[Avon-theatre-news] AVON THEATRE NEWS---FEB. 5th, 2010

Skip Huston Skip at TheAvon.com
Wed Feb 3 13:52:17 EST 2010

Showtimes, Programs, Erudition and Miscellaneous Folderol 
"All of Life's Answers are in the Movies!"  -Dr. Skippy P. Huston
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CRAZY HEART (R) Will Jeff Bridges finally get his long-deserved Oscar for this one? 3 OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!
AVATAR (PG13) Now at REGULAR PRICES, See what all the fuss is about! ONE-WEEK-ONLY!! 9 OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!

INVICTUS (PG13) Director CLINT EASTWOOD, stars MATT DAMON and MORGAN FREEMAN in the unforgettable true story!! 2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!
THE YOUNG VICTORIA (PG) Emily Blunt makes this role her own, and has award nominations for it too! 3 OSCAR NOMINATIONS!!

FEB. 12th: THE WOLFMAN (R) Wow! I've been waiting for this one!!! The re-make of the classic 1940 thriller!!
FEB. 12th: VALENTINE'S DAY (PG13) Julia Roberts and a GINORMOUS & HUGE All-Star Cast!!
FEB. 26th: THE SECRETS OF JONATHAN SPERRY (G) A Faith-based Christian film for the whole family! (Group ticket sales right now!)
MARCH 5th: CREATION (PG13) The Darwin bio-pic starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly!
...and MORE!!!
NOTE: This week ALL of our movies are Oscar-nominated!!
And here we have nationally-known film critic Leonard Maltin again this week on his thoughts about CRAZY HEART, take it away, Leonard!!

Crazy Heart is the movie equivalent of comfort food; reassuring, familiar, and easy to digest. It's Jeff Bridges performance that makes it special.but then, he's reason enough to see almost any movie. (He's the best thing about the season's most disappointing movie, The Men Who Stare At Goats.) Here, he plays a weather-beaten country singer named Bad Blake who's written and sung a fair number of hits, but is now reduced to appearing at a bowling alley, while his protégé, Tommy Sweet (played, in a neat twist of casting, by Colin Farrell), is riding the gravy train. Blake is a mess; he drinks too much, and is careless in his behavior, but when he's interviewed by a local reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal) he takes a genuine liking to her and pursues a relationship with her and her young son.
First-time writer-director Scott Cooper (who adapted Thomas Cobb's novel) flirts with cliché at every turn, but manages to keep his story and characters on track. And his actors, including Robert Duvall, who traveled this road in Tender Mercies some years ago, play everything simply and honestly. T Bone Burnett has written a handful of likable, listenable songs (with the late Stephen Bruton) that suit both Bad Blake and Jeff Bridges to a T. Crazy Heart may not be original, or memorable, but it's a pleasure to watch Jeff Bridges inhabit this character and make it his own. 
Leonard Maltin (used with permission) 

We are so grateful Fox/Searchlight recognized where best to place this important film is the Avon!
There are SOME studios out there who actually think about the theaters for a particular area; what will work best where!

(Showtimes in brackets are $5.75 'Bargain Matinees")
FRI: (5:00) - 8:00
SAT: (2:00) - (5:00) - 8:00
SUN: (2:00) - (5:00)
MON thru THURS: 7:00


So, here is the 800 pound gorilla in the corner. 
We decided there may be some of you who are curious about what all the fuss is about.
-And, there may be some of you who either:
1.) Don't like 3D, or get headaches from it.
2.) Don't want to pay the outrageous prices being charged for the 3D.
3.) Don't want to patronize any other theaters but the Avon (a feeling I share completely! :-) ) 
4.) Want to see it again, but don't care if its 3D or not.
5.) Know nothing about it, and have just come off a desert island for the past year. 

