Liam Neeson and Russell Crowe star in a thriller in which a man’s wife is accused of murder and imprisoned … and he wants her out.
1. THE LAST AIRBENDER:
M. Night Shymalin, he of “The Sixth Sense” fame, gets it mostly wrong in this box office dud about a fantasy world in which airbenders control the ether, Waterbenders the oceans, and earthbenders the … well, you get it. The special effects are interesting, and it has a reasonable, although not great story about the discovery of the Last Airbender, the one who might save us all … too complicated for most kids, too simple for most adults. Rated PG.
2. LOTTERY TICKET:
A largely African-American cast spins out an uneven tale of a projects resident who gets the winning lottery ticket, but can’t cash it in because it’s the Fourth of July long weekend … so the idea is to keep it quiet until it’s all official. Doesn’t happen! Soon everyone knows about it and has such a deal for him. Stars L’il Bow Wow, Ice Cube, and Loretta Devine. Rated 14A.
3. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT:
Julianne Moore and Annett Bening are same-sex moms with teenagers … the kids decide on the sly, to seek out their biological father to help redefine their identities. It does all of that and more in this film that saw limited theatre release but was the darling of film festivals everywhere. Mark Ruffalo also stars. Rated 18A.
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4. THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT:
There is nudity and a lot of sexuality in this film so be warned – it’s not for kids – but it is a very interesting character study in an usual family structure. The title is based on a song by The Who from the ‘60s.
CAT BALLOU (1965):
Lee Marvin is the star in this western comedy … one in which he said that the horse, not he, should have won the Oscar. Holds up as great fun to this day! Jane Fonda and Nat King Cole also star.
A very nifty sci-fi thriller
Outstanding runaway train film with Denzel Washington