Film Friday: ‘Son of Rambow’, ‘Speed Racer’

Don’t let that big, effects-driven action film steal your spending money this weekend, it’s nothing compared to what I have to call one of the year’s most original films. Son of Rambow falls into the quirky category that often gets far too little attention, despite having an original story to tell. Other new films include Speed Racer with its slow plot, the Hollywood comedy What Happens In Vegas, and a true Canadian drama, The Stone Angel.

DVD Tuesday: ‘Into the Wild’, ‘I’m Not There’

There are too many films where the word “inspired by a true story” seems all too forced, but this week Sean Penn‘s Into the Wild provides an all-too-real glimpse into the short but incredible life of Chris McCandless. For the film I’m Not There, Bob Dylan fans can get an intimate, and strange re-imagining of the singer’s life, through six different actors. Plus, 101 Dalmations arrives out of Disney’s vault, Things We Lost in the Fire explores life after a husband’s death, and a magic toy shop has a mind of its own in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.