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74 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22- MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT cape oazette 'Eli's' fir.L00d sermon: implausible n the beginning, God said, "Let there be light," And the Hughes brothers said, "Excuse me, but let's make it more opaque." "The Book of Eli," Denzel Washington's end-of-days futur- istic Western, may on the sur- face seem to have a religious bent to it. But when you let the film soak into your system, it does less hardy proselytizing than harrowing prophesying. To paraphrase Homer Simpson, "Here's to the Bible: the cause of, and solution to, all life's prob- lems?' But sadly, all the themes and questions brought about throughout the film come spec- tacularly crashing down in a third,act reveal that is not only preposterous, but punctuated with a laughable conclusion of furthering the message. It's really no secret that the book in question is the Bible. Eli wants to protect it, driven by voices to bring it "west." Gary Oldman is Carnegie, the ruler of one of the world's last remaining towns, who has a voluminous li- brary but who seeks said book which Eli keeps so close to his vest. Carnegie's town is one of ram- pant lawlessness and would not be out of place in any spaghetti Western of the 1960s and 1970s. Women are oppressed sexual objects; men are hearty booze- swilling cretins quick to via- lence. But however twisted, the man does understand the need for community, especially in a world where desolation can bring about slow and painful death. Even Eli himself realizes this early on, as he witnesses a crime and decides to do nothing, re- peating to himself that he must stay on course. Eli is the road- side prophet who stumbles upon the town en route to deliver his sacred tome and, of course, runs afoul of the denizens and their leader, leading to a path of right- eous fury at the wrong end of Eli's machete, gun, and bow and alTOW. Imagine the recently released "The Road," with Viggo Mortensen's character being more ass-kick-y. He puts the "thump" in Bible thumping. Throughout, though, it is Denzel who gives us any reason whatso- ever to follow Eli. Were it not for his magnetic delivery, his lines would fail to hold their weight. But loners in big commercial movies need demographically appropriate companions, and unfortunately Eli's is in the form of young Solara (played by Mila Kunis). Solara is the youthful charge of Carnegie and rather easily escapes the town to join Eli on his quest. Kunis has demonstrated a decent enough presence in the past, but she is relegated to the role of whiny sidekick, who was apparently Continued on page 76 Movies )) The following movie listings include those of the Movies at Midway. Movie times and listings are subject to change. • Extraordinary Measures: From his working class roots, John Crowley has final- ly begun to taste success in corporate America. Supported by his beautiful wife Aileen and their three children, John is on the fast track. But just as his career is taking off, Crowley walks away from it all when his two youngest children, Megan and Patrick, are diagnosed with a fatal disease. Rated PG. • Legion: An out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Rated R. • The Tooth Fairy: "The Tooth Fairy," also known as Derek Thompson, is a hard- charging hockey player whose nickname comes from his habit of separating oppos- ing players from their bicuspids. When Derek discourages a youngster's dreams, he's sentenced to one week's hard labor as a real tooth fairy, complete with the requi- site tutu, wings and magic wand. Rated PG. • The Young Victoria: The early years of the monarch Queen Victoria's rule and her legendary romance and marriage to Prince Albert. Rated PG.  Bones: Susie Salmon, a young rl  has been murdered, watches over her family - and her killer - from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. Rated PG-13. • The Book of Eli:. A tone hero must fight his way across the wasteland of post-apoc- alyptic America to protect a sacred book that holds the key to saving the future of humanity. Rated R. •  Spy Next Door.-Bob Ha is an undercover CIA superspy who decides to give up his career in espionage to settle down with his next-door neighbor and girl- friend, Gillian. But Bob has one more mis- sion to complete before Gillian agrees to marry him: winning over her three opinion- ated kids. Rated PG. • Leap Year:. Following an Irish tradition in which a man must say yes if proposed to on a leap day, a woman travels to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend. Rated PG. • Sherlock Holmes: Robert Downey Jr. "brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formida- ble ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rated PG-13. • Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakquel: America's favorite furry broth- ers Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back. Because of a freak accident involving AMn and Dave Seville, they go to live with Dave's cool cousin, Toby, and they have to enroll in school like every other kid. School presents new challenges to these rock stars like deal- ing with peer pressure, football and of course, girls. Rated PG. • Up in the Air. Ryan Bingham is a corpo- rate downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching 10 million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the fre- quent-traveler woman of his dreams. Rated R. i• Ws Complicated:. Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has - after a decade of divorce - an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Joke. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable - an affair. Rated R. • Avatar:. "Avatar" takes viewers to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of "Titanic," first conceived the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not exist yet. Rated PGq3. • The Princess and the Frog: Set in the city of New Orleans comes a modern twist on a classic tale, featuring a beautiful girl named riana, a frog prince who desperate- ly wants to be human again and a fateful kiss that leads them both on an adventure through the mystical bayous of Louisiana. Rated G. • The Blind Side: Michael Oher, a home- less African-American youngster from a broken home, is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's pres- ence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Rated PGq3. Announcing Two Great Deals Mini-wiches & Cup of Soup Combos $7 Wednesday & Thursday 11 am until 3:30pm Regular Lunch Menu Available Friday Tapas Happy Hour • 4pm until close $7 topos menu & $7 glosses of wine Regular Dinner Menu Available Use your Beach Odginab' Dining Card for Dinner on Wed. & Thurs:! L..(h H0n.- M. Direr stmsat $830 - H0..- rri. n00sm00DetY ,' 15% ATLANTIC THEATERS Friday, January 22 to Thursday, January 28 The Movies at Midway RE One. Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach, DE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES (1:51) (PG) 4 shows daily 1:35 4:15 7:00 9:30 LEGION (1:45) (R) 4 shows daily 2:00 4:45 720 9".40 THETOOTH FAIRY (1:46) (PG) 4 shows daily 1:20 3:40 6:40 9:00 THEYOUNG VICTORIA (1:51) (PG) 4 shows dally 1:50 4:25 7:05 9:30 THE LOVELY BONES 4 shows daily (2:20) (PG-13) 1:00 3:45 6:30 9:15 BOOK OF EU (2:03 (R) 4 shows daily 1:15 3:50 6:35 9:00 THE SPY NEXT DOOR (1:37) (PG) 5 shows daily 1:05 3:05 5:05 7:10 9:10 LEAPYEAR (1:45) (PG) 3 shows daily 4:20 6:50 9:05 AVATAR 3D (2:53) (PG-13) '2:10 6:05 9.'20 (1:42) (G) shows daily 1:45 SQUEAKQUEL (1:33) (PG) 5 shows daily 1:10 3:10 5:10 7:10 9:10 IT'S COMPLICATED (2:05) (R) 4 shows daily 1:40 4:05 6:40 9:15 UP INTHE AIR (1:54) (R 4 shows daily 2:05 4:40 7:15 9:45 SHERLOCK HOLMES (2:13) (PG13) 4 shows daily 1:30 4:10 6:50 9:35 BLIND SIDE (2.'14) (PG13) 4 shows daily 1:20 4:00 6:45 9".20 PARTY ROOM • Conferences, Meetings Birthday Parties Whatever the need FOR mIRMATION PLEASE CALL [ao=) 645-1135 you must be 17 • age or accompanied by r parent or