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This week’s releases include: a demonstration of the survival of the fittest; the true story of daring journalists; a cop that doesn’t play by the rules; a future that must confront its violent past; the defeat of a terrorist hijacking; a sequel to a contemporized Grimm fairy tale; an overdramatic love story; the anthropomorphising of a Labrador retriever; a teenager’s date with his dream woman; a couple of Muppets adventures; a unique take on the vampire; and an explosive story of revenge. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a high energy musical; a man with a gun and a mission; and a love story that captivates from beginning to end. (more…)

Emma Stone in Easy AAudiences have been waiting for an apt, contemporary teen comedy that achieves the perfect balance of fantastical and relatable; entertaining, but meaningful. As we quickly discovered, American Pie was not destined to be that movie and Juno was slightly too constructed. But I think they may have finally hit the nail on the head with Easy A.

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Emma Stone in Easy AOlive (Emma Stone) is a clean cut high school girl that uses the rumour mill to advance her social and financial standing, paralleling her life with The Scarlet Letter’s Hester Prynne. Fun and apt, this movie is enjoyable from the opening to closing credits. With various homages to the great John Hughes, this is a contemporary teen comedy that delivers on every front. The script is brilliant and Will Gluck’s direction is skilful. Stone is impressive and only made more so by a stellar supporting cast.


The poster and cover art for Pandorum was fairly misleading, but my best description of the film is it’s a captivating sci-fi that’s a cross between Cube, Serenity and Sunshine – but also entirely different.

Astronauts Cpl. Bower (Ben Foster) and Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) wake up from hyper-sleep to find themselves alone, trapped and approximately 500 miles from Earth. They are disoriented with no memory of how they got there or how to get out. Further exploration reveals other survivors, an enduring mission that will determine the fate of the human race and a formidable threat lurking around every corner. What ensues is a fight for survival and a struggle against space-induced dementia.

The atmosphere is dark and the aesthetic is metallic and greased with blood and grime. Every turn in every corridor represents danger though staying in one spot is not safe either. The characters are constantly moving through claustrophobic passages or open death traps, while Quaid deals with his own threat as he waits for the rescue. In addition, a cameo by Norman Reedus is unexpected and awesome.

The story is an outstanding sci-fi mystery of lost memory and hidden agendas. As the pieces slowly fall into the place, the ending remains an unforeseen blow to audiences. The film is a solid mix of action and discovery that never falters in its delivery.

Special features include: commentary with director Christian Alvart and producer Jeremy Bolt; deleted and alternate scenes; a behind the scenes featurette; an answer to the question “What happened to Nadia’s team?”; a flight team training video; and still galleries.


It is nearly impossible for a movie based on a book with such a loyal (and sometimes obsessed) following to live up to expectations, unless they’re kept low. If you wisely did this, then the film fairs as an adequate adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s book.

Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) mom recently remarried; so to give the newlyweds some alone time, she grudgingly decides to trade the warm, sunny climate of Phoenix for the cloudy, rainy surroundings of Forks, Washington to live with her father (Billy Burke). With such a small population, everyone quickly takes notice of the new girl and Bella instantly has a group of new friends – everyone except the Cullens. The Cullens mostly keep to themselves but Bella finds herself drawn to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) despite the strange way he acts around her. He soon reveals a similar attraction, only his desires are more dangerous than she expected. Bella is eventually welcomed into their vampire family but there are other vampires not as willing to tolerate the unprecedented relationship.

Even at two hours, Bella and Edward’s courtship is incredibly short. Several of the scenes are combined and they fast track to an intensely reciprocal relationship so the danger presented by the nomad vampires is substantiated. Of course, these adjustments (however unwelcome) were expected and the feelings between the characters are still expressed well enough. On the other hand, the change in tone of two very meaningful moments in the novel is more than irritating.

