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  • Avengers: Endgame:

    This is the 22nd film in the Avengers Universe, and according to the executives in charge, it's the last.  It picks up where Avengers: Infinity Wars left off.  The powerful Thanos (Josh Brolin) has destroyed half the universe and half of all living things through the use of the Infinity Stones, one of which gave him control of time.  It is five years after those events, and the remaining members of the Avengers, fragments of the huge task force in the previous movie, get together for a last ditch attempt to save humanity. The plan here is for the remaining Avengers to somehow undo what was done in the previous movie, to help restore not only their fellow superheroes, but their families as well, because many lost their loved ones.  Time has been kind to some of the Avengers, and not so much to others.  Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) has settled into a life of domestic happiness with his love Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and their daughter, with all thoughts of Iron Man left in the past.  Over in Asgaard, Thor, God of Thunder is not doing so well, having let himself go to the point where he is not the man that he once was, and the rest of the gang that includes Captain America, The Hulk, for whom time has been kind, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and many others, show up in various ways, as do those from Guardians of the Galaxy, with Rocket Raccoon (voice of Bradley Cooper) taking centre stage.  Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is the first of the Avengers that we see who is her old self.  It's difficult to say too much without revealing spoilers, but I can tell you that the action is not quite as relentless as past Avengers movies, leaving more time for story and character development.  The plot is complex and requires some real attention, or it will get away from you, and as always, the special effects are excellent. There is room for both jubilation and tears as the story spins out.  I lean towards Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) as my Avenger of choice, but I also liked the way Black Panther and the heroes of Wakenda presented themselves. Don't worry about having to sit through the entire list of credits to see what's next ... after the credits, it's a fade to black, most appropriate.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Unplanned:

    This highly controversial pro-life film did not get into most theatres in Canada because of its content, a strong anti-abortion, pro-life message that is based on actual people and events.  Written and directed by Christian filmmaker Chuck Konzelman and the team that produced such faith-based films as “God Is Not Dead,” and “Do You Believe,” it tells the story of Abby Johnson (Ashley Bratcher), who was, at the time of this story, the youngest Planned Parenthood director in the U.S., and was involved, in one way or another, in more than 22,000 abortions, and counselled countless women on their reproductive choices.  When asked to assist in an abortion at 13 weeks gestation, she has a change of heart, and steps out to become a pro-life advocate, turning her back on everything she had previously believed. Many of the actors were advised against making this film because it could be career suicide. Most of the cast here has a background in small, uncredited roles, and most professed a belief in the story being told. Rated 14A.

  • All Is True:

    William Shakespeare doesn’t have his own website, but if he did, it would likely tell us that the Bard of Avon was the most important, the most prolific actor, playwright, and poet in the world, and was the finest dramatist in history.  This British film, shot on location in the U.K., received little distribution in Canada, so it did not make it into most theatres. Directed by, and starring, Sir Kenneth Branagh, it focuses on the last years of the Bard’s life. He died at the age of just 52, and had been married for 34 of those years to Anne Hathaway (Dame Judi Dench).  Hathaway outlived him, having made it to age 67, and to this day, Shakespeare is the best-selling fiction author in the world with some 4 billion copies of his work having been sold. This intimate and touching portrayal of his latter days offers rare insight into a man whose work we almost take for granted. Rated 14A.
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2019):

    This Netflix original is several things - it's a sci-fi thriller, it's a police procedural with a serial killer at large, and it has overtones of conspiracies that would put the fake moon landing to shame.  Michael C. Hall, who played Dexter the serial killer, is a Philadelphia cop who, along with his partner played by Boyd Holbrook (Narcos) pursue a murderer whose crimes seem to follow a pattern of lunar phases.  Holbrook's character has been after this guy (is it a guy?) all his adult life.  Rated 14A.

     

    GLOW (Series 2017):

    This series, one of the most popular Netflix originals, moves into its third season this weekend as the girls who headline the show move on to Las Vegas from Los Angeles where they all started.  Which girls exactly?  Why, the girls who work the pro wrestling circuit, having begun, in season one, as women just looking for a chance to pursue their chosen sport, and now it's the glitter of Sin City.  Produced by the creative team that did "Orange is the New Black," it has a large cast that includes Betty Gilpin and Alison Brie.  Rated 14A.

Tigerland (2000):

A strong Vietnam War film that looks at the training facility named Tigerland in Louisiana, which is the last stop for thousands of young men before they are shipped off to war in Southeast Asia.  Colin Farrell leads a tough-looking cast of people, some not out of their teens, who aren’t likely to survive to the end of the film. Rated 14A.

 

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Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018):

Based on actual events, Joaquin Phoenix stars as John Callahan, a young man severely injured in a car accident in which he was the impaired driver.  His alcoholism led him to that place, where he emerged a quadriplegic, and it appeared that his life was pretty much over.  While in rehab, he found that he had an ability to draw editorial cartoons, and with the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and his sponsor (Jonah Hill), he learns that perhaps there is a life worth living after all.  Set and shot in Portland, OR, home of the real-life John Callahan.  Rated 14A.