What’s playing in Marin for the week of June 10, 2011

“BRIDE FLIGHT”                               not yet reviewed. not rated. Smith Rafael Film Center. in this historical drama directed by Ben Sombogaart, three young women emigrate from the Netherlands to new Zealand in the 1950s to join their awaiting fiances. Starring Karina Smulders, Elise Schaap, Anna Drijver. Waldemar Torenstra and Rutger Hauer. 130 minutes.

“JUDY TEMPERAMENTAL AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER”           HH                     (PG) Century Northgate. a film that small kids might find perfectly acceptable. Small, small, small kids. My best guess: above fourth-grade level you’d be pushing it. Zany adaptation of Megan McDonald’s best-seller. Judy (Jordana Beatty) is in disbelief that while her friends will spend the summer doing clean things, her parents will be on an vital trip and plan to abandon her and her kid brother, Stink, to Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). Bright and goofy, but, as I say, best for small kids. from Roger Ebert. 91 minutes.

“SUPER 8″           HHH1/2                     (PG-13) Century Cinema, Century Regency, Century Rowland Plaza, Fairfax Theatre, Tiburon Playhouse. Young teenagers in a small 1970s Ohio town are making an 8mm zombie film when they witness a spectacular train wreck and suspect something very weird is happening. When Air Force troops pour into town, they continue their snooping. Directed by J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) and produced by Steven Spielberg, it evokes the spirit and innocence of Spielberg’s magical early films, although the last act is a small shaky. Excellent acting by the young cast, especially Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Riley Griffiths, and by Kyle Chandler as the hero’s dad, a deputy sheriff. from Roger Ebert. 112 minutes.

“THE TREE OF LIFE”           HHHH                     (PG-13) Smith Rafael Film Center. a film of vast ambition and deep humility, attempting no less than to encompass all of existence and view it through the prism of a few infinitesimal lives. Terrence Malick remembers his boyhood in Waco, Texas, in deep and loving detail, and in the self-discovery of the characters, he shows humans feeling their way through the immensity of time and space. a masterpiece. With Brad Pitt as the father, the ethereal Jessica Chastain as the mother, Hunter McCracken as the oldest son, and Sean Penn as the son in adulthood. from Roger Ebert. 138 minutes.

“BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK”           HHHH                     not rated. Lark Theater. a movie about a nice and pleased man. Bill Cunningham was lucky to find what he loves to do, to win universal affection from all who know him, and to make a contribution to our lives and times. now in his 80s, he still bikes around Manhattan taking photos of what people wear, for his own pages in the new York Times. Money, celebrities and social status mean nothing to him. He loves people who had a small fun when they got dressed today. This movie made me pleased every moment I was watching it. from Roger Ebert. 84 minutes.

“BRIDESMAIDS”           HHH1/2                     (R) Century Larkspur Landing, Century Northgate, Century Rowland Plaza, CineArts Marin, Fairfax Theatre, Tiburon Playhouse. Kristen Wiig’s new comedy is about a group of women friends who are as cheerfully vulgar as the guys in “The Hangover.” Wiig plays Annie, whose Milwaukee bakery shop has just gone bust, and whose longtime friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) is getting married. Naturally, she expects to be maid of honor, but starts to fear a rival in Helen (Rose Byrne), the rich and overconfident trophy wife of the groom’s boss. Gifted with getting in her own way, she makes havoc during a bachelorette trip to Vegas; the level of raunch approaches “The Hangover,” and is sometimes sort of brilliant. from Roger Ebert. 128 minutes.

“CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS”           HHH1/2                     not rated. Century Regency. Werner Herzog’s spellbinding 3D documentary about the Chauvet Cave in France, where 32,000 years ago, above the Ardeche River, humans created the oldest cave paintings known to exist. his narration evokes mystery and wonder as we regard these masterful early signs of man’s artistry. Filmed in 3D, not as a gimmick but to better show how the paintings follow the contours of the rock walls. from Roger Ebert. 90 minutes.

“THE DOUBLE HOUR”                               not yet reviewed.           not rated. Smith Rafael Film Center. Ksenia Rappoport stars as an immigrant chambermaid who meets a security guard (Filippo Timi) at a speed-dating club in Turin, leading to a series of unpredictable plot twists in director Giuseppe Capotondi’s romantic thriller. 96 minutes.

