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  • Indignation:

    This is more of a film festival movie, something that showed up in “art theatres” rather than the mainstream cinemas.  It stars Logan Lerman of the “Percy Jackson” movies in a very different role.  Based on the novel by Phillip Roth and set in the early 1950s, it tells the story of Marcus, a young Jewish man from New Jersey who goes off to college to a small school in Ohio.  This is the time of the Korean War, and it’s a time for Marcus to try to work out just who he really is in a society very different from his roots.  Added to this are the issues of his own struggles with what is moral and what is not, and where he will go with his life, and it’s just a lot of angst.  I’m not sure there is much of an audience for a film such as this outside of the New York/New Jersey milieu, which is likely why it received so little distribution to start with.  It has a no-name cast and was directed by James Schamus who scripted “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.”  Rated 14A.

     

     

  • Sausage Party:

    Those who know Seth Rogan’s work know what to expect, even if it is an animated feature rather than such titles as “Pineapple Express,” “This Is the End,” “Neighbors” and “The Interview.” Rogan co-wrote the script for this “R-rated” production, and he is the voice of the wiener in search of a bun that is the premise here.  As “Frank,” a wiener who, like other supermarket foods, looks forward to the time that he can be purchased, and go out into the world beyond the store, Frank learns something of the ugly truth that is out there in terms of the fate that awaits food items such as him.  Also features the voices of Michael Cera, James Franco, and Selma Hayek. Rated 18A.

  • Morris From America:

    Another small movie that got very little distribution in Canada, here we have Craig Robinson starring as the father to young Morris (played by rapper Markees Christmas) who takes his 13 year-old son out of his element and moves him to Germany where Dad is a professional soccer coach.  The tagline here is that ‘nothing rhymes with Germany,’ something that challenges Morris as he tries to fit in to a society that he does not understand, with a language that is not his own.  Making his way in school, making friends, and even doing what he does best, rap, are all things that are challenges for Morris.  Much conversational German is spoken here, and actor Robinson had to learn enough of the language to be able to function at a casual, day-to-day level. Rated 14A.

  • I Saw the Light (2015):

     Tom Hiddleston was a controversial choice to play the late-great Hank Williams, the America country recording artist and songwriter who died in 1953 at the age of 29.  Williams was born and raised in Alabama, while Hiddleston (he is Loki in Marvel's Avengers movies) is a Brit who seems to share none of what it was that made Williams such a beloved country star.  Despite his amazing talent, Hank Williams was a heavy drinker who alienated himself from family, friends, his band members, and was eventually banned from performing at the Grand Ole Opry because of his unreliability.  His body of work, for one so young stands tall today.  He died in his sleep in the backseat of a car bound for his next gig.  Rated 14A.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013):

Based on the best-selling YA series of books by Rick Riordan, we find Jackson (Logan Lerman), who is a demigod, son of a mortal woman and the God of the Sea, Poseidon, enlisting his friends in a hunt for the Golden Fleece, the only magical item that can save the life of their friend Thalia, a daughter of Zeus, who was poisoned and is dying.  To recover the sacred object, they must venture into the Sea of Monsters, a place from which no one returns.  Author Riordan's books are based in part on existing Greek mythology, and in part on the characters and situations that he himself invents.  In a combination of magic and mysticism, his teenage heroes and villains have created a new reality in mythology.  Edmonton's Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Stanley Tucci also star.  Rated 14A.