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Get Him to the Greek: See it or flee it?

Get Him to the Greek
Get Him to the Greek

Get Him to the Greek is a mess as a movie--but that doesn't mean it isn't funny. Besides Russell Brand's new film, your best bet might be a movie made in 1927--the newly restored classic Metropolis, in a weeklong run at the Lagoon.

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SEE: Get Him to the Greek Jonah Hill plays a lower-rung record-label lackey whose boss (Sean Combs, never more Puff Daddy than here) charges him with getting a faded, depressed, and drunken rock star (Russell Brand) to a big concert gig. (area theaters) City Pages: "Get Him to the Greek often feels as if it'll smash to the ground in a thousand pieces of what-in-the-fuck. It's a complete and utter mess, which is not to suggest it's not entertaining--far from it. In fact, it's occasionally uproarious, mostly due to Russell Brand." Star Tribune: 3 stars Pioneer Press: 1 star RottenTomatoes.com: 73% positive

SEE: Metropolis Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece is being shown with 25 minutes of original footage that was cut after the film's premiere. In this visually breathtaking, thinly veiled Marxist tract, faceless, robotic workers toil in the bowels of the earth, while the wealthy few luxuriate in elegant, glittering skyscrapers. (Lagoon Cinema) City Pages: "This landmark science fiction classic has had a profound influence on everything from Blade Runner to Star Wars, Madonna's "Express Yourself" video, and ... well, pretty much any work that has tried to imagine the future as both dazzling and horrible." Star Tribune: 4 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 99% positive

MAYBE: The Little Traitor In 1947 Jerusalem, a precocious 11-year-old boy and his friends plot ways to harass British soldiers occupying what would soon become Israel. One night, past curfew, he is apprehended by a British sergeant and taken home to his parents. The encounter leads to an unusual friendship, but when the boy's friends find out he's been visiting with the enemy, they accuse him of being a traitor. (Edina Cinema) City Pages: "Terminally mild and ill-structured. Set during a fascinating and hard-to-reduce moment in history, the movie steers clear of any but the most basic conflicts and resolutions." Star Tribune: 2.5 stars Pioneer Press: 2.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 42% positive

MAYBE: No One Knows About Persian Cats The great boundary-crosser of Iranian cinema, Bahman Ghobadi purposefully steps over the line in this quasi-documentary, highly unofficial panorama of Teheran's tenacious underground music scene. ( Lagoon Cinema) City Pages: "Likeable but undistinguished filmmaking, and the performers are a mixed bag of metal bands, traditional ensembles, rap artists, and buskers." Star Tribune: 3.5 stars Pioneer Press: 3 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 96% positive

MAYBE: Splice Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley are Clive and Elsa, a married couple of "rock star" genetic engineers whose ill-considered messing around with DNA creates a strange, mutant child. (area theaters) City Pages: "Though Sundance-screened and sporting an upscale cast, Splice has a mad-science quality. A queerly funny movie." Star Tribune: 1.5 stars Pioneer Press: 2.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 71% positive

FLEE: Marmaduke The Sunday funnies cartoon about a troublesome Great Dane is adapted for the big screen. Stars William H. Macy, George Lopez, and Judy Greer. (area theaters) City Pages: "An off-the-rack high school movie plot with canines, a haze of Dog Gone Awful puns ("It's raining cats and us"), and surreal set pieces ("A surf competition for dogs?")." Star Tribune: 1.5 stars Pioneer Press: 2.5 stars RottenTomatoes.com: 8% positive

UNREVIEWED: Killers A highly trained government assassin (Ashton Kutcher) meets a beautiful computer technician (Katherine Heigl) and gladly gives up his career to settle down. Three years later, however, he learns that a contract is out on him, and the couple's idyllic life is turned upside down. (area theaters) Next page: Screenings, art house, and ongoing films  

Sex and the City 2
Sex and the City 2

SCREENING

SEE: Queer Takes: Alt Families The Walker's fifth annual "Queer Takes" program looks at the complex issue of families in the LGBT community. The series begins Friday with Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar (7:30 p.m.), a documentary on transsexual performer Candy Darling, who was rejected by her own family in the 1960s but found a home in the artists' community of Andy Warhol's Factory. Other films include Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement (Thursday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m.; free), an intimate portrait of two women in a 43-year relationship who are fighting for their right to marry, and Going South (Friday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m.), about a brother and sister who hitchhike to the south of France with a 27-year-old taxi driver. The trip reveals unresolved issues with their families and complex relationships of attraction and seduction among the three travelers. (Walker Art Center, Friday through Friday, June 11)

ONGOING

SEE: Exit Through the Gift Shop Not just the definitive portrait of street-art counterculture but a hilarious expose on the gullibility of the masses who embrace manufactured creative personas. (Lagoon Cinema)

SEE: Mother and Child A compassionate, multi-threaded tale about the lives of three everyday women (Annette Bening, Naomi Watts, and Kerry Washington) involved, in one way or another, with adoption. Bening, in particular, is exceptional. (Edina Cinema)

SEE: Please Give In this witty and engrossing comedy, Kate (Catherine Keener) and Alex (Oliver Platt) stock their "vintage furniture" store with pieces bought from the distracted children of the recently dead. Now the couple has bought the apartment next door and is only waiting for its 91-year-old inhabitant (Ann Guilbert) to kick off, but they must also deal with the woman's two grown grandchildren (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). (Uptown Theatre)

SEE: The Secret in Their Eyes A hilarious comedy from Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella about a retired court investigator who wants to write a book about a murder case he once worked, which leads him to visits his foxy former superior with whom he once nearly had an affair. An Oscar-winning ending. (Edina Cinema)

MAYBE: MacGruber MacGruber (Will Forte), a highly decorated soldier of fortune, is called out of an early retirement to fight his arch enemy, Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer), and prevent a nuclear disaster, in this feature-length film inspired by the Saturday Night Live skit. (area theaters)

MAYBE: Shrek Forever After In this fourth and final installment in the Shrek franchise, our green hero feels emasculated by the grind of domesticity. He utters a wish for just one day to cavort in his old life of swampy bachelorhood--a wish that is magically granted. The actors--Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas--are in fine form, but this Shrek never rises to the inspired heights of the original (area theaters)

MAYBE: Robin Hood Instead of robbing from the rich to give to the poor, this Robin Hood (Russell Crowe) preaches about "liberty" and the rights of Englishpersons bled dry by government greed. This old-fashioned adventure epic plays like a rousing love letter to the Tea Party movement. It wows the audience through assault: The soundtrack is loud, the pace is relentless, the battle scenes choreographed for total sensory disorientation. (area theaters)

FLEE: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time A noble prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) tries to clear his name after he's fingered for his father's assassination, a mission aided by a feisty princess (Clash of the Titans beauty Gemma Arterton) and a magic knife. Even Sir Ben Kingsley doesn't seem to care about this cacophonous, frivolous adaptation of a video game series. (area theaters)

FLEE: Sex and the City 2 The four aging BFFs struggle on with work-life challenges (Miranda), child-care dilemmas (Charlotte), cougar body-maintenance (Samantha), and marital boredom (Carrie). And like all of us, they decide to do it wearing high fashion on a blowout vacation to Abu Dhabi. It's a crushing 146 minutes of unfunny gag lines and scenes that generate more embarrassment than sympathy. (area theaters)

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