Theater key: HM= Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In, Gibson City; GX = Galaxy 14; LT = Lincoln Theater 4; NL = Normal Theater; PL = Palace Cinemas; PR = Princess Theater, LeRoy; ST = Stadium 14
Opens Thursday, May 4
Blue Valentine: 112 min.; R (strong graphic sexual content, language, a beating) As a marriage approaches its breaking point, a couple remembers how the fated union began. (NL, May 5-8)
Opens Friday, May 5
Jumping the Broom: 101 min.; PG-13 (sexual content, language) A wedding on Martha’s Vineyard brings together two families from divergent socioeconomic backgrounds. (GX, PL, ST)
Something Borrowed: 103 min.; PG-13 (sexual content/dialogue, drug material) On the eve of her 30th birthday, a still-single attorney winds up in bed with her best friend’s fiancé. (GX, PL, ST)
Thor: 130 min.; 2-3/3-D; PG-13 (intense sci-fi action/violence) The Nordic god of war is cast down to Earth by father Odin to dwell among modern-day man. (GX, HM, LT, PL, ST)
Opens Tuesday, May 10
B-N Short Film Fest: Various lengths; unrated. Two nights featuring locally made short films by students and young filmmakers. (NL, May 10-11)
Scheduled to open in area theaters next weekend (May 13) are:
Bridesmaids: The latest essay in relationships between the sexes from producer Judd (“Knocked Up”) Apatow. Instead of Apatow’s usual fixation on the “guy” end of the equation, this outing stars Kristen Wiig as a maid of honor whose life unravels during what’s billed as a “wild ride down the road to matrimony.” On board are her best friend (Maya Rudolph) and a pack of fellow bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper). Co-starring are Jon Hamm, Chris O’Dowd and, in her final role, the late Jill Clayburgh.
Priest: Billed as a “western-fused post-apocalyptic thriller set in an alternate world,” this deals with the titular legend, Warrior Priest (Paul Bettany), survivor of the last Vampire War and now eking it out in obscurity among other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece (Lily Collins) is kidnapped by a killer herd of vampires, he breaks his sacred vows to embark on a rescue mission. “Twilight’s” Cam Gigandet and Maggie Q co-star.
Short stuff: The 11th annual edition of the BN Short Film Fest returns to the Normal Theater for two nights of locally rendered cinema, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Per tradition, the festival is open to all ages, including any student or independent filmmaker, from elementary school age on up. The digitally projected shorts are 10 minutes or under, and vie for awards in the categories of Best in Show, Best Live Action, Best Animated and Technical Achievement. Per tradition, Tuesday night’s showings are by students in grades K-12, while Wednesday’s features entries by older filmmakers. For more details, go to www.bnfilmfest.org.
Finer things: Bloomington’s Palace Cinemas will screen the latest offering in their Opera Series, Aida, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday only.
Midnight madness: Bloomington’s Galaxy 14 Cine and Normal’s Stadium 14 are offering witching-hour screenings tonight of all three of the weekend’s new arrivals — Jumping the Broom, Thor and Something Borrowed.