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Blog by Don Kennedy

Dark Skies

February 24th, 2013
Dark Skies is based on a mid nineties television series originally designed to go head to head with the then monstrously popular X Files. That mission was not quite accomplished as NBC barely let it survive two seasons. Here Lacy and Daniel Barrett (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) are having a tough time making ends meet for their suburban family - that includes two sons Jesse (Toronto’s Dako ...


February 24th, 2013
Snitch is inspired by a TV documentary on Frontline about how changes to the US Federal Drug policy encouraged the incarcerated to inform on their accomplices in exchange for a lighter sentence. The film stars Dwayne Johnson but if you are looking for some holdover pro wrestling machismo you are going to have to do like “The Rock” does here and keep your shirt on. Sure you can tell Johnson’s ...

Side Effects

February 17th, 2013
Side Effects provides good news for those jonseing for another peek at Romy Mara, that mesmerizing star of the anglicized Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She’s back and with a character immersed in a plot almost as twisted as Stieg Larsson’s original inspiration thanks to director Steven Soderberg, here reunited with screenwriter of The Bourne Ultimatum and The Informant, Scott Z. Burns. Emily T ...

Safe Haven

February 17th, 2013
Safe Haven is well defined by its bucolic (and paradoxically named) Southport North Carolina location where you’re hit with the double whammy of small town hospitality and Southern hospitality all at once - although ironically neither is dished up with a southern accent. This coastal town is home to Alex Wheatley (Josh Duhamel) a hunky but awkward widower who runs the local general store with ...

January Real Estate

February 13th, 2013
January 2013

Attached please find the latest statistics from the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board.

The News Release indicates that sub par Real Estate averages continue in January and speculates that many Greater Vancouver Sellers, no longer wanting to fish have elected to cut bait. This supposition seems verified by the fact that even though overall supply is up 5.6 percent year to year, Ja ...

Beautiful Creatures

February 13th, 2013
Beautiful Creatures is sort of a Twilight “light” production that never the less has attracted the highly skilled talent of Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson. They take great delight in steeping themselves in evil while masking their natural aristocratic British accents with a genteel southern drawl. They’re also working with some impressive newcomers including Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan Waite wh ...

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

February 5th, 2013

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters takes us a decade and a half past when these famously  abandoned waifs made a fiery exit from a dinner engagement at that gingerbread house where their spell binding host planned the menu with these two as the main course. Something like that could significantly jaundice you opinion of Wicca and in their case indeed it has. No longer children, Hansel (Jer ...

Warm Bodies

February 1st, 2013
Warm Bodies takes us into the near future when some kind of zombie virus has infected the major populace of probably the world, but certainly one unnamed Superdome city underneath at least one flight path. Here military rule under general Grigio (John Malkovich) keeps the untainted behind a walled barricade but necessity often forces foraging parties to venture past the fortifications for nee ...

Stand Up Guys

February 1st, 2013
Stand Up Guys are usually underworld criminals who take the fall for a crime and keep their mouths shut so no one else involved ends up in jail. Here however you might be forgiven for thinking that Al Pacino and Christopher Walken are stand up guys doing comedy and not illegal activities especially since they appear to be doing spot on impressions of Al Pacino and Christopher Walken respectiv ...