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  • 1. BEST MAN HOLIDAY:

    Nobody liked this movie … except those who went to see it in theatres. Critically drubbed, audience exit interviews were great for this romantic comedy with a largely African-American cast headed up by returning actors Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Terence Howard, Regina Hall, Nia Peeples, and many, many more. A reunion takes place after the wedding 15 years ago in which many of the characters, especially the men, still haven’t grown up as they continue to lust after the same women despite the fact that they are all married or close to it.  The women haven’t changed much either.  Would recommend you rent The Best Man first, and then watch this one.  Rated 18A.

  • 2. THE COUNSELLOR:

    Despite a great writer, a marvellous cast, and a first-rate director, this film is a terrible mish-mash of unintended consequences that just can’t get itself off the ground. Scripted by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Blackhawk Down), with a cast that includes Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender, and Javier Bardem, we have a lawyer (the Counsellor of the title) played by Fassbender, who, working with clients on the US/Mexican border gets in way over his head when drug smuggling comes into play.  Violent, hard to follow, and a difficult movie about which to care. Rated 18A.   

  • 3. AUSTENLAND:

    Keri Russell is fine as Jane Hayes, a young woman infatuated with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice, and finds her way to a Jane Austen theme park in search of her version of Mr. Darcy.  A very respectable rom-com!  Jayne Seymour and Jennifer Cooldige also star.  Great fun! Rated 14A.

  • 1. 21 JUMP STREET (2012):

    This one did so well at the box office that a sequel is on the way.  Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill make an R-rated mess of what was a pretty acceptable TV series in 1987.  Perhaps I’m just used to the original and can’t get past the fact that there is nothing here that is even similar, but I found this rude, crude, and not very funny. Rated 18A.

     

    2. THE IRON LADY (2012):

    Meryl Streep disappears into the character here as she portrays Margaret Thatcher.  Despite all the acclaim, I would like to have seen more focus on Thatcher’s accomplishments as a political leader rather than her slide into dementia. Rated 14A.

     

    3. BLACKFISH  (2013):

    Outstanding documentary about the killer whale at San Diego’s Seaworld who took the lives of more than one employee there.  Controversial, and thought-provoking. Rated 14A.

     

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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