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www.uptownmag.com movies UPTOWN September 6, 2012 15 More silly than gritty As if the racial stereotypes weren't bad enough, Premium Rush wastes the talent of its estimable leads movie review ★★ PREMIUM RUSH Now playing from Gordon-Levitt's Wilee, a messenger who doesn't have brakes or gears on his bike, let alone use hand signals, the audi- ence is introduced to the city of New York through a series of graphic-accented, bird's- eye-view shots, which look like a cartoon Mapquest. Wilee has the ability to glide through traffic and visualize potential acci- dents, as if the recipient of his package has some sort of Donnie Darko tractor beam to guide him through the chaos. We are then introduced to his motley crew of messen- gers; Wilee's on-again-off-again lady friend Vanessa (Dania Ramirez) , frienemy Manny (Wole Parks) and the man who runs their shit, Raj (Aasif Mandvi). (Note to screen- writers: there are other Indian names hackers. It's trying very hard to show how hip outsiders of different nationalities work in New York City's cutthroat two- wheeled delivery service, while all it really does is showcase every Chinese stereotype and make terrible use of two of today's best working actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon. Opening and closing with narration P showtimes IRON SKY (GLOBE) KILLER JOE (WIDE) THEWORDS (WIDE) TURN ME ON DAMMIT! (CINEMATHEQUE) OPENING FRIDAY FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... (WIDE) SHOWTIMES CINEMA CITY NORTHGATE • www.cineplex.ca • 1399 McPhillips St at the Northgate Shopping Mall • 204- 334-6234 3AAJ DE RANJHE (STC) (Punjabi W/E.S.T.) Fri 6:30 9:30 Sat Sun 1:10 4:50 8:15 Mon-Thu 5:10 8:30 3RAULA PAI GAYA (PG) Fri 6:10 9:20 Sat Sun 2:20 5:30 9:00 Mon-Thu 5:10 8:20 3SAVAGES (18A) Fri 6:50 9:40 Sat Sun 1:10 3:50 6:50 9:40 Mon-Thu 5:40 8:30 3MAGIC MIKE (14A) Fri 7:10 9:30 Sat Sun 1:50 4:30 7:10 9:30 Mon-Thu 5:50 8:40 3 MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'SMOSTWANTED (G) Sat Sun 1:40 3:40 Mon-Thu 5:20 3MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE'SMOSTWANTED 3D (G) Fri 6:40 9:00 Sat Sun 5:50 8:00 10:05 Mon-Thu 7:25 3PROMETHEUS 3D (14A) Fri 10:00 Sat Sun 4:00 10:00 Mon-Thu 8:20 3SNOWWHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (PG) Fri 7:20 Sat Sun 1:20 7:20 Mon-Thu 5:30 3MEN IN BLACK 3 3D (PG) Fri 7:30 9:50 Sat Sun 2:00 4:40 7:30 9:50 Mon-Thu 5:50 8:50 3THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG) Fri 7:00 9:40 Sat Sun 1:30 4:20 7:00 9:40 Mon-Thu 5:30 8:10 CINEMA CITY MCGILLIVRAY • www.cineplex.ca • 2190 McGillivray at Kenaston • 204-269-9981 • Currently closed for renovations CINEMATHEQUE • www.winnipegfilmgroup. com• 100 Arthur St • 204-925-3456 3ROBERT'S PAINTINGS Sep 6 7:00 3PEACE OUT Sep 6 8:30 Sep 8-9 7:00 Sep 13 7:00 3ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S THE BIRDS Sep 7 7:00 Sep 9 2:00 3TURN ME ON DAMMIT! Sep 7 9:30 Sep 8 9:00 Sep 12 7:00 Sep 14 9:00 3LEGEND OF AWARRIOR Sep 14-16 7:00 Sep 19-20 7:00 3FRANKENSTEIN ep 15 9:00 Sep 16 2:00 3SHUT UP AND PLAY THE HITS Sep 20 9:00 Sep 26 7:00 GLOBE CINEMA • 3rd Floor Portage Place 393 Portage Ave • 204-694-5623 3THEWORDS (14A) Daily 7:00 9:15 Fri Sat Sun 1:00 3:15 Pm 3 IRON SKY (14A) Daily 7:15 9:30 Fri Sat Sun 1:15 3:30 3CELESTE&JESSIE FOREVER (STC) Daily 