Friday, January 1, 2010

Wayne Theater movie review: Brothers

Thirty-something Captain Sam Cahill and his younger brother Tommy Cahill, are polar opposites. A Marine about to embark on his fourth tour of duty, Sam is a steadfast family man married to his high school sweetheart, the aptly named Grace, with whom he has two young daughters. Tommy, his charismatic younger brother, is a drifter just out of jail who's always gotten by on wit and charm. He slides easily into his role as family provocateur on his first night out of prison, at Sam's farewell dinner with their parents, Elsie and Hank Cahill, a retired Marine. Shipped out to Afghanistan, Sam is presumed dead when his Black Hawk helicopter is shot down in the mountains. At home in suburbia, the Cahill family suddenly faces a shocking void, and Tommy tries to fill in for his brother by assuming newfound responsibility for himself, Grace, and the children.

And the review? Our reviewer arrived at 9:45pm for the 9:45pm show, and was turned away because nobody else showed up. What? Seriously?


  1. Not a surprise with the Wayne theater. We went to a show 6 weeks ago, 1/2 the seats blocked off as theater had flooded.

    A new theater in town would be good. I am not convinced, however, that the community will support by patronizing.

  2. when was the last time Wayne Theater could claim to be "successful" by any measure? It's a shame, for sure, but why would anyone want to go there?

    I think the town would support a new/updated theater, but unfortunately that industry is not exactly expanding greatly at the moment.

    Currently, almost everyone goes to Piqua or Richmond for much nicer theaters.

  3. my family went a few weeks ago and they told us they were out of butter. If they can't go and get butter then that says enough to me! I went to richmond lastnight to watch a movie and will keep doing so.

  4. I ended up going back the next day and watching brothers in the matinee for $2. That's the great thing about Wayne ... recent releases that are cheap, especially if you go before 6pm.

    It costs me $2 just for the gas to get to richmond or troy, so wayne is still a great bargain.

    But yes - they will run out of butter. A yes - they will cancel movies. The worst: I watched Inglorious Basterds a few months ago. The reel broke with 5 minutes left. After failig to fix it, the manager came out and told us the ending! No kidding - and no refund. That experience kind of took the edge of the character and novelty of going to Wayne.

    If you're a movie fan, you might pick up a good recent release for the $2 matinee.

    By the way, Brothers was great - but it's pretty intense.

  5. of course, this would take a serious investment, but it'd be great if someone could renovate Wayne into some sort of retro/art type theater.

    Even if they alternated between new releases and showing classic films, if they were able to buy into the "historic downtown" vibe like places like Boradway Joes does, it would deliver something special, rather than the run down, good enough for a cheap show one they have now. I can picture it clearly, but it would take a serious investment no one likely has.

  6. I literally laughed out loud when you said the manager came out and told you the ending. That's pathetic and yet amusing at the same time.

    The theater is a lot nicer than it was at one time. Sometime in the mid to late 90s I remember there being a major remodel. Maybe they could remodel again, but ticket prices would probably rise, and would the local market support it? I have a feeling the same people that complain about the condition would complain about paying $8 a ticket. The new Cinemark is Piqua is fantastic, but there are no $2 matinees.

    I'm not sure if it's a case of Wayne being an "is what it is" kind of place or if, as the story above illustrates, they just don't have a clue about customer service.

  7. I know that manager, the one who worked during Inglorious Basterds? He got fired a few months back, but the impression I get is that they know how much the place sucks and would love to do something about it, but the owner won't put any money in to the place.


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