Movie Reviews By Robert Waldman
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Beatriz at Dinner (PG) * * * *
Dinner is an important meals the day. Family sit downs and breaking bread with friends is a time honoured tradition. Few could predict the aftermath of a "friendly" after hours meal in Beatriz at Dinner. Be sure to make an early reservation to see this cinematic treat from Elevation Pictures now serving up quality entertainment at Vancouver's Fifth Avenue Cinemas.
Some important issues are touched on in Beatriz at Dinner. Cast as Beatriz in a very impressive dramatic role is Salma Hayek. Respected for her healing abilities this immigrant worker has made quite the impact at a California wellness centre . Among her clients are an upscale couple who now consider her part of the family.
During a normal session at the upscale couple's home one thing leads to another and as a friend of the family she is invited to stay for dinner. Somewhat out of place the other guests mix and mingle and before you know it this misfit becomes a rather eventful interloper with all sorts of unexpected surprises on the menu.
Wild and wooly Beatriz at Dinner comes off as a totally unpredictable and truly eventful evening out. Scene stealer John Lithgow is at his best in a part that could well make Donald Trump proud. Consider this film to be an excellent example of the haves and have nots doing battle with a green agenda thrown in to make things even more interesting. Something totally different and highly engaging is this smartly written creative cultural gem.
All Eyez On Me (PG) * * * *
Fame, like life, can be fleeting. Follow the path of an inspiring singer in All Eyez On Me. Young people into music will likely know this is a song made famous by rapper Tupac Shakur. See the making of a legend in this faithful look into the icon's life. Give it up to VVS Films for bringing this drama to British Columbia audiences at the International Village Cinemas.
Whether you're into rap or not people should find this look into the making of legend in the making meaningful and highly entertainment. Blessed with a superb cast director Benny Boom faithfully looks at this man's troubled young life before he hit his groove as a street-smart singer with a connection to the plight of struggling Afro Americans at a time when they were decidedly oppressed.
Consider it lucky for all that the man chosen to bring such a conflicted creative genius to the screen was Demetrius Shipp, Jr. In a star-making performance. All the Girls , glitz and glamour of the gangster/rap lifestyle are shown warts and all as we see one man's rise to the music throne before being cut off at the seams. Infighting and the road to success are paved with uncertainties and Tupac's involvement with Death Row Records and a previous white record label paint a troubling portrait of The ruthlessness of the entire entertainment business
Full of music and an effective commentary on the plight of the disadvantaged with highly charged concert footage All Eyez on Me is a fascinating look at a one of a kind performer and the larger than life figures that have dominated the hip pop rap scene for decades.
Rough Night (PG) * * *
Bad things can happen to good people. And vice versa. Four or make that five school days chums wind up in Quite the pickle in Rough Night. Take nothing for granted during this boisterous affair now going for gut laughs at Cineplex Theatres around B.C.
School times can be raucous. Quite often folks and classes set up reunions to reconnect with past friends. When a decade later five somewhat established ladies decide to get together for some well-deserved r & r . So this diametrically opposed quintet set sail for Miami. Little Havana will never be the same
Mother hen to this odd coupling is all smiles political operative Scarlett Johansson. Watch how fast those grins turn to frowns as the group wind up smack dab in the midst of a murder. Manners go out the window in a hurry as this wacky group do what they can to stay one step ahead of the law. Warm bodies never served up so many laughs egged on by one delicious I face mask. Consider this party ideal for The Hangover and Bridesmaids fanatics.
Yes we've seen movies like this before. Here some great lines carry the day along with some insanely funny predicaments as the ladies go through the motions in a decidedly politically incorrect kind of way.
The Mummy (PG) * * *
Back I. The 50s and 60s Universal Studios rose high as the master of the horror genre. Classics like Frankenstein and The Wear Wolf had huge followings including being immortalized forever through Aurora models. Step back in Time to see the seeds of decadent danger unfold in The Mummy. Vastly superior to the bland Brendan Fraser effort trust Tom Cruise to hit the Mark. See an ancient ritual come to life at Cineplex Theatres across B.C.
