Davis: Theme of animals around Easter

African Cats is the third annual Earth Day  release for Disneynature.  - Contributed
African Cats is the third annual Earth Day release for Disneynature.
— image credit: Contributed

Usually, movie companies trip over each other to release big movies for a holiday weekend. However, Easter seems to be the exception, with only a trio of quieter movies being release.

But don’t forget some of the big ones that are already in theatres, including Rio, the number one movie from last weekend and Hop, a future Easter classic which is still in theatres.

Older audiences should check out the shamefully overlooked Source Code, Limitless and The Lincoln Lawyer.

This Friday is not only Good Friday, but it is also Earth Day.  Therefore, we can not only look forward to the arrival of the Easter Bunny, but also Disneynature’s latest release African Cats. Described as a “true life adventure,” it tells the story of two animal families in the wild. The film focuses on a young lion cub named Mara, an endearing cat who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, spirit and wisdom; Sita, a fearless cheetah and single mother of five mischievous newborns; and fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a once banished lion.

Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, a portion of the opening week’s ticket sales goes towards saving the Savanna. It is estimated that 9,500 acres of land have been saved in Kenya through advance ticket sales alone.

Rated General.

When Vancouver born author Sara Gruen was looking to publish her third book, Water for Elephants, she was turned down by the publisher of her first two. It went on to become a New York Times bestseller and is now a feature film starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz.

Pattinson stars as a depression-era veterinary student who drops out of school after his parents are killed in a car accident. He literally quits to join the circus, a second-rate one at that, where he uses his veterinary skills to care for the menagerie.  There he meets and falls in love with a beautiful equestrian star (Witherspoon) who is married to the charismatic but twisted animal trainer (Waltz).

Rated PG with a warning of violence.

Neither Mike Leigh nor any of his films are household names, but he is the Academy Award nominated writer/director of Secret & Lies, Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky. His latest nomination came this year for writing the screenplay for Another Year, opening this weekend at the Paramount Theatre.

Jim Broadbent and Lesley Manville star as a married couple who have managed to remain blissfully happy into their autumn years. The movie is a year in the life of the couple, surrounded by friends, colleagues and family who all seem to suffer some degree of unhappiness.

If you are looking for action, look elsewhere, as Leigh is best known for realistic English dramas with a feel for the nuances of everyday life. However if interesting characters and dialogue excite you more than explosions, this movie is for you.

Rated PG with a warning of coarse language.

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






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