This is an EXPERIMENT to see if it is even a viable alternative to show this film in a non-3D presentation.
Millions of people did NOT see it in 3D, so we are hopeful...but, it is for ONE-WEEK-ONLY!!
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.75 'Bargain Matinees")
FRI & SAT:  (3:30) - 7:00
SUN: (3:30)
MON, TUES & WED: 6:00


After this wonderful movie was nominated for 3 Oscars this week, we decided to hold it over for some last showings.
This will be IT, the very, very last times you can see it! We mean it! Really!
We have new ones coming next week, and there is no possible way we can hold it any longer!
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.75 'Bargain Matinees")
FRI: 7:15
SAT: (1:00) - 7:15
SUN: (1:00)
Does it take 2 Oscar nominations for MORGAN FREEMAN (Best Actor) and MATT DAMON (Best Supporting Actor) to get you to see this?
I think many do not even realize this is CLINT EASTWOOD'S new directorial movie!
In any event, we held this over just for the sheer hope that you will get thy rear in gear and see this before it's too late!! 
(Showtimes in brackets are $5.75 'Bargain Matinees")
FRI, SAT, SUN: (3:45)
Ok, here is the complete list of the MAJOR award nominees. There are a whole buncha other technical and assorted-hoo-hah awards as well, but I won't list them all.

Best picture [10 of 'em!]:
"The Blind Side"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"A Serious Man"
"Up in the Air"

Best animated feature:
"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"Princess and the Frog"
"Secret of Kells"

Best actor: 
Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Best actress:
Carey Mulligan, "An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"
Meryl Streep, "Julie and Julia"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"

Best director:
Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
Lee Daniels, "Precious"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron, "Avatar"

Best supporting actress
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Maggie Gyllenhal "Crazy Heart"
Anna Kendrick "Up in the Air"
Mo'Nique, "Precious"

Best supporting actor
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

What this should open everyone's eyes about is this: We played the 9-Oscar nominated THE HURT LOCKER last Summer.
We played it EXCLUSIVELY too!
And, you know what?

Those that did come see it, were stunned at its mastery, but, no matter how much I tried to push it in this very newsletter, I still could not drag you down here!
That's what ALL of you need to keep in mind...
We try very hard to not play "junk" at the Avon!
The "other" theaters who have a bazillion screens, have no choice but to fill those screens with some real, shall we say, dregs of the movie world...
BUT, we only have THREE screens, so we have to try and be brutally choosy in what we play.

And, yes, sometimes films that are below our standards do sneak past us, but more than not, you can trust these words:


Now, THE HURT LOCKER is available currently on video, so the need to bring it back to  our screens is rather futile.

We have a limited and non-3D run of AVATAR, just so you can see for yourself without the extra 3D cost (and the headaches 3D gives many people!)

I have even decided to hold-over the wonderful THE YOUNG VICTORIA, in light of the 3 Oscar nominations it received.

Additionally, we have held-over INVICTUS just so you have one last chance to see the 2 Oscar-nominated performances!

INVICTUS is another film that you have stayed away in droves for!
Is it the title?
Are you aware it is the new excellent new film from Director CLINT EASTWOOD?

Maybe those 2 major Oscar nominations will spark some interest in it?

This week we have the EXCLUSIVE run of the 3-Oscar nominated CRAZY HEART.
I am hoping this is finally the time JEFF BRIDGES receives his long-deserved Oscar!

I hope I see all of you this weekend!
I know the Super Bowl will command many of your attentions...
I also know there are a whole lot more who couldn't care less about Super Bowl and would rather come to Avonia!

I'll Be Looking for you and you and YOU this weekend!

-Skip Huston
P.S. Our stalwart staff want me to remind all of you our showtimes only have about  a 10 minute pre-show "cushion".

Every day we see people coming late because they have been "conditioned" by the "other guys" and their notorious 20-30 minutes of commercials!
We have a few previews and maybe a cartoon or short, and a 15 second spot for St. Mary's hospital, and we are off and running!

We HOPE you appreciate that about us.

We can always start showing 30 minutes of putrid and inane commercials like the "other guys" do!
OR... you can simply BE ON-TIME!

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