Coming Soon

  • This Week: Apr 14
    • Transcendence (Apr 18)
    • Heaven Is for Real (Apr 16)
  • Next Week: Apr 21
    • The Other Woman (Apr 25)
    • For No Good Reason (Apr 25)
    • Walk of Shame (Apr 25)

This Week: Apr 14

Opens Apr 18, 2014
The directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer, Transcendence follows a computer scientist (Johnny Depp) who spends his time studying artificial intelligence. However, after Depp's character is attacked by anti-technology activists, he's uploaded into a mainframe, a.k.a. literally trapped inside a machine. Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, and Rebecca Hall also star.
Heaven Is for Real
Opens Apr 16, 2014

Nebraska pastor Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) spreads the the news when his four-year-old son, Colton (Connor Corum), recalls meeting Jesus in heaven during an operation. Colton didn't die at any point during his appendicitis surgery, and his description of paradise (a rainbow-colored horse, a light-eyed Jesus) doesn't jive with the one his father has been preaching. But even his dubious mother (Kelly Reilly) is convinced when Colton suddenly develops insight into things he shouldn't know about, including his parents' miscarriage and his dad's angry outburst during the surgery.

Based on a true story (and the 2010 bestselling book it inspired), Heaven is for Real has lots of sweet, Rockwellian imagery of small-town life and family high jinks. What it doesn't have is dramatic tension: Todd's broken leg and bout with kidney stones are given far more harrowing treatment than any of the movie's lightweight faith-versus-doubt squabbles. There's no antagonist, no resolution, and no real climax — just a series of mildly charming scenes in which Colton shares heavenly knowledge while his family reacts with awestruck tears. Their experience must've been extraordinary. The moviegoer's is less so. C