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  • Happy Valley:  

    This is an interesting British-made police drama that was done exclusively for Netflix and is getting wider distribution this week.  Sara Lancashire (Last Tango in Halifax) is Catherine Cawood, a tough-but-fair police sergeant who heads up a detachment in Yorkshire.  What begins as something that has the appearance of a simple kidnapping in her jurisdiction, soon spins out of control into a series of violent crimes, all inter-related and all much closer to home than she can imagine.  The film won several awards in the UK including that of Best Crime Thriller.  It’s not standard North American fare initially, but you’ll soon settle in well to this intriguing drama. Rated 14A.

  • Home Sweet Hell:  

    Katherine Heigl is Mona, a suburban wife and mother with a life that seems absolutely perfect inside and out.  When her husband Don (Patrick Wilson) has a secret affair that doesn’t stay secret for very long, with one of the sales people in his company (Jordana Brewster), Mona is unstoppable.  By that it means that she will stop at nothing to maintain the perception that her storybook life is letter perfect, and if that means taking out the intruding girlfriend permanently, she can do that ... and she will.  Murderous intentions are everywhere in this tense drama that also stars James Belushi. Rated 14A.

  • The Voices: 

    Ryan Reynolds is practically a one-man-show here as he plays a character named Jerry who is an easy-going, somewhat shy guy who works in a bathtub factory.  He also has a couple of pets, a cat and dog ... who talk to him regularly.  Is Jerry off his rocker, or is there more going on here?  We find that out when a co-worker, Fiona (Gemma Arterton) on whom Jerry has a big crush, finally gets asked out on a date by him ... and she stands him up.  Now the dog decides that she should be taught a lesson – a permanent lesson – while the cat is a little more benevolent.  Does Fiona live, or does she die?  Is Jerry just another guy, or is he a murderer? Rated 14A.

  • The Rover (2014):  

    The tagline on this made-in-Australia thriller is, "Fear the man who has nothing to lose."  Good advice here, when Eric (Guy Pearce) has his car stolen in a near-future world in which the global economy has irretrievably collapsed.  The car was his last remaining possession, and bent on revenge, and on getting his car back, he stalks the desolate remnants of civilization seeking those who done him wrong.  In the process he stumbles across one of the gang members who ripped him off, badly wounded (played by Robert Pattinson of the Twilight movies). Helping the man regain some semblance of health, the two enter into an uneasy alliance.  Rated 18A.  

     

    Gran Torino (2008):

    If Dirty Harry had grown old and retired, this is the character he would be: a curmudgeonly senior citizen sitting on his porch, keeping the ethnic punks out of his yard and befriending no one.  Eastwood directed as well, and plays the lead character, Walt Kowalski, an aging Korean War veteran who still has his trusty army rifle available if needed. One of the young toughs attempts to steal his prized possession, a fully restored 1972 Ford Gran Torino and the fight is on!  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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