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Davis: Sucker Punch a modern Alice in Wonderland

Emily Browning (clockwise from front), Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Scott Glenn, Jamie Chung and Vanessa Hudgens star in fantasy adventure Sucker Punch. - Contributed
Emily Browning (clockwise from front), Jena Malone, Abbie Cornish, Scott Glenn, Jamie Chung and Vanessa Hudgens star in fantasy adventure Sucker Punch.
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Director Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen) describes Sucker Punch as Alice in Wonderland with machine guns, dragons, B-25 bombers and brothels.

Set in the 1950s, it is the story of a young girl, institutionalized by her step-father, who must escape from the asylum before she is lobotomized.

Determined to fight for her freedom, she uses her imagination to blur the lines between reality and fantasy. She urges four other young girls to join her in her fantastical war against everything from samurai to serpents in order to win their freedom.

Starring Emily Browning (Lemony Snicket), Abbie Cornish (Limitless), Jena Malone (Donnie Darko), Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Jamie Chung (Grown Ups), Carla Gugino (Watchmen), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Scott Glenn (Secretariat).

Rated 14A with a warning of violence.

If you were a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double feature, you will want to see Hobo with A Shotgun. In fact, you might remember the fake trailer during Grindhouse for a movie with the same name. It is the second of the fake trailers to be made into a feature, the first being Rodriquez’s Machete.

Rated 18A with a warning of explicit violence, Hobo with A Shotgun’s plot is as cheesy as its title, with Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) starring as a homeless man with dreams of buying a lawnmower, but ends up becoming a violent shotgun-wielding vigilante, pitting himself against a crime-stricken city.

However, since its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, it has been getting better reviews than its brethren created by modern Grindhouse godfathers Tarantino and Rodriguez.

In March of last year, Diary of Wimpy Kid opened in the number two spot behind Alice in Wonderland, and although it was far from a blockbuster, its gross quintupled its production budget so a sequel was announced.

Cameras rolled from late summer into fall last year in New Westminster and Vancouver on Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and is based upon the second book of author Jeff Kinney’s series of the same name. It continues the story of Greg Heffley who is now in grade seven and must deal with the emotional turmoil of school, but most prominently, he must endure the punishments of his older brother Rodrick.

Most of the original cast has returned, including Zachary Gordon as Greg, Devon Bostick as Rodrick and Steve Zahn as the boys’ father.

Rated general with no warning.

Probably the world’s most famous opera, Carmen has had a 3D makeover and this weekend is your chance to see the Royal Opera House’s presentation like it has never been seen before. It is showing Saturday morning at the Capitol Theatre, West Kelowna, and Saturday and Sunday at the Grand 10 in Kelowna. Check www.landmarkcinemas.ca for showtimes.

And the final movie in the Capitol Theatre’s Filmtastic Film Festival shows next Thursday at 7 p.m. It is the epic World War II drama The Way Back starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess and directed by Peter Weir. Details at www.westkelownamovies.com.

Rick Davis is the

manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

capitol_wes@landmarkcinemas.ca

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