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Beatles: Eight Days a Week (G) * * * * *
Music fans and folks into history and culture get the chance of a lifetime to revisit a friendly phenomena with a one day exclusive showing of Beatles: Eight Days a Week . The touring years. Go back In Time to see just how four lads from Liverpool managed to take the world by storm. And if you don't manage to get to a theatre in the 16th lucky subscribers to The movie Channel get to see it from Sept. 17 onward. Don't kid yourself: this is one show not to be missed.
Somehow master director Ron Howard and ace producer Brian Grazer wee able to put together this insightful story of the touring days of The Beatles at the height of their career - from the very start. We're talking the early and middle 60s. You think you know this band. Think again.
You see the how the at first rough around the edges boys get mounded into a cultural phenomena through Svengali manager Brian Epstein, a former record store owner who saw potential in The then fledgling musicians. Raw talent was the key to their success and Epstein launched them into the stratosphere. Ability and stage presence is one thing, but to perfect the award winning sound you need someone who knew how to make and refine music. Enter multi-talented record producer Sir George Martin. And the rest, as they say is history, and pure gold.
Candid and almost surreal this documentary tells the tale of the tumultuous life and careers of John Lennon. Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - and how they and their music truly changed the world. Enjoy an exclusive backstage pass to see first hand what it was like to tour with The Beatles during their heyday. Outstanding coverage of scores of Beatles concerts will have fans and those non-believers just in awe as to how four 19 year olds from Liverpool caught on with teenagers around the world. Not before or since or forever will there ever be such a fully justified craze. Why even Vancouver gets mentioned in this fantastic look at a one of a kind band. Amidst all the hoopla the frantic fan and press pressure ultimately took its toll on the group. But at least there were four of them to share and deflect the intrusions into their life unlike the similar reception met by old and new James Bond stars Sean Connery and Daniel Craig and their families.
See and hear the truth about a marvellous group of young men whose talent and good nature can never be in doubt. Enjoy a trip down memory lane with Beatles Eight days a Week The Touring Years.
For The Love of Spock (G) * * * *
Love and Prosper!
Live long and prosper. Words to live by. Star Trek fans get a once in a lifetime to get up close and personal with the actor who turned Mr. Spock into a global phenomenon.Watch in awe as a one of a kind actor reveals all in the marvellous documentary For the Love of Spock. This unique special event showing at The Park Theatre and select Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C.from Touchwood PR is must see entertainment for all Earthlings and the occasional Vulcan.
Full of warmth and charm this entertaining movie examines the life of Leonard Nimoy. Just a hard working fledgling actor out of Boston the easterner made the fabled trek out west to Hollywood. Thanks to son Adam we see the family man go through numerous ups and down Downs in his career until one day he received a call for the then largely Unknown Gene Roddenberry, creator/writer of Star Trek. And the rest , as they say, is history. Told in His own words and with a series of interviews with well known luminaries from show business as well as NASA insiders it's great fun to learn more about this private man. Leonard Nimoy reveals all about the impact of Spock on his life and family.
Full of memorable moments from the Star Trek series you don't need to be a fan to appreciate the impact the show, and in particular the character of Spock and Nimoy had on the world. No stone is left unturned in this uplifting story of a then unknown actor who rose to global fame and the lasting impression his charm, warmth, wit charm and message left on a never ending public. Few icons stand the test of time but this man surely does.
The Light Between Oceans (G) * * * *
Do onto others. Good advice like that may have been handy for a couple on the loose, and on the run, in the chic adaptation of a hit novel. Prepare to be swept off your feet with The Light Between Oceans. Indeed Dreamworks Pictures combines with Canadian EBay co-founder Jeff Skoll to take us back in time to the early Twentieth Century.
After a tour of duty battling the Germans British born Tom Sherbourne yearns for the simple life. Busy as can be Michael Fassbender (X-Men) lays it all on the line in a triumphant tale of a company man now serving time as a lighthouse operator at a remote British posting. All life and no play can be boring for the most independent type. Lucky for Tom he comes across Isabel Graysmark, a fetching villager. Somewhat cloistered Alicia Vikander breathes life into his girl and by extension her new man.
Love is in the air and in full bloom as the two seal the deal and become husband and wife, much to the small town's delight. First comes love, next comes marriage then comes the proverbial baby carriage. Wait. That last prophecy takes a turn for the worse as the couple's first child never happens. Fans of the acclaimed novel knows what happens next.
