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May 06, 2004 - THE OAKS PRESENTS (May 7-13): "Bobby Jones:Stroke of Genius," "Good Bye, Lenin!"



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May 7 - 13, 2004


THE OAKS THEATER PRESENTS:

"Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius"
"Good Bye, Lenin!"



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Now Playing (MAY 7 - 13)


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"BOBBY JONES: STROKE OF GENIUS"

(PG, 2 HOURS)

     FRIDAY AND SATURDAY @ 2:30 ONLY
     SUNDAY AND MONDAY @ 7:30 ONLY *
     TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY @ 5:00 ONLY

*MONDAY NIGHT DISCUSSION!
Join us after the movie THIS MONDAY NIGHT, May 10, for an informal audience discussion of "BOBBY JONES" with this week's featured guest!

     ONE WEEK ONLY - HERE BY REQUEST!  With its local ties (directed by Pittsburgh native Rowdy Harrington) and country club setting, "BOBBY JONES: STROKE OF GENIUS" should feel right at home at The Oaks Theater!  Here is how LA Times writer John Patterson describes the film:
      For non-golfers, some background: Georgia-born golf legend Bobby Jones (played by Jim Caviezel) was the only man ever to win the four major tournaments in one year.  A man of integrity, he disliked fame and was the consummate gentleman amateur who won simply by showing up, and who retired in 1930, at age 28.  Given the interwar setting, writer-director Rowdy Herrington's Hallmark-wholesome biopic, heavy on the plus fours, mashie niblicks and dour Scottish caddies, might have been "Seabiscuit on the Links," but the stern, mournful presence of Caviezel makes it more like "Jesus With a Nine Iron" (note the breezily opportunistic poster tag line: "His Passion made him a Legend . . .").  Sadly for dramatic purposes, Jones' achievements seemed effortless, and the movie could really use the odd Ty Cobb wig-out.  What Herrington offers instead is the gentle pornography of shaven greens and exquisitely contoured fairways, and the guilt-free pleasure of rooting for a genuine good guy.  Beyond its muted outrage at the likelihood that "money will ruin this game one day," and its unspoken rebuke of today's garish sports world and its richly remunerated "heroes," "BOBBY JONES" remains relaxed, leisurely and unforced, exactly the way a pleasant round of golf ought to be.


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"GOOD BYE, LENIN!"

(R, 2 HOURS, GERMAN WITH SUBTITLES)

     FRIDAY AND SATURDAY @ 5:00 o 7:30 o 9:45
     SUNDAY AND MONDAY @ 2:30 o 5:00
     TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY @ 7:30 o 9:45

     HELD OVER FOR MOTHER'S DAY - FINAL WEEK!  Simultaneously a social satire and a touching depiction of how far one son will go out of love for his mother, here is how USA Today film critic Mike Clark reviewed "LENIN!" upon its release:
     Grown children protect mom from the political ravages of Burger King and Coca-Cola in a comedy to prove that few, if any, screen premises are fatally outlandish if handled with care.  Though a Hollywood sledgehammer approach could really ruin this story, writer/director Wolfgang Becker turned it into a Golden Globe nominee.  Long-abandoned by her husband for the West, an East German mother devotes her life to communism until she suffers a heart attack at a 1989 rally and falls into a coma.  When she awakens, the Berlin Wall has fallen.  Her daughter is pushing fast food, and her son is selling satellite dishes that transmit news broadcasts that'll do the frail recoveree no good.  So it becomes a madhouse staging and taping phony accounts (for mom's consumption) that extol East German superiority and rationalize vastly increased traffic over the border.  Harder to explain, though, is that jumbo Coca-Cola logo on the building just outside mom's window.  "GOOD BYE, LENIN!" is a very funny picture, though it's never burlesqued and is, in fact, occasionally poignant.  Critic's Rating: 3 stars (out of 4).



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Schedule At-A-Glance (MAY 7 - 13)


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FRIDAY, May 7:
2:30 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius;"   5:00 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   7:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   9:45 - "Good Bye, Lenin!"

SATURDAY, May 8:
2:30 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius;"   5:00 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   7:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   9:45 - "Good Bye, Lenin!"

SUNDAY, May 9 (MOTHER'S DAY):
2:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   5:00 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   7:30 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius"

MONDAY, May 10:
2:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   5:00 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   7:30 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius" + MONDAY NIGHT DISCUSSION!

TUESDAY, May 11:
5:00 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius;"   7:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   9:45 - "Good Bye, Lenin!"

WEDNESDAY, May 12:
5:00 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius;"   7:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   9:45 - "Good Bye, Lenin!"

THURSDAY, May 13:
5:00 - "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius;"   7:30 - "Good Bye, Lenin!;"   9:45 - "Good Bye, Lenin!"  (BOTH MOVIES END TODAY!)



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Coming Soon:


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"LIFE OF BRIAN"          ( www.pythonline.com )          OPENS MAY 14 - PITTSBURGH REVIVAL PREMIERE
     Being the adventures of the fictional "Brian of Nazareth," a Jew who is born in the manger one door down from Jesus but grows up being mistaken for the Messiah, Monty Python's controversial comedy classic marks its 25th Anniversary re-release with a terrifically restored new 35mm print!


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"THE SAME RIVER TWICE"          ( www.samerivertwice.com )          SHOWING MAY 28 THRU JUNE 3 ONLY!
     In 1978, on a breath-taking trip in the Grand Canyon, filmmaker Robb Moss and a group of free-spirited friends and lovers took a month-long trip down the Colorado River. Cutting between footage of their youthful, often naked, unscheduled lives and the complex realities of their adulthood today, the film creates a compelling portrait of cultural metamorphosis. From running rapids to running for mayor, "THE SAME RIVER TWICE" is a story of change, choices, and of finding one's place in the world.  "A masterpiece." - Chicago Reader


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"SHAOLIN SOCCER"          ( www.shaolinsoccer.com )          OPENS JUNE 4 - EXCLUSIVE

     In the wicked game of "SHAOLIN SOCCER," players will stop at nothing to score a laugh - it fuses ancient martial arts with hard-hitting physical comedy and the high-flying energy of competitive sports!  When a retired professional soccer player and a Shaolin martial arts master combine their talents, they set out to form a team comprised of down-and-out former classmates who each realizes a special power adding to the team's limitless potential: One has a head of iron, another bears stomach muscles able to propel the ball at warp speed, a third weighs 300 pounds but possesses the ability to walk on air, and finally the goalie who can stop any shot (well, ALMOST any shot)!  With eye-popping action, crazy special effects and wicked humor, "SHAOLIN SOCCER" is the wild Hong Kong box office smash that is now out to dazzle America!



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THE OAKS THEATER
310 ALLEGHENY RIVER BOULEVARD   |  OAKMONT, PA 15139
(412) 828 - 6311  |  WWW.THEOAKSTHEATER.COM  | TICKETS $5 (TUESDAY $4)



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