for August 15
  • Tropic Thunder

    A spoof on war films
  • Mirrors

    Horror with Kiefer Sutherland
  • Fly Me to the Moon

    Animated flies on Apollo 13
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    George Lucas animates Star Wars.
  • 1 .SMART PEOPLE:

    Dennis Quaid is a widowed college professor whose life has been on hold since his wife’s death. His two teenaged children find him distant, aloof, and full of self-pity – overall, not a very nice man. He becomes involved, if that’s the right word, with a former student (Sarah Jessica Parker) now a doctor, and finds that he’s not very good at the “relationship thing” … worth watching even if none of this works for you is Ellen Page (Juno) as the daughter. Billed as a comedy although sometimes that’s hard to tell. Rated 14A.

  • 2. ART OF WAR II: THE BETRAYAL:

    Renting this made-in-Vancouver direct-to-DVD film would be an act of charity, helping out its star Wesley Snipes with his serious tax and legal problems. Sentenced to jail, and still forced to pay millions in back taxes and penalties, Snipes has knocked off this quickie to help pay some bills. Special Agent Neil Shaw is called out of retirement to help with a domestic political situation. Canadians Winston Rekert and Lochlyn Munro co-star, but nothing can help the lame plot and sorry pacing. So just view it as a donation to a prison ministry! Rated 14A.

  • 3. CJ17:

    Accomplished Chinese actor-writer-director Steven Chow spins out and stars in an unusual tale of a poor farm worker who cannot afford toys for his son, but finds something in the garbage that he gives to the boy (actually played by a girl!) that turns out to be and alien creation from space. Touching and cute – Mandarin with English Subtitles, or dubbed, take your choice. A good family movie! Rated PG.

  • RICK’S PICK: SMART PEOPLE:

    Rachel Weisz was supposed to play the Sarah Jessica Parker character, but she bailed on the project … interesting, because she would have been far better for the role. I select this primarily because of Ellen Page, not because I liked it that much.

Batteries Not Included (1987):
A delightful sci-fi story about a little UFO that shows up just when it’s needed most. 21 years ago, no one guessed that writer Brad Bird, who scripted this little gem, would become the Oscar-winning writer-director of such films as The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy star.
  • Pineapple Express

    I’m not a fan of stoner-doper movies, so the crude humour and Seth Rogan’s patented slacker didn’t work for me, but the audience liked it!
  • The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants II

    A delightful sequel in which all four stars return and deliver a sound story that works beautifully.
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