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  • Foxcatcher:

    Steve Carrell stars as John du Pont, heir to a fortune, and wannabe Olympic wrestling coach. His performance is exceptional, although the character he portrays is at best, a bizarre, unlikable individual who opened his Foxcatcher farm in Colorado to the 1988 American Olympic Wrestling Team to provide leading-edge training. The Schultz brothers, portrayed here by Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum, were a one-two punch of the US, with Ruffalo’s character of Dave Schultz, a gifted coach who planned to spur his brother Mark to victory. Based entirely on actual events, the ending will leave you saddened and unhappy, and despite good performances, I found this film a downer. Rated 18A.

  • Life Partners:

    There are a lot of male “buddy movies” around, and in many respects this mirrors the genre, although featuring two young women rather than a pair of young guys. They are Sasha and Paige, played respectively by Leighton Meester and Jillian Jacobs. Best friends forever, neither has had a serious relationship – incidentally, Paige is gay – when Sasha falls for a guy and begins spending time with him. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for the old friendship, but things have changed in subtle ways. Tim, Sasha’s love interest, is played by Adam Brody, who is, in real life, Meester’s husband. Rated 18A.

  • Ask Me Anything:

    Based on the book “Undiscovered Girl,” this study of a young woman named Katie (Britt Robertson who plays Angie in “Under the Dome”) begins with her blogging thoughts and ideas that collect a lot of attention, but then move into a much darker place. Justin Long stars along with Christian Slater as playing Paul Spooner who has many words to live by, such as, “Complete honesty is a complete lie;” and “Marriage is sacred only to those that have never been married.” Martin Sheen and Robert Patrick also star in what is an unusual and somewhat surprising film. Rated 14A.

  • The Shining (1980):

    Many people think that Jack Nicholson gave the performance of his career as Jack Torrance, a writer and teacher who, along with his wife Wendy (Shelly Duvall) and young son Danny (Danny Lloyd) agrees to look after a hotel in its off-season when there are no guests present.  Something else is present though.  The hotel has a reputation for being haunted, but not in the normal sense.  Jack begins to sink into madness and a violent side of his personality becomes prevalent, his wife is terrified by what's going on, and their son has a previously hidden talent, the "shining" which allows him to see what others do not see, and to communicate with another side of life and death.  Author Stephen King hated this treatment of his book, but audiences still lap it up as a great piece of film.  Rated 18A.

     

    Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985):  

    Paul Rubens, whose Pee-Wee Herman character was at the top of his game when this film was released, was touted back then, and by far fewer people today, as a genius in terms of the way he put this project together, and some that followed, including Pee-Wee's Playhouse on television.  In this movie, Pee-Wee has his bike stolen by his arch-enemy, the neighbourhood bully, Francis.  Thus begins the hunt for the errant bike, a road trip that takes Pee-Wee across the country to such places as The Alamo, and several notable locations.  Rated PG.

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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