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Davis: Changes in local movie-going

Mark Wahlberg  grows up with a crude teddy bear, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, in Ted. - Contributed
Mark Wahlberg grows up with a crude teddy bear, voiced by Seth MacFarlane, in Ted.
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Over the past week, there have been a lot of big changes for movie choices at the Landmark Cinemas in the Central Okanagan, with most of the attention focused on the new Landmark Cinemas 8.

However, I wanted to give a brief summary of some of the changes that did not get as much attention.

The other big change is that the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna is now called the Landmark Encore Capitol Theatre.   The Capitol is now playing movies that have recently left theatres but are not quite on DVD, otherwise known as “second run” movies.

This weekend, they will be playing movies like The Hunger Games, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Dark Shadows and The Pirates! Band of Misfits for $4 or less (not including the 3D surcharge, where applicable).

The Paramount and Grand 10 Cinemas will both still be playing first run, and in addition to tickets being available online for the new Landmark 8, you can also purchase tickets online for both the Paramount and the Grand 10 (tickets for the Capitol are not available online).

However, only the number eight Extreme auditorium at the Landmark 8 offers reserved seating.

To book tickets online or find out what is playing at your favourite theatre, go to www.landmarkcinemas.com.

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All these changes are just in time for one of the busiest weeks of the year.  Opening tomorrow (Friday, June 29) are both Ted and Magic Mike.

Ted is the first feature film from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, who also provides the voice of the title character.

Mark Wahlberg stars as John, a perfectly normal Boston native whose childhood wish for his teddy bear, Ted, to come to life comes true.

The bear remains his best friend into his adult years but conflict emerges when Ted’s irresponsible and vulgar slacker lifestyle gets in the way of John’s attempt to embrace adulthood and his love interest (Mila Kunis).

Ted has been getting a lot of good buzz and is a must-see for fans of Family Guy and for those who want to see Wahlberg play straight man to a stuffed bear.

Raunchy and funny

in a different way,

Magic Mike has already had buzz around star Channing Tatum who was actually a male stripper before he became a star. What is not as publicized is that it is helmed by Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh.

Tatum stars as a veteran stripper who teaches a novice (Alex Pettyfer) about the occupation while seeking to get out of the lifestyle.

Matthew McConaughey also stars as a former stripper who owns the club they work at.  One of the most powerful directors in Hollywood, Soderbergh was able to make this movie for only $5 million, even with the above three marquee males.

And if that was not enough, The Amazing Spiderman opens on Monday to take advantage of the Canada Day holiday as well as July 4 in the U.S.

Also, the 3D musical documentary Katy Perry: Part of Me opens next Thursday.

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