Archive for December, 2010

This week’s releases span the spectrum: a weapons expert seeks a more serene existence; a couple of tourists fall victim to human trafficking; an international spy lives a complex but hilarious life of luxury and tactlessness; a couple of memorable ne’er-do-wells from Calgary return for their sequel; and Alice once again takes on the Umbrella Corporation. (more…)

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This week’s releases provide last minute holiday choices for every film lover: a teenage girl’s life parallels a classic controversy more than a John Hughes masterpiece; a young owl must fight to save his family and the species; a woman attempts to clear her name, but only causes more confusion; a ragtag group of scientists and officials attempt to stop the world from destroying itself; an adolescent boy dreams of America and is willing to do whatever it takes to get there; and an ex-con falls back on old habits when he attempts to re-enter society. (more…)

Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The FighterThere have been several great films that revolve around physical sports. Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is the most recent, but most have tended to centre on boxing – Raging Bull, Rocky and Million Dollar Baby to name a few – and now The Fighter will join their ranks. With six Golden Globe nominations and various other accolades even before its theatrical release, this film lives up to all the hype and acclaim. (more…)

This week’s releases are from two ends of the spectrum: soon-to-be Fortune 500 soldiers fight to clear their names; a couple of cops try to prove they really are good at their jobs; and a son tries to ensure he’s the only man in his mother’s life. (more…)

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter in The King's SpeechMany people suffer from a fear of public speaking. The idea of everyone being acutely attuned to everything you say and how you say it can be paralyzing. Luckily, most people are not made to confront this phobia often. However, in a world that increasingly requires personal address by industry leaders, public speaking has become a necessary evil for a variety of occupations. In 1925, the popularity of radios meant country leaders were no longer just ornaments; they were now expected to speak directly to their people – often. For King George VI, this was a terrifying proposition because he had a debilitating stutter – until he met a man who became a lifelong friend. (more…)

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in The TouristThe Tourist is a “wrong place at the wrong time” spy film. Casting two of the most desired people on Earth in the lead roles set the bar pretty high – there’s usually only one opportunity for such a pairing so you better make it count. But you can’t just sit back on your heels and hope the star power takes care of the rest. Yes, they’re both very talented and attractive; but even that can’t make a mediocre movie great. (more…)

This week’s releases include an unbelievable adventure into the subconscious, a journey by two brothers and a holiday with a bear that’s “smarter than the average bear.” (more…)