for June 15
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

    A special effects extravaganza as an alien race is set to take over the earth
  • Nancy Drew

    Emma Roberts (Julia’s niece) is the girl detective this time around.
  • 1. Ghost Rider

    Nicolas Cage is the title character here who makes a deal with the devil to save a family member and finds out that the devil doesn’t always play fair.  He’s a motorcycle stunt rider in the circus who becomes Satan’s henchman, but in a good way.  Great special effects and solid performances.  Remember that it’s based on a comic book – this isn’t a documentary! Rated 14A.

  • 2. Breach

    Ryan Phillipe and Chris Cooper star in the real-life story of an FBI operative, Robert Hanssen, who sells secrets to the Russians.  Cooper’s performance is excellent, but his character is distasteful – and Phillipe seems too much a lightweight to be credible as the young agent assigned to help smoke out the spy.  If you’re a fan of real-life spy stories though, this one’s a worthwhile rental. Rated PG.

  • 3. Blood and Chocolate

    I generally like the werewolf/vampire genre, but this made-in-Rumania werewolf tale has such a low budget that the special effects used to turn the regular people into werewolves don’t exist, so there’s a kind of slo-mo shift that’s almost laughable.  The story is okay, but this one is strictly for students of the genre, nor for regular folks. Rated PG.

  • Rick's Pick: Ghost Rider

    It took three hours each day just to glue on Nicolas Cage’s hairpiece … and the motorcycle crash that you see, where a rider hits his head on the front wheel is real – it occurred during filming when a stunt went bad, and it was left in.

Breaking Away (1979)
A superb Oscar-winner about bike racing starring Dennis Quaid … which ties in to next week’s Ride2Survive for Cancer from Kelowna to Vancouver.  www.ride2survive.ca puts you on the website and shows how you can contribute to this cause happening next Thursday, June 21.
  • Ocean's Thirteen

    This is a far better film than Ocean’s 12 and it offers up a good plot, a great heist, and an excellent sting. George Clooney and Brad Pitt’s closing scene is a riot!
  • Hostel II

    For serious slasher-film fans only – extreme violence and profanity, nudity, and other evil things
  • Surf's Up

    A great animated feature that both kids and adults will love – how can you not love a surfing penguin?