Oscar Diggs (James Franco, 127 Hours) is a small-time circus magician and hustler who’s bamboozled people one too many times. Escaping Kansas in his hot-air balloon, he’s caught up in a tornado that hurls him into a strange and wondrous land—the land of Oz. “I Think I Can” In Oz: The Great and Powerful, prequel to The Wizard of Oz, moviegoers discover how the Wizard arrived in that … [Read more...]
In this prequel to The Wizard of Oz, a humble magician takes on the role of a lifetime.
February 7, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
Thirteen dwarves, a wizard and a hobbit attempt the ultimate heist in the prequel to The Lord of the Rings.
January 16, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
“In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.” When Oxford University don John Ronald Reuel Tolkien wrote down these words on a blank sheet of paper in 1937, he doubtless had no idea that the bedtime story he’d created for his four children and set in a land called Middle Earth would morph into a worldwide phenomenon. But morph it did. While The Hobbit was published to great acclaim in … [Read more...]
Batman resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
July 18, 2012 by Geoff Moulton Leave a Comment
“There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends had better batten down the hatches.…” That’s the warning Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), has for Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), alias Batman. And what a storm it is, as filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s epic conclusion to his Batman trilogy arrives in theatres. Though he’ll be riding the wave of enthusiasm for The … [Read more...]
Snow White and the Huntsman offers a new take on the classic tale.
June 5, 2012 by Kristin Fryer Leave a Comment
The story of Snow White may be 200 years old, but it has never lost its place in popular culture. This summer, the classic tale gets updated in Snow White and the Huntsman, an action-adventure epic that offers a unique and entertaining blend of old and new. In keeping with the original fairy tale, the film follows Snow White (Kristen Stewart), daughter of the late King Magnus and stepdaughter … [Read more...]
In The Avengers, an unlikely group of misfit superheroes joins forces to save the world.
May 4, 2012 by Chad Bonham Leave a Comment
You know the word epic has become overused when eight-year-olds routinely employ it to describe schoolyard soccer and hopscotch matches. But the latest superhero blockbuster film The Avengers is an exception. How else can you describe six Marvel Comic characters (most of whom have been featured in at least one of their own movies) coming together in the same action-packed, mega-budget, big-screen … [Read more...]
In The Hunger Games, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen struggles to retain her humanity while fighting for her survival
March 23, 2012 by Kristin Fryer 14 Comments
Summer blockbuster season starts early with the March release of The Hunger Games, one of the most anticipated films of the year. Though directed at a younger audience, the film appeals to both teens and adults. Based on a bestselling novel of the same name, the story follows Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives in the country of Panem in post-apocalyptic North America. Most of the … [Read more...]
Singing Christmas carols and Christmas hymns is a great way to honour and celebrate the birth of Jesus
December 9, 2010 by Captain Mark Braye Leave a Comment
Since its release in 2003, the film Elf has become a Christmas movie classic. It stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised as an elf by elves in the North Pole after sneaking into Santa’s sack one Christmas Eve many years ago. As an elf, Buddy has to adhere to The Code of the Elves, which states: 1. Treat every day like Christmas. 2. There’s room for everyone on the nice list. 3. … [Read more...]
In Shrek Forever After, our intrepid hero faces his greatest challenge yet
May 21, 2010 by Ken Ramstead and Geoff Moulton Leave a Comment
By now, everyone knows Shrek, the green ogre who would like nothing better than to be left alone in his swamp. In Shrek (2001), he battled a dragon, butted heads with the evil ruler Lord Farquaad, made friends with a donkey and fell in love with the ogress of his dreams, the fair Fiona. In Shrek 2 (2004), he met the in-laws, an adventure in itself. In Shrek the Third (2007), our reluctant ogre … [Read more...]
In James Cameron’s Avatar, a reluctant warrior is forced to choose sides in a battle that will decide the fate of a planet
January 12, 2010 by Geoff Moulton 1 Comment
What if you could live in another person’s skin? What if you could eliminate your human frailties and start afresh? But what if your new self threatened an entire planet with destruction? Director James Cameron pushes scientific and moral boundaries to the limit in the futuristic fantasy Avatar, his first feature film since Titanic. Caught in the Middle Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is a … [Read more...]
This big-screen adventure balances the strength of a child’s imagination with the security of home
November 6, 2009 by Geoff Moulton 1 Comment
If your kids are still scared of monsters under the bed, then they clearly haven’t met the Wild Things, the ferocious but lovable creatures from Maurice Sendak’s 1963 classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. This month, visionary director Spike Jonze (Adaptation) brings this unique tale to the big screen. Where the Wild Things Are follows the adventure of Max (Max Records), a … [Read more...]