NEW RELEASES, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY REVIEW AND WHY WE'RE BETTER THAN A MOVIE RENTAL MACHINE...
NEW THIS WEEK:
DOWN THE SHORE, a gripping drama about shattered dreams, shocking crimes and final chances. This film features recently deceased James Gandolfini, of The Sopranos fame, in one of his last starring roles. Variety calls Gandolfini's performance, his "most substantial role to date."
BYZANTIUM, a vampire movie, just in time for Halloween directed by Neil Jordan, who also directed Interview With The Vampire. Twists, turns and drama as secrets of 200 years of shared history unravel as two female vampires wreak havoc in a UK seaside community.
MOLLY MAXWELL, a romantic drama that is reminiscent of The Police's "Don't Stand So Close to Me," with a younger male teacher and female student and drawn into a complicated relationship. The film is set in the backdrop of Toronto, debuting local writer and director Sara St.Onge is her feature debut.
R.I.P.D., or Rest In Peace Department is a supernatural action adventure in the spirit (pun intended) of the Men In Black Ghostbusters franchises. It pairs Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as a pair of cops charged with protecting the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among them on Earth. When they discover a plot that potentially threatens life as we know it, the fun begins.
I GIVE IT A YEAR, is a Rom-Com from the producers of Love Actually, Notting Hill and Bridget Jone's Diary. The story is one of opposites attract, but can they last? GQ magazine calls it "Absolutely brilliant, the funniest film in years".
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY REVIEW
In 2001, Disney/Pixar introduced us to two animated loveable--yes, loveable--monsters named Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan. Mike, voiced by Billy Crystal, and John Goodman as Sulley, taught us all about the monsters in our closets and under our beds. They were endeared by children and parents alike. As Disney/Pixar continued to crank out sequels to the hit Toy Story, poor Mike and Sulley sat like the unwanted toys in the attic.
When all hope seemed lost, we are treated, not to a sequel, but a prequel. Since the Star Wars disappointment, I have been weary of the word prequel; however, Monsters University has renewed my faith.
This could have been titled When Mikey Met Sulley (Billy Crystal reference intended). It follows a young Mike and Sulley attending Monsters University, each vying to gain entry to the coveted Scare School program. There is the typical jock/nerd rivalry that tends to surface in college movies.
The writing is strong and driven. This is one of those rare films that children and adults of all ages can truly enjoy together. It is reminiscent of The Flintstones, which I loved during my childhood. I was unaware of a whole different level of humour that the adults were simultaneously enjoying that was "over my head".
Monsters University is an instant classic that is worthy of spurring additional sequels in the future. It is truly a "family" movie that all will enjoy.
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