“THE HANGOVER PART II”           HH                     (R) Century Larkspur Landing, Century Northgate, Century Rowland Plaza, Fairfax Theatre. not merely a sequel to the 2009 hit, but literally a remake, with the same story transported laterally from Las Vegas to Bangkok. This time Stu (Ed Helms) is the groom-to-be, and his buddies (Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha and Zach Galifianakis) are in the wedding party, along with the bride’s 16-year-ancient kid brother (Mason Lee), who on the morning after is missing, except for a severed finger wearing a Stanford class ring. Galifianakis has many of the best moments, but the film plays like some kind of a test of how much raunch a weekend movie crowd can tolerate. Directed again by Todd Phillips. from Roger Ebert. 101 minutes.

“KUNG FU PANDA 2″           HHH1/2                     (PG) Century Larkspur Landing, Century Northgate, Century Rowland Plaza, CineArts Sequoia, Fairfax Theatre, Tiburon Playhouse. Exactly as you’d expect, and more. the animation is elegant, the story is much more involving than the original, and there’s boundless energy. the kingdom faces the prospect that it will be conquered and ruled by an evil peacock, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), whose minions have designed a new weapon. Po (Jack Black) and the Furious Five go into battle with the villain, and along the way the panda discovers his real father was not a goose. Lovely animation; shame about the 3D. from Roger Ebert. 90 minutes.

“MIDNIGHT IN PARIS”           HHH1/2                     (PG-13) Century Regency, CineArts Sequoia. Woody Allen’s enchanting new comedy stars Owen Wilson as an American who visits Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), and finds himself seduced by dreams of living there in the 1920s when Hemingway and Fitzgerald hung out at Gertrude Stein’s fabled salon. With charm and whimsy, Allen tickles the fantasies of everyone who ever loved an American lit class. With Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, French first lady Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard and Michael Sheen. from Roger Ebert. 94 minutes.

“PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON WEIRDER TIDES”           HH                     (PG-13) Century Northgate, Century Rowland Plaza, CineArts Marin. Johnny Depp is back and at sword point with Penelope Cruz, as they join Blackbeard and British and Spanish ships in a race to find the Fountain of Youth. With Geoffrey Rush as the sandpapery Barbossa and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as a mermaid whose tears are needed to allow the fountain’s magic to work. during this fourth installment of the series, I decided I was all Pirates of the Caribbean-ed out. from Roger Ebert. 136 minutes.

“RIO”           HHH1/2                     (PG) Century Northgate, Lark Theater. a rain forest filled with parrots, macaws, cockatoos and toucans sing and dance the samba in a flying delirium of color. and then the poachers show up. Comical, colorful, wonderfully cast and beautifully animated, “Rio” is the first Blue Sky movie that could be compared to the best of Pixar. it weighs weighty subjects with a light touch, embraces the music of the culture it visits and delivers delights like few cartoons this side of the Golden Age of Disney. This is an adventure comedy about endangered species set to a rump-shaking beat. from Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel. 92 minutes.

“THOR”           HH1/2                     (PG-13) Century Northgate. the Norse gods are off to a decent, though not divine, start in “Thor,” the latest movie in Marvel Comics’ huge-screen expansion of its superhero pantheon. the human part of the equation often is where “Thor” comes up small, as in the puny humans of whom the god, played by statuesque Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, supposedly becomes so fond. the action sequences also are muddled at times, though an armored guy smashing things with a giant hammer certainly is a fresh take on superhero violence. the story flits fickly back and forth, but Hemsworth has true star power, a regal presence that helps keep the disparate elements stitched together. from David Germain, Associated Press. 113 minutes.

“WATER FOR ELEPHANTS”           HHH                     (PG-13) Century Northgate. Endearingly ancient-fashioned like story involving a beautiful bareback rider (Reese Witherspoon) and a kid (Robert Pattinson) who runs off to join the circus. With strong work by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as her husband, the autocratic circus owner. Loving attention has been paid to the early 1930s circus details. Based on the best-seller by Sara Gruen. from Roger Ebert. 122 minutes.

“WIN WIN”           HHH                     (R) Lark Theater. Paul Giamatti is quirky and dour as a new Jersey lawyer who needs cash and finds a way to collect $1,500 a month from a client’s estate. He’s also the high school wrestling coach, helped by his office mate, Jeffrey Tambor, and his best friend, Bobby Cannavale. Amy Ryan plays his wife, and young Alex Shaffer makes an effective debut as a excellent young wrestler. Directed by Tom McCarthy, whose “The Station Agent” and “The Visitor” were better, but this one’s entertaining. from Roger Ebert. 106 minutes.

