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PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT
Cinematheque. PG. 95 minutes.
If patron, gallerist and collector Peggy Guggenheim were a man, one suspects her reputation as a force in 20th-century art would have been sealed. Unfortunately, she has often been dismissed as just another rich American woman, a dabbler and a dilettante, collecting art — and artists — indiscriminately. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland challenges these preconceptions in this fascinating cinematic bio, which is both a much-needed corrective and a rich, moving celebration of Peggy’s passionate life and abiding love affair with art. ★★★★ (Reviewed by Alison Gillmor)
THE SMALLS: FOREVER IS A LONG TIME
Cinematheque. Subject to classification. 105 minutes.
To understand the story of the Smalls, you must first try to pin down exactly what the seminal Edmonton band actually was. That’s how this new feature documentary opens, and what follows is a beautifully shot account of both the Smalls’ mystery and history, focused firmly in the here and now with a frank and dry-eyed story about the four angular personalities that made up the band. ★★★★ (Reviewed by Melissa Martin)
BATMAN VS SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, Polo Park Imax, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 152 minutes.
Taking a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Avengers, DC heroes Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) take the first step to opening the DC supergroup realm of the Justice League. But the first step is a problematic one as the Gotham City vigilante views Superman as a dangerous illegal alien (following the cataclysmic battle seen in Man of Steel) and vows to take him down before reckless genius Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) creates a menace that obligates them to team up.
EYE IN THE SKY
Grant Park. 14A. 102 minutes.
Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, faces serious ethical and moral questions when a drone strike is interrupted when a little girl enters the designated kill zone, triggering an international dispute.
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 94 minutes.
Nia Vardalos’s heroine Toula, once faced finding love in the first film, is now faced with finding space from her demanding, pushy and aging family to reconnect with her husband (John Corbett) and fight her own smothering urges with her rebellious 17-year-old daughter (Elena Kampouris).
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. PG. 121 minutes.
The third instalment of the Divergent series sees Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) escape from embattled Chicago to seek the powerful puppetmasters who have pulled the strings behind the scenes of their entire existence. The last book of the series has been padded to stretch out over two movies, a naked money-grab that results in a meandering, desultory experience instead of the fast, breathless movie it should have been. ★1/2 (Reviewed by Randall King)
Towne. 18A. 100 minutes.
This raunchy comedy centres on a former Olympic star, gymnast Hope Ann Greggory (The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch), who has been living on her past glory in her small hometown for 10 years. She gets an opportunity to redeem her skeevy existence by coaching a promising up-and-comer… if she can put her own raging ego in check. Co-writers Rauch and her husband Winston Rauch mine the field of delusional narcissism often exploited by Will Ferrell, but they forgot to make it funny and instead leave us with something grating and gratuitously nasty. ★ (Reviewed by Alison Gillmor)
Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 18A. 108 minutes.
Former Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds finally gets the superhero he deserves as Deadpool, the mouthy mercenary transformed into a quick-healing, supersoldier with the complexion of an avocado. The best opening credits ever indicate a cheeky deconstruction of the superhero genre that the film actually delivers with the breaking of fourth walls coming as frequently as the breaking of bones. ★★★1/2 (Reviewed by Randall King)
HOW TO BE SINGLE
Polo Park. 14A. 110 minutes.
This romantic comedy based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo follows four New York women (Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann) as they learn all about modern-day relationships. At first glance, it appears to be a chick flick that relies on bawdy material for its laughs. In fact, it’s a smart, fun and sweet movie that takes the high road in both comedy and story. ★★★1/2 (Reviewed by Rick Bentley, Fresno Bee)
LADY IN THE VAN
Towne. PG. 105 minutes.
In this drama based on a true story, Maggie Smith plays a transient woman living in a van who decides to park her place of residence in a London driveway owned by writer Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings). The arrangement endures for 15 years of ups and downs. The script has little oomph, but lovely anecdotes and dialogue, combined with Smith’s peerless comic timing, overcome its stagey feel. ★★★1/2 (Reviewed by Alison Gillmor)
LONDON HAS FALLEN
Kildonan Place, Polo Park, St. Vital. 14A. 99 minutes.
In this sequel to Olympus Has Fallen, a square-jawed president (Aaron Eckhart) is once again targeted by terrorists, this time during a catastrophic summit in London, and it falls on his Secret Service bodyguard (Gerard Butler) to go all Die Hard on them. Just a week after the outrageously awful Gods of Egypt tanked at the box office, the Scottish actor is in yet another clunky, superfluous action movie. London Has Fallen is remarkable only because of how much worse it is than its inane predecessor. ★ (Reviewed by Stephanie Merry)
MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN
Grant Park, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital. PG. 106 minutes.
When Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution, which comes from an unexpected source. The film runs a bit too long, and the heartstring-tugging becomes overwrought, but this family melodrama about a devastating illness and the freak accident that cured it is surprisingly effective, even for those of little faith. ★★★ (Reviewed by Katie Walsh, Tribune News Services)
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. 14A. 104 minutes.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a woman trapped in an underground bomb shelter with an apparently unhinged man (John Goodman) who believes a mysterious apocalyptic event has occurred on the surface and another guy (John Gallagher Jr.) who backs up that story. It’s a maybe-kinda sequel to Cloverfield, but the best way to approach it is to put all that Cloverfield business out of your mind and enjoy the movie for what it is: a taut, expertly calibrated thriller, set almost entirely within cramped quarters, about three strangers trying to figure out if they can trust each other. ★★★ (Reviewed by Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald)
Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, Polo Park, St. Vital, Towne. G. 109 minutes.
This Disney animated feature is a weird hybrid of anthropomorphic cartoon hullabaloo and police procedural telling the story of a rookie bunny cop (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) paired with a con-artist fox (Jason Bateman) to get to the bottom of a missing-mammal mystery. It’s lavishly animated and very funny, but its subtext on the subject of prejudice and racial profiling is both sophisticated and, in an American election year, surprisingly pertinent. ★★★★ (Reviewed by Randall King)