December 11, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Polo Park. PG. 130 minutes
A couple of Arkansas boys discover a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey) living alone on an island in the Mississippi and resolve to help him reunite with the trashy temptress (Reese Witherspoon) he considers his soul mate. Director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter) invokes Mark Twain adventure but approaches the premise with an open heart and without satiric agenda. This is a coming of age story in the classic mould. 'Ö'Ö'Ö'Ö
THE HANGOVER PART III
Grant Park, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 100 minutes
The third and final instalment in the adventures of the "Wolf Pack" (Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms) as the boys return to Las Vegas to get caught up in a misadventure involving the perpetually troublesome Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong). See review in today's Uptown.
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. G. 103 minutes
This animated adventure tells the story of a young woman who discover's her father's crazy research into a race of teeny-tiny warriors is valid when she herself is shrunk down. Featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried and Colin Farrell.
FAST & FURIOUS 6
Grant Park, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 131 minutes
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson return for this sequel to the muscle car franchise in which Dom (Diesel) and his outlaw crew are recruited to stop a mercenary gang led by a corrupt former British Special Services agent (Luke Evans) assisted by Dom's presumed dead ex-girlfriend (Michelle Rodriguez).
I DECLARE WAR
Cinematheque. PG. 94 minutes
Kids playing a game of war in the woods start to experience the real-world ramifications of combat in this Canadian film by Jason LaPeyre and Robert Wilson.
LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
Cinematheque. PG. 109 minutes
Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami went to Japan to shoot this romantic drama built around an elderly professor and a sociology student who moonlights as an escort.
The following movies have been previously reviewed by Free Press movie critic Randall King, unless otherwise noted.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
Globe. PG. 122 minutes
A respected civil rights attorney (Robert Redford) is exposed by an aggressive reporter (Shia LaBeouf) as a former '60s radical still wanted for murder in this drama directed by Redford and co-starring Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper and Julie Christie, and the cream of cinema's current crop of character actors. This "No Country for Old Radicals" is a feast of performance, but Redford pretending he's not 70-plus is both vain and insulting, undercutting this nicely cast and very well-acted story. (Reviewed by Roger Moore) 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2
McGillivray. PG. 128 minutes
This is a solid biopic of Jackie Robinson, the athlete who broke major league baseball's colour bar in 1946. Writer-director Brian Helgeland may not deviate from the sports biopic formula, but he touches all the bases and gets that legendary number on the board, with Chadwick Boseman offering up a layered performance as Robinson and Harrison Ford in crusty codger mode as Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2
Globe. PG. 97 minutes
Six former heads of the Israeli secret service Shin Bet discuss their careers and the five-decade battle with Palestine, their Arab neighbours, and themselves in this revealing documentary. Director Dror Moreh utilizes some impressive visual tricks that give a three-dimensional perspective to historical events but the more impressive trick is to illuminate a consensus between these six men regarding Israel's political policy regarding Palestine. 'Ö'Ö'Ö
THE GREAT GATSBY
Globe, Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital. PG. 142 minutes
Director Baz Luhrmann layers glitz and a Jay-Z-produced soundtrack on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age romance between enigmatic millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Di Caprio) and the capricious, old-money trophy wife Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). The glamour and eye-popping visuals are exhausting after a while, leaving us with a movie that jazzes up a classic novel that needed no such crutches. More's the pity, because the cast acquit themselves well enough, especially Di Caprio, who brings a danger and romanticism to the role so lacking in Robert Redford in the 1974 version. 'Ö'Ö1/2
IRON MAN 3
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 131 minutes
In the third installment of the Iron Man franchise, a thoroughly rattled Tony Stark (Robert Downey) is forced to go without his usual high-tech toys to investigate both a powerful terrorist known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley) and a rival genius (Guy Pearce) creating super-soldier technology. Comic book purists may not appreciate liberties taken with the Mandarin and the dearth of a fully functional Iron Man, but for the rest of us, this is a witty, wild outing, closer in tone to The Avengers than the forgettable Iron Man 2. 'Ö'Ö'Ö1/2
Polo Park. PG. 125 minutes
Patrolling the skies of an earth devastated by interplanetary war, Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) comes to the realization his understanding of earth's apocalyptic history may not be the truth. It's a promising premise, but the film doesn't register as serious science fiction because it is, first and foremost, a Tom Cruise vehicle. 'Ö'Ö'Ö
PAIN & GAIN
Polo Park, Towne. 18A. 129 minutes
A trio of pumped-up bodybuilders (Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and Dwayne Johnson), conspire to kidnap and systematically rob from an obnoxious but wealthy victim (Tony Shalhoub) in this action-comedy loosely based on a true story. Director Michael Bay may eschew the robotics of his Transformers movies, but a comedy that includes a pair of real-world murders demonstrates that a sense of humanity eludes him still. 'Ö'Ö
SCARY MOVIE 5
Towne. G. 87 minutes
A jumbled-together collection of sketches riffing on a disparate group of films including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Inception, Cabin in the Woods, Paranormal Activity and even Black Swan. Their collective lameness is numbing. 'Ö (Reviewed by Frank Scheck)
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, Polo Park Imax, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 132 minutes.
J.J. Abrams lets the other reboot drop with this sequel to the 2009 relaunch of Star Trek, with Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) going up against a superhuman (Benedict Cumberbatch) with a grudge against earth. Given the license to take the Trek universe somewhere new, Abrams chooses to go less-than-boldly to where it's been before, and the results are correspondingly disappointing. 'Ö'Ö1/2
Grant Park. PG. 106 minutes
An elderly New Brunswick man (James Cromwell) defies a persistent bureaucracy to build a new house for his ailing wife (Genevieve Bujold) in a drama based on a true story. Director-writer Michael McGowan, who made the cancer drama One Week as well as the execrable Score: A Hockey Musical, is afflicted with a tin ear for dialogue. But it's an affliction the cast rises above, Cromwell with his dignified presence and Canadian treasure Bujold with a combination of warmth and ferocity. 'Ö'Ö1/2
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 23, 2013 ??65524