for July 10 DVDs

    Sasha Baron Cohen, the creator of Borat is back again, this time as a gay blade, same format

    Another high school hormone-driven-teens movie, starring Heroes, Hayden Panetierre and the usual gang of boys-on-the-make … or so they wish.
  • 1. KNOWING:

    Nicolas Cage is a tortured single dad and university professor whose child goes to a school where, 50 years before, a time capsule was buried.  It’s now time to open it, and the professor’s son gets a sheet of paper covered with numbers, placed there a half-century ago.  What does it mean?  Turns out it’s the coordinates of major, worldwide disasters, and those yet to come.  End of the world?  Could be!  I liked this movie a great deal - not everyone’s bag, but it worked for me!  Great special effects!  Rated 14A.

  • 2. THE UNBORN:

    Good cast here with Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and Jane Alexander in a horror-thriller about possession by an unknown, malevolent spirit.  Plagued by bad dreams at night, and a ghost that haunts her waking hours, a young woman seeks spiritual help to try to get to the bottom of it … and finds a horror that goes back to Nazi Germany. A good thriller with a good payoff!   Rated 14A.    


    Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski, and Steve Zahn star in this story of three strangers who meet on a train and discover a box of diamonds.  They decide to steal them and split the spoils until greed takes over … and of course, not everyone is what they appear to be.  Opened wide this past spring, but did not get good distribution, so you probably didn’t see this one in theatres … made in Bulgaria on a budget – but not bad for what it is.  Rated 14A.

  • 4. KNOWING:

    Despite the fact that Nicolas Cage’s character is in psychological anguish throughout most of this film, and despite some lapses in logical behaviour, I liked the concept and the execution … but have always been a sucker for end-of-the-world stories.
ON THE BEACH (1959):   
Based on Neville Shute’s best-selling novel and set in Australia, we face the end of the world as the northern hemisphere has been destroyed by nuclear war and the radioactive clouds are heading south.  Fred Astaire, Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner.

    All the usual suspects are back – Manny, Ellie, Diego, Sid, even Scrat, plus Buck, a very odd weasel, in a delightful romp with great dialogue often appreciated only by adults.

    Johnny Depp is superb as John Dillinger in 1933 Chicago.  All of his pals show up – Pretty Boy Floyd, Baby Face Nelson, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis .. and of course, things don’t end well for any of them!

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