Roughly one score and 10 years ago, the forefathers of big-budget Hollywood movies set forth to make even more millions of dollars by refusing to let America's most beloved action heroes retire from the big screen. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg saw fit to turn storylines into sagas with sequels, prequels and threequels and thus, the movie franchise was born. The second in the Indiana Jones series, for example, takes us back in time a year before the first, a plot device that is mostly irrelevant aside from giving Harrison Ford the chance to kick ass in a new plot line. In The Temple of Doom, Indiana and his sidekick Short Round (also known as Data from The Goonies) wind up in a remote village in India where villagers implore them to seek out and return the precious stone and enslaved children that have been stolen from them by ruthless thugs. Never one to turn down adventure, our hero accepts the challenge, taking on a barbaric cult with his bare hands and barely breaking a sweat. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is screening at midnight this Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Admission is $8.50. Call 214-764-9106 or visit landmarktheatres.com.
Fri., July 3; Sat., July 4, 2009