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This week’s releases include: a bird watching adventure; a Canadian hockey movie; a quality prison drama; a spy thriller; an exceptional haunted house story; a look at crime in L.A., a fantastic sci-fi narrative; a grown-up bully; a cold war documentary; an extraordinary biopic; a mischievous monkey finds a new way to make trouble; a baseball movie; and a band of misfits. (more…)


Near escapes is what this movie is made of, but the film itself is not going to subtract from your life expectancy as long as you know to expect a cool look with minimal story.

Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) is a published writer with a failed marriage and two pre-teen kids. Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a geologist that discovers in 2009 the Earth’s crust is heating at an alarming rate. Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is a conspiracy theorist with a pirate radio show. It is the crossing of these characters’ paths that put the story events in motion. In 2012, the world as we know it is destroyed by massive natural disasters and the only hope of survival is a set of arks built in secret by the G8 governments.

The concept of an apocalypse in 2012 is becoming more prevalent as the year grows increasingly nearer. After we survived Y2K, the next countdown to the end began. According to ancient Mayan calendars, a rare aligning of the planets will mark the end of days December 21, 2012.

This movie is definitely king of all disaster movies as it features stunning representations of various fatal acts of nature. It’s captivating to watch as California falls out from beneath everyone’s feet, while the characters escape in a manner ideal for a 3-D motion ride. However, as the disasters continue to fill the screen they begin to lose impact.

The trailer did not do the film credit in regards to the calibre of actors involved, only featuring Cusack and the special effects. In addition to those mentioned, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet and Stephen McHattie are among the cast. And while there are many tearful moments, they all avoid the temptation to overact.

The film anchors itself in contemporary times with an assassination in the same tunnel Princess Diana perished; a speech by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the unveiling of the new Bentley. The final destination of the new civilization is an interesting choice, but the realism in needing to plan to begin again on Earth and not space is welcome. On the other hand, humanity’s dark side is exposed with the price of tickets for a place on the ark and the accommodations provided.

2012 will not disappoint the disaster movie enthusiast as it really does have it all and director and co-writer Roland Emmerich once again proves he can manipulate our world like no other.

Special features include: commentary with Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser; deleted scenes and an alternate ending; “Roland Emmerich: The Master of the Modern Epic”; and the music video for “Time for Miracles” by Adam Lambert.


“Just in the nick of time.” For the number of times you can utter this phrase during 2012, it’s a definite candidate for drinking games once the DVD is released.

Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) is a published writer with a failed marriage and two pre-teen kids. Dr. Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a geologist that discovers in 2009 the Earth’s crust is heating at an alarming rate. Charlie (Woody Harrelson) is a conspiracy theorist with a pirate radio show. It is the crossing of these characters’ paths that put the story events in motion. In 2012, the world as we know it is destroyed by massive natural disasters and the only hope of survival is a set of arks built in secret by the G8 governments.

The concept of an apocalypse in 2012 is becoming more prevalent as the year grows increasingly nearer. Since we survived Y2K, the next countdown to the end began. According to ancient Mayan calendars, a rare aligning of the planets will mark the end of days December 21, 2012.

This movie is definitely king of all disaster movies as it features stunning representations of various fatal acts of nature. It’s captivating to watch as California falls out from beneath everyone’s feet, while the characters escape in a manner ideal for a 3D motion ride. However, as the disasters continue to fill the screen they begin to lose impact, even becoming depressing.

The trailer does not do the film credit in regards to the calibre of actors involved, only featuring Cusack and the special effects. In addition to those mentioned, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Oliver Platt, Amanda Peet and Stephen McHattie are among the cast. And while there are many tearful moments, they all avoid the temptation to overact.

The film anchors itself in contemporary times with an assassination in the same tunnel Princess Diana perished; a speech by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and the unveiling of the new Bentley. The final destination of the new civilization is an interesting choice, but the realism in needing to plan to begin again on Earth and not space is welcome. On the other hand, humanity’s dark side is exposed with the price of tickets for a place on the ark and the accommodations provided.

Overall, 2012 will not disappoint the disaster movie enthusiast as it really does have it all and director Roland Emmerich once again proves he can manipulate our world like no other.


Blindness deals with a woman who feels exceedingly alone during an epidemic that unites everyone else in their sickness.

An unexplained outbreak of blindness spreads exponentially through the city and in lieu of any other plan, everyone who is infected is placed in quarantine. A doctor (Mark Ruffalo) is one of the first to enter the designated area with his wife (Julianne Moore), who is not affected but unwilling to leave her husband alone and helpless. The tale then becomes one of a woman stretched to her limits and a makeshift society run amok.

In addition to Ruffalo and Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal turns in an impressive performance as the self-proclaimed king of thieves, Danny Glover is the rational older gentleman, Alice Braga is the prostitute with the golden heart, and Don McKeller, who wrote the script and likes to appear in films to which he contributes, plays the belligerent patient.

The one element Blindness has in common with the last man on Earth plot is the total dissolution of effective government. It is an interesting look at one woman’s struggle, often conjuring imagery from zombie and apocalypse films. Unfortunately, the final half-hour slows down so much that you feel each minute drag past. If repetitive details were restricted, the film’s pace would be better. Furthermore, the conclusion feels excessive.

In the end, what could have been a great film based on story, abilities of the director (Fernando Meirelles) and cast, is made mediocre by pacing issues.

The first of the two-disc DVD contains the feature film and “The Seeing Eye,” which is an additional 30 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage embedded in the film. The second disc holds a 55-minute “making of” featurette titled “Vision of Blindness,” which shows how the cast learned to be blind and Meirelles’ unique style of shooting; and five deleted scenes that were intuitively cut from the film.

The last man on Earth plot has been recycled countless times. Conversely, Blindness deals with a woman who feels exceedingly alone during an epidemic.

An unexplained outbreak of blindness spreads exponentially through the city and in lieu of any other plan, everyone who is infected is placed in quarantine. A doctor (Mark Ruffalo who is also making a TIFF appearance in The Brothers Bloom) is one of the first to enter the designated area with his wife (Julianne Moore), who is not affected but unwilling to leave her husband alone and helpless. The tale then becomes one of a woman stretched to her limits and a makeshift society run amok.

In addition to Ruffalo and Moore, Gael Garcia Bernal turns in an impressive performance as the self-proclaimed king of thieves, Danny Glover is the rational older gentleman, Alice Braga is the prostitute with the golden heart, and Don McKeller, who wrote the script and likes to appear in films to which he contributes, plays the belligerent patient.

The movie is an interesting look at one woman’s struggle, often conjuring imagery from zombie and apocalypse films. Unfortunately, the final half-hour slows down so much that you feel each minute drag past. If repetitive details were restricted, the film’s pace would be better. Furthermore, the ending feels superfluous.

In the end, what could have been a great film based on story and abilities of the director (Fernando Meirelles) and cast is made mediocre by pacing issues.