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Wednesday 07/03/2013
‘The Heat’ – Bullock and McCarthy bring it
Posted: July 03, 2013 - 4:00 am

If Dirty Harry were shorter, heavier, sassier and a woman, then he might have been Melissa McCarthy in The Heat, a very funny new film that irreverently puts a bullet in the head of stereotypical cop-buddy movie conventions.

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Tuesday 05/28/2013
Fast & Furious 6 – Six one way, half-dozen the other
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 3:18 pm

The latest addition to the Fast & Furious franchise is just like the tie rods on a ‘72 Buick … no, not really. I don’t pretend to know or care anything about cars unless they have a flux capacitor attached and I couldn’t tell a ‘69 Dodge Charger from a Ford Escort, so I come at the Fast & Furious 6 with an admitted disadvantage. I still had fun watching this film though, but probably not for the same reasons as most of its hardcore fans.

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Summer blockbusters aim to be bigger than ever
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 10:23 pm

(StatePoint) This year’s summer blockbuster season is shaping up to be a big one, full of some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.

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Thursday 05/23/2013
The Hangover Part III – The return of the red-eye
Updated: May 29, 2013 - 10:05 am

While The Hangover Part III may seem like a retread of very familiar ground, this “final” film in the Hangover trilogy completely abandons the trademark formula that typically sets Phil, Stu and Alan up to figure out what the heck happened the night before. Instead they are still recovering from the debauchery that occurred in the first film from 2009. Nevertheless, this is still a very funny movie.

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Wednesday 05/22/2013
Abrams has made the best ‘Star Trek’ movie
Updated: May 22, 2013 - 11:35 am

On paper, J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” is one of those movies that should have crashed and burned. A reboot of a beloved franchise with younger, lesser-known actors stepping into the shoes of an iconic cast of characters. The fact that Abrams went on record stating that he was never a huge “Star Trek” fan didn’t bode well either. Against all odds, though, Abrams not only produced a great “Star Trek” picture, but quite possibly the best “Star Trek” ever made. That’s right, even better than “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” 

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Wednesday 05/15/2013
Characters take a backseat in ‘The Great Gatsby’
Updated: May 30, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Even though “The Great Gatsby” has gotten the movie treatment several times in the past, no film adaptation has ever really stood out as the definitive version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated novel. Director Baz Luhrmann’s film is certainly the most visually arresting interpretation of “The Great Gatsby” ever produced. Catherine Martin, who previously worked with Luhrmann on “Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Australia,” deserves multiple Oscar nominations for her hyper sets and eye-popping costumes. As wonderful as Luhrmann’s “Great Gatsby” is to look at, the enchanting visuals are also ironically the movie’s downfall. In the midst of the art direction, costumes, and music, the story and characters that made Fitzgerald’s book a classic, become a mere afterthought. 

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Wednesday 05/08/2013
‘Iron Man 3’ - Stark reaches a breaking point
Updated: May 29, 2013 - 10:39 am

Along with Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Iron Man 3” is one of the rare superhero threequels that doesn’t disappoint. While Jon Favreau remains an executive producer and co-star, he passes on the directorial duties to Shane Black of “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” Black maintains all the action, humor, and character development that made Faverau’s first two films so enjoyable, while also incorporating his own unique signature. 

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Thursday 05/02/2013
‘Oblivion’ better suited as video game than film
Updated: May 29, 2013 - 10:39 am

"Oblivion” is another movie that seems better suited for a video game than a motion picture. Watching the characters engage in endless shoot outs and explore vast, abandoned terrains, all you want to do is get your hands on a controller. Since a movie is unequipped with game play, though, you’re forced to sit back and merely observe the story. Then again, most modern video games have more three-dimensional characters and smarter plots than “Oblivion.” This science fiction mystery from director Joseph Kosinski isn’t completely without some good ideas, elevating it above “Transformers” schlock. It’s just unfortunate those ideas never meld into anything that intriguing.

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Wednesday 05/01/2013
“The Big Wedding” is a big mess
Updated: May 22, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Just about all the actors in “The Big Wedding” are severely typecast. Diane Keaton is a high-strung, divorced mother like in “Something’s Gotta Give,” Robert De Niro is the father of somebody getting married like in “Meet the Fockers,” Amanda Seyfried is a blushing bride like in “Mamma Mia,” Robin Williams is an eccentric minister like in “License to Wed,” Topher Grace is a deadpan, quick-witted nice guy like in “That ‘70s Show,” and Katherine Heigl is a needy single woman like in every movie she does. Even though the actors are in their comfort zones, not a single person feels natural in “The Big Wedding.” That’s probably because the film doesn’t understand its own characters or their motivations. Nobody behind the camera has any idea what they’re doing, resulting in one of the most awkward romantic comedies of recent memory.

