for March 13 DVDs
  • RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN

    Dwayne Johnson (the artist formerly known as The Rock) in a Disney special effects film about an alien invasion
  • THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

    Wes Craven’s tale of horror and revenge
  • MISS MARCH

    Spring Break movie about sex-crazed teens and … Hugh Hefner!
  • 1. CADILLAC RECORDS:

    Tough to find in theatres, but now it’s out on DVD.  This is the (mostly) true story of the founding of Chess Records in the ‘60s, the label that found and recorded Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters.  Adrian Brody and Beyonce star … and the soundtrack is to die for if you like ‘60s R & B. Rated 14A.

  • 2. TRANSPORTER 3:

    Jason Statham is back as the man who will drive anything anywhere for a price, no questions asked.  Transporter 2 was a bit of a dud, but this one is the best in show.  A very cool Ukrainian femme fatale, Natalia Rudakova, who prior to this film was a hairdresser in Russia almost steals the show. Tough guys from the Russian Mob, and a style that makes the current James Bond look like a pantywaist make this an exceptional action-adventure film with some great stunt-driving too. Rated 14A.  

  • 3. MILK:

    It did very well at the Oscars, and Sean Penn is full value for his Academy Award as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man on the City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors.  Penn has arguably given the performance of his career here, and based on historical facts, it doesn’t end well … although Penn himself used his Oscar speech to further the cause of Gay Rights.  An exceptional film.  A great time capsule of 1977.  Rated 14A.

  • 4. TRANSPORTER 3:

    Well, it should really be Milk because of the importance of the message and because of the Oscar win, but it’s just difficult not to select Statham and his outstanding portrayal of driver Frank Martin.  There is almost no CGI work on the car chases – they are the real thing!!
BULLITT (1968):
Take the best of the Transporter – car chases – and Milk – San Francisco – and you get the best car chase scenes ever put on film prior to the advent of special effects.  Steve McQueen is superb as the SF cop with the hot Mustang.  Speeds during the chases reached 110 mph!
  • WATCHMEN

    Great special effects, but a too-long story that takes too long to get to its point disappointed me … and it’s rated 18A for a reason!!!
  • ONE WEEK

    Interesting small Canadian road picture with Vancouver’s Joshua Jackson.  BC is out of order though!
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