Movies at a Glance & New DVDs


                                                                     MOVIES AT A GLANCE.

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ADRIFT (1hr 35min) ** The true story of two young people, Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, hired in 1983 to take a 44 foot yacht a routine 4,000 miles from Tahiti to San Diego, but they got caught in catastrophic category four Hurricane Raymond and were adrift in a damaged boat for 41 days. Tami (Shailene Woodley) met Richard (Sam Caflin) working on his boat Mayaluga in Tahiti. Some friends offered them $10,000 if they would deliver their yacht Hazana to San Diego and without experience they accepted. But an oncoming storm changing course forced them to board up the yacht before 40 foot waves and 140 mile winds descended on the tiny vessel, battering it till it capsized. Although irreparable, it did not sink but he was severely hurt. She found a sextant and a watch and calculated how to get to Hawaii. The film is filled with flashbacks of their lives. There isn’t much depth to the characters and the dialogue dull. (Intl Village)
BEAST (1hr 47min) ** ½  On the windswept British Channel Island of Jersey, rebellious 27 year old Moll (Jessie Buckley), a tourist bus tour guide, lives with her oppressive family, dominated by her snobbish, manipulative overbearing mother Hilary (Geraldine James). When Moll meets rugged handsome Pascal (Johnny Flynn), out poaching rabbits, there is instant mutual attraction. Jersey’s police, led by Moll’s amorous close friend Cliff (Trystan Gavelle), are looking for the serial killer of four young women, and Pacal, with an unsubstantiated police record, is one of their prime suspects. Moll’s family is horrified but attentive, rough Pascal is exactly what Moll misses in her life. He understands and liberates her, and they fall passionately in love. Volatile Moll also has had her dark secret problem. At 13 she stabbed a classmate with scissors which could have resulted in her death. How far will Moll go to protect Pascal?  Buckley as unhappy troubled Moll gives a magnetic performance, but the screenplay is overlong and builds to an unsatisfactory climax. (Intl Village) 
HEREDITARY (2hrs 7min) *** This is one of the scariest supernatural horror films I have seen in ages. This is writer/director Ari Aster’s first feature film and it is a stunning success. When “secretive and private” grandma Ellen Taper Leigh passes away at 78 following dementia, the family consisting of her daughter Annie (Toni Collette), her husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne), pothead teenager Peter (Alex Wolff) and seriously creepy 13 year old daughter Charlie (Millie Shapiro) are there for Annie’s eulogy at the funeral service. Annie insists Peter takes Charlie with him to a high school party and a horrendous accident occurs of the way home. Following a séance, a deeply grieving Annie receives instructions how she can communicate with loved ones souls, and all hell breaks loose, affecting the whole family. Collette’s performance is flawless but it is Asher’s remarkable debut that is truly commendable. (Scotiabank Theatre, Metropolis)
INCREDIBLES 2  (1hr 46min) *** Animation. Following 14 years since the brilliant ‘not based on anything’ original, writer/director Brad Bird’s sequel takes place immediately after the last narrative left off and introduces us again to the Parr/Incredibles family consisting of Bob Parr/Mr Incredible (Craig T Nelson), wife Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell), son Hash (Huck Milner) and wildly funny baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile). Although the “Super Relocation” program is dead and the Incredibles jobless, super-hero fan & telecommunications CEO Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) and his ambitious inventor sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) plan to restore support of the Supers, using Elastigirl and her powers as their crime-busting star, leaving Bob looking after the kids. The problem is a new cyber villain, Screenslaver, with computer screens and goggles turning innocent people and Supers into obedient hypnotized drones. Next victims will be world leaders. Although visually stunning, the long and over-stuffed epic may be a bit heavy for younger fans. (Intl Village, Scotiabank Theatre, Metropolis) 
ISLE OF DOGS. (1hr 41min) **** Recommended. Animation. Director/producer /writer Wes Anderson won the Best Director award at Berlin’s Film Festival for this delightfully humouros, wildly imaginative, exquisitely animated story of man’s best friend quarantined on Trash Island. When canine flu and snout fever breaks out in dog-hating but cat-loving Mayor Kobayashi’s domain of Megasaki, the entire dog population is confined to the offshore radioactive and rat-infested island when the dogs are forced to fight over garbage to exist. The mayor’s young nephew Atari is determined to find his pet Spots and recruits the help of abandoned gossiping Alpha dogs consisting of Rex, Boss, Duke, King and Chief (names in their former lives).  Meanwhile a tenacious American exchange student joins the Science Party in developing a serum to cure all dog diseases. But the Mayor has extermination in mind and unleashes robotic attack dogs and drone warfare on the starving dogs. The sharp dogs’ dialogue (barks) is translated into English while the Japanese humans’ voices are translated into English. Spectacular! (Intl Village)
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (1hr 34min) *** ½  Here’s a certainty for next year’s Best Documentaries and, for countless fans who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood between 1961 to 2001, this is a “must see.” Morgan Neville’s marvellous documentary includes a ton of memories. Fred Rogers was primarily an educational television personality, catering to pre-school children’s programming, but he was also a musician, writer, producer, puppeteer, and before that an ordained Presbyterian minister!  From Pittsburgh, Rogers moved to Toronto in 1961 to work on a 15 minute series titled Misterogers airing on CBC for about 4 years, and the show incorporated set pieces created by CBC designers and later used on his US shows, such as the castle and the trolley. In 1966 Rogers acquired the rights to his program from CBC, moved the show to Pittsburgh TV and renamed it Misterogers Neighborhood. Rogers spoke directly to the viewer on various issues while interacting with his regular and drop-in friends. Above all, he wanted to "help children through some of the difficult modulations of life." (Fifth Avenue).


NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday June 19
ALEX AND ME Alex Morgan, Siena Agudong, Matt Cornett, Andrew Rush, Ava Acres, Lily Mae Silverstein
THE DEATH OF STALIN. Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin
FLOWER  Zoey Deutch, Kathryn Hahn, Tim Heidecker, Adam Scott, Joey Morgan, Dylan Gelula
MIDNIGHT SUN.  Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Quinn Shephard, Ken Tremblett, Suleka Mathew
PACIFIC RIM UPRISING John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day
PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST. James Faulkner, Jim Caviezel, Joanne Whalley, Olivier Martinez, John Lynch
THE SWAP  Peyton List, Jacob Bertrand, Naomi Snieckus, Linda Kash, Darrin Rose, Callan Potter
UNSANE  Claire Foy, Juno Temple, Amy Irving, Matt Damon, Joshua Leonard, Aimee Mullins, Colin Woodell

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday June 26
BLACK LIGHTNING (Netflix) Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams
THE ENDLESS Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, Lew Temple, James Jordan
GEMINI  Zoë Kravitz, Lola Kirke, John Cho, Ricki Lake, Jessica Parker Kennedy, James Ransone
IN DARKNESS. Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein, Joely Richardson, Neil Maskell, Jan Bjvoet
MADAME. Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel, Rossy de Palma, Michael Smiley, Tom Hughes
SPINNING MAN Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Jamie Kennedy, Clark Gregg,  Alexandra Shipp
TERMINAL  Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher, Mike Myers, Max Irons, Matthew Lewis
TYLER PERRY'S ACRIMONY  Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent, Danielle Nicolet, Jazmyn Simon, Ajoina Alexis

NEW DVDs... starting Tuesday July 3
7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE  Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi
ANOTHER WOLFCOP Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Yannick Bisson, Lawrtence Gowan
BEIRUT Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris, Larry Pine, Shea Whigham, Mark Pelligrino
BLOCKERS  Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, Kathryn Newton, Geraldine Indira Viswanathan, Gideon Adlon
BORG VS McENROE  Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason, Stellan Skarsgård, Leo Borg, Robert Emms
FINDING YOUR FEET  Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman
ISMAIL'S GHOSTS. Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher
JOURNEY'S END Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge, Stephen Graham, Paul Bettany

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday July 10
CHAPPAQUIDDICK. Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Jim Gaffigan, Clancy Brown, Olivia Thirlby, Bruce Dern
LEAN ON PETE  Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Zahn, Thomas Mann
A QUIET PLACE. Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Leon Russom, Cade Woodward.

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday July 17
BLUMHOUSE'S TRUTH OR DARE  Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sophia Taylor Ali
DISOBEDIENCE Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser, Alexis Zeggerman
I FEEL PRETTY  Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Tom Hopper, Naomi Campbell, Lauren Hutton
ISLE OF DOGS (animation) Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bob Balaban, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson
RAMPAGE  Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
SUPER TROOPERS 2  Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Linda Carter, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Will Sasso
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE. Joaquin Phoenix, Judith Roberts, John Doman, Alessandro Nivola

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday July 24
LIFE OF THE PARTY Melissa McCarthy, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen, Jacki Weaver, Julie Bowen
READY PLAYER ONE  Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Letitia Wright

NEW DVDs ... starting Tuesday July 31
FINAL PORTRAIT  Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clémence Poésy, Tony Shalhoub,  James Faulkner
KINGS Halle Berry, Daniel Craig, Lamar Johnson, Kaalan Walker, Rachel Hilson, Isaac Ryan Brown
THE MIRACLE SEASON  Helen Hunt, William Hurt, Erin Moriarty, Danika Yarosh, Nesta Cooper, Berkley Duffield
OVERBOARD  Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, Josh Segarra, Emily Madison.
TULLY Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass, Ron Livingston, Elaine Tan, Emily Haine, Colleen Wheeler