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  •  Babylon (2022):

    Just because it's Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie in the starring roles, don't expect that there will be any soft-pedalling of the excesses that existed in Hollywood in the 1920 and early '30s during the transition from silent films to talkies. The movie carries a hard "R" rating in the U.S. and it deserves every bit of that, with an opening scene that is 30 minutes of debauchery at its highest level. This is a time in American show business where the behind-the-scenes lives of movie stars and their hangers-on achieve the highest levels of unbridled decadence, depravity and excesses imaginable. The impressive cast includes Olivia Wilde, Toby McGuire, Jean Smart, Eric Roberts, and Samara Weaving, and its stories only exist because this was an age in Hollywood where the motion picture code had not yet been enacted meaning that subjects such as rape, abortion and homosexuality were just another day at the office. After the Code became regulation, most of the films depicted here were destroyed, and moving forward, we got to the era in 1939 where censors had to fight tooth and nail to allow Rhett Butler to say, "I don't give a damn" in "Gone with the Wind." Many of the characters in this film are based on actual actors and actresses who did and said much of what is depicted in this tale of excess, struggles for power and influence, and the inevitable changes to the world as time marches on. Rated 18A.


  • Left Behind: The Rise of the Antichrist (2023):

    This the sixth of the "Left Behind" movies, faith-based films that skew towards a right-wing Christian base, although that is not an exclusive audience. The first of these was in the year 2000 when its star Kirk Cameron dealt with the Biblical prophecies and Biblical beliefs including that of The Rapture, as the world was plunged into the dark abyss of Armageddon. Later follow-ups and reboots starred Nicolas Cage, Louis Gossett, Jr., and two more iterations with Kirk Cameron. This time around the world once again falls into chaos and darkness, but there is light in the distance in a charismatic new leader who looks to be the saving grace ... or perhaps he is the Devil incarnate. Directed by Kevin Sorbo (from the TV series "Hercules: the Legendary Journeys"), we see a cast that also includes Sorbo in a role in front of the camera, along with Neal McDonough, Corbin Bernsen, and Sarah Fisher ("Degrassi: the Next Generation"). With millions of people having vanished, allegedly swept up in The Rapture, the world has fallen into a chaotic darkness which squares with Biblical prophecy - but which Prophecy is it? Is it the one in which the world ends, or the one in which light returns to a shattered people? Shot entirely in and around Calgary, there are a good number of Canadians in the cast. Rated 14A.

  • Lullaby (2022):

    Oona Chaplain is the star here, the granddaughter of famous silent film actor Charlie Chaplain. She is Spanish by birth, and has appeared in such films as the James Bond thriller “Quantum of Solace,” and the TV series “Game of Thrones” where she played Talisa Stark. In this horror-thriller, she is a new mother named Rachel, and like all new mothers, she wants to do the very best for her baby. She finds a lullaby in an ancient book, and likes the idea that her child will be exposed to songs from previous ages, so she sings from the book each night at bedtime. Big mistake! The ancient book is one that summons a demon named Lilith. Lilith is played by Edmonton’s Kira Guloien and having been brought from the dark side, sets her sights on possessing the baby. For Rachel, she has no choice but to seek out every resource possible to banish the demon before she harms her son for all eternity. Montreal’s Julie Khaner plays a rabbi who may hold the key to solving the problem. Shot in and around Toronto with a largely Canadian cast. Rated 14A.

  • 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.

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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.


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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.

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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.