Desperate people do desperate things. When a young baby literally falls into their laps a huge moral question threatens to drive a wedge between the couple: do we keep the baby or give it up? Cue the hankies as we are swept into an unbelievable tug of war with consciences as to what is the right thing to do. Even higher get the stakes when the little girls birth mom, Hannah Roenfeldt, get wind of her baby's survival. Like a deer caught In The headlights Rachel Weisz (The Lobster)is riveting as a more out to claim what's rightfully hers.
Charming, emotional and certainly eventful The Light Between Oceans will definitely sweep romantics off their feet.
In Order of Disappearance (PG) * * * *
European filmmakers sometimes hit the zone. Scenic Norway in all its wintry splendour is ground zero for a family about to fracture in In Order of Disappearance. Watch the mayhem reach a cascading crescendo at the Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver courtesy of Raw Sugar PR or wait for its I tune release coming mid September.
Steady as he goes Stellan Skarsgard plays Nils Dickman - no masculine jokes please. Our chap is somewhat of a hero in the small Norwegian towns here he lives. Quite the family man our good citizen makes his living driving a snow plow contracted out for the rural highway department. Highly respected by everyone this all around happily married good guy even gets a community award for his non-stop service.
Funny how somethings can "turn" even the most decent among us. When Dickman learns his only son has disappeared and gone astray something seems amiss. Bad things can have a chilling affect on some righteous folks and this once ordinary citizen becomes anything but. Think a rural Dirty Harry whose one Death Wish wreaks havoc on various sordid sorts in this smart yet brutal slow-building thriller.
Well acted, into the abyss we go as the killing begins. A clever script featuring lots of sly unsavoury characters brightens what could have been just a standard revenge flick turning it into a satisfying journey
Made with English subtitles that really don't detract too much this is ideal for your viewing pleasure In Order of Disappearance also features Bruno Ganz and is quite a satisfying journey.
Hell or High Water (PG) * * *
1967's famed Bonnie and Clyde gets a bit of an update with CBS's Films Hell or High Water. Brought to B.C. By Elevation Pictures this saucy modern day gun toting extravaganza features solid acting and sparkling dialogue done with a sly tongue in cheek persona. Check it out at the International Village Cinemas.
Life out west in Modern small town America can be vexing if you're just an ordinary working stiff. Tough times indeed meet the underclass. Two brothers in the ropes turn to crime to get by. For a who,e bank robbing is in their blood but after a while it gets to them.
Current Star Trek hottie Chris Pine leaves those space weapons behind as 1/2 of a robbery team who doesn't like to get his hands that dirty. Contrast this to his hot tempered older. R other whose reckless approach to people and life gets well communicated by Ben Foster (The Punisher)
Determined to stop the two man wrecking crew that has been plaguing rural Texas is a happy go lucky aw shucks good old boy Texas Ranger played with gusto by academy award winning Jeff Bridges (Seabiscuit) and his humble Latino sidekick. Hell or High Water features two delightful male buddy pairings albeit on the opposite sides of the law.
Very cleverly well written with great humourous lines Turns Hell or High. Water into a high watermark movie whose down home old-fashioned charming characters harkens back to the Fargo days.
Anthropoid (PG) * * * *
Open your eyes to history and prepare to relive some harrowing moments with Anthropoid. Colour this tense thriller from Elevation Pictures terrific. Brave director-writer Sean Ellis reveals a somewhat dark secret of The Third Reich. Dare to relive this tragic effort at the International Village cinemas
Mad men/women can come in all shapes and sizes. Adolph Hitler takes the cake as the ultimate demon of the 20th Century. Out to get his coveted third ranking general and mastermind of the Final Solution are a couple of elite Freedom fighters sent to rid the world of this monster.mcilliammMurphy anchors the plot of a darling assassination attempt in Prague Czechoslovakia.
Tense, gritty and full of suspense Anthropoid is a harrowing tale of fighting for what you believe in and derailing a madman.
The Infiltrator (PG) * * *
Drugs are big business. Here I'm not talking about prescription narcotics. Talk is cheap. Back in the 1980s Nancy REAGAN and her presidential husband Ronnie came up with the smart slogan just say no. Guess what - to no one's surprise the problem is still with us. Against this backdrop director Brad Furman teams up with Mongrel Media to deliver the goods in The Infiltrator.. Get in on all the action by heading down to the International Village Cinema.
Drug cartels from Columbia can prove troublesome. Bryan Cranston stars as an idealistic customs agent who goes deep undercover in southern Florida to stop the drug pipeline from entering the U.S. Aided and abetted by a street smart wise-cracking wise guy in the making John Leguziano the pair become embroiled in a deadly cat and mouse game with some very evil people.
