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  •  Detective Knight: Redemption (2022):

    The second of a three-parter focusing on a Bruce Willis action character, the Detective Knight of the title, this is yet another film with a relatively poor screenplay seemingly designed to cash in on the fading embers of Willis’ once-great career as he now suffers from aphasia which has forced him to retire from acting. In this story, Knight, following the action in the previous movie, “Detective Knight: Rogue,” finds himself jailed in New York City, his badge stripped from him, and his career in tatters. From out of nowhere, he is swept into a jailbreak which leads the escapees to the terrorist known as The Christmas Bomber with his followers known as The Real Santas of Christmas, who continue to wreak havoc on the city. It’s not entirely clear what it is that this terrorist group wants to achieve – maybe something about people not respecting Christmas, I am not sure, but it provides a reason for mayhem of various sorts to prevail. There are a lot of Canadian connections to this film, and I wish it was a better movie so that I could give a few “attaboys” to those who participated. Victoria-born actor/producer/writer Corey Large co-wrote the script and plays one of the guys in jail with Knight who are swept up in the breakout. Vancouver-born Lochlyn Munroe is a participating player in the movie, and the entire production was shot in Vancouver, so it’s a West Coast Fest … just not a very good one, unfortunately. Rated 14A.


  • The Honeymoon (2022):

    I tire of stories, whether they be movies or TV shows, in which “the good guys,” meaning the main characters who seem to have their lives going well, have a sidekick, a family friend, an old school mate, whatever, who is just the biggest jerk on the planet, who creates all kinds of trouble for them, but who still retains a place in the friendship. I’m talking about Stuart Margolin’s character of Angel from “The Rockford Files,” and the dozens of similar characters portrayed in media over the years. This time it’s Ed … he’s the friend of Adam (Pico Alexander), who has just married Sara (Maria Bakalova who co-produced this movie). We know Ed is always trouble whenever he’s around Adam, but things become the worst of the worst when Ed shows up at Adam and Sara’s honeymoon. Before the young couple know what has actually happened, they find themselves, because of Ed’s activities, in debt to a drug lord with their lives on the line. It appears that only Ed has the key unlocking their troubles, but each time he shows up, it’s a recipe for disaster. Shot on location in Venice, Italy, this comedy has its moments, but mostly we just wonder how anyone could ever put up with Ed. Rated 14A.

  • Rock Dog 3: Battle of the Beat (2022):

    In the first “Rock Dog” movie in 2016, we saw a scenario play out that had our doggie hero named Bodi (voice of Owen Wilson), a teenage Himalayan mastiff, encounter a radio that had fallen from the sky, acquainting him for the first time with the kind of music he wanted to play in a rock band. He was off into the world of touring bands along with music legend Angus Scattergood (voice of Eddie Izzard). In this new instalment Bodi (now voiced by Graham Hamilton), takes a side trip back to his home town of Snow Mountain. On the way he becomes acquainted with an all-girl band who, for some reason, has never heard of the legendary Angus Scattergood, who had been a judge on a musical reality show not unlike American Idol. Bodi jumps in to be the new coach and in the process wants to restore the good name of the legend. This one works for girls and boys from about age 8 to 13 or so … not much here for anyone else. Rated PG.

  • That '90s Show (2023) (TV Series):

    Two decades have passed since a teenaged Eric Forman (Topher Grace), living with his family, and enjoying a life of 8 track tapes, the music of Led Zeppelin, and Farrah Fawcett posters, was the perception many had of what those days were like. To help make the transition to the '90s, a much more grown-up Topher Grace reprises his role of Erik in the first episode of this new series, not to be seen for the balance of the episodes of season one. The actors who played his parents, Red and Kitty Forman (Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp) are back for the full 10 segments of this new show however. Wilmer Valderrama who played Fez in the original series also makes an appearance in the initial episode. The venue is still the State of Wisconsin, and it's 1995. Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna (Laura Prepon) pays a summer visit to her grandparents and is introduced to a whole new generation of friends, not-so-friendly teens, and some that will become friends for life in the town of Point Place. Rated 14A.


