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Also opening this week: 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,' '30 Minutes or Less,' 'Final Destination 5' and 'Rescue'

'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie'

Gleeks won't stop believin' in their favorite teenage dreamboats, no matter how many Slushees get slung in their faces. Or the fact that none of the Glee cast members are teenagers; they just play them on TV.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie (PG) brings the peppy prime-time musical to the silver screen, filmed during a cash-in concert tour earlier this year. Now those fans (like me) who wouldn't dare to be seen in public singing along with Rachel, Finn and the rest of the gang can feel secure in the dark anonymity of a movie theater.

Directed by Kevin Tancharoen (2009's Fame remake), Glee: The 3D Concert Movie showcases cast members with a playlist ranging from Barbra Streisand to Florence + the Machine. The soundtrack CD lists 22 songs, not counting Gwyneth Paltrow's take on Cee Lo Green's Forget You that may make the final cut.

One character reportedly left in the editing room is venomous cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch). She won't be around to heckle the glee club, or reprise her version of Madonna's Vogue. But fans can expect plenty of adorable things thrown at 3-D cameras, including confetti, fireworks and Lea Michele's nose.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie is slated for a two-week run in theaters before heading to home video. A review will be published at and on Etc, Page 2B.

'30 Minutes or Less'

Pizza orders can arrive with free chicken wings or a liter of soda pop, but it's a bomb that's delivered in 30 Minutes or Less (R), from director Ruben Fleischer, who made a terrific debut with Zombieland.

Fleischer reunites with Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Nick, a slacker pizza jockey yanked into a bank robbery scheme. Rather than receiving a tip, two inept criminals (Danny McBride, Nick Swardson) strap explosives to Nick's chest, threatening to detonate the bomb if he doesn't pull off the heist within 10 hours. Nick turns to his roommate for help, but since the role is played by Aziz Ansari (TV's Community), that means no help at all.

30 Minutes or Less wasn't screened in time for Weekend. A review will be published at and on Etc, Page 2B.

Steve Persall, Times film critic

'Final Destination 5'

Bill Maher makes a lot of sense on his HBO talk show but never more than when he recently issued a New Rule to the twisted minds behind Final Destination 5 (R):

"New rule: The makers of the movie Final Destination 5 must be locked in a room until they learn what the word 'final' means." Maher apparently missed the fourth installment featuring a declarative "the" in the title, or else his new rule would have a codicil.

This time, a suspension bridge collapses and a new bunch of photogenic nobodies escape with their lives. But not for long. Audiences will enjoy another assortment of grisly deaths in 3-D, lending deeper meaning to the phrase "ad nauseam."

Don't expect a Times reviewer to be among sickos in the seats.

Steve Persall, Times film critic


Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry adds Rescue (not rated, probably G) to its rotating schedule of IMAX Dome Theater offerings. Visit the museum's website ( for complete showtimes and titles.

Rescue traces the humanitarian efforts of responders to the January 2010 earthquake disaster in Haiti. Director Stephen Low takes viewers inside massive cargo ships and airplanes delivering food and medical supplies to victims. Low also captures footage of the wreckage, and aftershocks creating more.

Rescue wasn't screened by a Times reviewer but experience tells us that MOSI's domed IMAX venue, with its booming audio system, is the best way for anyone to experience a natural catastrophe.

Steve Persall, Times film critic

Also opening this week: 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,' '30 Minutes or Less,' 'Final Destination 5' and 'Rescue' 08/09/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 6:59pm]
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