for April 17 DVDs
  • 17 AGAIN

    Zac Efron is a dad who goes back to his teen years.
  • CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE

    Jason Statham needs voltage to stay alive in this sequel.
  • STATE OF PLAY

    Russell Crowe is a political journalist in the internet era.
  • 1. THE READER:

    Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes star in what the Academy saw as an Oscar nominated film that could have picked up an award or two or three … and won Best Actress for Winslet who plays a significant segment of the movie in the buff.  She is a woman in post WWII Germany who has an affair with a much younger man … and then meets him again under very different circumstances.  I didn’t like the way The Holocaust and some peripheral areas were downplayed, but Winslet’s performance is powerful.  Rated 18A.

  • 2. THE SPIRT:

    Gabriel Macht is the Marvel Comic Books character come-to-life in what is an uneven and often silly portrayal of a tier two or tier three character.  Samuel L. Jackson is laughable as the villain, and virtually nothing in this movie works.  The Spirit is killed by bad guys and somehow comes back to life.  He should have stayed dead!  Based on the graphic novel, directed by Frank Miller. Rated 14A.   

  • 3. CASSANDRA’S DREAM:

    Perfect for Colin Farrell fans, this Woody Allen-directed, made-in-the-UK crime drama tells the story of two brothers (Farrell & Ewan McGregor) who face serious financial issues and decide that turning to crime might solve a few things for them.  Allen does a good job here, and Farrell is always full value. Rated 14A.

  • 4. RICK’S PICK:  THE READER:

    Not my favourite film because of the treatment of the subject matter, but most any movie with a Best Actress Oscar and a Best Picture nomination should be seen.
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK (1959):
Sticking with the Holocaust theme, Mille Perkins is superb as the title character in this triple Oscar winner including a Best Supporting Actress nod to Shelley Winters.
  • HANNA MONTANA: THE MOVIE

    Miley Cyrus is just fine in her big-screen version of the TV show, perfect for tweens.
  • DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION

    A better-than-average fantasy adventure for those who like gaming and action.
  • SUNSHINE CLEANING

    From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, this story of a financially challenged single mom who starts a biohazard cleaning business is flawed but has a certain charm.

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