Given a good story The Mummy rocks. First we go back in time to see just how a member of Egyptian royalty decided to make her mark at her father's expense. Destined to death the anointed one is left In box deep inside the desert far from the maddening crowd. Few could predict that centuries later the remnants of that fatal day would somehow rise to the surface,
Into this mix a born adventurer working for the American military winds up at the centre of a firestorm. Tom Cruise does heroes good and is in top form as the man caught between two women steeped in ancient Egyptian mythology. Modern London is ground zero as those bandaged madmen ( and women) do battle with a determined soldier of fortune and a power mad scientist Doctor played with lots of ham by Russell Crowe.
Made in 3-D with sizzling effects The Mummy is a haunting mystery with campy effects and a couple of female performers who decidedly make their presences felt.
Wonder Woman (PG) * * *
Super heroes come and go. Some are good. Some are bad. Most are male. At long last women come of age as a bonafide female takes centre stage in Wonder Woman. For a change Warner Brothers delivers a winning effort here. Unlike the dark tones of too many forgettable Batman and Suicide encounters comes a light hearted lark that's full on fun. Make your day by taking in this delightful fantasy now giving fans hope at Cineplex theatres around B.C.
Not too often do television series make a successful transition to the silver screen. Long gone is the camp from the popular Lynda Carter series and instead we are given an insightful look into how this amazing Amazonian warrior emerged as a top flight heroine second to none.
Inspiring in all her heroic forms is newcomer Gal Gadot who shines ever so bright as perhaps the eighth wonder of the world whose training by a Greek group of athletic Amazons puts her in good stead to take on a group of insanely driven Nazis bent on destroying the world. Every good woman needs a good man and our Diana finds her guide to the outside world in the form of an out of his league airman turned spy made oh so easy-going in a shy, needy sort of way by Chris Pine.
Sparks do fly just below the surface as together Gadot and Pine click in an oh so sweet way in the romantic arena. Their mild love affair pails in comparison to the heroics the pair unleash when they almost single-handedly do battle with the Evil Nazis. Indiana Jones never had it so rough (just kidding).
Women and men of all ages will be rooting as we watch one women seemingly take on the world. Whenever she is on screen - and it is a lot - Gadot radiates and truly carries this film.. Add on impressive, imaginative sets that Bond maestro Sir Ken Adam would be proud of, stunts galore, wild action shoot outs and a coyly written puppy love romance between a man of the world and a lady hold up in a cocoon way too long and who is unaccustomed to any sort of dating rituals and you have a fun time indeed. Despite being a good 10 or so minutes too long Wonder Woman is one of the best super hero movies in years.
The Belko Experiment (PG) * * *
Few can doubt the daily danger omnipresent in Columbia, one of the deadliest places in the world. Known far and wide for the illicit drug trade audiences get a stark reminder of the mindless mayhem confronting that country in The Belko Experiment. Forget about drugs though. Something evil descends on a closed knit community in this harrowing experience from Touchwood PR now freaking folks out most likely at the International Village Cinemas. Go to Cineplex.com for Showtimes and theatre locations,
Choose where you work wisely. Young and old, White and Latino with a nice ethnic mix of Asian and black individuals make up the work force at Belko Industries. Here the tech savvy ply their trade at this ultra modern industrial facility that does important work for various levels of government and military agencies. Wall to wall security from roof to floor abounds in this modern compound. Why even CEO Barry Norris is not immune from witnessing first hand the security protocols under the glaring glow of Tony Goldwyn.
