for July 04
  • Hancock

    Actually opened Tuesday – nothing else this weekend – Will Smith as a very unusually superhero who needs rehab
  • Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl

    No American Girl stores in Canada, so this product-placement film for young girls may go unnoticed.

    Randy Quaid is a damaged Presidential bodyguard protecting the Commander-in-Chief at an important summit meeting in Spain when a shot rings out, and it appears that the President is down. The film looks at this few minutes from the viewpoint of several different participants in the day, each offering more insight, and a different spin on what happened. An unusually done film with a good payoff. Rated 14A.


    Owen Wilson should have stayed in treatment instead of coming out to act in this very, very poor movie reminiscent of 1980’s My Bodyguard. Wilson is the title character, a homeless loser and small-time petty criminal who convinces a trio of school boys who are being bullied that, for a price, he can protect them. Not funny, not well-acted, not well-scripted. Just a bad movie. Rated PG.


    This series is running on CTV right now, but it’s from the American AMC channel and is a delightfully fulfilling look at the soapy goings-on in a 1960s Madison Avenue advertising firm and is a great time capsule of the early 60s, a place where everyone smokes, where no one uses seatbelts when they drive, a place where pregnant women drink, and where drinking and driving aren’t good ideas, but everyone does it. The scond season starts on AMC later this month. Rated 14A.

  • Rick´s Pick: Vantage Point:

    I liked the multiple viewpoint idea, and also performances by Matthew Fox (Lost) and Oscar-winner Forrest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland).

The Parallax View (1974):
Warren Beatty is the star here, and the film has elements of this week’s Vantage Point with a conspiracy, a sniper, a political assassination, and things not what they appear to be.
  • Wall-E

    A wonderful sci-fi animated feature from Disney/Pixar about a little Waste Allocation robot that uses elements from 2001, Bladerunner, and ET. Great family film that adults will love – and it has a message
  • Wanted

    Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in a surprisingly original take on a recruited assassin – great special effects – reminds me a little of The Matrix.
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