Friendship and loyalties go out the window as the stakes are raised sky in this well-acted perfectly paced drama. Given the good supporting cast which includes Mickey Rourke and Benjamin Bratt one can sense the appeal of this look into the riches, excesses and power wielded by these Drug barons and the efforts made by law enforcement. determined to put a permanent dent in their profits.
A Tale of Love and Darkness (PG)
Accomplished actress Natalie Portman makes an impressive full length film directorial debut with A Tale of Love and Darkness. Leaving the galaxy for a taste of history this mature woman hones in on the struggle of motherhood coinciding with the birth of a nation. Check out this D Films release at select theatres in Metro Vancouver
Events leading up to the birth of the State of Israel impact the lives of a Jewish couple trying to cope with raising a Small boy in this struggling land. Historical film clips showing the hardships of life under the British mandate raise all sorts of hopes and fears in this land of Mike and honey. Married to new writer in the rise Amos Oz is Fania. Lots of soul goes into Ms. Portman's portrayal of a loving mother who must endure the hardships of marriage and building a life in a new state.
Well written by Portman this caring tale of two diverse people's trying to co-exist in a new nation shows a depth of humanity and offers an olive branch of hope . Compelling touching performances lend soul and substance to this 95 minute movie that never really takes sides in the region's troubles. Instead a spirit of friendship and respect of others surfaces which should make us all proud to behold such a desert miracle.
Sausage Party (PG) * * *
Comic bliss surfaces big time in the smart and savvy Sausage a party. Tasty indeed this sharp bit of hilarity comes courtesy of Vancouver's own dynamic duo rag team actors/producers/writers extraordinaire Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Made in Vancouver this animated release from Sony Pictures. "Bears" the distinction of being the first r rated anima the animated feature. Feast on The spoils at Cineplex Odeon theatres around B.C.
Give Sausage Party an A for originality and an added A for creativity. Very smart touches here show the creators panache for satire, history, ethnic cultures and good old raucous fun. Ni humans are in screen, just a series if fami,air voices who partake in an insane idea. To sum it up the battle is joined at a supermarket where all the food stuffs talk. Oh, and some want to have sexy fun.
Top dog at the establishment is Frank. This hot dog is but one of a group in a sealed package, alas, like most of the hit-blooded Weiners our afraid I my has eyes for a fetching bun. Throughout this 90 minute delight of protein laden would be coupling and dreamy debauchery you have the food stuffs just itching to get it on. Cue the Marvin Gaye music.
Where this film gets its soul is through the sparkling humourous dialogue which sees both the male and female familiar food products going through the same growing pains concerning dating and mating that us humans go through .
Hilarious scenes abound in Sausage Party a movie with some liberally sprinkled salty dialogue. Aided with voice talent from the likes of Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, Salma Hayek and James Franco this is a really brave movie that will have you laughing at a constant clip. Also the musical accompaniment and production numbers are memorable and bring new meaning to food fights.
Ghostbusters (G) * * *
How hard it is to improve on an original. Back in 1984 Harold Ramis teamed up with Ivan Reitman to deliver us into heavenly nirvana with the comic blockbuster Ghostbusters. Fast forward 32 odd years to bring us Ghostbusters. New but not necessarily improved this Columbia science fiction comic caper is now spooking out customers at Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C.
Ground zero for this new adventure is New York. Two squabbling ex friends reunite in an offbeat way. Hats off to Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig whose of again off again friendship seals the deal as some spooky ghosts starts ravaging and ransacking the city. Aided by two new team members the group take up arms to do battle with some scary green blobs. Oh, and handsome Chris Hemsworth turns up as a not too savvy office clerk/jerk.
Jazzed up with some sly cameos and abundance of special effects Ghostbusters 2016 is slick entertainment that does scare up some nice moments. Unfortunately simply put it does not live up to its predecessors freshness. No one In Their right mind could think any new cast could match the chemistry or appeal of the original 4 dudes whose paranormal sleuthing set off a craze egged on by that snappy Ray Parker theme. Yes, the gals give it their best shot so this movie still is a fun time.
Don't Breathe (PG) * * * *
Career criminals are a dime a dozen. Hats off to Sony Pictures for releasing Don't Breathe. Get ready to be scared silly as this horror thriller is causing goose pumps galore at Cineplex Odeon Theatres around B.C.
