This week's edition of Carla Meyer's Movie Picks, which runs every Thursday afternoon here at 21Q, will start with films you don't even have to pay to see. That's because:
Tonight, the Sacramento Drive-In (9616 Oates Drive, off Bradshaw) will thank customers for their patronage over the summer by showing "E.T." (pictured above), "Grease" and "Wayne's World" at no charge.
The "Grease" part is especially exciting, since every musical can become a sing-along within the comfort of one's own vehicle.
Gates open at 6:45 and movies start at 7:45.
Meanwhile, here are my other picks for this weekend, culled from films that opened in recent weeks. (This list also appears in Friday's Weekend Ticket; apologies to those who see that list for my inclusion of "Interview," which is no longer playing in Sacramento. I was sure it was going to stick around, but alas, it did not.)
The Bourne Ultimatum
The action and exposition tend to leave the viewer half a step behind, a wonderful place to be when a movie subsequently allows you to catch up, as this film does.
3:10 to Yuma
3 1/2 stars
A sense of desperation pervades not just struggling rancher Dan Evansí (Christian Bale) existence, but the whole landscape. Director James Mangold eschews grand, sweeping shots for a grittier cinematic West where danger, as manifested in surprising bursts of violence, seems to wait around every corner.
3 1/2 stars
The Imax version of this summer action film, which was already rather exciting in non-Imax form, hits the Esquire theater Friday.