Davis: Rio a favourite subject for director

Rafael (left) is voiced by George Lopez, Jesse Eisenberg is the voice of Blu and Anne Hathaway is Jewel in the animated adventure Rio. - Contributed
Rafael (left) is voiced by George Lopez, Jesse Eisenberg is the voice of Blu and Anne Hathaway is Jewel in the animated adventure Rio.
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Carlos Saldanha is not a household name, but you know his work. He has directed or co-directed most of Blue Sky Studios’ films which includes all three Ice Age movies and Robots.

Saldanha left his native Rio de Janeiro to follow his dream of becoming an animator so naturally his latest film is his dream project. Rio is set in that Brazilian city and is about a rare Spix Macaw named Blu who cannot fly.

Blu is captured and taken to Minnesota where he is subsequently abandoned in the middle of winter. He is found by a woman named Linda who befriends and raises the young bird. Fast forward 15 years later, a scientist from Rio tells Linda that Blu is the last male of the species and he needs to take him back home to mate to preserve the species. However the last female is fiercely independent and together they escape on an adventure into the rainforests of Brazil where they meet a menagerie of vivid characters.

Expect a heart-warming story, colourful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music and family-friendly song and dance—all in 3D.

Rated General with a warning of violence, Rio features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Tracy Morgan, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Wanda Sykes, Jane Lynch and Neil Patrick Harris.

Back in 1996, screenwriter Kevin Williamson and director Wes Craven revitalized the slasher film genre with Scream, very successfully blending satire of horror movies with honest-to-goodness scares. Over 10 years after the last sequel was released, the producers thought it was time for a new trilogy.

Scream 4 brings back original cast members Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox (but for how long?) and introduces a new generation with Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin (I’m taking bets on if and when they expire).

All horror conventions are back on the table as Campbell’s character, Sidney Prescott, returns to her hometown on the 15th anniversary of the original killings to promote her new self-help book. However, she is not alone as slasher-killer Ghostface returns, this time taking his cues from modern horror movie remakes.

Rated 14A with a warning of frequent violence.

If you ever asked why there isn’t more political satire opera, your wait is over. Mulroney: The Opera is described as a joyously irreverent comedy, tragedy and thoroughly epic portrayal of contemporary political life in Canada with an original operatic score.

More than just an entertaining way to revisit the years before and after Brian Mulroney became our 18th prime minister, it is a chance to see politicians like Pierre Trudeau and Ronald Reagan in comic opera form.

This is a must see for anyone who likes comic opera and political satire.

Rated General with coarse language, it shows Saturday morning at the Grand 10 Cinemas. Check www.landmarkcinemas.ca for its showtime.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.




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