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  • X-Men: Apocalypse:

    This is the third in the series of X-Men prequels that began with X-Men: First Class, moved on to X-Men: Days of Future Past, and culminates with this story of a young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy), and includes younger versions of Raven, Beast, and Jane Grey among others.  Apocalypse was the first Mutant, born in a world many times removed from the present, and so long ago that it doesn’t actually see itself as a Mutant, but rather as a god.  Awakened from what had, in effect, been a banishment from the world, it looks around, doesn’t like what it sees, and decides to kill off everything and start over and build it better that humanity and the existing Mutants had managed.  An action-packed, and very long film, this one will certainly provide full value to fans of the franchise, and is an easy entry to newcomers too.  Jennifer Lawrence and Nicolas Hault also star. Rated 14A.

  • The Purge: Election Year:

    This is the third in a series of three “Purge” films that tell the story of a near-future America in which, for one night each year, everything, even murder, is legal.  Murder is okay, rape is okay, and arson is just fine.  Frank Grillo is back as “The Sergeant,” a police officer who’s son was killed in a previous purge, and who is now head of security for a Presidential candidate, Charlie Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell of “Lost,” fame.  When it becomes clear that she is marked for murder, and that it looks to be an inside job, she goes on the run with the Sergeant, but each move leads to even more danger and in successive attempts to outrun their pursuers, things become critical.  The Purge is justified because America’s prosperity has never been higher, and its crime rate has never been lower, because all nefarious activity is concentrated on this one night each year, leaving the other 364 days for being more productive. Rated 14A.

  • Into the Forest:

    Ellen Page (Juno) leads a strong cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood and Wendy Crewson in what is a post-apocalyptic story of how the world changes, and how this lives of this family changes, when the apocalypse comes.  But it’s different … there are no flesh-eating zombies, no cataclysmic  earthquakes, and no nuclear war … just the simple fact that the power goes out, and it doesn’t come back on.  We are left to wonder, along with the movie’s characters, if this is a local phenomenon, if it’s regional, or if it effects everyone everywhere.  None of this really matters though, as the family at the centre of this story works to overcome the dependency that we have all had on the power grid.  Shot in a remote area outside Campbell River, BC, there is a great sense of fear and of change, with excellent performances.  This is a Canadian film that didn’t get a lot of theatrical distribution.  Rated 18A.

  • Selma (2014):

    This film, which chronicles the Civil Rights marches at Selma, Alabama in 1965 set off a great deal of controversy among African-Americans because it was not deemed to be Oscar-worthy.  David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King in a role that is probably much closer to the man himself than most previous portrayals, as it shows a very vulnerable side of the great leader, as well as alluding to alleged issues in his personal life that are often overlooked.  Carmen Ejogo is excellent as Coretta Scott King, and Dylan Baker is ferocious as J. Edgar Hoover.  The upshot of the march from Selma to the State Capital of Montgomery was in President Johnson signing a bill that brought rights for all into law.  That struggle is still evident in the US, but this was a watershed moment.  Rated 14A. 

Killing Season (2013):

A pretty interesting movie with a surprisingly good cast that tells the story of two veterans of the war in Bosnia, now both back in the US, who decide to settle old scores.  Robert De Niro is Benjamin Ford, an American soldier who tries to escape from civilization and from humanity as he confines himself to a remote cabin, content to watch the snow fall and to chop wood for his fire.  In this way, he can leave the war behind ... but soon, the war finds him as Serb Emil Kovac (John Travolta) tracks Ford down and looks to eliminate him.  Soon, the two are out in the wilderness playing a cat-and-mouse game in which one of them, and maybe both, will end up dead.  Good drama, and some fine tension.   Rated 14A.