New in Theaters July 17th 2015

No Surprise the third installment of the Despicable Me franchise this time featuring just the Minions in an aptly titled movie is number one at the box office. The giant Dino megahit Jurassic World is in number two while Pixar’s wonderful emotional treat Inside Out holds on to number 3. But that’s old news, here’s what’s coming out this week.

download (10)Ant Man is something people either will love or hate. If you’re a super hero fan, you’ve been excited for this one all year. If you love Paul Rudd, you’ve been super excited for this one all year. If you don’t like either of these things, you’re probably the one going around telling people how stupid this looks. I’ll admit, Ant Man just sounds like they are scraping the bottle of the barrel for superhero movies. None the less, Rudd’s witty charm might offer up something different than just straight action. Then again, they thought Ryan Reynolds would do that for the Green Lantern but… Rotten Tomatoes says 77 percent!

download (11)Trainwreck is another highly anticipated film because Judd Apatow can do no wrong. Well in my eyes anyway, I thought Funny People and This is 40 were just as good as all the rest of his films. This time he just directs Amy Schumer in a script she wrote. She is probably one of the hottest people on the planet right now so there’s automatic buzz from that. If her skits are any indication on how this is going to be, it might just be a smash hit that will win Apatow fans back over. Critics seem to think so giving it a whopping 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

download (12)Then there’s Woody Allen, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time who still amazingly pumps out a film a year. Irrational Man stars Joaquin Phoenix who is another one of those people who can do no wrong, especially in the last few years. Throw Emma Stone into the mix and you’ve most likely got a typical Woody film fans will see no matter what. This one is about an existential professor going through a mid life crisis… very Woody Allen indeed. Rotten Tomatoes says 40 percent.

download (13)download (14)Or there’s Mr. Holmes, a British movie fan’s wet dream. Ian McKellen plays an elderly Sherlock Holmes coming out of retirement for one last case. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a dramatization of a true story where students are used as prison guards and forced into mock situations for tests. That’s what’s playing for the week of July 17th, happy movie watching.

First Half of 2015

Happy Canada Day, and while I’d love to do a tribute to our finest Canadians in film, today also marks an important day of the year! We’re half way through 2015! Out of nowhere this year just sped away and now we’re left in the middle of summer with blockbusters coming at us left and right. We’re also half way done the movie year so I thought it would be a good thing to look back and see what rocked the box office, stirred a little controversy, and made movie news in the first six months of 2015.
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New in Theaters May 1st

It’s amazing! Furious 7 has held on to its spot for a month now as the top grossing movie. People really do love their action. Obviously number 8 is going to be underway shortly if a movie this far into the series can rake in all that money. Let’s hope that’s not the same case for Paul Blart Mall Cop, since number 2 is also still in number 2 this week. And Last week’s timeless romance Age of Adeline claimed number 3. But that’s all old news, here’s what’s out this week.

  10869325_591589580977275_2778898650041679518_o   The Avengers: Age of Ultron is some little foreign movie you wouldn’t have heard about. It’s hardly opening in any theaters around the globe so it’s barely worth mentioning… kidding! It’s only the second most anticipated movie of the year. You all know what’s number one, don’t fight me on that. I will say, I’m not an Avengers fan, the lone wolf in this world I think, so it’s pointless for me to tell you about it. You’re all waiting in line to see it already anyways. Just keep in mind Rotten Tomatoes has already given it a 72 percent.

54dcc93873b710d476cfb70a_welcome-to-me-posterWelcome to Me is one I can get behind. Sadly, it probably won’t be in your small town theater, but if you know about it and eagerly wait for a DVD release, I think that’s fair. Just listen to this premise. Kristen Wiig plays a real life woman who won the lottery, quit her medication for borderline personality disorder, and bought her own talk show! It’s all true and it looks fantastic. It’s a comedy-drama that debuted at festivals last year, and its Will Ferrell produced! Rotten Tomatoes say 83 percent. I personally can’t wait.

ride-posterHelen Hunt stars in and directs Ride, a comedy-drama co-starring Luke Wilson about a single Mother who moves to California to be with her son and live a surfing beach filled lifestyle. Doesn’t seem to be very earth-shattering, but if you’re looking for a low budget spiritually uplifting film or you’re like me and actually like Helen Hunt, check it out. Rotten Tomatoes say 83 percent as well.

If none of those sound good, which I doubt, there is also Far From the Maddening Crowd that has Carey Mulligan returning to her routes in a British Victorian era period picture. If you read The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, the film version finally gets a limited theatrical release. And good old Viggo Mortensen still rocking foreign language films stars in the French Albert Camus adaptation of Far From Men. That’s what’s playing for the week of May 1st, happy movie watching.

Le Deadpool Has Arrived

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So i had to just share this as soon as possible. @VancityReynolds or Ryan Reynolds twitter has unveiled this new photo where he is sporting the official Deadpool costume for the upcoming motion picture. This just screams everything i know about Deadpool, which isn’t a lot but still it looks just fantastic. A nice bear skin rug, proper lighting for getting in the mood and a nice warm fire in the background. Just seems so inviting. All that’s missing is a dead body or a chimichanga. What do you all think about this iconic look?