‘prisoners,’ ‘wadjda’ And Other New Movies, Reviewed

Their platonic friendship (yes, platonic!) is rendered with great humor, poignancy and dignity. Michael OSullivan (No rating) The Wizard of Oz 3D IMAX (PG) Seeing The Wizard of Oz on the big screen also offers an opportunity to consider the incredible special effects, considering the film was shot more than seven decades ago and long before computer-generated imagery. The black-and-white scenes of Dorothy battling against the wind as a twister approaches were especially transporting. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Wadjda (PG) Youre seeing a world on screen that, until now, has been largely hidden from the filmgoing world at large. Because in addition to being a terrific garden-variety coming-of-age film, Wadjda happens to be the first feature-length movie ever made in Saudi Arabia all the more notable in that its been made by a woman, about a young girl chafing against the religious and social strictures of a kingdom literally shrouded in sexual anxiety, misogyny and severe repression. Ann Hornaday 1/2 Salinger (PG-13) While much of the movie consists of variations on this same theme that Salinger was a brilliant, flawed man the film also delves into more salacious matters, including the role of Catcher in the shootings of Ronald Reagan, John Lennon and Rebecca Schaeffer (gunmen John Hinckley Jr., Mark David Chapman and Robert John Bardo were all fans of the novel). Stephanie Merry The Henchmans War (Unrated) Greene, a native Washingtonian with a handful of local directorial and co-producing credits on his resume, has an eye for urban grit and an ear for tough-guy dialogue. He makes excellent use of his shadowy locations, lending War the coveted visual grime that enhances such pulp-noir material. Sean OConnell 1/2 Battle of the Year (PG-13) Lee is attempting to keep a spotlight shining on b-boy culture, an aggressive style of street dancing that consists of body-contorting twists, flips, leaps, spins and poses set to hip-hop music. Lee showcased this next level of competitive breakdancing in his award-winning 2008 documentary Planet B-Boy , and a feature film building on that awareness makes complete sensejust not five years later, when the fad appears to have faded. Sean OConnell My Lucky Star (Unrated) Bringing Sophies comics to life, the movie interjects drawings and animated sequences. The camera spins excitedly, and the editing is brisk. Split-screen compositions evoke the 1960s, as do Sophies pop-art ensembles, which include a lilac wig with matching lipstick. This girlie romp is less about martial arts and espionage than stuffed animals and dress-up. Mark Jenkins 1/2 Good OlFreda (PG) Ryan White weaves in archival footage of girls fainting and images of old headlines. The soundtrack consists primarily of Beatles covers. While the tales of the bands spectacular rise create a genial mood, the film feels superficial. Kelly can be cagey, and when a voice offscreen asks if she ever dated any of the guys, she demurs, saying, Thats personal. Stephanie Merry 1/2 Ip Man: The Final Fight (PG-13) The showiest action sequence involves lion dancers who battle atop high wooden posts. The grittiest and final one sends Ip to save one of his former pupils, whos risked fighting for money inside the gangster-controlled Kowloon Walled City. To add to the drama, the showdown occurs during a typhoon. Mark Jenkins Generation Iron (PG-13) Generation Iron succeeds where other rote sports docs often struggle.

HORROR MOVIES UNCUT FRIDAY SEPTEMBER THE 20TH

5/5 *available on all VOD outlets THE REST OF THE FILMS SCENIC ROUTE – I had a feeling this movie would be good but not this good. Scenic Route is not a horror by any stretch of the imagination. It has some horror qualities but the performances by Josh Duhamel and Dan Fogler are award worthy. Two long term friends are traveling through the desert when their truck breaks down. After finding out it was a ploy by Fogler to start a conversation with Duhamel the two erupt into a battle of life call outs and relationships with not only women but passions of the past. Scenic Route turns into a bloody, dark humours buddy flick that would have been what really happened in Due Date. I really enjoyed this movie and the dark turn it takes at the very end really completed the film. I was upset when this hit limited theaters and did not head our way but im glad its available to take home now. It wont be on my top horror films of the year list but it may end up on my top films to see in general this year. Pick up Scenic Route this weekend as I think you will really enjoy it. 4/5 PARANORMAL ASYLUM- This is the worst movie on the list this week and really was a pain to watch. From start to finish there was a luminous effect that held through the movie. It became really annoying and so did the interaction with the spirits. The film had slight potential when it started but as soon as the evil started Asylum went downhill from there.

Horror movies: Why we watch them

aWe also have filmmakers who see a clear need for an important foreign or global story to be told and they have the means and skills to do so and provide a new and valuable perspective.a Whatas happening in Canada is part of a larger trend worldwide. Technological change has paved the way for simultaneous release dates across several continents, and the rise of China as a potential market has forced filmmakers to think in more international terms. Look at your local multiplex. The landscape has changed: Martial arts stars play opposite Yankee action heroes, French ingenues star in Middle Eastern family dramas and directors such as Ang Lee shoot Life of Pi and other Canadian bestsellers on location in Taiwan. The push toward a more global marketplace is constant and palpable, but veteran Canadian filmmakers such as Bruce McDonald and Bruce Sweeney say the quirky Canadian tradition that features flawed men, potent women and a curious lack of special effects is still possible. aIf youare asking for $8 million, the financial people in the industry are going to want a famous person to drive the financing,a says McDonald, who returns to TIFF with The Husband, 25 years after making his festival debut with Roadkill. aIf you want the big toys … you have to be ready for that,a he says. aThatas whatas great about this movie. Itas a mix of veterans and new faces. And it could be done in-pocket and in-town.a McDonald says he has complete faith in his Canadian cast, and heas never felt the need to look outside Canada to find the right players. aItas a confidence thing,a he says. aWe have a lot of rising stars in this country, but they arenat going to get you the big budget.a At least not until they make it in the U.S a which generally makes them inaccessible. Witness the rise of Ryan Reynolds, Ellen Page and Ryan Gosling, Canadian actors who are now prohibitively pricey, and take on Canadian projects only as labours of love, if they agree to participate at all.

Canadian movies take pride of place on TIFF’s international stage

Until about a year ago, they held no interest for me. I had a couple of bad experiences as a teenager and those events helped me decide that the genre was useless to me. Then I met my best friend. I can’t remember the first horror movie she talked me into seeing, but we had such a good time trying to scare each other during and after the movie that I decided to give the genre another chance. While I still don’t care for slasher movies, the supernatural ones get my blood pumping and my adrenaline going. I think the key to not letting myself get freaked out is to remember that while the film may claim to be a true story or may seem realistic, it’s only a movie. Even the “true story” films have to add drama to make it exciting, and many directors take great liberties with the real events. I remember watching The Blair Witch Project in the theater in 1999. As I had been lost in the woods in the dark before, the movie terrified me. Years later, when I was teaching at a community college, I showed the movie to my class on Halloween. Several students fell asleep and the ones who stayed awake through the whole thing were wholly not scared . Sure, what scares each person is going to be different, and the hand-held filming of The Blair Witch Project can’t hold much of a candle to the special effects-heavy flicks that are being made today.