Good stories are few and far between. No matter what the genre creativity seems to be getting harder to come by. Smart writing makes Don't Breathe one of the best horror films in decades. Set in Detroit Michigan our story revolves around the criminal aspirations of three not so smart petty thieves.
All In Their late 20s I surmise the trio, composed of two men and a babe have had a taste of success robbing homes. When the group gets wind of a house with the potential of a higher return they set their sights on an easy mark, Little does the gang know that they may have bitten off more than they can chew when they enter the dilapidated house.
Warning signs can be foreboding. Good scares come early when a canine with fangs wants to chow down on the intruders. This dog from hell is only the warm-up as once inside it appears that the robbers may have encountered the ultimate villain.
Owned by a Vietnam War vet with health issues it doesn't take long for the hunters to become the prey as a deadly game of cat and mouse inside the house turns What should have been a plain and simple robbery into the ultimate fight for survival . Once again a low budget film like Don't Breathe proves you don't need a big star or any star for that matter or fantastic special effects to appeal to the masses. Here we have a largely no name cast going with the flow and becoming involved in a deadly fight to stay alive that will leave you in a cold sweat.
Talk about tense excitement. This is an excessively suspenseful tale that tells the sordid story of a crime gone way wrong and the dangers of home invasions gone sour. Don't Breathe will leave you breathless and your heart beating out if control.
Suicide Squad (PG) * * * *
Take a group of hardened criminals. Train Them for a perilous mission to save the world. Does that plot sound vaguely familiar? Well it should. if you are a golden oldie you may fondly recall 1967's Classic The Dirty Dozen with Lee Marvin and a cast of soon to be megastars taking on the Nazis in World War 2. Fast forward to 2016 where Warner Brothers total redeems itself for the bland Batman vs Superman with the inspiring Suicide Squad. Despite the obvious similarities with the storyline from The Dirty Dozen this sly big screen version of the famed DC comic strip is full value for your entertainment dollar at scores of Cineplex Odeon arenas as well as The Fifth Avenue Cinemas still left standing in its wake.
Super fine casting, outstanding special effects and a comprehensible plot sees a band of jailed hoods with superheroes get a chance at redemption when a dastardly plot of some unearthly power decides it's time to eliminate the human race. Well, not so fast. Led possibly by the quick quipped Will Smith as the ultimate gun for hire who easily puts Scaramanga's golden gun to shame this bit shy makes nice with his comrade in arms. Others broken free from jail include a fire rearing human, a reptile faced underwater hulk of a toad and Margo Robbie as eye candy and the pretty property of The Joker himself.
Few can forget the delicious performance of Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight. Paying homage to this classic villain and Heath's amazing portrayal is Academy Award winning who dazzles as the ultimate Casanova with horns. Together Jared and Margo are the ultimate power couple not to be outdone by some shady characters of the past.
To be effective super heroes need super villains. Here the film's,era mine the past and come up with a bewitching woman whose spell spells fear and heartbreak. Wild and raucous Suicide Squad also features a punchy soundtrack that jives well with the craziness unfolding in screen.
Made in Toronto Suicide Squad is a wild ride and a whole lot of fun!
Bad Moms (PG) * * *
Hot on the heels of the Republican National Convention comes Bad Moms. Like the title suggests this rather raunchy comedy from EOne Entertainment is now gunning for laughs at Cineplex Odeon theatres around B.C.
Made partly with Chinese money and backed by superstar comedy kingpin Bob Simonds Bad Moms take the wraps off of stuffy suburbia. In one corner you have do it all mom Mila Kunis, trying her best to hold down a job, raise two young children and deal with a rather unruly husband.
Trying to do all things right, on the other hand is mom of the century Christina Applegate. Egos collide between these feisty babes with children often being the pawns caught in the middle of their petty adult pursuits. Finally the gloves come off during a battle for the right to lead the PTA.
Sure, men come under fire a bit for family woes but Bad Moms is really about coming to terms with child rearing and how friendship matters. It's a case of the outsiders and underdogs going against the elite and privileged and so called picture perfect know it alls. The End result here is a pretty well acted comedy with maybe a serious theme or two touched on for good measure. Why even a sense of warmth emanates from the conniving madness at hand.
Written by the director of the first Hangover movie Bad Moms turns out to be not that bad of a movie. Just make sure you stick around for the unconventional yet refreshing end credits.
