When we last saw Bella (Kristin Stewart) she was dealing with the challenges of becoming a vampire and a mom … and still very weepy. This wraps up the series with the final book having been broken down into two movies.
This animated feature is worth a look just for the hair on its heroine alone. From Pixar animation (Cars, Monsters Inc.) it’s the story of a medieval princess named Merida who does not want to learn princess-like behaviour and rebels against her mother and father. Merida would much rather demonstrate feats of daring with her bow-and-arrow than learn to curtsy in all the right places, and she rushed off into the forest, meets up with what turns out to be a wicked witch (is there any other kind?) and is granted a wish that turns out to be something much, much different from what was her intent, setting the entire kingdom into chaos. Outstanding visually, and a great story! Rated PG.
B.C. native Taylor Kitsch may have starred in two bombs earlier this year (John Carter, Battleship) but here he really shows his acting chops as Chon, on half of a dope-growing-dope-smuggling operation in California that is a very gentle little business with the emphasis on botanically-correct marijuana. Since their California location is right next door to Mexico, it isn’t long before the Cartel comes knocking, wanting a part of the action. Chon and his partner Ben (Aaron Alexander-Johnson) and their mutual girlfriend O (Blake Lively) are soon involved in a war that cannot end well. Directed by Oliver Stone, and a very unusual movie! Rated 18A.
3. THE WATCH:
Aliens have invaded the neighbourhood (I hate it when that happens) and it’s up to a neighbourhood watch group to stop the invasion. A more dysfunctional group we will never see. This ragged bunch of guys, doing the watch thing mainly to just get out of the house, are not exactly fearless alien-slayers. Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill are the stars, along with Will Forte … the script was co-written by Seth Rogan, so you can guess what you’re in for – a lot of sex-and-body-part jokes, and a number of profane situations. Rated 18A.
Don’t stop your movie when the credits start … there is another scene right near the end of the credits that puts a finishing touch on something that happens earlier in the film.
DR. NO (1962):
Sean Connery’s first turn as 007 is always worth revisiting. Jack Lord plays a fellow operative just a few years before he became McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O.
Easily the best of the Bond movies so far with great action and a tremendous story.