This Week At The Reel Deal

By JIM O’DONNELL
Reel Deal Theater

The Second Annual Reel Deal Theater Academy Award Contest: Any person predicting the winner in all of the following categories will win a six-month pass to the movies of their choice at the Reel Deal Theater.

The categories are: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Animated Feature Film. The winner or winners must submit their predictions to me before noon MST Sunday Feb. 22 at odonnell455@gmail.com. It doesn’t hurt to try and Good Luck!

This Friday we are opening McFarland USA. We will hold The Spongebob Movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Kingsman for another week. Seventh Son will end this Thursday.

Movie poster for ‘McFarland’ USA. Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

McFarland USA: Starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. This film was inspired by the 1987 true story of novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley. They give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. (Disney)

Movie poster for ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

Fifty Shades of Grey: E.L. James’ kinky best-seller gets the big screen treatment with this Universal Pictures/Focus Features co-production. The steamy tale details a masochistic relationship between a college student and a businessman, whose desires for extreme intimacy stem from secrets in his past. ~Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

 

The SpongeBob Movie, Sponge out of Water:  When we last saw SpongeBob SquarePants on the big screen a decade ago, he was thwarting deep-sea disaster with the help of David Hasselhoff. That is, admittedly, a tough act to follow. But “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” is an even more absurd delight — and not only for its primary fanbase of kids and chemically-altered collegiates.

If your social circle includes either of the above, you’re probably aware that SpongeBob (voiced by Tom Kenny) and his buddies Patrick (Bill Fagerbakke), Squidward (Rodger Bumpass), and Sandy (Carolyn Lawrence) are animated Nickelodeon stars.

Movie poster for ‘The SpongeBob Movie, Sponge out of Water.’ Courtesy/Reel Deal Theater

They live in an underwater Eden called Bikini Bottom.

SpongeBob works as a fry cook for Mr. Krabs (Clancy Brown) at The Krusty Krab, a burger joint famous for its delicious Krabby Patties. Most of this movie hinges on the disappearance of the Krabby Patty recipe, which plunges Bikini Bottom into apocalyptic chaos. It’s up to SpongeBob and Mr. Krabs’ mortal enemy, Plankton (Mr. Lawrence), to find that recipe, even if it means they have to venture onto solid land to do it.

If none of the words in the preceding paragraph make any sense to you, fear not. The plot is just a device on which to hang the franchise’s characteristic blend of witty, often surreal humor. Director Paul Tibbett and screenwriters Glenn Berger and Jonathan Aibel open up the action for the big screen, adding a cranky pirate (Antonio Banderas) to introduce and occasionally impact the insanity. They’re clearly having fun with the 3D effects and their bigger budget, turning the characters from tiny toons into giant superheroes once they hit land. But the spirit of the series remains true: cheerfully random jokes, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them references and, above all, a silly, stubbornly sentimental streak that only the crabbiest cynic could dismiss. You don’t need to be a kid — or even know a kid — to embrace SpongeBob’s brand of open-hearted nautical nonsense. ~Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News

Movie poster for ‘Kingsman.’ Courtes/Reel Deal Theater

Kingsman: Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. (c) Fox

Coming attractions include: Focus, Whiplash, Cinderella, Selma, The Avengers, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and Jurassic World.

Note: Do not trust other websites for Reel Deal Theater movie times as they are often incorrect and we’ve been getting a lot of confused patrons who use these random sites including Google. For correct show times, visit www.reeldealtheater.com or use the Los Alamos Daily Post listings for show times. If you have any requests, email me at odonnell455@gmail.com and I will respond when I know something.

Don’t forget, if it’s your birthday, the movie of your choice is free!

You can see our full schedule, show times and trailers at www.reeldealtheater.com.

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