Even with all the armed guards and serious precautions somehow something evil has invaded the work space. So begins a very unsettling and tense standoff as a mystery voice on the sound system begins to terrorize the captive population with nary a helping hand in Sight. Talk about unyielding and relentless violence, How the prisoners at their own job location try to survive the onslaught of the violence is mind numbing,
Perfect pacing and an eerie science laden atmosphere with great tension among those wanting To survive helped make The Belko Experiment quite the little journey into hell. Play it safe and just scratch Bogota off of your travel plans. Instead see this heart-pounding jaw-dropping movie that effectively questions man's inhumanity to man in the face of unspeakable horror.
The Dinner (PG) * * * * *
Election fever seems to be gripping the globe. Right now we all were surprised by the snap election call in Great Britain and R pending ballot count in France. Loyal British Columbians go to the polls with dreadful choices on May 9. Without question you will be making the right. Without question you will be making the right choice by taking in The Dinner. Just be sure to make your reservations for this movie from Taro PR opening at the International Village Cinemas.
Perfect timing sees the release of this well conceived drama. Oscar calibre performances abound here.Handsome Richard Gere ( An Officer and a Gentleman) puts his nice guy image to the test as Stan Lohman, a politician on the move and on the make with a governorship on his mind. Contrast this consummate successful go-getter with brother Paul.
A man with some issues funnyman Steve Coogan ( A Night at the Museum) surprises all with a sure-fire Oscar nod as a conflicted man wrestling with problems most of us can relate to. Together these two share an interesting past but over members of the family somehow impact their two lives in ways unimaginable.
One night the pair and their engaging wives decide to go out for dinner. Nothing unusual here. Stan being on the public payroll likes to go first class so the four cozy up at a fine eatery. Impressive is the way director Oren Moverman cooks up delicious dishes delivered with pomp and ceremony by first class waiters and maitre d's whose knowledge and preparation of cuisine is second to none.
Sparks fly in between the dishes as we witness elements of this family's past and current woes sure to make any man or woman shake in their boots. Emotions run high as all these four relatives unravel themselves in each other's pain, sorrow and hopes when confronted with life-altering events.
Frank discussion of relevant social subjects we all face serves to heighten the tension in this overpowering film that truly features standout acting, dialogue and moving characters. Stirring performances by Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall as suitable table mates makes The Dinner an unforgettable night out where the stakes are sky high and the results compelling.
The Green Hell (G) * * * *
Fast and Furious - look out. And please do not confuse The Green Hell with The Green Mile. Instead get inspired by this thrilling car driven juggernaut from Touchwood Pr that gets it's own special screening in a limited engagement at Vancouver's prestigious Park Theatre. Part of the Cineplex Events series this amazing show is well worth the effort to seek out.
Full of history and uncanny vintage footage this documentary on Formula 1 racing is a car enthusiast's dream. Director Hannes Michael Schalle is an obvious admirer of racing, so how he managed to cobble together vintage clips and news reel footage of Germany's famed Norburgring race track is a marvel. Complete with insightful interviews from those who were there we see the construction of the track and the importance this enterprise played in Germany from the late nineteenth Century through the Hitler years and well into the 1970s.
Part of German pride this economic powerhouse helped usher in Europe's love affair with the automobile as perennial heavyweights Mercedes Benz and Porsche fought it out for bragging rights at winner's circle and as a way to improve and expand their manufacturing base and their own car popularity among consumers. A bit late on the scene but not to be outdone the British were not far behind as the likes of Stirling Moss and Aston Matin were to become household names throughout the 60s and 70s.
Thrilling races at the track are wonderfully captured in this highly enjoyable look at the development of road racing in Germany and beyond and Formula 1's impact on a public yearning for more.
May 10 Wednesday. 7:00 PM. The Park Theatre Vancouver
May 25 Thursday 7:00 PM. The Park Theatre Vancouver
Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (PG) * *
From out of nowhere a few years back a Canadian cop buddy movie called Bon Cop Bad Cop entered what had always been a traditional bastion of Hollywood. Against all odds the film was a success not only in Canada but also in the U.S. Back for more mayhem in this entertainment One release are that original dynamic duo for Bon Cop Bad Cop. And the good news is that the results aren't that bad. Check out a unique slice of Canadiana at Cineplex cinemas across B.C.
