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~o 8@,- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 - MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette T # 0 0 n film, prequels are a tricky business. You can run the risk of smothering a story with too much exposition (thanks, George Lucas for all those thrilling intergalactic Sen- ate debates in "The Phantom Menace"I), or can just seem en- tirely unnecessary (while watch- ing "Silence of the Lambs," I kept thinking it needed more Nazis, and thankfully "Young Hannibal" delivered for reeD. Either way, a prequel can do more damage than a sequel, for it can toy with or tarnish the film in which it's connected. But as "X-Men: First Class" demonstrated this summer, it is an opportunity that, when han- dled correctly, can successfully explore further the world that has previously been established. " %The Thing," which is sup- posed to serve as a prequel to John Carpenter's 1982 thriller of the very same name, aimed to tell the tale of the Norweigian re- search team that first encoun- tered the alien lifeform in the es- tablishing scenes of Carpenter's ~m. .It did not seem all that neces- sary a tale, but it was an opportu- nity to broaden the canvas from Carpenter's vision and paint on the fringes of the world he creat- ed. Instead, director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. decided to merely trace. For those who recall the origi- nal fondly (as does this reviewer), not only will this film feel like a cheap redo, but it also toys with the very nature of its titular sub- ject, changing it from a cautious, calculating shape-shifter to a bru- tal, relentless killing machine. It takes place in 1982, which is signaled only by the fact that someone is listening to Men at Work on a Walkman. Kate (played by Mary Elizabeth Win- stead), a brilliant paleontologist, is approached to join a Norwe- gian team in Antarctica that has just discovered an alien ship be- low tons of ice and snow. She agrees and is quickly joined by a group of burly manly men, a shaggy-haired hunk, and one other female in a quest for answers. There are far too many characters to keep track of, and it seems that screenwriter Eric Heisserer (who also hacked apart "A Nightmare on Elm Street" with his keyboard a few years back in the remake) doesn't care too much. In fact, when first trying to keep tabs on everyone, I gave them nicknames to help me dis- MARY EL~ZAP~ETI:4 W fi!~!~:1~ 2;~D and Urich Thomsen in "The Thing." tinguish them. And, quite honest- 1982 fdm, there's a scene in a ly, I'm sticking with them for the darkened kitchen in which a review, as they were mostly character is slowly stalked by the meaningless to the plot, only to creature. Oh, wait. That was be either inhabited or killed by cribbed straight out of "Jurassic the alien monster (for the record, Park." their names --to me-- were: Actually, the only thing that's Young Jim Carrey Lookalike, missing is the slow-building James Cameron Lookalike, Paul dread, the claustrophobic fear, Bunyan, Cagey Scientist Dude, the creepy special effects from Token Black Guy, Hot Norwegian master Rob Bottin, and the com- Chick, and Yukon Cornelius). manding lead performance from lust as in the 1982 film, it's dis- Kurt Russell. There are several covered that the alien can repli- nods to the earlier fflrn for the ea- cate human blood cells; just like gle-eyed viewer, but they are ten- the 1982 film, there's an alien an- uous ties at best. Nothing is re- topsy that goes haywire; just like vealed that would help give view- the 1982 fllnl there's a climactic ers a greater understanding of litmus test to reveal which of the anything we've previously wit- characters may actually be an nessed. Like the aliens itself, this alien (but instead of a hot needle idea for giving us a backstory to in blood, it's based on bad dental "The Thing" would have been hygiene.., seriously) ; just like the better left on ice. Nevie Listings }} The f~llowing movie listings include those of~h~ Movies at Midway starting ThursDay, Oct.'20. Movie times and listings are sub- ject to change, The Three Musketeers: The hot-headed young D'Artagnan loins forces with three rogue Musketeers to stop Richlieu and face off with Buckingham and Milady. Rated PG- Paranormal Activity 3: The franchise continues with this third outing from. Paramount Pictures. Oren Peli and Jason Blum return to ~roduce the highly secrehve feature. Rated R. , TL~ Mighty Macs: Based on the true story of the 1971-72 Immaculata College team that started in obscurity but became me original Cinderella story in women's ba,:Zetball. Rated G. Courageous: Four men. one