16. Tannery Row is at 554 W. Main St. in Buford, and the opening reception is free to attend. For more information, call 770-904-0572 or visit www.tanneryrowartistcolony.com. Haunted Night at the Museum will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Lawrenceville Female Seminary, 455 S. Perry St. in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 770-822-5178 or visit www.gwinnettparks.com.

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METRO CALENDAR hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students, $11 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437 or visit

Today The opening reception for new works by Atlanta Artists John Folsom, Todd Alexander and Courtney J. Garrett will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Pryor Fine Art, 22F Bennett St. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-352-8775 or visit www.pryorfineart.com.

Oct. 15 The High Museum of Art will host performer Will Goble during its monthly Friday Jazz concert from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15. Museum admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students, $11 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-733-4437 or visit www.high.org. The opening reception for the photography exhibition “Interior Mind | Exterior World” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 at Whitespace, 814 Edgewood Ave. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-688-1892 or visit www.whitespace814.com.

Oct. 23 The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will present its International Festival Gala Concert opening its 13th season at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St. Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors and $10 for students younger than 22. For more information, call 770-623-8623 or visit www.ludwigsymphony.org. The Fox Theater will host Yo Gabba Gabba! Live at 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 23. at 660 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.foxtheatre.org.

Nov. 19 The High Museum of Art will present its

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November Saltworks will present the exhibit Mythologies and Mash-ups, a display of paintings by New York-based artist Iona Rozeal Brown, through Nov. 6. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Saltworks is at 664 11th St. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-881-0411.

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The Fox Theater will host Yo Gabba Gabba! Live at 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in Atlanta. monthly Friday Jazz performance featuring trumpeter Etienne Charles from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students with ID, $11 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children younger than 6. The museum is at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404733-4437 or visit www.high.org.

Ongoing events Whitespace will present the exhibit Softcore War through Saturday. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and Whitespace is at 814 Edgewood Ave. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-688-1892 or visit www.whitespace814.com. “Night of the Living Sketch,” presented by live, scripted sketch comedy troupe Sketchworks, will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 16 at the Sketchworks Theatre, 3041 N. Decatur Road in Decatur. Tickets are $15 online at $17 at the door. For more information, call 404-

499-8181 or visit www.sketchworkscomedy .com. The Alliance Theatre will present “Sammy & Me — One Man’s Life-Long Fascination with Sammy Davis, Jr.” at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 24 at 1280 Peachtree St. N.E. in Atlanta. Tickets are $25 to $35. For more information, call 404733-5000 or visit www.alliancetheatre.org. Two art exhibits — David Hilliard’s work in Tending to Doubt and Joseph Guay’s work in Memory Portraits — will be on display through Oct. 23 at Jackson Fine Art, 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave. in Atlanta. For gallery hours and more information, call 404233-3739 or visit www.jacksonfineart.com. The Center for Puppetry Arts will present “Charlotte’s Web” at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Fridays, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. Tickets are $16 and the center is at 1404 Spring St. N.W. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-8733391 or visit www.puppet.org.

MudFire Gallery will present the exhibit “Asheville in Atlanta,” featuring work by Asheville, N.C.-based potters, from Saturday through Nov. 13. Gallery hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays. MudFire is at 175 Laredo Drive in Decatur. For more information, call 404377-8033 or visit www.mudfire.com. ART Station will host the 25th annual Tour of Southern Ghosts from Oct. 14 through 31 at Stone Mountain Park. For more information, call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org. Whitespace gallery will present the photography exhibition “Interior Mind | Exterior World” featuring work by Julie Sims and Yukari Umekawa from Oct. 15 through Nov. 20. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Whitespace is at 814 Edgewood Ave. in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-688-1892 or visit www.whitespace814.com. The High Museum of Art will present the exhibit “Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting” from Oct. 17 through Jan. 2. Museum FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2010 • WWW.GWINNETTDAILYPOST.COM • PAGE 23


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