Baggage comes in all shapes and sizes. And here we're not talking about disgraced United or American Airlines. Two aging police make very strange bedfellows when trying to out out if business a car fencing operation. Suffice it to say that the antics of The Fast and Furious crowd have nothing on the friendship of Martin Ward and Dave Bouchard. Often at odds and with family problems of their own Colm Feore and Patrick Houard work well off of one another.
Nothing is quite as it appears in this story. So when a simple car theft ring turns out to be anything but all bets are off as our Canadian lawmen face off against some heavy handed criminals and aloof officials in this free-spirited lark.
Call it a black comedy of sorts. Director Alain Desrochers succeeds in building up some interesting characters and layers them well with issues that cloud both their determined minds and set ways. . Include a certain twist that ups the ante considerably and we are witnessing an odd but fun little cop/buddy movie.
Norman (PG) * * *
Modern politics get raked over the coals in Norman. Perfect timing with the current British Columbia and Great Britain elections now in full bloom comes this savvy flick from Mongrel Media now seeking your votes at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas. Much a labour of love gathered here are some top line actors seemingly yukking it up at government expense. Share in the joy.
Front and centre in this black comedy are a shady New Yorker and an obscure Israeli politician. No one seems to take much stock of the rather restless Norman Oppenheimer. Here Effective casting sees Richard Gere come on strong as the ultimate wannabe Wall Street huckster. Too bad that Woody Allenesque approach seems to rub many people the wrong way. This is the type of guy who in a harmless sort of way manages to get in your face - although in a nice sort of way. Norman is the poster child for invading one's own personal space.
Sheer luck sees the mensch meet Eshel , an up and coming Israeli politician played with convincing zeal by Lior Ashkenazi. Strange things can happen in The world of politics , as in life, so when Eshel becomes the Prime Minister it opens up a whole set of doors and can of worms for Norman and friends.
Mostly a vanity project Norman offers some real good campy performances and may be inspired in parts by bribery scandals that have plagued leaders in the land of milk and honey in the past as well as other world leaders. Somewhat of a guilty pleasure it's fun to watch this wacky nudnik ply his trade. Among those crossing this well-meaning (?) vagabond's path include first rate actors like Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi and Hank Azaria. Fans of politics, business and money may like this insight into the messed-up mind of a delusional manipulator and scammer par excellence. Sounds like most politicians when you peel away the veneer.
Maudie (PG) * * * *
Spellbinding performances highlight Maudie. Said to be taken from a true story this inspiring with a capital I story is now winning hearts over at the Fifth Avenue cinemas. From out of nowhere comes this heroic tale from Mongrel Media. Oh, and I failed to say this nearly two hour charmer has won scores of awards at various film festivals around the world. How rightfully so.
Snowy Canada is front and centre in this saga. For a change Telefilm Canada comes through with flying colours as we see how a little lady from the Maritimes takes on a series of challenges. Diminutive in stature but with a gift all her own is Maudie . Left largely to fend for herself the physically challenged lass is revealed compassionately by Sally Hawkins. Expect Ms. Hawkins to be nominated and likely to win an Oscar for her work here.
Living in a coastal Maritime hamlet Maudie has both walking and speaking problems and gets largely abandoned by her family. Not willing to stand still or sit idly by this woman has desires and by chance hooks up with an also less than perfect fisherman played nicely by Ethan Hawke. Together their relationship gets off to a rocky uncomfortable start. Through time however a hidden talent emerges and Maudie gains recognition for her abilities - and herself.
Never say never. Heartfelt in all respects Maudie shows how one can overcome physical challenges and does so in a joy-filled way. Even more surprises come your way in this three hanky movie that will have you pulling for this outcast - all the way!