Cafe Society (PG) * * * *
When is a kiss just not a kiss? Maybe when the same girl is being wooed by two different men. Prepare for a delightful romantic lark with Mongrel Media's Cafe Society. Still going strong is the venerable New Yorker himself - Woody Allen, Trust this Dynamo to deliver the goods at The Fifth Avenue Cinemas and the international Village Cinema
Here we have an awesome all star cast doing what they do best - trying to cope with affairs of the heart Woody Allen style. Clearly one of Woody,s best this story hardens back to the 1930s. From New York to also Angeles we go following the footsteps of the equally neurotic Bobby. Perfect timing sees Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) rise to the occasion.
Baby steps sees this transplant try to land a job with his uncle - a top Hollywood agent played with relish by Steve Carell. Nepotism reigns mightily in The film world with these two deliciously playing their roles to perfection . Thrown In a gangster or two, some hilarious jokes related to Allen's well known heritage and a perfect atmosphere and Cafe Society, is an absolute delight.
Among the great cast who exhibit loads of on screen chemistry are Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively. If you like Woody chances are you will adore this romantic comical charmer.
The Legend Of Tarzan (PG) * * *
Monkey Man !
Sheer spectacle awaits those willing to brave the wilds for The Legend of Tarzan. Escape to the jungles to learn first hand the motivation and birth of a one of a kind hero. Newly minted from Warner Brothers this lavish adventure is now enthralling audiences at Cineplex Odeon Theatres around
Escapism is in high gear here. Based obviously on the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novels this jarring tale is engaging from start to finish. Smart set up shots see how this human is largely left in the wilds in The Congo on his own before being raised by the apes. Oh, and once a bit older this jungle boy makes goo goo ga ga with the worldly blonde Jane. Continuing her meteoric rise to stardom is a delightful Margo Robbie who is a perfect match for this rough around the edges man in loin cloth who cleans up rather nice to become an aristocrat .
Alexander Skarsgard sizzles as the man as the little clothed transplant. Look for many a young lady's hearts to go pitter patter when they see this hunk swinging from the vines or swimming with the rhinos.
Good stories need bad villains. Fresh off his hit portrayal of ice cold criminal mastermind Blofeld in last year's James Bond hit Spectre comes Christoph Waltz. Talk about evil and cunning. Stunning stunt work, lively animals and a hero like no other turn The Legend of Tarzan into king size entertainment.
De Palma (PG) * * *
Directors come and go. Enjoy a documentary of one of the best directors in the business in the appropriately titled De Palma. Part of the retrospective on the uncanny career of filmmaker Brian de Palma courtesy of ace programming at the Van City film centre on Seymour this movie really puts it all together. Consider this Elevation Pictures a must see entertainment that will be enlightening for not only cinephiles but film fans in general.
Told in his own words words this is one documentary chalk full of film clips, both hits and near misses. Through it all we see the jovial nature of this master storyteller and learn of the role other creative geniuses like Hitchcock had on this upstart fresh out of film school. Born into a privileged life this maverick ultimately made it to the studio system where he joined the likes of Lucas, Spielberg and Scorsese in largely shaping the cinematic world we know today.
Insightful thoughts convey how key scenes from memorable classics like Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables and a slew of others came into being. Behind the scene studio intrigue and the rapport or lack thereof with actors and writers also open a door to the mysterious world of making movies.
Fully engaging from start to finish De Palma is a refreshing revealing look into the magic of movie making and the blood, sweat and tears that go into turning dreams into reality. Playing at the Vancity Theatre on
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July. 14. 4:20 pm
The Shallows (PG) * * *
Dare to dream. That might as well be the motto of the main character in The Shallows. Good timing by Columbia Pictures sets the mood for this summer assault of the senses. After a day at the beach swim on over to your favourite Cineplex Odeon sights to take in this chiller of a thriller.
Outdoor enthusiasts may find The Shallows to their liking. Beach front property is In Demand and an idyllic Mexican setting seems like prime real estate for tourist Nancy. Far away from the maddening crowd comes this girl brought to life in Fine fashion by lissome Blake Lively.
People go to the beach largely to relax, sun and swim. Number one desire of our Texas transplant is to ride the big wave. Taking a break from her dad and little sister the athletic lass seems to have some mommy issues that may cloud her judgement. Ever a fighter the gal must make use of her training when she realizes she is not alone in the water.
Despite being alone in the expansive water a sense of claustrophobia sets in as a shark starts to use these not so tranquil blue waters as a feeding ground. And number one course on the menu is Nancy. Just how this woman can stay alive makes The Shallows intriguing to say the least.
