Rom-com with Kristin Bell and Josh Duhamel in the eternal city
EDGE OF DARKNESS
Mel Gibson as a homicide detective whose daughter is murdered right before his eyes.
Director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3, U-571) gets it mostly right in this Bruce Willis vehicle set in a future time when people never leave their homes, sending their surrogates out instead. The Surrogate can be anything you want – a bodybuilder physique for the short fat guy at home, or a femme fatale for the mousey, homely girl … live is enjoyed thorugh the surrogates while their owners are wired into the equipment at home … and everything’s fine until … surrogates start dying. Willis’s character is a cop who has to physically leave home for the first time in years to solve the case. Good action pic! Rated 14A
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Canada’s Ellen Page (Juno) is again the precocious, smart-mouth teen who can’t find her niche … until she secretly gets involved in roller derby. The movie doesn’t seem to know where its audience actually is, but I found it a charmer … especially the names of the female players … Jaba the Slut, Smashley Simpson, and Maggie Mayhem. Written by Shauna Corss who skated under the name Maggie Mayhem. Rated PG
3. THIS IS IT!:
The backstage look at the Michael Jackson concert – the one he never gave – portrays the Jackson we don’t know … a consummate musician, a superb leader, and a talent that must be separated from the notoriety and the legal battles. Thin and on the edge of death? Hardly! A must for anyone who wants the truth. Rated PG.
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Underrated while in theatres, this one is Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut … and has many real roller derby queens in the cast … some from the Hurl Scouts.
THE WIZ (1978):
Michael Jackson’s film debut, this one is a re-do of the Wizard of Oz … in Manhattan … #28 on the list of top 50 cult films of all time.
Excellent sci-fi-horror thriller with archangels Gabriel and Michael returned to earth to deal with the Apocalypse
Dwayne Johnson in a kids movie that will engage kiddies everywhere
Harrison Ford as a real life doctor looking for a cure for a children’s genetic condition – heartwarming!