Perfume War (PG) * * * *
Most of the time social values have nothing in common with business goals. Indeed they should. Able to counter this trend is the story behind the movie Perfume War. Sit back and settle in to your seat at The Park theatre in Vancouver to watch a truly inspirational movie.Based on a true story this motion picture from Loud Baby Productions shows just how good an independent film can be.
This documentary shows the special bond of two life long friends and the impact of war on both of them. Some of the nicest and best people in the world come from the Maritimes where we first meet college friends Barb Stegemann and Trevor Greene. Almost inseparable as friends the pair get separated by war. Always ready to fight injustice commander Greene finds himself doing good in Afghanistan until his tour of duty is cut short by a deadly attack.
Left largely for dead due to the heinous attack few would give this brave soldier any chance to survive. Let alone thrive and perhaps even prosper as time goes by. Not willing to give up or shatter Trevor's dream stand by your friend Barbara embarks on a one woman crusade to make things better for women in Afghanistan and by extension men as well. Knowing that the root of much evil in this undeveloped region are poppies and opium this talented altruistic woman embarks on a plan to help cultivate a less damaging crop which will make perfume and according to her make life better for this once thriving nation.
Using a local farmer somehow Stegemann manages to develop a perfume. Just how she gets the manufacturing process going and penetration into the cut-throat corporate world of the fragrance industry is a textbook David versus Goliath story with local and global inspirations.
Through conviction and dogged determination we see how a woman with little more than a dream and a heart of gold manages to make a difference in a desperate region as her friend manages to come back from what most would see as an almost impossible injury. More than a few tears will likely be shed at this emotional movie. Most striking of all is that it's all true.
The Fate of the Furious (PG) * * *
Just like the filmmakers of the James Bond series no one on the crew of the first Fast and Furious movie could have imagined how successful they have become. Count up to eight as The Fate of the Furious hits Cineplex screens throughout B.C. And the rest of the free ( and not so free) world. Being able to keep stories fresh is the key to longevity in a series as the 007 movies pioneered so well. Proper preparation and attention to story line is what Universal Films has ushered in with this car heavy series. Fans will not be disappointed.
Brought back to the fold are a cast of familiar characters. Only this time one member of the team has gone rogue. Back in the saddle as the alleged leader of this high flying muscle car driving gang is Dominic Toretto . No one plays smug as good as Vin Diesel. From the sandy shores of car crazy Cuba to such hotspots as London, New York and Russia we track Terreto who has gotten involved with a nefarious criminals leaving his colleagues in the dust.
Over the top stunts and wild car chases are what these ever popular films are all about. Lots of wisecracks and skimpy clad babes simply fuel the fire and add to the teresterone of the plot which sees a band if evil hackers try to use stock and trade ton ripple commerce and rule the world. Shades of this plot-line have appeared before. Only here the ante is raised sky high with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron perfectly in sync I. This thrilling film whose theme of the importance of family feels sincere and rings true.
Fun from start to finish The Fate of the Furious will leave you wanting to out the pedal to the metal while giving your family a hug.
Their Finest (PG) * * *
My in my can the British really act. Take the story behind The Finest Hour. Set during World War 2 this noble effort from Elevation Pictures tells a simple take of love among the ruins. Enjoy this crafty romantic drama at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas and select Cineplex Theatres around B.C.
To win a battle you need public support. Successful campaigns seem to always have a pr element. During the Churchill era part of the military machine was to win over public support by way of a film department bankrolled by the government. To add a woman's touch to the proceedings enter a novice writer , Catrin Cole played by Gemma Arterton. Teamed up with Buckley, a rather snobbish resident scribe the pair turn their talents to mount a winning movie. Able to ice this part in a memorable way is Sam Claflin.
Anyone who knows anything about making a movie knows it can be complicated and trying - sort of like winning a battle on the war front. Complications aplenty arise as the question of casting and censorship rise to the fore, not to mention finding he right script.
