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This week’s releases include: a cancer drama made lighter; a Woody Allen masterpiece; director Billy Wilder’s best picture winner; a man giving up everything for love; a spy with a difficult choice to make; a found-footage horror prequel; Rocky with robots; a woman haunted by her competition; a chance meeting leads to an unusual friendship; a murder mystery; a throwback adventure film; an eye-opening look at the Bosnian underworld; and a film that made Oscar history. (more…)

This week’s release is the latest adaptation of a beloved vigilante crime fighter. (more…)

Kristen Wiig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in a scene from PaulThe attraction so many feel towards this film has a simple motivation: its pair of geek celebrity stars, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The writing/acting duo first captured our attentions in the breakout zombie romantic comedy Shaun of the Dead, and then they maintained them with their followup, Hot Fuzz. The trailers for their third film, Paul, looked promising and it won’t disappoint. The guys take their fandom to a new level of dedication and hilarity – the stoner alien is simply a bonus. (more…)

Jay Chou and Seth Rogen in The Green HornetThe Green Hornet made its debut in 1936 on a radio show in Detroit. Since then, the crime-fighting vigilantes have had numerous makeovers and been featured in film serials, a television show and comic books. The latest adaptation is an awesome feature film that lives up to any and all expectations for humour, cool gadgets and fight sequences. I can’t attest to whether it’s faithful to the versions in any of the other mediums, but I can say without a doubt that this movie can, and does, stand alone. (more…)

This film is a tribute to the fanboys and fangirls of the world. You know who you are.

It’s 1998 and the countdown to the release of Star Wars Episode 1 has commenced. Linus (Chris Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler) and Windows (Jay Baruchel) are obsessed with all things Star Wars, but after high school their fourth musketeer Eric (Sam Huntington) became an adult and put his passion aside along with his friends. However, when Eric finds out one of his former-best friends has terminal cancer, he decides something must be done. The plan: a cross-country road trip to break into George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch and steal a copy of Episode 1 before it’s released. And Zoe (Kristin Bell), their like-minded girlfriend, is not about to be left behind. Not surprisingly, hilarity ensues.

The element that really makes this film work is the wonderful chemistry between the boys and girl. Watching, it’s easy to believe they’ve been friends since they were kids and know all of each others’ quirks and buttons. Montreal’s Baruchel was even given quite a bit of room to improv throughout the movie, adding to its genuineness.

Director Kyle Newman is most definitely and obviously a fanboy. The detail and parallels to Star Wars, like the opening crawl, are great. Even the Fanboys characters represent characters from Star Wars, though most of them alternate who they are depending on the situation. Of course, what would a movie about Star Wars fans be without a war with Trekkies.

The film’s credibility is provided by several key cameos: Carrie Fisher (a.k.a. Princess Leia), Billy Dee Williams (a.k.a. Lando Calrissian), William Shatner, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Danny Trejo and Seth Rogen. In a different type of movie, these appearances may be laughed at; but in a genuine movie by and for fans, some of these people are practically worshipped.

The DVD special features include audio commentary with Newman and the entire main cast. Their anecdotes from the shoot are amusing and their chemistry continues to flow even after the production has wrapped. The six deleted scenes only add to the comedy, including an extended scene with Smith and Mewes and another with the “six fingered man.” In addition, there are four mini featurettes, including one about their stripper choreography, and a series of webisodes.

Next to the winners (and their attire), the other big talk of Oscar night was the actual ceremony and its unconventional host.

Hugh Jackman brought a showman’s flair to the occasion with a couple of musical numbers, as opposed to the traditional comedic jabs. But the night was not jab-less. Jackman’s introductory song included an enjoyable number with Anne Hathaway as Nixon, but another about not having seen The Reader and his intention to just catch it on DVD. Ben Stiller took a knowing poke at Joaquin Phoenix’s new, bizarre persona, when he accompanied Natalie Portman to the stage dressed as the actor-turned-rapper.

Steve Martin and Tina Fey joined each other on stage to present the screenplay awards, but stole most of the attention for themselves as they exchanged playful banter. The skit culminated with Fey looking affectionately at Martin, and him demanding, “Don’t fall in love with me.”

A short sketch comedy featuring Seth Rogen and James Franco as their Pineapple Express characters was scripted by Judd Apatow. Unfortunately, the Academy’s reluctance to show the boys getting high restrained some of the funniness.

The best song performances were wonderful, with dozens of Indian dancers and numerous drummers accompanying A.R. Rahman’s renditions of the two nominated songs from Slumdog Millionaire. Unfortunately, Peter Gabriel chose not to perform “Down to Earth” from WALL-E, leaving the task to John Legend.

A third musical featured a duet with Jackman and Beyoncé Knowles; Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens of High School Musical; and Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper of Mamma Mia!. However, Jackman and Knowles’ duet could have been cut a tad shorter.

The technical awards were grouped, so presenters handed out all honours in compatible categories; and in between awards presentations, genre montages of nominated and non-nominated film clips were projected on the big screen. But the most applauded change was the presentation of top acting awards by five exceptional winners from previous years. Not only was it a welcome change from viewing the overplayed film clips, but it made just being nominated a little more special – ask Hathaway, who was brought to tears when she was honoured by Shirley MacLaine.

The title could not be more specific. However, it’s really about two lifelong best friends entering uncharted territory.

Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been friends since first grade. As adults, they are roommates with no secrets and a complimentary dynamic. But when their minimum wage salaries can no longer pay the bills, they must seek alternative sources of income. Having recently met a pornography entrepreneur, the wheels begin to turn and casting auditions are posted. With Zack’s friend Delaney (Craig Robinson) bank-rolling the film, Deacon (Clerks alum Jeff Anderson) set to shoot it and a cast including Zack, Miri, Lester (Jason Mewes), Bubbles (Traci Lords), Stacey (Katie Morgan) and Barry (Ricky Mabe), a porno is born. And FYI, Zack and Miri have never had sex with each other.

Writer/director Kevin Smith is exploring a topic in this film that he says always interested him: sex with love versus sex without. After all, he married his only one-night stand. Thus, Rogen speaks in Smith’s voice and Mewes represents his own free-spirited views. Eerily, it often feels like Rogen is channelling Smith directly. Justin Long has a humorous cameo as the high school heartbreaker’s lover and porn star.

Unfortunately, Smith does recycle some jokes from his last flick, Clerks 2. Nonetheless, the movie is very funny. Zack and Miri’s candidness with each other in the opening act is comic and sex outside a serious flick usually plays for some laughs. And for those interested, Mewes does do the full monty.

On disc one, along with the flick is 95-minutes of hilarious deleted scenes, featuring a frozen car lock, obscure sexual terminology and more Long. The second-disc is a lengthy of set of more very amusing bonus features. There’s the 75-minute “Popcorn Porn: The Making of Zack and Miri,” which talks about every aspect of the film from conception to casting to fighting the NC-17 rating; “Money Shots Webisodes” are unrelated shorts, featuring “Interviews with Ricky Mabe” and “The More You Porno;” a video-capture of the group’s Q-and-A at Comic-Con; “Seth Vs. Justin: Battle for Improvisational Supremacy” is self-explanatory; and a series of outtakes that are not as funny as some of the other special content.