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  • Bad Words:  

    Jason Bateman directed and stars in a somewhat dark comedy – not a laugh-out-loud comedy, in which a 40 year-old man who feels, as a youngster, that he was cheated out of winning a spelling bee, finds a loophole in the rules and forces the organizers to accept him.  He wants to right the wrong that has been done him.  This is a polarizing film – some just hated it, while others thought it was clever.  For me, so-so.  Amanda Anka (Bateman’s real-life wife) co-stars along with Alison Janney.  Rated 14A.

  • The Raid 2:   

    A made-in-Indonesia action-thriller that is a sequel to the 2011 original, both written and directed by Gareth Evans along with a cast of both Asian actors and martial arts experts.  The premise of the first one was that of a SWAT team entering a high-rise apartment that is literally a fortress for organized drug dealers.  The action here picks up two hours after the first movie, and then moves out two years.  The fighting is the real thing – there is little in the way of wire work or special effects so when a fist hits flesh, there is some pain attached.  Currently being remade for North American audiences, but this is the real deal.  Rated 18A.   

  • Stage Fright:   

    If you like musicals, you’ll like most of what this film offers, with Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf starring as part of a team putting on a stage musical.  A lot of behind-the-scenes detail offers an excellent idea of what it takes to put on such a show, and it’s treated with a light touch and a fair bit of humour.  The performances are all very strong … and then something unexpected happens:  it turns into a slasher horror film complete with masked, unknown killer, and motives known to none.  It’s a fresh look at this genre, for sure!! Rated 14 A.

  • The Counselor (2013): 

    Good actors, good performances, bad movie.  Too  bad because this one has potential, but it just doesn't get the job done.  It's written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men) who is an award-winning author.  Actors include Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, and Javier Bardem, and the story is a sweeping tale of drug smuggling and cartel violence.  Fassbender is the Counselor of the title, a lawyer living on the U.S. Mexican border with business interests on both sides.  He gets in over his head when the Mexican Cartel looks to him for "a little help" and soon is thrust into a whirlpool of mayhem and skulduggery.  The characters are either the very, very rich, or the very, very desperate ... and we know that the rich got that way by being desperate early on.  The story just doesn't hold together despite the appearance of a real winner.  Rated 18A.

     

    Safe (2012): 

    Jason Statham stars in a Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia, The Punisher) directed action thriller in which Luke Wright (Statham), a former cage fighter and MMA champ tries to leave the fast life behind, but soon becomes embroiled in the kidnapping of a young Chinese Girl who seems to have something that the mob wants.  Turns out it's her ability to remember large lists of numbers, and somewhere in that memory bank is a code to a secret bank account.  Luke becomes the girl's protector, taking on all comers in waves of mayhem.  Good action film that serves up exactly what we want from a Jason Statham film ... car chases, fist fights, and great action.  Oh ... did I tell you that he also used to be an elite undercover agent?  Didnt' thinks so!  Rated 18A.

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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