Full of melancholy and warmth The Finest hours is full of surprises and really beautiful understated performances. Add in the presence of acting giants like Bill Nighy and Richard E. Grant and you end up with a wonderful piece of puffery aimed squarely at the older set. Those golden oldies will not be disappointed.
Gifted (G) * * *
Being smart can be good - or bad. One small child gets embroiled in a tug of war like no other in Gifted. Convincing performances and a heartfelt dilemma hits home in this telling Tale from Fox Searchlight Pictures out to make a lasting impression at the international village cinemas and other Cineplex Cinemas around B.C.
Just ask any parent. Raising children can be a vexing matter. Now imagine the concerns of another family member or friend trying to rear a little one. Stress is the order of the day when an uncle does his best to bring up his niece. Chris Evans (Cellular) leaves his Captain America shield behind to play a down home hero to diminutive Mary Adler. Look for big things to come from soon to be big star McKenna Grace who brilliantly stands out through her Sensational portrayal of the six years young Dynamo. Indeed Evans must delve deep into His playbook to pull this fatherly figure off convincingly well,
Just while things were going well a wrench is thrown into the process when news leaks out that our Mary has a way with figures with some even considering her to be a genius. Due to her ability to compute things take a turn for the worse when two disgruntled family members vie to take care of the young lady or others will follow suit.
Sparks fly constantly into this emotional tug of war triumph.
Life (PG) * * * *
Chill out. Get ready for a cold sweat. Homage to Alien must be made to new Sony bonafide thriller Life. Do not confuse this movie with the popular Milton Bradley game from the 1970s. All bets are off at this space extravaganza now transfixing eyes at Cineplex Theatres around B.C.
Over her years space movies have become popular. Here the effort sees a team of scientists on mission to Mars busy doing research with an international crew. Diverse and multicultural the crew run into unforeseen difficulties when a new specimen ism fought aware.
Beware of new things . Sound Advice like that should have been noted by this space station team. Among the members of the explorers are Vancouver born Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Jake Gylenhaal. Star power like this may bring in the crowds but it's up to a slimy slug like creation to harness the energy. Nicknamed Calvin by the father of the menace this monster in the making is a star all its own. Grisly and gruesome the tension in this tale is taut if not palpable. Edge of your seat chills are on tap in this continual fight for survival saga that will surely make you squirm.
Power Rangers (G) * * *
Down to Earth fun explodes in a family friendly sort of way in Power Rangers. Of course this big budget epic is based on the hit show of television fame. Geared towards The Transformers kind of crowd this wholesome treat from EOne Films is full value and just delighting audiences at the International Village Cinemas and other Cineplex screens around B.C.
Back story is really important to this film. Ominous things are at the beginning when two alien rivals wind up in a battle for Earth. When one lethal lady is left for dead a deep freeze begins. Flash forward a century or so and we see the impact of old grudges as a lovely little American coastal community becomes ground zero for a fight for the planet Earth.
Here's where the fun really kicks in. Five youthful outsiders somehow unite in a showdown as their town is under siege. Each one of these teens has emir own sets of problems often related to family or bullying. So the outcasts come together and descend into a surreal world full of evil sorcery, fantastic spaceships and a very evil nemesis.
Done with tongue firmly in cheek the lure of Power Rangers is the way five normal kids with issues can overcome their differences and problems to bond together in aid of the common good. No doubt scores of kids and older folks will be able to relate to the story. State of the set special effects, stupendous stunts, that ever say die attitude and some menacing hissing at villains make Power Rangers a winning effort for those into pure fantasy anchored in everyday life and on your edge living.
Beauty and The Beast (G) * * * * *
Get ready for the movie of the year. Let your imagination run wild as the house that Walt built continues to dazzle with Beauty and The Beast. Bold as can be check out a host of flawless performances in this family friendly Walt Disney Picture now inspiring all at Cineplex Theatres around B.C.
