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May 2, 2008
Carla Meyer's Movie Picks

Wondering what to see this weekend?

In today's Weekend Ticket, I review movies opening this week. (Check out what I have to say about "Iron Man.") But if you're interested in other options, here are my recommendations for recently released films:

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
3 stars
Mila Kunis is so different from her whiny character on "That '70s Show" that she's almost unrecognizable. Part of it's the tan and heavy eye makeup evoking a 1960s-era Elizabeth Taylor. The rest is good acting. Self-assured yet down-to-earth, Kunis' character, Rachel, seems like a grown-up compared with most other characters. A front-desk employee at a luxury hotel, Rachel is exceptionally nice to sad-sack guest Peter (Jason Segel), but he can't tell if her interest is professional or personal.
Rated R

Nim's Island
3 stars
The adorable Abigail Breslin taps the same game spirit she displayed in "Little Miss Sunshine" but in a more physically demanding context. When island dweller Nim investigates a volcano, Breslin really appears to be climbing jagged rocks.
Rated PG

Shine a Light
3 stars
Martin Scorsese, who has used Rolling Stones songs prominently in his movies, brings an obvious fondness for the group to this concert film. He also seems to recognize that the Stones' history is by this time well-known. The group's longevity, as manifested through its still-electrifying performances, is the story now – one that captivates a boomer audience who can see, through the Stones, that it's possible to get older and still maintain an edge. Or, more specifically, that it's possible to be Keith Richards and continue to stand up.
Rated PG-13

ALSO: "Monster From Bikini Beach," a film that touched hearts and changed lives when it premiered in January, returns to the Crest Theatre tonight, Saturday, May 9 and May 10. Made locally by Trash Film Orgy Productions, "Bikini" will titillate and terrify mature audiences at 10:30 p.m.each night.

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