for January 30
  • New In Town

    Rene Zellweger and Harry Connick, Jr. in a romantic comedy.
  • Taken

    Liam Neeson as an ex-spy whose daughter is kidnapped.
  • The Uninvited

    Suspense horror thriller based on a Korean original.
  • 1. PRIDE AND GLORY:

    Edward Norton stars in this very tough cop story about a multi-generational police family that becomes involved in an internal scandal.  Colin Farrell and Jon Voigt also star.  This is tough, gritty action that doesn’t really end well for anyone.  Rough language, plenty of violent behaviour, cops on the take, cops who make up their own rules … sounds a little like home, doesn’t it? Rated 18A.  

  • 2. LAKEVIEW TERRACE:

    Ever had a neighbour from Hell, one that seemed bent on making your life miserable at any cost?  That’s the premise here, with the wild card being the fact that that offending neighbour happens to have colour on his side … and that colour is blue – LAPD blue.  Samuel L. Jackson stars as the cop who doesn’t like his new mixed-race neighbours. Rated 14A.

  • 3. VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA:

    Woody Allen directed this midsummer night’s sex comedy about two young Americans spending a summer in Spain where they meet a larger-than-life artist and his insane wife.  Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson and Penelope Cruz star.  Oh, the artist didn’t mention the wife.  Rated 14A.

  • 4. RICK’S PICK:  LAKEVIEW TERRACE:

    Although not a perfect film from any aspect, this one has a certain spin that makes it more than what appears on the surface.  I liked the reverse discrimination aspect.  Lakeview Terrace is the area where Rodney King was beaten … and his desire to have us all “just get along” is referenced in the film.
THE TERMINATOR (1984):  It’s been awhile since I revisited this Arnold Schwarzenegger classic and it holds up remarkably well over 25 years.  It also puts the TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles back into proper perspective.  O.J. Simpson was the original actor considered to play The Terminator … but he was rejected as it was felt that audiences would feel he was “too nice” to play a stone killer.
  • Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans Defiance

    A good prequel for fans of the two Underworld movies.
  • Inkheart

    Brendan Fraser looks like he did this one for the paycheque and little else – but a good family film.
  • The Wrestler

    Mickey Rourke is exceptional, and full value for his Oscar nom as a used up wrestler – but otherwise not a very “nice” film.
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