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7~IB FRIDAY. MARCH 2 MONDAY" MARCH ~. 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette f they decided to splice out I the the most patriotic parts of "Team America: World Police." and base a live-ac- :)n film on it, it might closely resemble the Navy SEALS fea- ture "Act of Valor." But while the action in "Valor" is undeniably intense and in- your-face, the puppets of "Team America" has a slight advantage in the acting department. I realize that merely typing that sentence could get me exe- cuted in my sleep tonight, but while there may be some advan= rages to casting real-life SEALs, their acting ain't one of'em. Of course, the big marketing ploy for "Valor" was its "un- precedented access" to serving officers and live ammunition. So, it begs the question, if they had such exclusive admittance to this elite squad, why did they not just shoot a documentary? Instead, they invited the men to become active participants in the narrative. And, unfortunate- ly, it's a script that even a troupe of dutiful actors would have troubiepulling off, much less a troop of active-duty officers. To demonstrate their bad-as- sery (as if there was any ques- tion), writer Kirk Johnstad con- cocts a plot in which just about every fringe faction outside the good o1' U.S. of A conspires to take us down. Mexican drug car- tels, Russian Mafia, Middle East- ern suicide bombers and Asian human traffickers somehow are all generically connected in an effort to make 9/11 look like a walk in the park. It's all a setup to stage some (rather intense) action se- quences, in which cameras seem to be mounted at every angle, including the helmets and guns on the lead characters. This gives the film an almost video- game quality (for better and for worse), as if they were partici- pants in a real-life "Call of Duty" sequence. I'm not sure morally how I feel about reducing the actual heroism of service mem- bers to RPG characters, but from a visual standpoint, it's rather intense. And while all their military might cannot add heft to the film's weak script, when it comes to action, "Valor" is on target, with a personal authen- RELATIVITY MEDIA DISTRIBUTION GROUP PHOTO ACTmON ~N "VALOR" is undeniably intense and in-your-face, the puppets of "Team America" has a slight advantage in the acting department. ticity that is both stress-induc- ing and stirring. And that is a true reason to cast the SEAL Team 7. Sending them tO the big screen with a script like that is like sending them to battle with- out any ammunition, so it's frus- trating that with such intimate access to battle (even if it's a training exercise), producers could not have merely shot a documentary on the SEALS' bravery and skill. "Act of Valor" is still an engag- ing slice of flag-waving fun, but by eliminating the ridiculous backstory throughout, they could have dropped the "Act" and focused completely on the "Valor." ATLANTIC THEATERS I Fridayl March 2 to Thursday, March 8 The Movies at .t. oooMiwdway Oe tor Rehoboth Beach, DE Follow us on FACEBOOKI I t FACEBOOK,COM/MOVIESATMIDWA Schedules, Events, Trailers and more! Movies )) The following movie listings include those of the Movies at Midway, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: A boy searcnes for me 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 the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Rated PG, Project X: Three seemingly anonymous high school seniors attempt to finally maKe a name for themselves. Their idea is inno- cent enough: let's throw a party that no one will forget.,, but nothing could prepare them ~r th,s party. Rated R. Act of Valor: When a mission to recover ~Jddnapped CIA operative unexpectedly ~shlts in the discovery of an imminent, ter- rifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately ~'aark on a heart-stopping secret opera- ~on. Rated R. Gone: A young British couple encoumers ~.r, harismatic American with ulterior r~otives while traveling through the Australian Outback. Rated PG-13. e:~ler Perry's Good Deeds: A successfuL. wealthy businessman. Wesley Deeds has always done what's expected of him. whether it's assuming the helm of his f&~her's company, tolerating qis brother's misbehavior at the office or planni0g to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee Natalie. Rated PG-13. Wanderlust: George and Linda are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan cou- i~le: After George is downsized out of his they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George's awful brother in Atlanta. Rated R. ~he Descendants: Matt King is an indif- ferem husband and fatherof two girls, who is forceo [c re-examine his past and e~brace his future when his wife suffers a boahng accident off of Wa&lkl, The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a deci- to sell the family's land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries. Rated R, deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends - until they dis- cover that they've fallen in love with the same woman. Rated PGq3. The Secret World of Arrietty: Residing quietly beneath the floorboards are little oeoole who live undetected in a secret world to be discovered where the smallest may stan(] tallest of all. Rated G. Safe House: For the past year, Matt Weston has been frustrated by his inactive. backwater post in Cape TOwn. A "house- " keeper" who aspires to be a full-fledged agent, the loyal company man has been waiting for an opportunity to Drove himself, Rated R, The Vow: Paige and Leo are a happy ~ewlywed couple whose lives are changed by a car accident that puts Paige n a coma Waking up with severe memory loss, Paige has no memory of Leo. a confusing relation- ship with her parents, and an ex-fiance she may still have feelings for. Despite these complications, Leo enoeavors [o win her heart again and rebuild their marriage. WARNER BROS. PICTURES PHOTO OL|VER COOPER, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Thomas Mann in "Project X." ~o island should exist. It's a place of strange recently deceaseo eccentric, it soon ife forms, mountains of gold, deadly volca- becomes clear that everyone in the town is noes, and more than one astonishing secret, keeping a terrible secret, Rated PGq3. Rated PG Rated PG-13. , The Artist: Hollywood 1927. George The Woman in Black: Arthur Kipps is Valentin is a silent movie superstan The Journey 2: The Mysterious island: widowed lawyer whose grief has endan- advent of the talkies wil souna the death Young Sean Anderson receives a coded dis- gered his career. When he is sent to a knell for his career and see him fall into vess signal from a mysterious island wnere remote village to sort out the affairs of oblivion. Rated PG-13. TalM I'II I:11111:l~llil~V~l~lL?Jl:l~l[l[li[f, ll:f/J~t[~-I Miller Hi~lh Li~e Bottle All The Time I" :--' 1 ,: _-, ] . 1'1. . j!i -- !F i~. H~PP I-fOUR ~LL NIGHT! ~2 Pints & 3 Rail DrinKs. KaroaRe ~zi~h Nancy 6pro OPERTIME BAND 9pro (Horns) /lO i Thur i:: JU.NKIE 9pro ..... Happy Hour ill 9 3/7 F~E~HLY ~QUEEZED BAND lOpm 3/8 TOO MUCH FUN BAND lOpm 3 Beer Night (An~ Beer ~3. All Night) .~'his Means War: Two of the world's DATE NIGHT IS BACK! JOIN US ON TUESDAYS IN MARCH FOR DATE NIGHT WHEN MATINEE RATES LASTALL DAY/ DR. SEUSS' THE LORAX (1:31) (PG) 5 SHOWS DAILY 3D: 1:00 4:55 6:50 2D: 3:00 8:45 PROJECTX (1:33) (R) 4 SHOWS DALLY 1:28 4:10 8:45 9:18 ACT OF VALOR (1:46)(R) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:40 4:20 7:10 9:30 GONE__ (1:40) (PG-13) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:25 4:10 6:45 9:15 TYLER PERRY'S GOOD DEEDS (2:14) (PG-13) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:05 3:50 6:309:10 WANDERLUST (1:43) (R) 4 SHOWS DAILY 2:00 4:40 7:20 9:40 THIS MEANS WAR (1:42) (PG-13) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:40 4:15 7:10 9:20 GHOST RIDER_: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE (1:40)(eG-13) 4 SHOWS DAILY 3D: 2:05 7:25 2D: 4:45 9:45 SAFE HOUSE (2:00) (R) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:45 4:50 7:20 9:45 TH E VOW (1:49).(PG-13) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:30 4:05 7:15 9:30 JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1:43)(PG) 4 SHOWS DAILY 3D: 1:25 6:50 2D: 3:40 9:00 THE ARTIST (1:45)(PG.13 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:35 4:00 7:00 9:10 THE DESCENDANTS (2:00)(R) 4 SHOWS DAILY 2:10 4:357:00 9:35 THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETFY (1:40) (G) 3 SHOWS DAILY 1:20 3:50 6:35 THE WOMAN IN BLACK (1:41) (PG-13) I -5fi 9..3T II IIIIII Pick up tickets at Kiosk PARTY ROOM Conferences, Birthday Parties, Mdetings, Whatever the need FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CALL (3021 645-1135 For R-Rated films you must be 17 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian. 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