7:30 9:45 Fri Sat Sun 1:30 3:45 EMPIRE GRANT PARK 8 CINEMAS • empiretheatres. com• 1120 Grant Avenue • 204-453-4084 3ROBOT &FRANK (PG) Fri Mon-Thu 3:35 6:35 9:10 Sat Sun 12:25 3:35 6:35 9:10 3THEWORDS (PG) Fri Mon-Thu () 3:25 6:20 9:05 Sat Sun 12:40 3:25 6:20 9:05 3THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG) Fri Mon-Thu 3:20 6:30 9:30 Sat Sun 12:15 3:20 6:30 9:30 3HOPE SPRINGS (14A) Fri Mon-Thu 3:55 6:40 9:20 Sat Sun 12:55 3:55 6:40 9:20 3LAWLESS (14A) Fri Mon-Thu 3:40 6:55 9:45 Sat Sun 12:35 3:40 6:55 9:45 3THE CAMPAIGN (14A) Fri Mon-Thu 4:00 7:00 9:25 Sat Sun 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:25 3 KILLER JOE (STC) Fri Mon-Thu 3:50 6:50 9:40 Sat Sun 12:50 3:50 6:50 9:40 3THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A) Fri Mon-Thu 3:15 6:15 9:00 Sat Sun 12:20 3:15 6:15 9:00 IMAX THEATRE • www.imaxwinnipeg.com • 3rd Floor Portage Place 393 Portage Ave • 204-956-4629 3 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: THE IMAX EXPERI- ENCE (14A) Fri 7:00 Sat 1:00 7:30 Sun 3:15 3TO THE ARCTIC 3D (G) Fri 6:00 Sat Sun 12:00 Mon-Thu 11:00am 3EGYPT 3D (G) Sat 5:30 Sun 1:15 3 GREECE: SECRETS OF THE PAST (G) Sat 6:30 Sun 2:15 3HUBBLE 3D (G) Mon 12:15 Wed 12:15 3 (G) Tue 12:15 Thu 12:15 KILDONAN PLACE • www.imaxwinnipeg.com • 1555 Regent AveW• 204-663-2166 3THE POSSESSION (14A) Fri 7:30 9:50 Sat Sun 1:30 4:05 7:30 9:50 Mon- Thu 5:40 8:30 3 HIT&RUN (14A) Fri 7:10 9:40 Sat Sun 1:50 4:25 7:10 9:40 Mon-Thu 6:10 8:35 3THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A) Fri 7:20 9:55 Sat Sun 2:00 4:35 Nicholas Friesen remium Rush is to bike messengers what Cliffhanger was to mountain climbers and Hackers was to, well, you're showing the seedy parts of New York, you must show that virtually every establishment in Chinatown actually has a secret back room gambling den and that human trafficking is alive and well. (There is a non-offensive nod to Asian comic set ups and, at moments, you almost expect him to look into the camera and say "here we go again, yuk yuk yuk" as he chas- es Wilee through one elaborate sequence after another. Apparently, according to this film, when culture, though it was possibly uninten- tional: during the end credits, Gordon- Levitt is caught showing off some very real scrapes caused by a stunt gone wrong. How very Jackie Chan of him.) The film also makes use of a weird racial trope I like to call the Hollywood Love Tri- angle, this time between Wilee, Manny and Vanessa. In Hollywood, apparently a white guy and a black guy can only go after the same brown girl, never a white girl or a black girl. (Now that I've mentioned it, you will now see this everywhere.) Speaking of Manny, Parks' character is Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in PremiumRush. shows how Wilee came into possession of an envelope holding a single ticket,what it's worth and why Bobby Monday (Shannon) besides Raj.) Through a series of flashbacks, the film wants it. Shannon is the best bad-guy actor around, able to play reserved then explode at the drop of a hat (as evidenced on Board- walk Empire and in My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done). Here, he's relegated to bad way around it. Let's hope that Shannon and Gordon-Levitt are following the old "do a safe movie or two, then an indie movie" because I'd really love to see Hesher