Greetings! The Riverview Theatre continues to bring the world of film in all its diversity to the viewing public. Details below. Pertinent websites are linked below along the right side of this page. Please subscribe to this page (it’s free to have it sent to your email), comment or criticize. Thank you!
1) ANOTHER SPECIAL WEEK AT THE RIVERVIEW THEATRE, 38TH & 42ND AV. S., MPLS. 612.729.7369. Tickets: Matinees before 6 p.m.-$2; Kids under 11, seniors 62+-$2; Adult evening-$3; All shows on Tuesdays-$2. Special showings as priced.
Friday, June 18: WORLD CUP SOCCER: U.S. vs. SLOVENIA. 9 a.m., FREE. Viewings of this and the other U.S. games plus finals in HD. Usual concession menu available (no outside food or beverages please). “OCEANS”, 11:30 a.m.; “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON”, 1:15, 7 p.m.; “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID”, 3: 05 p.m.; “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”, 4:50 p.m.; “CLASH OF THE TITANS”, 8:50 p.m.; “HOT TUB TIME MACHINE”, 10:45 p.m.
Sat.-Mon., June 19-21: “OCEANS”, 11:30 a.m., “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON”, 1:15, 7 p.m.; “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID”, 3:05 p.m.; “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”, 4:50 p.m.; “CLASH OF THE TITANS”, 8:50 p.m.; “HOT TUB TIME MACHINE”, (Sat.-Sun.), 10:45 p.m.
Tues., June 22: “OCEANS”, 11:30 a.m.; “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON”, 1:15, 7 p.m..; “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID”, 3:05 p.m.; “ALICE IN WONDERLAND”, 4:50 p.m.; “RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE”, encore presentation, 9 p.m., all seats $8.
Wed.-Thurs., June 23-24: “OCEANS”, 11:30 a.m.; “HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON”, 1:15, 5 p.m.; “DIARY OF A WIMPY KID”, 3:05 p.m..; “48 HOUR FILM PROJECT”, 7, 9:30 p.m. Over the weekend of June 18th, local filmmakers will make the best film possible within a 48 hour time period. The films will be judged and the winner shown here along with other winners from around the world. These will be short films, 20 minutes or less No announcement was made regarding special pricing but call theatre to verify. This is an exciting event and a chance to see some inventive cinema from tomorrow’s filmmakers in their budding stage.
2) NEW IN FIRST RUNS, FRI., JUNE 18:
A) “JONAH HEX” from Warner Brothers. Director: Jimmy Hayward. Stars: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon, Michael Fassbender. Action/thriller; PG13 (intense violence & action, disturbing images, sexual content).
The age-old story of a man’s quest for redemption and the battle between good and evil. Based on the graphic novel of the same title, this film chronicles the story of Mr. Hex, a scarred bounty hunter who has one foot in the natural world and the other on “the other side”. His link to this world is Leila (Fox), a woman of the night with her own problems. The U.S. military hires Hex to take down Quentin Turnbull (Malkovich), a terrorist who is on a quest to unleash all of Hell. This film looks to be flashes of great action held together by droll one-liners intended to make one laugh. Brolin is not famous as an action figure but his makeup is incredible. Fox is more famous for her overt sex appeal than her acting and that will remain true. Malkovich is more famous than both of them and he again is cast as a psychotic degenerate with little concern for human life a la “Con Air”. The action and special effects are great and the graphic novel has endured for a hundred years or so it seems. This film will not endure that long but it is escapist fun. Get seeing it out of the way quickly because “Predators” opens July 9th and you’ll never think about this film again.
B) “TOY STORY 3” from Disney-Pixar in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D. Director: Lee Unkrich. Stars: Tim Allen, Tom Hanks, Don Rickles, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Laurie Metcalf, Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Timothy Dalton, Whoopi Goldberg, et. al. Action/adventure/comedy. G (suitable for everyone in the solar system).
Andy’s toy box is open again and the core cast is back as Andy prepares to leave for college. Unkrich co-directed “Toy Story 2” & “Finding Nemo”, He gudes the toys through having to cope with a lot of unruly tots who want to break up the band so to speak. They must struggle to stay together and also withstand the heat as Barbie ‘meets’ Ken. Ah, those plastic fantastic lovers. This is strictly turn-off-your-mind-and-enjoy fun as were the first two. This cast is able to make this seem like live action and the years between this and Part 2 dissolve away as soon as the company logo yields to the feature. Find your inner child, chew some popcorn and watch.
3) NEW ON DVD, TUES., JUNE 22:
A) “ENTOURAGE: SEASON 6”. Great if you like it, expensive and unnecessary if you don’t.
B) “SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE” from DreamWorks (Paramount). Director: Jim F Smith. Stars: Alice Eve, Jay Baruchel. Romantic comedy; R (language, sexual content).
This film is proof that comedy and beauty are completely subjective. It should be funny but all of these situations have been done repeatedly since the dinosaurs started to die off. Alice Eve is one of a million blonds who can act well enough to pull off this tripe. Baruchel got this part because no real actors auditioned. Buy this if you liked it, kiss it off if you weren’t willing to go to the theatre to see it (or if you’ve seen any other romantic comedy in the last 55 years).
C) “DEATH RACE 2000” (1975). ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS. Director: Paul Bartel (star of “Eating Raoul”). Stars: David Carradine, Sly Stallone, Mary Woronov, Simone Griffeth. R (intense violence, disturbing images, sexual content, nudity, language). From Shout! Factory.
Carradine stars as Frankenstein, a driver in the Transcontinental Death Race where drivers score points for killing pedestrians and spectators–not to mention other drivers (kind of like driving in Mpls.). This is great mindless fun with some really well-filmed driving sequences that rival big-budget productions. Especially fun is Sly Stallone as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo. Shout! Factory cleaned up the audio and visual tracks and continue to rival Anchor Bay for presenting classic films in their purest and most complete form. It shouldn’t cost more than $15 at Best Buy and Target. Perhaps even cheaper but it’s far better than any release that has preceded this one.
Stay tuned for new releases on CD this Saturday.