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This week’s releases include: a story about finding oneself; an adorable monster sequel; a family thriller; a new supernatural war; and an amazingly true love story. (more…)


A scene from ContrabandA good heist film is expected to deliver the following: intensity, ingenuity, humour and a few surprises. A Mark Wahlberg heist film has yet to receive a failing grade in any of these areas, and Contraband passes with honours. (more…)

This week’s releases include: the tale of a vengeful killer; a political biopic; Woody Allen’s latest picture; a scary Christmas story; a survival narrative; a vampire-werewolf romance; and a family’s struggle worked out in MMA. (more…)

When setting a thriller in the extreme north or south of the world, the only enemy more dangerous than the cold and isolation is the monster trying to kill you. Unfortunately for audiences of Whiteout, boredom is the only real villain in play here.

After two years, U.S. Marshal Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is finally leaving her post at an Antarctic research station to return to the world. Her ride is the last transport for six months. However, her final days are complicated by the discovery of a dead body that appears to be the result of foul play. A United Nations operative (Gabriel Macht) arrives to aid in her investigation, but as the crime becomes linked to a 50-year-old mystery Stetko begins to wonder who she can really trust.

This movie is possibly one of the dullest action films ever produced. Time passes so slowly, you actually get a taste of what it must be like to live in similar isolation. Furthermore, what should be one of the most exciting near escapes in the film ends up being a gross lesson in frostbite.

Possibly the most irritating element of the picture is the repeated flashbacks to a moment that proves only remotely relevant and mostly uninteresting. It not only hurts the movie’s pacing, but is also really unnecessary; the same point could have been made during a brief conversation between characters.

For a good watch in the great white, try The Thing instead.

The special features include: “The Coldest Thriller Ever,” the cast and crew discuss working in -65 degree temperatures in northern Manitoba; “Whiteout: From page to screen”; additional scenes; and a digital copy of the film.

In case you need a convenient catch-up or refresher before watching Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld and Underworld: Evolution have been released as a double feature.

In the first chapter, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a death dealer in a war between vampires and lycans that has raged for centuries. Her duty is to eradicate the Earth of lycans, but while shadowing the human Michael (Scott Speedman), a lycan target, Selene uncovers a plot that could mean the end of the vampire race. Lucian (Michael Sheen), a lycan thought to be long dead, has discovered the key to mixing werewolf and vampire DNA, which produces a powerful hybrid. As her feelings for Michael deepen, Selene must decide to who she can trust.

In the sequel, the longstanding war takes a backseat to the release of the most vicious lycan to ever walk the Earth. Selene (Beckinsale) and the transformed Michael (Speedman) must stop the vampire-turned-hybrid Marcus from changing and releasing his lycan-brother William from a prison that has protected everyone for centuries.

As is often the case, the sequel is inferior to the original but both are worth the time. The first instalment is less bogged down by history and takes place in the present, which includes lots of action and conflict. The second has a lot of flashbacks, which while interesting slows down the pace somewhat, and doesn’t feel as well thought out.

The Underworld DVD is the unrated, extended cut of the film and includes commentary with director Les Wiseman, Beckinsale and Speedman; outtakes; and “Fang vs. Fiction,” a 45-minute featurette exploring the mythology of vampires and werewolves.

The Underworld: Evolution DVD’s special features consist of audio commentary from director Wiseman, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, stunt coordinator Brad Martin, and editor Nicolas De Toth; six featurettes: “Bloodlines: From Script to Screen,” “The Hybrid Theory,” “Making Monsters Roar,” “The War Rages On,” “Building a Saga,” and “Music and Mayhem;” and a music video by Atreyu.