Movies

Miss March

by Rick Grant Grade: C Rated R This derivative road comedy was conjured up by writing/producing team Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore who wrote and produced the IFC comedy series The Whitest Kids U Know. Obviously, this film is important to the fledgling filmmakers. It could make or break their careers. So, the pair is traveling in a Miss March coach to the various screenings to gauge its potential and appear live for a meet and greet at the end of the movie. They appeared at the Jacksonville screening last Monday night. The scenario is a homage to the American …

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jacksonville's 48 hour film project

by elizabeth copley Imagine producing a film from beginning to end in 48 hours. Yes, writing, shooting, editing and scoring an entire production. If that’s not enough, all you have is a character, a prop and one line of dialogue. Still not challenged? The genre of the film is determined by a random drawing. You may have Colonel Mustard with a wrench and the line “The butler did it” then draw a musical as your genre. Make it work. If you’re competitive, have a passion for filmmaking and enjoy living on the edge, the 48 Hour Film Project is for …

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March Movies

NOW SHOWING JONAS BROTHERS: 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE The Jonas Brothers, Kevin, Joe and Nick pop off the big screen in a high energy 3D rockumentary. The film blends scenes from their “Burning Up” concert tour with special guest appearances by Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift. Rated G STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUNG-LI Capcom’s Street Fighter vaults back onto the screen with this film from director Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die). Fanboys can start drooling now over Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk in the role of high-kicking heroine Chun Li, while Neal McDonough, Chris Klein, Michael Clarke Duncan, and a number of …

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Special Movie Showings

March 7St. Johns River Revival – A Celebration of Our River This is a celebration of the St. Johns River and the inspiration that it provides to so many people. In Marjorie’s Wake is a documentary that celebrates nature, literature, and “sense of place” by helping viewers better understand the work of Pulitizer-winning Florida author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings by highlighting a trip she once took on the St. Johns River. My St. Johns River, Our Responsibility is a 28-minute film produced by St. Johns Riverkeeper that focuses on our youth and their involvement with the St. Johns River. The film …

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Watchmen

by Rick Grant Grade: B+ / Rated R / 163 min This graphic novel masterpiece, skillfully adapted to film, is set in a parallel Universe in which America elected Richard Nixon three times and was on the brink of global thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union in 1985. A group of superheroes became part of American life, fighting crime, political corruption, and evil. However, when the story begins, the heroes are retired because one of their colleagues got zapped inside an experiment run amok and became a godlike being, Dr. Manhattan a.k.a Big Naked Blue Guy, (BNBG) played by Billy …

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Friday the 13th (2009)

by Rick GrantGrade: D / Rated R / 97 min Given that the horror genre is critic proof, there are certain standards in this cliche style of filmmaking. Even based on lowered expectations, this remake of the original Friday the 13th fails on all levels to deliver scares or a plausible story. It’s strictly formulaic pulp with young actors hoping to get noticed. However, for older viewers who raised teenagers, the film is a wish fulfillment fantasy watching the psychotic killer Jason (in a hockey goalie mask) off these annoying bimbos and clueless dweebs one by one. Yes, the setup …

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February Movies

JANUARY 30 THE UNINVITEDWho is taking Mommy’s place? After her mother’s death and her subsequent hospital stay, Anna Rydell (Emily Browning) returns home to be with her sister (Arielle Kebbel) and her father, who has become engaged to Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), her mother’s former nurse. During her first night back, Anna is visited by her mother’s ghost, who reveals that the new woman in her father’s life is not who she pretends to be, leading to a fateful confrontation between the women of the house. Starring: Emily Browning, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel. Rated PG13 TAKENFormer government operative Bryan …

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February Special Movie Showings

February 3Tru Loved A teenage daughter of lesbian mothers, Tru struggles at her new high school as an outsider until high school quarterback Lodell takes an interest in her. This narrative feature film explores the themes of love and acceptance that we all seek. The film also features an exciting and eclectic soundtrack from legendary musicians such as Melissa Etheridge, Rufus Wainwright, Janis Ian and Roslyn Kind, as well as up-and-comers like Sheva and Lanky. Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmakers presented by the FCCJ Artist Series. Kent Campus Auditorium – 7 pm, Info: 632-3373 or artistseries.fccj.org Feb. 9Monthly Meeting …

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The International

by Rick Grant Grade: B+ / Rated R / 118 min In this cautionary tale, a well connected international bank is controlling arms sales by lending the money to make these purchases to rogue nations. They are into money laundering and destabilizing governments to sell arms to their adversaries. In other words, whoever controls the debt controls the movement of weapons and other funds. The bank’s influence is pervasive with its poison tentacles in every nation’s leadership and police department. An Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) have joined forces to …

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Pink Panther 2

by Rick GrantGrade: B / Rated PG / 92 min For those of us who remember the late great Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau it’s hard to make comparisons to Steve Martin’s interpretation. Whereas Sellers brought subtlety and nuance to the role, Martin’s first version seemed stiff and awkward, playing Clouseau as more of a physical comedian. In contrast, Martin’s second foray as the dim-witted but clever detective was much more defined. The gags were more imaginative and Martin seemed more comfortable in the role. Martin finally owns the part and plays it differently than Sellers but …

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