“X-MEN: FIRST CLASS”           HHH                     (PG-13) Century Larkspur Landing, Century Northgate, Century Rowland Plaza, CineArts Marin, Fairfax Theatre. the origins of the mutant X-Men are traced back to the metal-manipulating Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the evil Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) in a Nazi torture camp. After the war, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) gathers some mutants in the hope of world peace, and Shaw gathers others with the dream of world domination. Things come to a head during the Cuban Missile Crisis, during which mutants mentally compel U.S. and Russian missiles to shuttle back and forth in the sky, a sight which I’m worried teetered on the edge of the ridiculous. a competent, action-packed, loud comic book movie, not made for the ages. from Roger Ebert. 130 minutes.

AMERICAN THEATER TONY AWARDS                               —           Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur; 924-5111; www.larktheater.net. June 12, 8 p.m.: the Broadway awards show is presented live in a high-definition digital broadcast. $10 to $15.

FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK                               —           Central Field, Broadway and Bank, Fairfax; 272-2756; www.filmnight.org. June 10, 8 p.m.: “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Donations.

FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK                               —           old Mill Park, 300 block of Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley; 272-2756; www.filmnight.org. June 17, 8 p.m.: “How to Train Your Dragon.” Donations.

“THE FUTURE OF FOOD”                               —           Marin Recycling and Resource Recovery, 535 Jacoby St., San Rafael; 454-2874. June 17, 7 p.m.: Non-GMO Marin screens and discusses Deborah Koons Garcia’s film about genetically modified foods. Free.

“THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING” EXTENED EDITION                               —           Century Regency, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael; 479-5050; www.fathomevents.com. June 14, 7 p.m.: the film from the series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy books is shown with a new introduction by director Peter Jackson plus additional feature footage. $10.50 to $12.50.

MET SUMMER ENCORES                               —           Century Regency, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael; 479-5050 and CineArts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 388-4862; www.fathomevents.com. June 15, 6:30 p.m.: High-definition digital presentation of the Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini’s opera “Madama Butterfly.” $13 to $15.

MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES                               —           Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave.; 389-4292, ext. 116; www.millvalleylibrary.org. June 13, 7:30 p.m.: “Cat Ballou.” Free.

NORTH BAY MOBILE DRIVE-IN                               —           old Hamilton Theatre Building, 520 Palm Drive, Novato; www.meetup.com/north-bay-mobile-drive-in. June 11, 8:30 p.m.: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Free.

SINALOA FILM FESTIVAL                               —           Sinaloa Middle School, 2045 Vineyard Road, Novato; 897-2111. June 14, 1:30 p.m.: second annual school festival showcasing five films starring and written by students and directed by staff members. Titles include “The Mystery of the Middle School Notes,” “Bullying” and “Bigfoot on Campus.” Free.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM’S “COMPANY”                               —           Century Regency, 280 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael; 479-5050; CineArts Marin, 101 Caledonia St., Sausalito; 331-0285 and CineArts Sequoia, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley; 388-4862; www.fathomevents.com. June 16, 7:30 p.m.: High-definition digital presentation of the Tony Award-winning musical with a cast featuring Neil Patrick Harris, Patti Lupone and Stephen Colbert and music by the new York Philharmonic. $12.50.

“THE VANISHING OF THE BEES”                               —           I Like Marin Gallery, Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur; www.marinorganic.org. June 11, 1 p.m.: Marin Organic farmer Jerry Draper moderates a screening of George Langworthy and Maryam Henein’s documentary about colony collapse disorder. Free.

“WHY WE COME (POR QUE VENIMOS)”                               —           first Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, 1510 fifth Ave.; www.whywecome.org. June 15, 6 p.m.: the documentary about Latino immigrants in San Rafael’s Canal district is shown at an event with a discussion and a concert by pianist John Steiner. Donations.

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BIUTIFUL — (R, 148 minutes, 2011). Javier Bardem stars as a low-level criminal in Barcelona who is told by his doctor he has small time to live. He works as a middleman in an industry that makes fake luxury items in sweatshops and sells them to tourists through sidewalk vendors. a man who means well in a mean world, he loves his children and tries to help his workers, but reality conspires against him. Set in the slums of Barcelona, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.JUST GO WITH IT — (PG-13, 116 minutes, 2011). This film’s story started as a French farce, became the Broadway hit “Cactus Flower,” was made into a 1969 film and now arrives gasping for breath in a witless retread with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and Brooklyn Decker. the characters are so stupid it doesn’t seem nice to laugh at them.

— Roger Ebert

SANCTUM — (R, 109 minutes, 2011). a terrifying adventure shown in an incompetent way. Scuba-diving cave explorers enter a vast system in new Guinea and are stranded. but this rich story opportunity is lost because of incoherant editing, poor 3D technique, and the effect of 3D dimming in the already dark and murky caves. a “James Cameron Production,” yes, but certainly not a “James Cameron Film.”

— Roger Ebert

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