At The Movies: ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘Rampart’ and more

Mar. 16, 2012 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill play a pair of mismatched cops headed back to high school in an undercover sting in the big-screen remake of "21 Jump Street." --Courtesy columbia pictures

Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill play a pair of mismatched cops headed back to high school in an undercover sting in the big-screen remake of "21 Jump Street." --Courtesy columbia pictures

OPENING, AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 16

’21 Jump Street’ **1/2
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play a pair of underachieving cops who are sent to a local high school to blend in as students and bring down a drug ring. Review on Page 16. (R, 109 minutes)

‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’ ***1/2
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his mother, a slacker may have finally discovered his destiny when he spends the day with his brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. Jason Segal, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer star. Review on Page 18. (R, 83 minutes)

‘Rampart’ *1/2
Woody Harrelson stars as a veteran renegade Los Angeles cop who works to take care of his family and struggles for his own survival. Review on Page 17. (R, 108 minutes)

Woody Harrelson stars in the noir drama "Rampart." --Courtesy MillenNium Entertainment

Woody Harrelson stars in the noir drama "Rampart." --Courtesy MillenNium Entertainment

NOW PLAYING

‘Act of Valor’ **1/2
An elite team of Navy SEALs embarks on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. This is an amped-up, action-packed adventure, a furiously macho saga scripted by the screenwriter of “300.” (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (R, 101 minutes)

‘The Artist’ ***
The multi-Oscar-winning homage to Hollywood, 1927, as a silent movie star’s career is revitalized with the arrival of a young dancer set for a big break. It’s a gorgeously made curiosity that functions as a testament to its own obsession with other movies, specifically “Singin’ in the Rain” and “A Star Is Born.” (Christopher Kelly, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 100 minutes)

‘Chronicle’ ***
Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. But soon they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides. The young actors are charismatic, sympathetic and charming, making this semiserious sci-fi romp lighter and more fun than many of the comic-book movies that it steals from. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 83 minutes)

‘A Dangerous Method’ ***1/2
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gave birth to psychoanalysis. Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender star in the latest film from David Cronenberg. His confident directing style is essential in making this kind of intellectually stimulating cinema look easy, but the critical component in the film’s success is Christopher Hampton’s classically well-written script. (Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times) (R, 99 minutes)

‘The Descendants’ ***1/2
George Clooney and Alexander Payne join forces in this Oscar-winning adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings’ novel about a man from a longtime kamaaina family who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife slips into a coma after a boating accident and he has to reconnect with his two young daughters. This deceptively breezy film is a kind of wonderful journey through the shifting landscape of human emotion, ranging from deliciously awkward comedy to heartfelt, transformative tragedy and all points in between. (Burl Burlingame, Star-Advertiser) (R, 115 minutes)

‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’ ***1/2
From the creators of “Despicable Me” comes this gorgeous and glorious fable of a 12-year-old boy’s search for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it, he must discover the story of a grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG, 94 minutes)

‘Friends with Kids’ **
Two best friends decide to have a child together while keeping their relationship platonic, so they can avoid the toll kids can take on romantic relationships. Director-writer Jennifer Westfeldt seems interested in exploring the complications that come with pondering parenthood with a mix of candor and heart, but she takes a topic full of complex emotional shadings and turns it into something that is, for the most part, reductive, cliched and even sitcomesque. (Christy Lemire, Associated Press) (R, 107 minutes)

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ **1/2
Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze, who is hiding out in Eastern Europe. As the Ghost Rider, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form. This is a goofy, gonzo thrill ride, a profoundly silly mash-up of comic book and quasi-religious “prophecy,” and Cage is hilariously wound-up — manic, motormouthed and bug-eyed. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 95 minutes)

‘Good Deeds’ *1/2
Tyler Perry plays a businessman who is jolted out of his scripted life when he meets a single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. This overlong movie has a few good scenes and a few solid messages about the importance of being needed in a relationship or marriage and the financial tightrope a lot of families are walking in this economy. But Perry is such a dull dramatist and boring actor that the message isn’t delivered. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 111 minutes)

‘The Iron Lady’ ***1/2
Meryl Streep stars in this look into the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power. It’s an uncanny turn by the screen’s greatest actress, an Oscar-winning acting job with towering bombast and marvelous subtlety. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 105 minutes)

‘John Carter’ ***
Taylor Kitsch stars in the Edgar Rice Burroughs’ action-fantasy tale about a Civil War veteran who finds himself transplanted to Mars, where he becomes part of a conflict between warring nations. The movie can be exhausting in its complexities and, yes, it’s easy to mock, but it’s light-years more fun than George Lucas’ clunky “Star Wars” prequels, and it wins you over despite any reservations you come into the theater with. (Connie Ogle, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 132 minutes)

Teen hijinks highlight the party movie "Project X." --Courtesy Warner Bros.

Teen hijinks highlight the party movie "Project X." --Courtesy Warner Bros.

‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ **
In this sequel, the now-young man Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s boyfriend on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island. Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson star in this movie that rockets along on a certain goofy bliss and is aimed for kids, and kids only. (Burl Burlingame, Star-Advertiser) (PG, 94 minutes)

‘Norwegian Wood’ **
Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, a man recalls his life in the turbulent 1960s in Tokyo when, after the suicide of his friend, he not only gets involved with the grieving girlfriend, but also with another, more lively woman. Young love is portrayed as a divine but perilous form of insanity, and the film registers less as a coherent narrative than as a tortuous reverie steeped in mournful yearning. (Stephen Holden, New York Times) (NR, 133 minutes)

‘Project X’ **
Three high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads. The movie produces its share of explosive laughs, mostly of the “Oh my God” variety, but overall it’s a wearying experience. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (R, 88 minutes)

‘Safe House’ ***
A young CIA agent (Ryan Reynolds) is tasked with looking after a fugitive (Denzel Washington) in a safe house. But when the house is attacked, he finds himself on the run with his charge. Well cast, well acted and brilliantly shot and edited, it’s a thoroughly entertaining peek into spycraft and the spies who practice it. (Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers) (R, 115 minutes)

‘The Secret World of Arriety’ ***
Disney presents the English-language version of the latest film from Studio Ghibli of Japan. Life changes for a 4-inch-tall family living in a normal-size house when the daughter is discovered. This is a slow, stately, gentle and meditative marvel of image and color. (David Germain, Associated Press) (G, 94 minutes)

‘A Separation’ ***1/2
The winner of the Academy Awards’ Best Foreign Language Film comes from Iran, where a married couple faces a difficult decision: to improve the life of their teenage son by moving to another country, or to stay and look after a parent stricken with Alzheimer’s. Rife with fine performances by the cast, the film unfolds with a deep confidence in the dramatic tug of ordinary life. (Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post) (PG-13, 123 minutes)

‘Silent House’ **1/2
Trapped inside her family’s lakeside retreat, a young woman finds she is unable to contact the outside world as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Lead actor Elizabeth Olsen and cinematographer Igor Martinovic make this an eminently watchable and genuinely scary movie that’s told in real time. (Christy Lemire, Associated Press) (R, 85 minutes)

‘This Means War’ **1/2
Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman. The talents of Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy make this noisy, contrived romp more tolerable than it ought to be. (Christy Lemire, Associated Press) (PG-13, 98 minutes)

‘A Thousand Words’ *1/2
Eddie Murphy reunites with “Norbit” director Brian Robbins for this hollow and stumbling comedy about a smooth talker who discovers that he has only a thousand words left to speak before dying. (David Germain, Associated Press) (PG-13, 91 minutes)

‘Unofficially Yours’
Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin star in this Philippine romantic comedy about how love blossoms between two casual sex partners. (NR, 110 minutes)

‘The Vow’ ***
A car accident puts a woman in a coma, and when she wakes up with severe memory loss, her husband works to win her heart again. The movie has three things going for it: likable stars in Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, a director who knows how to stay away from saccharine sentimentality, and a compelling story. (Rick Bentley, McClatchy Newspapers) (PG-13, 104 minutes)

ARTHOUSE
DORIS DUKE THEATRE

Honolulu Museum of Art (formerly Honolulu Academy of Arts), 900 S. Beretania St., entry on Kinau Street. (532-8768); $10 general and $8 museum members (tickets also available online at www.honolulumuseum.org):

‘The Conquest’
1 p.m. today and Saturday
A dramatization of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power. (2011, 105 minutes)

Friends of Film Friday: ‘The Island President’
7:30 p.m. today
A timely documentary on Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, who, before his forced resignation in February, lobbied countries to help save his homeland from the threats posed by climate change. (2011, 101 minutes)

Family Film Sunday: ‘Birds of a Feather: Short Films from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle’
11 a.m. Sunday ($3, $1 children 12 and under)
A program of animated shorts from all over the world about the animal kingdom. (67 minutes)

‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’
7:30 p.m. Monday
A special screening of Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, set during the Bosnian War, that tells the story of two people from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. (Note: The film will also have a free screening at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Kapolei 16 Consolidated Theatres multiplex, sponsored by UH West Oahu.) (2011, 127 minutes)

10th Annual Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival
See feature and schedule on Page 19.

MOVIE MUSEUM

3566 Harding Ave. (735-8771); $5 general and $4 members; reservations recommended:

‘My Week with Marilyn’
Noon, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15 and 7 p.m. today; and 8 p.m. Sunday
Based on the memoirs of Colin Clark who, as an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documented the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of “The Prince and the Showgirl.” (2011, 99 minutes)

‘The Adventures of Tintin’
9 p.m. today; and noon, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sunday
The animated feature from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson follows the famous Belgian comic book character and his friends on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship. (2011, 107 minutes)

‘A Shine of Rainbows’
Noon, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday
A lonely Irish orphan’s life is transformed by an extraordinary woman who teaches him to conquer grief and discover the magic in nature and himself. (2009, 101 minutes)

‘Mickybo and Me’
1:45, 5:15 and 8:45 p.m. Saturday
Set in Belfast, Ireland, in 1970, the film tells the story of two boys from Catholic and Protestant families who decide to run away together to Australia after seeing “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” (2004, 95 minutes)

‘The Old Gun’
Noon, 1:45, 3:30, 5:15, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Monday; and 9 p.m. Thursday
Phillippe Noiret stars in this revenge thriller as an aging, embittered French physician who loses his wife and daughter during the Nazi occupation and vows to kill every one of the Germans responsible for their deaths. (1975, 103 minutes)

‘Patagonia’
Noon, 2:15, 4:30 and 6:45 p.m. Thursday
The drama details the parallel story of a Welsh couple who travel to Argentina to iron out their relationship and the tale of an old Patagonian woman and her nephew who go to Wales in search of their family history. (2010, 118 minutes)

TURTLE BAY HAWAII FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE

Surfer, The Bar; Turtle Bay Resort (436-4326); free:

‘Pidgin: The Voice of Hawaii’
7 p.m. Sunday
The film profiles the language of Hawaii’s working people in its rise from plantation jargon to a source of island identity and pride. (2009, 57 minutes)

MONDAY MOVIE CAFE

theVenue, 1146 Bethel St. (528-1144); $10:

‘Short Cut to Nirvana: Kumbh Mela!’
7 p.m. Monday
A documentary about the large spiritual Hindu gathering that takes place near Allahabad, India, every 12 years. (2005, 85 minutes)

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