Review: What They Had

While plenty of films and stories have been crafted about families struggling to make the right logistical and emotional decisions when loved ones are in the throes of potentially terminal illness, writer-director Elizabeth Chomko’s debut feature What They Had is one of the funniest, sincerest, most realistic, and best performed.

Film Friday: ‘Amelia’ & ‘Astro Boy’

New this week at a theatre near you, Hilary Swank is the one-and-only Amelia Earhart in the drama, Amelia; in the animated adventure Astro Boy, Freddie Highmore voices a young, robotic hero as he tries to understand what role he has in the world; John C. Reilly stars as a vampire in Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, the latest Saw movie debuts, and a look ahead at Michael Jackson – This Is It.

DVD Tuesday: ‘Shake Hands With the Devil’, ‘P.S. I Love You’

War and death are, perhaps, two of the greatest subjects in filmmaking, covered in many different ways since film was first created. This week on DVD, war takes centre stage in Shake Hands With the Devil, the real-life account of a Canadian solider charged with protecting peace in Rwanda, who is refused the power to make a difference. While death gets the funny treatment in P.S. I Love You, as a young woman tries to deal with the loss of her husband.