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Brockport Strand 637-3310 89 Main St, Brockport ABRAHAM LINCOLN: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; BRAVE: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9; MADAGASCAR 3: 1, 3, 5, 7; ROCK OF AGES: 8:45.

Canandaigua Theatres 396-0110 Wal-Mart Plaza, Canandaigua ABRAHAM LINCOLN: 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:10; BRAVE: 3D 1, 3, 5, 7, 9; 2D 1, 3, 5, 7, 9; BEST EXOTIC: 1:15, 4, 7:10, 9:20; MADAGASCAR 3: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8:45; PROMETHEUS: 1:15, 4, 7, 9:20; ROCK OF AGES: 1, 4, 7, 9:20; SEEKING A FRIEND: 1, 3, 5, 7:10, 9:10; SNOW WHITE: 1, 4, 7, 9:25; THAT’S MY BOY: 1:15, 4, 7:10, 9:20.

Cinema Theater 271-1785 957 S. Clinton St. DARK SHADOWS: Sat-Sun 4:40; DARLING COMPANION: 8:30; DICTATOR: 7; SEARCH FOR SANITY: Tue 7 p.m.

Sex and drugs and rock and roll [ REVIEW ] By George Grella

“Rock of Ages” (PG-13), directed by Adam Shankman Now playing

The musical comedy, that great American film form, seems these days just about as moribund as another great American form, the Western. Despite a cast full of big names, innumerable extras, some apparently expensive production values, and an array of songs from the 1980’s (really), the new movie “Rock of Ages” will, alas, likely do nothing to revive the genre. Although set against the rather unusual temporal background of 1987, the picture

Culver Ridge 16 544-1140 2255 Ridge Rd E, Irondequoit ABRAHAM LINCOLN: 3D 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 9:40; 2D 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; THE AVENGERS: 3D 9:30; 2D 12:35, 4:25, 8:05; BRAVE: 3D 12:30, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:30; 2D 12, 1, 1:30, 2:30, 4, 4:30, 5, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 10; continues on page 32

follows a most familiar pattern, the story of the small-town girl who journeys to the big city — in this case, Los Angeles — with dreams of becoming a star — in this case, a singer. It opens with the sweet, innocent Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) on a bus from Oklahoma to California, singing about her aspirations, with the whole bus, including the driver, joining in the song. The director uses that device several times throughout the story, turning normal conversations, even political speeches, into song, often with a soloist belting out a most forgettable set of lyrics backed up by a chorus of onlookers. When Sherrie arrives in the big city she experiences the usual culture shock: a series of encounters with some dubious citizens, culminating in a mugging. A young lad who works in the allegedly famous Bourbon Room on Sunset Strip, Drew Boley (Diego Boneta), rescues her and persuades his boss, Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin), to give her a job there as

Julianne Hough in “Rock of Ages.” PHOTO COURTESY NEW LINE CINEMA

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well. Naturally, after several duets, the nice young people become a couple, enjoying the city, the Bourbon Room, and each other, and accompanying their romance with a series of ballads that all sound very much alike. The real fun of the movie involves Dennis Dupree’s efforts to save his club — sound familiar? — with a free appearance from Arsenal, the most famous heavy-metal band in the world, and particularly its star, Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise). The plan works after a fashion and for a short while, but the plot device itself enables Cruise to hijack the picture, turning the sappy love story into an excursion into rock-star arrogance and dissipation that, for all its comic exaggeration, reflects historical reality. Stacee Jaxx is the man who haunts a parent’s nightmares, a debauched, depraved degenerate who sleeps with a quartet of groupies, drinks Scotch by the bottle, and sends young women, including Sherrie, into swoons at his approach. He prances around the stage half naked, partially clothed in leather, displaying a veritable Sistine Chapel of tattoos, screaming out his songs, and galvanizing his fans into hysteria. He sneers at everyone around him, speaks only in mumbles and whispers, and associates mostly with a horrible pet monkey named Hey Man. Stacee’s entrance on the scene ignites a bundle of other plots, one involving the manipulations and betrayals of his oily manager Paul Gill (Paul Giamatti), another the

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