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  • Jersey Boys:

    Clint Eastwood directed this movie version of the hit Broadway stage production, and although it wasn’t big at the box office, and it got bashed just as little by critics, I thought  it was a superb film.  The director’s decision to use only stage actors for the principal roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, rather than “name actors’ may have hurt business, but it was the smart move creatively … these guys all played their parts every night on Broadway, singing every song, delivering every line.  Great music, and a story that I thought was better fleshed out than the stage version.  Very much worth a look           Rated 14A.

  • Tammy:

    Not a lot to laugh at in this Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly, Brides Maids) movie in which she is paired with Susan Sarandon playing her boozing grandmother.  As the title character, McCarthy loses her job, finds out that he husband is cheating on her – pretty funny so far, right? – and finds that her life is totally unravelling … so they two decide to hit the road a la Thelma and Louis.  Along the way Tammy robs a bar in order to get the funds to bail her grandmother out of jail, she hooks up with a bizarre series of character and just might be in love with one, but none of it rings true, a lot of it is forced.  Ben Falcone, McCarthy’s real-life husband wrote the scrip along with her input, and also stars. Rated 18A.   

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2: 

    This is an excellent follow-up to the superb animated feature from 2010 in which Montreal’s Jay Baruchel provides the voice of Hiccup, a boy in Viking times who is able to befriend a rare and dangerous Night Dragon.  Dragon’s were enemies of he Vikings, but through Hiccup’s efforts in the first movie, things have changed.  Now, four years later, he is a young man, his dragon is more mature, and he is on the trail of a mystical place where dragons prevail and are not hunted to extinction by humans.  Along the way there is an encounter with another dragon rider, this one a young woman … and the writing is on the wall.  One note – there is a death of a major character in this film that could be disturbing for very young children. Rated PG.

  • An Unmarried Woman (1978):  

    Jill Clayburg was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in this story of a woman who, after 16 years of marriage, learns that her husband has been having an affair and is leaving her for a younger woman.  Clayburgh’s nomination is full value, as she appears in every single scene in this movie.  The story revolves around her growth and development from being “someone’s wife” to becoming her own person making her own choices.  Alan Bates co-stars in what was a very, very edgy movie back in its day. Rated 14A.

     

    Black Nativity (2013):

    An excellent Christmas story based on actual events and actual people – a story which, because of the fierce competition for movie screens during the busy Holiday season, didn’t get into most theatres in Canada.  Based on the stage play by Langston Hughes, it traces the story of a rebellious teen who leaves his single mother to spend Christmas with estranged relatives in New York.  Great cast that includes Angela Bassett, Forrest Whitaker, and Jennifer Hudson.  Some great music and fine performances.  Easy to recommend!  Rated G.

     

EASY RIDER (1969): 

The late Dennis Hopper co-wrote (along with Peter Fonda) and starred in what is surely the classic road picture as two guys hit the roads of American on their choppers.  Watch for a supporting role by music producer Phil Spector.

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