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09 May 2012

Win-win: When? Right now

In a minute, some exciting movie news for anyone looking for summer cinematic entertainment that doesn't involve sulking teen vampires, hungover soon-to-be-newlyweds or avenging super-heroes.

Cup200But first, some important info about how you can be a winner without touring a lake lot, becoming a secret shopper or laundering money illegally at your local telegram office.

See this nifty Movie Memories coffee mug stuffed with popcorn and movie candy?  There are two ways it (or one like it) can be yours.  If you're a Facebook member and you're the ninth, 25th or 50th person to "Like" Movie Memories with Larry Ratliff in the "Find us on Facebook" box in the right column of this website, you'll win a Movie Memories mug with goodies (for the ninth person), two mugs with goodies (for the 25th), or two mugs with goodies and $25 in movie passes for the 50th person.

If you're not a Facebook member, just email us at moviememories@verison.net and the same rules apply:  No. 9 gets a coffee mug with goodies; two mugs with goodies for the 25th, or two mugs with goodies and $25 in movie passes for the 50th person.

A trio of summer movie suggestions

Have you experienced the joy of getting out of the house and going to an actual movie theater to see a film lately?

It's time, even though the sometimes crazy summer movie season is in full swing.  Ah, but here's the secret:  Go on a weekday if you can to avoid the long weekend lines.  And, go early for the matinee.  You'll avoid the masses and you'll get a discount.

Bernie200Now, what to see?  Summer 2012 is serving up a must-see trifecta for anyone who cares more about story and terrific acting than big-boom extravaganzas, spider-men and movies inspired by a board game ("Battleship").

"Bernie" (Now playing) -- Based on a true story, this East Texas-set yarn about a lonely widow (Shirley MacLaine) who's junkyard dog-mean and the kindly assistant funeral director (Jack Black) who befriends her is a dark-comic hoot that drew audience applause when I saw it.

Texas actor Matthew McConaughey co-stars as the local district attorney and even manages to keep his shirt on the entire time.  That's a rarity for McConaughey ("The Lincoln Lawyer," "Fool's Gold").  Texas filmmaker Richard Linklater ("Fast Food Nation," "Dazed and Confused") is in the director's chair.

BestE200"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (Now playing) -- Do you appreciate excellent British actors?  I do, and some of the best like Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson share the screen in this comic-drama about retired British tourists who show up at the Marigold Hotel in India and discover that it's not as luxurious (or even as dusted) as advertised.

"Darling Companion" (Opening Friday May 11) -- Two very special American actors, Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, team up for a Lawrence Kasdan ("Wyatt Earp," "The Big Chill")-directed drama about an empty-nester couple whose life is turned upside down when the wife insists on rescuing a helpless dog they spot injured and on the side of the road.  You might want to bring a hanky for that one.

Have fun at the movies this summer, and good luck on winning the Movie Memories prizes!

Diane Keaton and friend in "Darling Companion."  (Courtesy:  Sony Pictures Classics)/"Bernie" poster courtesy:  Millennium Entertainment/"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel courtesy:  Fox Searchlight Pictures

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