What Bruce the shark did for Jaws the same fate may apply to Nancy's nemesis here. Intense and horrific Ms. Lively turns in a Lively performance as a woman on deaths doorstep. Whether that spirit of hope and desire to live can stop the relentless charge from the water world's most feared predator helps turn The Shallows into a frightful night at the movies.
Central Intelligence (PG) * * *
Sly humour and excellent acting highlight Central Intelligence. Smooth operators Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are irresistible in This Warner Brothers comical adventure aided by Universal Studios . Get in on the laughs at Cineplex Odeon theatres around B.C.
Upbeat in tHe extreme Central Intelligence starts off 20 years earlier at Central High School where we first lay eyes on Bob Stone and Calvin Joyner. Much younger then Bob faces bullying while Calvin is the toast of the class. Leave it up to Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to play these two likeable goofballs in their adult years.
Life has a way of taking some crazy turns . Now Stone is a C.I.A. Operative while Calvin is a bored and unhappy accountant. So when this businessman is approached in the most hilarious way imaginable by Stone to help on a national security matter all hell breaks loose.
Wonderful on screen chemistry from Johnson and Hart turn Central Intelligence into a hilarious romp. Spiced up with a few terrific cameos Central Intelligence is a lot of fun that never takes itself too seriously. And Johnson is particularly warm with his humour alongside a serious message that should not be lost.
Mr Right (PG) * * * *
All bets are off and fun kicks into high gear for Mr. Right. Presented by VVS Films this dazzling display of misplaced bravado features scores of hammy and campy performances. For something completely different check out this bit of hilarity.
Who's says originality has gone by the wayside in Hollywood. Not me or the creators of this sly yet not shy crime fiasco. Hit men are a dime a dozen but the zany character of Takes the cake. Quirky Sam Rockwell aces the part of a lone fun for hire whose way of taking out bad guys will have you in stitches. John Travolta - look out. With moves that would shame Fred Astaire Rockwell is in the zone and brings a certain degree of humanity to this soulless killer.
All work and no play can lead a hit man down. While Francis Goes about slicing And dicing bad guys like a Renoir or Picasso in their prime somewhere in The city lay a lady in wait also seeking Mr, Right. Closer klutz Martha has no luck with men. Comic master Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) nails this role cold as a mixed up love lorn lassie who accidentally meets the quirky Francis. Together these two misfits hit it off.
Part romance part gangster flick Mr. Right is fully original. Together Rockwell and Kendrick are unstoppable as an improbable live match mixing bullets and insanity. Fast and furious are the gunplay and sweet kisses in this kiss and kill fable. Totally outlandish and outrageous seeing Mr, Right will be the right choice for folks looking for a good time at the movies. Even Tim Roth gets into the act in this unconventional yet endearing story.
Hevn (PG) * * * *
Never forget. Never forgive. Explosive danger highlights a woman on a mission in Hevn. Downright chilling This thriller from Norway is as good as it gets. Get ready to feel totally squeamish at the International Village Cinemas in downtown Vancouver. Despite the English subtitles this Norwegian shot movie will make you think and sweat and is full of chilling surprises sprinkled liberally along the way
Funny how just a little thing can set one off. Explore the mind set of a mature woman who just happens to come a calling on a couple in a hilly community in western Norway far from the maddening crowd. On the surface travel writer Rebekka seems nice enough when seeking out to do a story on upright popular businessman Morten Holland and his charming wife Maya. Actress Siren Jorgensen comes on strong to the unflappable Frode Winther and love of his life Helene Bergsholm.
Over time this trio bond. Then things get dark in a hurry as our visiting scribe has a Haden agenda that firmly puts Mr. Hollander in her sights . Something wicked comes as an uncomfortable secret from the past surfaces turning an idyllic holiday retreat into a cauldron of catastrophes
Through the use of modern technology Rebekka charms her way into a family before hurling them into uncharted territory as sexual tension boils to the surface . Slow at times but full of tension this deceit-laden story serves up terrific dramatic performances and a soulful take on sexual indiscretions and a determined woman to get at the truth and mete out her own brand of cutting edge Justice. Call Hevn a Misery light,
First time film Director Kjersti Steinsbo makes an auspicious debut and succeeds in pulling off a troubling tale of vengeance and its disruptive impact on a family. Odds are good you will here from him again as this sly cinematic version of acclaimed novel The A Doll in the Ceiling at the very least is eventful and unpredictable, Expect to be on the edge of your seats for 1 hour and 40 minutes as you won't miss a beat in this high impact take no prisoners pressure-filled thriller that takes full advantage of the idyllic scenery of Norway's scenic natural enchanting beauty.