Theater key: GX = Galaxy 14; HM = Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City; LC = Lincoln Cinemas; NL = Normal Theater; PL = Palace Cinemas; PK = Parkway Cinemas; PR = Princess Theater, LeRoy; ST = Stadium 14; UN = University Cinemas

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Thursday, Oct. 1

Waltz with Bashir - 90 min.; R (disturbing images of atrocities, strong violence, brief nudity, graphic sexual content) A man tries to connect a recurring nightmare to an Israeli army mission of the first Lebanon War of the early '80s. (NL, Oct. 1-2)

Friday, Oct. 2

The Invention of Lying - 99 min.; PG-13 (language, sexual material, drug reference) A comedy set in an alternate reality where no one has lied ever before -- until now. (GX)

Shorts - 89 min.; PG (mild action, rude humor) An 11-year-old boy discovers a rock that falls from the sky and grants wishes to anyone who holds it. (PR)

Toy Story 1 & 2 3D - 180 min.; G. Double-feature pairing of the two "Toy Story" films, in 3D. (GX, PK, PL, ST)

Whip It - 111 min.; PG-13 (sexual content, crude dialogue/ language, drug material) An ex-beauty queen's daughter (Ellen Page) rebels by joining a roller derby team. (GX, PK)

Zombieland - 81 min.; R (horror violence/gore, language) Two non-dead survivors find friendship and redemption in a world overrun by zombies. (GX, LC, PK, PL, ST)

Saturday, Oct. 3

The Toe Tactic - 85 min.; unrated. Animator Emily Hubley introduces, in person, her mix of animation and live action about a young woman mourning her father's death. (NL, Oct. 3)

Sunday, Oct. 4

Idiots and Angels - 78 min.; unrated. Animated film about a selfish, abusive man who wakes up one morning with a pair of wings. (NL, Oct. 4)

Coming soon

Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (Oct. 9) is:

Couples Retreat, an adult comedy directed, we swear, by Peter Billingsley, aka Ralphie from "A Christmas Story." Vince Vaughn (who concocted the idea), Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, Malin Akerman, Kristin Davis, Kristen Bell, Jean Reno and Faizon Love star in the tale of four Midwestern couples who travel to a tropical island resort to either work on their marriage or just enjoy some fun in the sun. The sun-and-funners soon discover, alas, that participation in the resort's couples therapy is absolutely mandatory.

Film clips

Personal appearances, pt. 1: Twice in the week ahead, the Normal Theater will not only show a movie, but also feature the movie's maker(s) in person. First up, at 7 p.m. Saturday, is The Toe Tactic, a mix of live action and animation from Emily Hubley, who wrote, directed and animated the film about a woman besieged by a quartet of dogs from another dimension while coping with a personal emotional trauma. Hubley, the daughter of legendary animators Faith and John Hubley ("Watership Down"), will introduce the film and answer questions afterward.

Personal appearances, pt 2: At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Normal Theater screens Hannah Free, which follows the lifelong relationship between two Midwestern women, alternating childhood sequences with present-day adult ones. The film's director, Wendy Jo Carlton, and one of its stars, Ann Hagemann, will introduce the film and answer questions afterward.

Freebies: Illinois Wesleyan University's Titan Film Series screens the summer comedy smash, The Hangover, free at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday in the Hansen Student Center on campus … Normal Parks & Rec's Dress-Up Movie Night screens Monster House free at dusk Friday in the Connie Link Amphitheater.


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