II: The Heshing or Take Shelter Again! as opposed to Premium Rush 2: Brake the Rulez. For more info see our movie listings below. so Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man that I almost expected him to shout out "I'm a blast from the past" for no particular reason. Premium Rush is a silly movie, there's no Deadline for listings submissions is Tuesday at 4pm. Listings are free but placement cannot be guaranteed. Listings are current Friday to Thursday and are subject to change without notice. 7:20 9:55 Mon-Thu 5:30 8:00 3PARANORMAN (PG) Fri 7:00 9:15 Sat Sun 2:10 4:30 7:00 9:15 Mon-Thu 6:00 8:20 3THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG) Fri 7:05 10:00 Sat Sun 1:20 4:10 7:05 10:00 Mon-Thu 5:20 8:10 3DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (G) Fri 6:50 9:10 Sat Sun 1:40 4:00 6:50 9:10 Mon-Thu 5:50 8:05 3D - ROYAL OPERA HOUSE (STC) Sun 12:30 Mon 7:00 3LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS LIVE - BBC PROMS 2012 (STC) Sat 1:30 3PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (STC) Sat 11:00 3Complete listings unavailable by press time SILVERCITY POLO PARK • www.cineplex.com • 817 St James St • 204-774-1001 3MADAMBUTTERFLY SILVERCITY ST. VITAL • www.cineplex.com • 110-1225 St Mary's Rd • 204-256-3901 3PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (STC) Sat 11:00 3THEWORDS (PG) (Mature Theme) Fri-Sun 12:30 2:55 5:20 7:45 10:10 Mon-Wed 2:55 5:20 7:45 10:10 Thu 5:20 7:45 10:10 3THEWORDS (PG) Thu 1:00 3PREMIUMRUSH (14A) Fri Sun 1:05 3:25 5:45 8:00 10:30 Sat 11:00 1:05 3:25 5:45 8:00 10:30 Mon-Tue Thu 3:00 5:15 7:30 9:50 Wed 2:00 4:15 9:50 3THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A) Fri-Sun 12:30 2:55 5:20 7:50 10:30 Mon-Thu 2:30 5:00 7:30 10:00 3PARANORMAN (PG) Fri Sun 12:35 Sat 11:00 12:35 Mon-Wed 2:50 Thu 1:00 3PARANOR- MAN 3D (PG) Fri-Sun 2:50 5:10 7:30 9:50 Mon-Thu 5:10 7:30 9:50 3THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (G) Fri Sun-Thu 1:50 4:25 7:00 9:35 Sat 11:10 1:50 4:25 7:00 9:35 3THE BOURNE LEGACY (PG) Fri- Sun 1:15 4:20 7:25 10:25 Mon-Thu 1:30 4:25 7:20 10:15 3THE CAMPAIGN (14A) FriSun 1:25 3:35 5:50 8:05 10:20 Sat 11:15 1:25 3:35 5:50 8:05 10:20 Mon-Thu 3:35 5:50 8:00 10:10 3HOPE SPRINGS (14A) Fri-Thu 2:00 4:30 7:15 9:45 3TOTAL RECALL (14A) Fri-Thu 10:15 3THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (PG) Fri-Sun 3:00 6:35 10:15 Mon-Thu 6:00 9:30 3ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (G) Fri Sun 12:40 Sat 11:10 12:40 Mon-Thu 3:00 3THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3D (14A) Fri-Sun 1:10 4:10 7:10 Mon-Thu 1:30 4:20 7:15 PREMIUMRUSH (14A) Daily 7:15 Sat Sun 1:00 3:45 3HIT&RUN (14A) Daily 9:30 3THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (G) Daily 6:45 9:15 Sat Sun 12:45 3:30 3PARANORMAN 3D (PG) Daily 7:00 9:15 Sat Sun 1:15 3PARANORMAN 2D (PG) Sat Sun 3:45 3 HOPE SPRINGS (14A) Daily 6:45 9:20 Sat Sun 1:15 3:30 3THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A) Daily 7:00 9:30 Sat Sun 1:00 3:30 3LAWLESS (18A) Daily 6:45 9:30 Sat Sun 1:00 3:45 TOWNE 8 •www.landmarkcinemas.ca • 301 Notre Dame Ave • 204-947-2848 3THE POSSESSION (14A) Daily 7:00 9:20 Sat Sun 1:15 3:30 3MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS 3D (PG) Daily 7:15 Sat Sun 12:45 3:45 3 Sarah Shatz

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