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Wednesday 04/24/2013
‘42’ hits it out of the park in one of the summer's best
Updated: May 31, 2013 - 9:59 am

“42” is far from the first movie to explore racial tensions in sports. We’ve seen this subject depicted in other good films like “Remember the Titans” and “Glory Road.” There are plenty of recognizable figures on display here, such as the underdog nobody believed in, the one man willing to take a chance on that underdog, and the ignorant antagonists that wish to see that underdog fail. Familiarity aside, though, “42” executes just about everything wonderfully. This is a good-hearted picture, carried by sincere performances and passionate direction. Not only is it an inspiring story about overcoming prejudice, but an all around rousing baseball movie too.

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Local Movie Times

Saturday, July 13, 2013

AMC Loews Foothills

  • Grown Ups 2 (PG-13) 1hr 41min

    9:30am, 11:55am, 2:30pm, 5:00pm, 7:45pm, 10:15pm

  • Pacific Rim (PG-13) 2hr 11min

          9:45am, 3:45am, 5:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:45pm

          12:45pm, 6:45pm

  • Despicable Me 2 (PG) 1hr 38min

    19:30am, 10:00am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:30pm

          111:45am, 2:15pm, 4:45pm, 7:15pm, 9:45pm

          9:30am, 12:45pm, 2:15pm, 4:00pm, 7:15pm, 8:45pm, 10:30pm

          11:55am, 2:35pm, 5:15pm, 7:55pm, 10:35pm

 

Tower Theatres (no online tickets)

       10:45am, 11:45am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm

       9:45am, 1:00pm, 4:15pm, 6:05pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm

      2:45pm, 9:30pm

      10:00am, 11:40am, 12;30pm, 2:10pm, 3:00pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 7:10pm, 8:10pm, 10:30pm

       12:20pm, 2:50pm, 5:30pm, 8:00pm, 10:20pm

       9:10am, 10:50am, 12:40pm, 2:20pm, 4:00pm, 6:05pm, 7:40pm, 9:30pm, 10:50pm

       10:30am, 1:50pm, 4:45pm, 7:50pm, 10:40pm

      12:45pm, 6:45pm

       10:10am, 12:50pm, 3:40pm, 6:30pm, 9:20pm

       10:40am, 1:40pm, 4:50pm, 7:45pm, 10:40pm

       11:30am

      9:50am, 3:50pm, 10:10pm

Century Theatres Oro Valley 

         11:10am, 12:30pm, 1:50pm, 3:10pm, 4:30pm, 5:50pm, 7:10pm, 8:30pm, 9:50pm

        10:15am, 11:35am, 4:25pm, 7:00pm, 10:35pm

        1:20pm, 7:30pm

       10:45am, 12:00pm, 1:25pm, 4:05pm, 5:25pm, 6:45pm, 9:25pm, 10:35pm

       2:45pm, 8:05pm

       10:25am, 12:05pm, 1:55pm, 3:35pm, 5:20pm, 7:05pm, 8:50pm, 10:30pm

       10:35am, 1:30pm, 4:20pm, 7:15pm, 10:05pm

       1:05pm, 4:15pm, 7:25pm, 10:25pm

       11:00am, 1:45pm, 4:30pm, 7:15pm, 10:00pm

       10:50am, 1:40pm, 4:35pm, 7:20pm, 10:10pm

       3:40pm, 10:15pm

  • Grand Cinemas Oracle View (No online tickets)

       2:50pm, 5:00pm, 7:15pm, 9:20pm

       10:40am, 12:55pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, 7:45pm, 10:00pm

       11:15am

       10:35am, 4:00pm, 9:35pm

       1:15pm, 6:45pm

  • 42 (PG-13) 2hr 8min

       1:25pm, 4:10pm, 7:00pm

       9:50pm

       12:55pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm

      9:45pm

    10:30am, 12:45pm, 3:00pm, 5:15pm, 7:30pm

      3:50pm

      12:00pm

      10:50am

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