for Jan 28 DVDs

    Jason Statham as a first-class hitman

    Anthony Hopkins in a tale of demon possession.

  • 1. RED:

     It’s an acronym for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous” and it’s a great action-adventure with a sense of humour about a team of CIA-type operatives who are much older now, and retired … but an unusual event calls them back to action.  Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich (who brandishes his comedy chops here) lead an outstanding cast of good guys and gals and excellent villains. Rated 14A.


    A marvellous based-on-fact movie from Disney that tells the story of housewife and mother Penny Chenery who goes back home to the horse farm on which she was raised to help out in a family emergency.  She ends up staying, she sees something in Secretariat (Big Red) that no one else does, and takes charge of what will become the first Triple Crown winner in more than a quarter-century.  Even though we know the horse wins, it’s still fraught with drama.  Diane Lane and John Malkovich (again) are excellent.   Rated PG.   


    The very early years of John Lennon (Aaron Johnson), well before the Beatles are profiled here.  His odd family situation (a mother who gave him up, but who stayed in the picture) and a series of disadvantages play out to paint a picture of post-war Liverpool.  Disappointing if you were old enough to have “been there” but very serviceable otherwise. Rated 14A.

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  • 4. RED:

    Great villains, great spies, and a great Russian played by Brian Cox make this one a must-see!


Despite some serious plot holes, this is a pretty good thriller.  Will you see the ending coming?  Probably!


    Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman are better than the material here in this raunchy sex comedy


    Paul Giamatti has Oscar buzz in a great performance in this Canadian story based on Mordecai Richler’s novel.  Dustin Hoffman isn’t bad either!

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