With very few films debuting this weekend, Disney has all the room they could ask for to bow their second part of the Narnia franchise which stars an assortment of computer generated characters, teenage heroes, and more Christian references than you can shake a lion at. As a sequel aimed at families and children, the film is poised for a big weekend, while the documentary Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden? sneaks into select theatres across Canada.
“Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?” Those classic lines still make me smile, and since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull lands in theatres later this month, what better time for Paramount to re-release all three of Indy’s adventures? Also arriving this week is the grim thriller Untraceable, classic movies from Warner and Fox, and the girly comedy, Mad Money.
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.
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.
Blockbuster season officially kicks off with the release of one of this year’s biggest action adventures: Iron Man, starring the acerbic Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. Joining the film at the box office is the historical drama Fugitive Pieces; Patrick Dempsey latest romantic comedy, Made of Honor; and the dark documentary, Taxi to the Dark Side.
Dream the impossible dream, and settle in for one of the first great date movies in weeks, 27 Dresses. That is, as long as you’re not worried about your loved one getting ideas about marriage. If you’re looking for more serious fare this week, the best bet on DVD is the Oscar-nominated French film, Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Other new arrivals include the Golden Compass, How She Move, and a smattering of classic and trashy TV shows.
The film draught is officially over this weekend, with no less than six wide releases dropping into theatres across the country. Topping the list is the comedy sequel, with our favorite stoners, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Other new arrivals include Baby Mama starring Tina Fey, the thriller Deception with Ewan McGregor, and Helen Hunt‘s directorial debut, Then She Found Me.
Reality and fiction have a twisted sort of relationship that is often hard to untangle, especially in any movie that attempts to say it is “based on a true story.” Arriving this week on DVD are three films aspiring to reality, in one form or another, but with varied results. New arrivals include the monster movie Cloverfield, the political drama Charlie Wilson’s War, and the sports tale, Resurrecting the Champ.
There is a grim sense this week that the cinemas have become a dumping ground for third-rate films that the studios don’t want to release during the peak season, which kicks off in May. Whether that is the case or not, the list of sub-par films in cinemas this weekend is at least short. Keanu Reeves leads the charge as the star of the cop-revenge film Street Kings, followed closely by the horror remake Prom Night, while Dennis Quaid brings up the rear in the dark comedy, Smart People.
It seems only fitting that the same week Juno arrives on DVD, my other favorite film of 2007 would also arrive; the sadly overlooked gem Lars and the Real Girl. Both films feature some of the best comedic performances from the year, and both have more than their share of heart, worn proudly on their sleeves.