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movies From previous page They get mixed up in a secret war involving defenders of fossil fuels and the British spies Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). Great fun by the animation master John Lasseter, and better than “Cars” (2006). See it in 2-D if you can. Rating: Three and a half stars. 107 minutes. (G) “Green Lantern” — Ryan Reynolds stars as a test pilot who is chosen by the race of aliens who enforce peace in the universe to be a member of the Green Lantern Corps. He is given a magic ring and a lantern, and his task is to battle a malevolent, egomaniac fallen alien named Parallax. A fellow test pilot (Blake Lively) becomes his romantic interest, and a nerdy genius (Peter Sarsgaard) is thrown into the mix. Lots of aggressive special effects, a silly plot, a good villain: You know, a comic book movie. I saw the 2-D version, which was crisp, bright and clear. Rating: Two and a half stars. 105 minutes. (PG-13) “The Hangover Part II” — Not merely a sequel to the 2009 hit, but literally a remake, with the same story transported laterally from Las Vegas to Bangkok. This time Stu (Ed Helms) is the groom-to-be, and his buddies (Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis) are in the wedding party, along with the bride’s 16-year-old kid brother (Mason Lee), who on the morning after is missing, except for a severed finger wearing a Stanford class ring. Galifianakis has many of the best moments, but the film plays like some kind of a test of how much raunch a weekend movie crowd can tolerate. Directed again by Todd Phillips. Rating: Two stars. 101 minutes. (R) “Kung Fu Panda 2” — Exactly as you’d expect, and more. The animation
is elegant, the story is much more involving than the original, and there’s boundless energy. The kingdom faces the prospect that it will be conquered and ruled by an evil peacock, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), whose minions have designed a new weapon. Po (Jack Black) and the Furious Five go into battle with the villain, and along the way the panda discovers his real father was not a goose. Lovely animation; shame about the 3-D. Rating: Three and a half stars. 90 minutes. (PG) “Larry Crowne” — Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and a good premise and a colorful supporting cast, but no reason for existing. The screenplay carries blandness to a point beyond tedium. The sinking realization sets in that Larry Crowne was born a nice guy, will always be a nice guy, will find few bumps in his road and is destined for a happy ending. Hanks plays an unemployed man who signs up for community college and falls in love with his teacher (Roberts). As pleasant as watching bread rise. Rating: Two stars. 99 minutes. (PG-13) “Midnight in Paris” — Woody Allen’s enchanting new comedy stars Owen Wilson as an American who visits Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), and finds himself seduced by dreams of living there in the 1920s when Hemingway and Fitzgerald hung out at Gertrude Stein’s fabled salon. With charm and whimsy, Allen tickles the fantasies of everyone who ever loved an American lit class. With Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, French first lady Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard and Michael Sheen. Rating: Three and a half stars. 94 minutes. (PG-13) “Monte Carlo” — A harmless, innocuous tweener fantasy that seems constructed out of bits and pieces of movies we must surely
have seen before. The cute-asa-button Selena Gomez stars as a new high school graduate who has saved up for a graduation trip to Paris. She’s saddled with her stepsister (Leighton Meester) and accompanied by her BFF (Katie Cassidy), and when she’s mistaken for a rich British heiress, they’re whisked off to Monte Carlo and a taste of glamour and luxury. Think “Sex and the City” except with no sex, one fewer girl and different cities. Rating: Two stars. 109 minutes. (PG) “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” — A stupefyingly dumb family movie proving that penguins have limited charisma as pets. Jim Carrey stars as a rich man who inherits the penguins from his father and takes them into his duplex co-op in Manhattan. He’s divorced from his wife (Carla Gugino), but she turns up with their kids at the drop of a plot point, and there is suspense about sending the penguins to the zoo. Based on a classic children’s book; maybe children who like the book will like the movie, although penguins are more entertaining as a concept in a story than as characters on a screen. Rating: One and a half stars. 97 minutes. (PG) “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — Johnny Depp is back and at sword point with Penelope Cruz, as they join Blackbeard and British and Spanish ships in a race to find the Fountain of Youth. With Geoffrey Rush as the sandpapery Barbossa and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mermaid whose tears are needed to allow the fountain’s magic to work. During this fourth installment of the series, I decided I was all Pirates of the Caribbean-ed out. Rating: Two stars. 134 minutes (PG-13)
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Marion Cotillard stars as Adriana and Owen Wilson stars as Gil in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris.”
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Let’s get animated! McMenamins is currently presenting a companywide animated film festival through Sunday. Entitled “Animated: A Film Festival,” the festival will feature traditional cell animation, computer-generated animation and stop-motion animation. The following films will be screened at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend.
TODAY — “PUPPETS & CLAY” • 3 p.m. — “Chicken Run” (G) • 6 p.m. — “Corpse Bride” (PG) • 9 p.m. — “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (PG)
SATURDAY — “ABRACADABRA” • Noon — “The Secret of NIMH” (G) • 2:30 p.m. — “The Secret of Kells” (no MPAA rating) • 5:30 p.m. — “The Lord of the Rings” (1978) (PG) • 9 p.m. — “Coraline” (PG)
SUNDAY — “BUNNY” • Noon — “Looney Tunes — The Golden Collection” (G) • 3 p.m. — “Wallace & Gromit in The
Curse of the Were-Rabbit” (G) • 5:30 p.m. — “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (PG) • 9 p.m. — “Watership Down” (PG) Tickets are $3 per film, $1 for children (ages 12 and younger) or $10 to see all of the films. For more information, visit www.mcmenamins.com or contact 541-330-8562.
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Published on Jul 8, 2011