The casting of the already loved and imagined characters is acceptable. Stewart conveys the vulnerability of Bella, as well as her powerful and unforeseen attraction to Edward. Pattinson is both good-looking and comes across slightly dangerous; although the pain caused by his uncontrollable draw to Bella is not always convincingly portrayed. Conversely, his smile is fittingly breathtaking. Luckily, their on-screen chemistry is tangible. The rest of the Cullens are also represented well, especially Alice (Ashley Greene). And Jacob (Taylor Lautner) has a sweet, adorable face as expected. On the other side of the vampire divide, Cam Gigandet provides a very menacing take on James and Rachelle Lefevre is a more subtly deadly Victoria.

Unfortunately, few of the effects really work. Filmmakers used a lot of wirework to communicate the vampires’ special abilities but the Crouching Tiger-look does not really work for this story.

The two-disc special edition has quite a few bonus features. The first disc includes music videos from Muse, Paramore and Linkin Park with introductions by director Catherine Hardwicke. The five extended scenes also include introductions from Hardwicke; for some of them, that bit of extra in the scene would have been great additions to the film. The audio commentary by Hardwicke, Stewart and Pattinson reveals a lot of personal anecdotes but is not as noteworthy as one would have hoped.

The second disc contains five deleted scenes, each with an introduction by Hardwicke; these omissions are more interesting and some are even scenes straight out of the book. A nearly hour-long documentary details the shooting of most of the significant scenes in the film, interviewing various members of the cast and crew throughout; it also shows how the special effects were achieved in the baseball and final fight sequences. The cast’s appearance at Comic-Con is also included, and the teaser they showed there is in the trailers section – does Stewart always look so uncomfortable during public appearances?

It was obviously going to be difficult to transfer this story to the big screen. And even though the film doesn’t hold a candle to the source material, it’s an adequate adaptation.

Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) mom recently remarried so to give the newlyweds some alone time, she grudgingly decides to trade the warm, sunny climate of Phoenix for the cloudy, rainy surroundings of Forks, Washington to live with her father (Billy Burke). With such a small population, everyone quickly takes notice of the new girl and Bella instantly has a group of new friends – everyone except the Cullens. The Cullens keep to themselves mostly but Bella finds herself drawn to Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) despite the strange way he acts around her. He soon reveals a similar attraction, only his desires are more dangerous than she expected. Bella is eventually welcomed into their vampire family but there are other vampires not as willing to tolerate the unprecedented relationship.

Even at two hours, the first thing fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight will notice is Bella and Edward’s courtship is highly abbreviated. Several of the scenes are combined and they fast track to an intensely reciprocal relationship so the danger presented by the nomad vampires is substantial. Of course, these adjustments were expected and the feelings between the characters are still expressed well enough. On the other hand, the change in tone of two very meaningful moments in the novel is more than irritating.

The casting of the already loved and imagined characters is fairly satisfying. Stewart conveys the vulnerability of Bella, as well as her powerful and unforeseen attraction to Edward. Pattinson is both good-looking and comes across slightly dangerous; although the pain caused by his uncontrollable draw to Bella is not always portrayed convincingly. Conversely, his smile is fittingly breathtaking. Luckily, their on-screen chemistry is tangible. The rest of the Cullens are also represented well, especially Alice (Ashley Greene). And Jacob (Taylor Lautner) has a sweet, adorable face as expected. On the other side of the vampire divide, Cam Gigandet provides a very menacing take on James and Rachelle Lefevre is a more subtly deadly Victoria.

Practically, few of the effects really work. Filmmakers used a lot of wirework to communicate the vampires’ special abilities but the Crouching Tiger-look does not really work for this story.

In the end, this film is not as likely to bring new readers to the series as it fails to truly illustrate the force of Bella and Edward’s love. Moreover, they are likely to miss the subtleties of some of the characters’ actions because they’re unfamiliar with the story. Alternatively, fans will not walk away disgruntled as the film is loyal to the story they know – just very different.