Friday, February 11, 2011

Landmark Theater Screenings

CEDAR RAPIDS, opening Friday, February 11 at The Landmark, is a comedy about a group of insurance salesmen who use the opportunity to attend an annual convention in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a way to escape their doleful Vegas but with corn. Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) was the guy people always thought would go places but then he just...didn't. He's been living in ├╝ber-sleepy Brown Valley, Wisconsin his whole life, still "pre-engaged" to his 7th grade teacher Millie Vanderhei (Sigourney Weaver), while selling insurance to protect other people's dreams. But now, Tim's stalled life is about to get a kick-start because, for the first time in his 34 years, he's headed to a "major" metropolis—Cedar Rapids, Iowa—where he must try to save his company at a do-or-die insurance convention that, for him, will be entirely nonconventional. From the minute he checks into his hotel with his ancient American Tourister and cummerbund money-belt, it's clear Tim has no idea how the modern world really works. Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr. and John C. Reilly co-star. Director Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) has written an exclusive letter to Film Club members about creating a comic yet poignant adventure. 

THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2011, opening Friday, February 11 at the Nuart Theatre, provide audiences with a rare opportunity to see all Academy Award nominees in the categories of Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short before the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony on February 27. Two feature-length programs will be screened (separate admission). The ANIMATED program includes: Pixar's Day & Night (USA), Let's Pollute (USA), The Lost Thing (Australia/UK), Madagascar, Carnet De Voyage (France) and, pictured above, The Gruffalo (UK/Germany), a magical tale of a mouse who takes a walk through the woods in search of a nut. Two bonus animated shorts round out the collection: Urs (Germany) and Bill Plympton's The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger (USA). The LIVE ACTION program includes The Confession (UK), The Crush (Ireland), God of Love (USA), Na Wewe (Belgium) and, pictured above, Wish 143 (UK), the darkly comic story of a 15-year-old boy with only months to live who asks for one wish from the Dreamscape Charity: an hour alone with a naked woman.

ALSO NEW THIS WEEK: In the Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE, starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, two men—master and slave—venture in 140 AD beyond the edge of the known world on a dangerous and obsessive quest that will push them beyond the boundaries of loyalty and betrayal, friendship and hatred, deceit and heroism. Co-starring Donald Sutherland and directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September), THE EAGLE starts Friday, February 11 at The Landmark. In the romantic comedy JUST GO WITH IT, also opening at The Landmark, plastic surgeon Danny Maccabee (Adam Sandler), romancing a much younger schoolteacher, enlists his loyal assistant Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), to pretend to be his soon to be ex-wife, in order to cover up a careless lie. When more lies backfire, Katherine's kids become involved, and everyone heads off for a weekend in Hawaii that will change all of their lives.

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