    Slumberland (2022):

    A good cast shows up for this adventure story that will appeal to children 8 or 10 and up. Based on the comic book series "Little Nemo in Slumberland '' by Winston McClay, we follow the adventures of a tweenage girl named Nemo and her eccentric companion Flip (Jason Mamoa) who come together after Nemo's father Peter (Kyle Chandler goes missing at sea. Set in the Pacific Northwest, but shot in Toronto, we follow Nemo as she is sent to live with relatives in the big city, a place foreign to her after the coastline life she had been living. While struggling in a new school with new people all around her, Nemo finds a secret map which hooks her up with Flip, and begins a challenging journey through lands of dreams and nightmares that she believes will help reunite her with her lost father. Rated PG.

New on CRAVE

The Serpent Queen (2022) (TV Series):

The only snakes and serpents in this historical drama are of the human variety as we get an eight-part series based on Leona Friede's book "Catherine de Medici, Renaissance Queen of France." Samantha Morton ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them") plays the title role here. She was queen of France by marriage to King Henry II for a dozen years and became one of the most significant political voices of her generation. After the death of her husband, she continued to become increasingly more influential, pulling the strings on the reigns of her subsequent sons who had no idea of the extent to which they were being manipulated. For most of the 16th century she was the most important woman in Europe, and was known for her ruthlessness and for her ability to make ground-breaking decisions with no concern for the human price. Rated 14A.



Detective Knight: Independence (2022):

The third and final segment of this trilogy that features a tough detective (Bruce Willis) has our hero struggling with a case in which an errant first responder threatens to make a disaster out of the Independence Day holiday using a stolen gun, a police uniform, and a lot of reasons to blow up a bank vault. Willis doesn't do a lot here, having filmed this segment, and the previous two simultaneously in Vancouver, using a number of Canadians to flesh out the cast. If you are a longtime fan of Willis, it's worth watching just to see what he is doing at the end of his acting career, but as a movie, it doesn't offer a lot that is new. Rated 14A.


New on DISNEY + /Star

Disenchanted (2022):

Amy Adams and much of the original cast, including James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey, show up 15 years after the movie "Enchanted" graced the big screen and was a blockbuster hit bringing in more than $350 million. In that film, Princess Giselle (Adams), living in an animated fairytale land, was just biding her time and singing her songs while she waited for Prince Charming. He showed up in the person of Prince Edward (Marsden) and the day before their marriage, a tragedy befell the princess. At the hands of an evil hag (Susan Sarandon), she was dumped into a well, which was actually a conduit between two worlds, the animate land of Andalasia, and now, the harsh, racaus world of New York City, complete with honking taxis and frenetic pedestrians. There she met a divorce lawyer named Robert Philip (Dempsey) and eventually fell in love, married, and lived happily ... well, not quite ever after. As this new story opens, it is 10 years later and Giselle and her husband are moving to the suburbs with their child and new baby in tow. On arrival, it's clear that something isn't quite right as their new home in Monroeville seems to be under the control of Malvina Monroe (Maya Rudolph) who is not what she seems. As Giselle struggles with this new twist, she makes a wish, wanting everything to be a perfect fairy-tale. The spell backfires and it turns both her live-action world and the animated world of Andalasia upside down. There are more songs in this sequel than in the original, a good account given by Idena Menzel who once again plays Nancy. Rated PG.

New on Apple +

Spirited (2022):
Just when you thought you had seen every possible variation on the Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," from the Muppets to George C. Scott, to the Alistair Sim version from 1951, along comes a truly different twist. Set in the present day, the star here, the Scrooge of the story, is a character named Clint Briggs (Ryan Reynolds). As expected, he is a miserable soul given to creating chaos and grief all around himself through his thoughtless, sometimes mean, stingy mannerisms. As Christmas Eve approaches, Briggs is visited by the first of three ghosts, this one being the spirit of Christmas Present played by Will Farrell. Each Christmas Eve, this spirit seeks out a wretched person to reform, and this time it's Briggs. Unlike Dickens' original story, Briggs turns the tables on the ghost and soon has Christmas Present examining his own past, present and future, completely forgetting the original mission. This is the first version of "A Christmas Carol" told from the perspective of the spirits themselves, Past, Present, and Future, and it's clear that they picked on the wrong Scrooge this time. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer also stars, as does Sunita Mani from the series GLOW, as the spirit of Christmas Past. An interesting spin on an old classic, and a musical version at that. Rated PG.