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for July 20 DVDs
  • THE DARK KNIGHT RISES:

    Christian Bale is exceptional once again in this wrap-up of the Dark Knight series … at least, that’s what he says!

 
  • 1. THE THREE STOOGES:

    Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk … oh, a Wiseguy huh? This Farrelly Brothers telling of the story of Larry, Curly, and Moe is not biopic … it’s just another Three Stooges short that runs quite long. Given the parentage (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber) this is a pretty family-friendly Stooges tale that starts with them being left in an orphanage, and fast-forwards to their adult years when they are caretakers of the same establishment. Three excellent portrayals here, and one that comes close to ruining the film … Moe is played by Toronto’s Chris Diamantopoulos (24, The Kennedys – he was Frank Sinatra), Larry is Sean Hayes (Jack on Will and Grace) and Curly, the best of all is played by Ladner’s Will Sasso. The usual pokes in the eyes and hammers on the head apply … unfortunately, Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) has too much to say as a nun at the orphanage, and doesn’t add anything to the story … the Farrelly’s come on at the end to explain to kids, “don’t try this at home.” Rated PG.

  • 2. SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN:

    A small, indie film with a heart ... Ewing McGregor is a fly fishing expert and journalist, and Emily Blunt works for a British PR company that represents an oil-rich sheik (Amr Waked) who wants to create a salmon stream in the desert so he can fly fish. The government gets involved because it wants a “good news” story from the Muslim world that isn’t about stuff blowing up, and the Press Secretary to the PM (Kristin Scott Thomas) wants to make this happen ... despite the fact that salmon are cold water fish. Despite all of that, it’s a serviceable romantic comedy that is well worth a look. Rated 14A.   

  • 3. LAST DAY ON EARTH:

    Same theme as the beautifully put together “Seeking a Friend at the End of the World” which unfortunately lasted just one week in theatres, this one does the job not as well. Willem Dafoe and Shanya Leigh are a couple spending their last hours before the world ends. Complex character study that requires a lot of attention. Worth it if you want to work pretty hard! Rated 14A.

  • THE THREE STOOGES:

    This is the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time, and only the second to have a westerner as its star – the first was “Inseparable” starring Kevin Spacey.

THE NATURAL (1984):

Robert Redford is exceptional as Roy Hobbs, an amazingly talented baseball player who learns that talent isn’t everything. Based on actual events – but ones that happened to many people in baseball, not just Roy Hobbs.

  • ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

    Scrat (the sabre-tooth squirrel) is worth the price of admission all on his own … he’s the one who set the continents adrift!

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