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  •  Onward:

    This animated feature from Pixar features the voices of Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man) as a pair of elf brothers, Ian and Barley, in a world that once thrived on magic.  They lost their father at too young an age to remember him, but now embark upon a quest to find out what happened, using what little magic is left.  As is the case with most Pixar movies (Cars, Toy Story) the attention to detail is exceptional as we start in the boy's hometown of New Mushroomton, a place that used to be magical, but is now populated by trolls, fairies, and unicorns that rummage through the garbage.  We quickly see that the need for magic disappeared over time as such things a television, microwave ovens, and automatic washers and dryers replaced the need to wave a wand or wiggle a nose.  That's the setting, but what would a world like this need more than a quest?  The answer, nothing.  Ian and Barley lost their dad, whom we learn was a real magician, but he died, disappeared, or both when the boys were very young.  They discover a spell that can return dad to life for just one day ... but it only half-works, and the search is on for the rest of their father.  A delightful film that is as much a treat because it’s not a sequel to anything, as it is a colourful romp through a mystical world.  Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is the voice of Ian and Barley's mom.  Rated PG.  



     

  • The Way Back:

    Ben Affleck stars in this story of a once-great high school basketball star, a Phenom by any measure, who has an opportunity to go back to the team, this time as a coach.  Shot and set in Los Angeles, director Gavin O'Connor who worked with Affleck on "The Accountant," has taken the script that he co-wrote with Alan Ingelsby, to demonstrate, by way of a tightly directed character study, a walk through what could have been just another high school sports movie about underdog team and new coach that helps them find the light.  It could also have been just another finding-redemption movie because Affleck's character, Jack Cunningham, is a raging-but-high-functioning alcoholic who fills his stainless steel coffee mug with vodka each day on his construction job.  And it could have been another story of overcoming an irretrievable loss that might push most people over the edge and into the bottle.  But The Way Back is all of this and much more, weaving together its story threads like a fine tapestry, allowing us to only guess at what the final outcome will look like.  Affleck, who has had his own addiction troubles, both with alcohol and with gambling, is superb in this role, clearly mining his own pain to put a character on-screen whose self-defeating and self-destructive behaviour keeps hurting himself and those around him.  Don't expect a standard, pat ending here, and don't think the movie is over each time an issue seems to be resolved, or left unresolved, because the story then takes another turn, revealing more of the character and character flaws that placed Jack Cunningham in this situation in the first place.  An excellent film that belongs to Affleck, and that has a number of surprises at each junction point.  Rated 14A.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog:

    This live-action comedy adventure based on the Sega videogame character with blue fur and super-speed, is great fun for kids, and the advantage for the parents, aunts, uncles, and other family members around them, is that all the frenetic action keeps the little ones quiet and engaged.  A reported $7 million of its production budget was designated for shooting in Ladysmith where it plays the central town of Green Hills, Montana.  Production locations also included Fanny Bay, Vancouver, and Coquitlam, as well as San Francisco.  Lots of Canadiana here, with Jim Carrey as the evil, villainous, mustachioed Dr. Robotnik, called in by the government to find the little blue alien.  As well as the Canadian locations, there's a great little set-piece in which the evil Doctor in his high-tech wheeled laboratory, dances to the 1971 Poppy Family hit single, "Where Evil Grows."  The story is appealing, with the little alien, Sonic, ending up on planet earth having left what little family he had behind on the other side of the galaxy, and ultimately ending up in Green Hills where he befriends the town cop played by James Marsden.  The two team up to overcome the villain, Robotnik, and save the day.  Good fun for kids, and I enjoyed a movie in which I didn't have to think a lot, and just went with the flow.  Rated PG.

  • Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (2011):

    If you have young kids around the house because of the current crisis, this is a movie that may be just right for them ... "them" being those between, I would say, five and maybe 10 or 11.  It isn't one of those movies that adults are going to say, after all is done, "that was good!"  In fact, when the film appeared in theatres, it was widely trashed by critics.  Problem is, those critics weren't 10 years old, which is what it helps to be to get value from this movie.  Based on the "Judy Moody" series of books by Megan MacDonald, the stories follow the adventures of Judy, a grade three student who sees the world just a little differently than other kids.  When school lets out for the summer, Judy decides to have the most wonderful summer of her life, but it gets spoiled right off the bat when her parents have to go away to help another family member, and she and her brother Stink are left in the care of Aunt Opal (Heather Graham).  Things go from bad to worse until Judy decides to hook up with her brother in a search for Big Foot.  A frenetic, high-energy romp ensues, that will likely irritate adults, but charm and indulge youngsters.  Rated PG on Netflix.

     

    All the Bright Places (2020):

    Based on the best-selling novel by Jennifer Niven, this Netflix original film stars Elle Fanning as Violet, a young woman who falls in love with Theodore (Justice Smith), who has a significant amount of baggage, both physically and emotionally.  A romantic drama, it also stars Luke Wilson and Keegan-Michael Key. Rated 14A.

New on CRAVE

The Dead Don't Die (2019)

A great cast in yet another zombie film, we start out with two police officers (Bill Murray and Adam Driver) in search of a missing chicken, and a series of comedic events that make this one of the best, and funniest zombie movies ever.

The Witcher (TV Series, 2019):
This Netflix original series is a sword-and-sandal thriller that follows Geralt of Rivera, a solitary monster-killer who roams the earth righting the wrongs created by monstrosities everywhere.  Henry Cavill stars as the title character, based on a novel series.  A second season has already been announced, so you can binge watch this one safely.  Rated 14A. 

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

Run the Race (2019):
This sports drama focuses on the world of high school football, and puts a good cast together was we watch two brothers, Zach and Dave Truett (Tanner Stine and Evan Hoffer) take two very different approaches to the competitive life on the gridiron.  Mario Van Peebles, Mykelti Williamson, and Francis Fisher co-star as the adults who try to bring some resolution to the brothers’ conflict. Rated 14A.

 

New on DISNEY +

The Mandalorian, Chapter 6:
This Star Wars series made for streaming, is perhaps the most true and authentic spinoff that the franchise has offered in more than 20 years.  Taking place in the days of Jawas and Ewoks, it follows the adventures of a masked bounty hunter and his baby Yoda capturee across the galaxy.  The flavour is very much that of the Empire Strikes Back era, with outstanding special effects and a superb story.  Rated PG.