Monday, December 28, 2009

Late December Movies at the Magic Lantern

Need something to do before New Years? Or maybe you just want to impress a date with your knowledge of artsy hangouts in Spokane? Catch some of the movies showing at the Magic Lantern now until December 31st.


Zac Efron of "High School Musical" and "17 Again" fame takes a break from teenybopper fare with this film about Richard, a young stage actor under the direction of the great Orson Welles (Christian McKay). Set in 1937 New York at Welles' Mercury Theatre, "Me and Orson Welles" charts Richard's introduction to the acting world as Welles' prepares a revolutionary production of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." Claire Danes also starts as the object of both men's affection.

Director John Woo ("Face/Off", "Mission Impossible: II") presents an epic war story based on the Battle of Red Cliffs 208 A.D. China. The film, starring Tony Leung, chronicles the struggle between an ambitious Prime Minister and his army and a few rebellious war lords. A huge hit in Asia, "Red Cliff" is described by film critics as a war movie on the largest scale.

Anyone who wasn't lucky enough to catch "Dead Snow" when SpIFF screened it at midnight at the Garland Theatre a few months ago is in luck - the film's now at the Lantern. This Norwegian comedy/horror film begins stereotypically, with a group of college students heading into the mountains for a week alone in secluded cabin. It's no surprise when zombies attack and gruesomely - but these are no typical zombies. The remains of a zombi-fied Nazi army, they are physically and ideologically detestable. Watching the college kids and the Nazi zombies battle it out is a disgustingly awesome night out at the movies.

Still Showing: "Boondock Saints II."

The Magic Lantern is located at 25 W. Main in downtown Spokane, WA. Tickets are $5. Visit for showtimes.

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