calling: To serve and orotect. As law enforcement offi- celsFAdam Mitchel. Nathan Hayes David Thomson. ane Shane Fuller are confident and focused. Yet at the end of the day, they face a challenge that none of them are truly oreoar~o to tackle: fatherhood. Rated PG-13 \ . The Thing: Paleontologist Kate Lloyd has [raueled to me Desolate region for the expe- diii~n of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice. she discovers an organism that seems to have diecl in the crash eons ago. But it is about to waKe up. Rated R. T.be Big Year: Everyone is searching for something - and Stu Preissler, Brad Harris and Kenny Bostick are determined to not only find their "something," but to be the very best at it. For Stu, Brad and Kenny, that means being the world's greatest .birder. Rated PG. Footloose: Ren MacCormack is trans- planted from Boston to the small southerr town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night Out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Rated PG- 13. Real Steel: In the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech. Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound. 8-foot- tall steel robots took over the ring. Rated PG-13. , The Ides of March: During rne frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presi- dential primary, an uD-and-coming cam- paign press secretary finds himself involved in a Dolitical scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presiden- cy. Rated R. 50/50: nspired by personal experiences. "50/50" is an original story about friend- shiD, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseoh Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rouen star as oest friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis. Rated R. Dream House: Successfu publisher Will Atenton cult a job in New York City to relo- cate his wife. Libby, and two girls to a quaint New England town. But as they set- tle into their new life, they discover their perfect home was the murder scene of a mother and her children. And the entire city be ieves it was at the hands of the husband of a young lion cu a named Simba as ne who survived Rated PG-13 struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king of Dolphin Tale: Inspred by the true story the jungle. As a carefree cub. he is both of a courageous eolphin named Winter and excited and anxious to become king, one- the people wno banded together to save day. and spends his days frolicking with his i~er life. Rated PG. aal. Nala. Rated G. Moneybalh Based on the true story of Billy Beane - once a would-be baseball suoerstar wno turned his fiercely corr ~eti- tive nature to management Rated PGq3. The Lion King: 3-D: A heroic coming-of- age story which follows the eoic adventures The Help: At the dawn of the civil rights movemen[ three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss and her mother won't oe nappy till slle finds a husband. Rated PG-13: Restaurant Rehoboth [] pauthentic British fish & chi !1 " 24 Rehoboth Ave., Downtown Rehoboth Beach r www.gofishdelaware.com I 302.226.1044 Open 7 Days a Week for Lunch & Dinner PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSAL PICTURES ATLANTI( Friday, October 21 to Thursday, October 27 The .Movies at Midwa7 Rt. One. Midway Shopping Center Rehoboth Beach. DE Follow us on FACEBOOK! FACEBOOK,COM/MOVIESATMIDWAY Schedules, Events, Trailers and more! THETHREE MUSKETEERS 1:55/(PG-13/4 SHOWS DAILY 3D: 1:35 6:50 ;TANDARD2D: 4:15 9:15 PARANORMALACTIVITY3 /1:301 (R) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:45 4:40 7:10 9:45 THE MIGHTY MACS 1:43) G) 3 SHOWS DAILY 1:25 4:10 6:45 DREAM HOUSE 1:56)(PG-13/ 1 SHOW DAILY 9:20 COURAGEOUS (2:14 (PG-13) 4~SHOWS DALLY 1:00 3:40 6:30 9:10 THE THING (1:48) (R) 4 SHOWS DAILY 2:05 4:45 7:15 9:40 THE BIGYEAR (1:451 (PG/ 4 SHOWS DALLY 1:40 4:05 6:50 9:00 FOOTLOOSE 1:58/(PG-131 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:50 4:35 7:00 9:30 REAL STEEL 2:12)(PG-13) 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:05 3:50 6:40 9:15 THE IDES OF MARCH (1:46)(a) 4 SHOWS DAILY 2:00 4:50 7:20 9:40 50150 (1:45)(R) 4 SHOWS DALLY 1:30 4:30 7:05 9:20 MONEYBALL ,2:18/(PG-13/ 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:00 4:00 6:45 9:30 DOLPHIN TALE (1:58) (PG) 4 SHOWS DAILY 3D: 1:10 6:35 STANDARD 20:3:50 9:05 THE LION KING 3D (1:37/(G 4 SHOWS DAILY 1:20 3:40 6:35 8:50 THE HELP (2:31)(eG-13i 4 SHOWS DALLY 12:50 3:45 6:40 9:35 Pick up tickets at Kiosk Confer~arties, Meetings, Whatever the need [;@F;41:i~i ;;" For R-Rated films you must be 17 years of I age or accompanied by a parent or I guardian. 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