Taken from the hit animated classic of the early 90s this full on live action movie takes us back in time to a lovely French village . From the opening frames we see how a rich prince lives the life of Reily only to access. Given the opportunity to be nice to a stranger the rich elite selfish pig learns the hard way that mistakes can be made and before you know it he is turned into an ugly creature.
Left alone and living the life of a recluse years later a opportunity for redemption presents itself when by a stroke of luck a pretty villager mysteriously comes his way. Enter Belle, a charming lass who is wanted by all but is a bit of an outcast nonetheless among the fellow commoners. Ready to charm all onlookers is a now grown up Emma Watson.
Besides being a terrific love story where the soul of Beauty and The Beast lies is in its ingenious set pieces, music,costumes and one of a kind production numbers. Full of comedy it is marvellous to see a host of normal everyday inanimate objects come to life. Ingenuous dialogue and great jovial chemistry sees the fun in Beauty and the Beast never let up.
Put simply Beauty in the Beast will have you singing and smiling all the way home. Consider this motion picture experience to be perfect fare for the entire family.
Window Horses (G) * * * *
Canada is known far and wide for a lot of good things. Apart from our breathtaking natural beauty and welcoming attitude to others our citizens are known for b one tolerant and accepting of others. Among our most precious assets is the National Film Board of Canada. Often heard on Oscar night a string of strong films helps broaden our nation's appeal to a global audience. Count Window Horses to continue this tradition with its creative flair and an underlying degree of humanity. Feel the warmth of this crowd-pleaser at The International Village Theatre on March 10.
Timely in the extreme on the heels of the international refugee crisis comes this wonderful take that touches our souls on so many levels. Inspirational directing from writer Ann Marie Fleming shows the plight of a young Chinese girl living in North Vancouver with her grandparents. Deep down inside our Miss Ming dreams of Paris and becoming a poet. Against all odds she wins the right to appear at a poetry conference in Iran of all places. At first her grandparents are bemused and shocked but ultimately cave in to their charges desires.
Left with no parents for guidance the determined lass heads off to Shiraz, Iran's fifth largest city. Once inside this once thought of as a hostile region Window Horses opens our eyes to see how plain people,talking and interacting with one another can in fact bridge political gaps.
Elements of Iranian and Chinese history are gently interwoven into this special story of a little girl lost trying to find her identity. All in all the film works flawlessly with gentle humour and an open approach that plays no favourites, takes no sides and just comments on how people can like and approve of one another despite political leaders who may want to keep their electorate down.
Wonderful creative animation with vivid colours and a calming attitude makes Window Horses a delight for all ages to experience. It's whimsical, it's charming and having the voices of Ellen Page and Nancy Kwan makes the story all the more special.
The Artist's Garden (G) * * * *
In Full Bloom!
With spring just around the corner and summer ready to burst out what better time to do some gardening - or go to the movies. Again Cineplex Events takes the cake by combining art, the big screen and this time the great outdoors in their captivating presentation of the spellbinding documentary The Artist's Garden. Just like the self-explanatory title suggests this motion picture experience from Touchwood PR looks at how gardens and flowers became key subjects of American Painters.
Back-ended by a string of interviews by noted art experts and curators The Artist's Garden takes us on a whirlwind tour of notable American painters at the turn of the 20th Century. Riding high on the works of masters from France these men and women artists hailed most notably from the East Coast and ushered in the new movement called American Impressionism.
Told in simple English that everyone can understand this documentary shows the importance of progress and modernization and how the spread of industry helped attract artists and new benefactors who welcomed a new style. Flush with gorgeous photography of modern gardens our story shows how the tranquil landscapes became prime subject matter for an emerging class of American artists who drew inspiration from their European counterparts, most notably Claude Monet.
Whether you are an art connoisseur or not this easy to understand movie gives us a glimpse into both North American history and the role art and nature have been in defining our culture.
The Park Theatre: Wednesday March 22 @ 7:30 pm
Silvercity Riverport Theatre: Wednesday March 22 @ 7:30 pm
Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam: Wednesday March 22 @ 7:30 pm