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
Opening Thursday, April 15
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers: 83 min.; unrated. Legions of flying saucers attack Earth in this 1956 Ray Harryhausen-animated classic. (NL, April 15-16.)
Opening Friday, April 16
Cop Out: 110 min.; R (pervasive language, sexual references, violence, sexuality) Two cops (Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan) trace a rare baseball card stolen by a memorabilia-obsessed gangster. (UN)
Death at a Funeral: 92 min.; R (language, drug content, sexual humor) Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan team in a remake of the British hit about familial mayhem in the wake of a patriarch's passing. (GX, PL, ST)
Green Zone: 114 min.; R (violence, pervasive language) A team of officers tries to locate the fabled weapons of mass destruction during the start of the Iraq War. (UN)
Kick-Ass: 117 min.; R (strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity, drug use -- some involving children) A teen's (Aaron Johnson) comic book obsessions inspire him to become a real-life superhero, despite having no superpowers. (GX, ST)
Repo Men: 111 min.; R (strong bloody violence, grisly images, language, sexuality/nudity) In the near future, a squadron of repo men is assigned the gory task of retrieving unpaid-for body organ transplants. (UN)
Saturday, April 16
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Mars Attacks!: 106 min.; PG-13 (sci-fi fantasy violence, brief sexuality) Tim Burton's all-star spoof of '50s Martian invasion movies, by way of the classic bubblegum card series. (NL, April 17-18.)
Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (April 23) are:
The Back-Up Plan, with Jennifer Lopez as a wannabe mom whose biological clock is about to strike midnight as the right man fails to come along and save the day. The crisis sends her the artificial insemination route. This being a Hollywood rom-com starring J-Lo, of course she meets the man of her dreams (Alex O'Loughlin) just moments after the seeding.
The Losers are members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit dispatched to the jungles of Bolivia on a search/destroy mission. Alas for the team, they find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal orchestrated from the inside by a powerful foe. Presumed dead but not, the team plots their retaliation with a little help from a new friend -- a beautiful operative (Zoe Saldana) with her own agenda. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, Jason Patric, Idris Elba and Columbus Short co-star.
Oceans, being released by Disney's new DisneyNature arm just in time for Earth Day (April 22). Like the title suggests, it's an exploratory overview of the world's salt-watery sector courtesy the latest underwater technologies. You know -- the kind Jacques Cousteau could only dream about. Pierce Brosnan narrates.
Midnight kicks: One of the spring's more controversial releases, the R-rated superhero opus, Kick-Ass, is being booted out of the chute early for midnight showings at selected cinemas. Check the listings.
Up in smoke & back: Bloomington's Galaxy 14 Cine will screen the Cheech & Chong reunion tour film, Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This, at midnight Friday and Saturday.
Kenny comin' at ya!: More specialty concert programming comes to the Galaxy 14 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, via Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D, the first-ever country concert film aimed square between the eyes. It's a record of KC's Sun City Carnival Tour, the same one that played B-N last fall. Screenings will be "intermittent" thereafter, so check the listings. And check those prices, too: $18.
Two for C-U: In conjunction with the Boneyard Arts Festival, downtown Champaign's Art Theater hosts the New Art Film Festival Thursday through Tuesday. Featured are more than a dozen films made in Illinois. Go to www.facebook.com/TheArtTheater for the whole story... Wednesday marks the opening of the 12th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival at downtown Champaign's other bijou, the Virginia Theater. Kicking off the fest that night: a 70mm screening of 1982's Pink Floyd The Wall (7 p.m.) and 2009's You, the Living (10 p.m.), with star Anna Jessica Lundberg in attendance. Call 217-356-9063 for ticket info.