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  • Suicide Squad:

    Huge at the box office worldwide, this Marvel Comics feature has Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) at the head of a top secret government project to overcome an enormous force bent on world domination.  Her solution is to make deals with large numbers of incarcerated anti-heroes and could-have-been superheroes, all in one kind of restraint or another.  If this disparate gang of talented but mostly evil individuals fail at the task, it is their failing, and if they succeed, it’s the brilliance of Waller’s strategy.  A problem with the movie is that it takes on far too many characters, trying to acquaint us, on some level, with each, and then moving on to the next too quickly.  Highlight of the bunce is Margot Robbie as Harley Queen, the baddest of the bad girls, and other powerful baddies including Deadshot (Will Smith) The Joker (Jared Leto), and Panda Man (James McGowan).  Once the action picks up, it’s non-stop, with lots of things blowing up. Rated 14A.

     

     

  • Ben-Hur:

    Despite all the hype, this one became a major box office bomb, losing tens of millions of dollars, and attracting very little positive feedback.  Most audience members were expecting the kind of spectacle that accompanied the 1959 version that starred Charlton Heston, and that may be, among other things, what this version lacked – a big-screen name to front the movie.  Ben-Hur, adopted into royalty at a young age, is played by Brit Jack Huston, a credible enough actor, but hardly a name most would recognize.  When things go awry in his relationship with his adoptive brother he is banished from the land, but returns at an opportune time to challenge his now-in-charge pseudo-sibling in a chariot race, which was the tentpole scene in the original, and which is the most impressive part of the remake.  Beyond that is far too much that doesn’t really matter, enacted by characters about whom it is hard for us to care.  In a sea of unfamiliar faces, Morgan Freeman is badly miscast as one who may help Ben-Hur … but the lack of other stars of his magnitude simply makes us say, “Oh look … it’s Morgan Freeman,” and that’s exactly who his character remains. Rated 14A.

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

    Jake Portman Asa Butterfield), an ordinary teen living in Florida, gets a call about his Grandfather (Terence Stamp) who is dying, and who has a secret to impart.  Jake responds to a challenge that takes him across time in this Tim Burton-directed film full of mystery and special effects.  Jake soon finds himself at Miss Peregrine’s school … it is populated by students, each of which has a special power. One girl is weightless, a boy has a hive of bees living in his stomach, a girl that can create bubbles large enough for people to breath for a time underwater, and so on.  Of course there is a threat, not only to Miss Peregrine (Eva Green from Sin City and Casino Royale), but to the entire world as we know it, and darned if it isn’t Jake that holds the key to defeating the dark forces.  Unlike much of Tim Burton’s work, which tends to be rife with colour, this one is relatively bleak.  Interesting, but not up to the director’s previous work, I’d say. Rated 14A.

  • The Book Thief (2013):

     An exceptional story of WWII which is not a war story, but rather the tale of a young girl named Liesel (Sophie Nelisse) who surreptitiously rescues a book from a Nazi book burning in the small town where she lives with her foster parents.  Liesel's mother gave her up because she was a communist and would likely be marked for death.  Liesel's love for books, and her decision to read secretly to a young Jewish man who is being hidden by her foster parents add up to a most dangerous way to live.  Excellent film!  Rated PG.

     

    Baggage Claim (2013)

    A rom-com with legs, this one features Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a flight attendant who is determined not to be the last in her family to marry.  When her younger sister becomes engaged and sets a date, Montana sets out on a 30 day coast-to-coast excursion, looking for Mr. Right, setting a one-month deadline to find him.  Also stars Taye Diggs, and Djimon Honsou.  Rated 14A. 

     

Mayday (TV series,
seasons 10 - 13)
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This made-in-Canada series which dramatizes airline disasters through actual footage, real interviews, and dramatized vignettes, offers some remarkable drama and insight into what happens when things go wrong in the cockpit.  Beginning in 2003, new episodes continue to be produced.  Rated 14A, and a little scary for frequent fliers!