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Blog by Don Kennedy

Winter's Bone

June 27th, 2010
Winter's Bone is a hillbilly murder mystery full of tension and with a look that is as bleak as the future of its main character Ree Dolly (sensational up and comer Jennifer Lawrence). She’s a Missouri seventeen year old whose natural beauty is never exploited -nor is there any need for it with such a fine performance. She has the weight of the world on her very young shoulders and she’s so d ...

This Movie Is Broken

June 27th, 2010
This Movie Is Broken is a showcase for the band Broken Social Scene that is basically a concert film but with a unique difference. A free spirited episode is fashioned by juxtaposing full live versions of this voluminous Toronto band’s repertoire against a boy/girl drama. Bruno (Greg Calderone) has been in love with Caroline (Georgina Reilly) since they were kids some 15 years ago. During the ...

Toy Story 3

June 20th, 2010
Toy Story 3 as the name would imply is the third instalment in this ultra creative franchise and here we  get an underlying message about loyalty and family that also has adventure, intrigue, hearty laughs, heartstring tugs and a hilarious introduction of Barbie and Ken. Andy’s historical toys still include Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) along with their plastic and stuffed ...

Jonah Hex

June 20th, 2010
Jonah Hex is another graphic DC comics anti hero brought to life on the silver screen. Hex (Josh Brolin) who communes with dead people is a facially disfigured Civil War veteran and current bounty hunter with a bounty on his own head. He suffered a near death experience at the hands of Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich) and his ensuing recuperation with the help of a local first nation’s tribe ...

Year of the Carnivore

June 20th, 2010
Year of the Carnivore is the brainchild of Sook-Yin Lee, Vancouver’s brainy and child like former front singer for Bob’s Your Uncle. With familiar Fraser Valley locations as a back drop she’s taken a mini Sarah Silverman named Cristin Milioti from Sopranos bit player to the borderline of being the next Ellen Page. In front of a mostly Canadian cast Milioti plays the ironically named Sammy Sma ...

The Karate Kid

June 13th, 2010
The Karate Kid is a distant knock off of the 1984 film of the same name with Jackie Chan taking on Pat Morita’s mentoring role and Ralph Macchio’s tormented fish out of water Daniel Larusso is now Dre Parker played by Jaden Smith. There are a lot of departures in this film not the least of which is that kung fu and not karate is the martial art of choice and the action is nowhere near the USA ...

Mother and Child

June 13th, 2010
Mother and Child is a heartfelt trio of stories with adoption at their heart that eventually intersect although some more predictably than others. Annette Bening is Karen, a bitter 52 year old woman who lives with her aged mother Nora (Eileen Ryan). Karen has used the world as her whipping boy since having to give up her daughter who was conceived when she was only 14. Today that daughter is ...


June 13th, 2010
Agora refers to an open "place of assembly" in ancient city-states and in Alexandria’s antiquity was located just outside of its lamentably sacked library. Originally a place where citizens would gather to hear statements of the ruling king or council, in the time of the scientific philosopher Hypatia (Rachel Weisz) the space was used to find recruits for the newly emancipated religion called ...


June 13th, 2010

Micmacs is the latest round of devilishly witty insanity from French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet who gave us Amélie, probably Europe most profitable film export ever. Dany Boon plays Bazil, a video store clerk who survives accidentally being shot in the head. Surgeons elect not to remove the bullet since the procedure would likely put him in a vegetative state while leaving it in will only “l ...

Get Him to the Greek

June 6th, 2010
Get Him to the Greek reintroduces us to the vacuous, hedonistic rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) who we met in Forgetting Sarah Marshall – although at this point for him she’s merely a substance addled almost memory. For our part we should completely forget that Jonas hill played Matthew the waiter in Sarah Marshal as here he’s Aaron Green, an LA record industry flack working for an A+ pers ...