The good news is The King’s Speech deservedly won four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Colin Firth) and Best Original Screenplay.
The even better news is that it is still playing at the Paramount Theatre in Kelowna and is opening this weekend at the Capitol Theatre on the Westside.
As an actor, Johnny Depp has been a figurative chameleon, transforming himself for the roles he plays. Now he literally gets to be a chameleon.
In the new animated adventure Rango, Depp plays a pet chameleon who has long thought himself a hero. He gets his chance when he finds himself removed from his contemporary American surroundings and ends up in an Old West town called Dirt, populated by various desert critters garbed like characters out of a western. He establishes himself as the lawman, in a place where the heroes do not live very long.
Directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Rango also features the voices of Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Ned Beatty and Timothy Olyphant. It is rated PG with a warning of violence.
Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s stories have been adapted into more than a few movies, most notably Total Recall, Minority Report and Blade Runner. The latest is the The Adjustment Bureau, described as a romance science fiction thriller loosely based on Dick’s short story, Adjustment Team.
Matt Damon plays David Norris, a charismatic congressman who meets a beautiful dancer (Emily Blunt) only to find that strange circumstances are keeping them from becoming romantically involved. He discovers forces are at work to separate them and tries to peel back the layers to find out why.
The Adjustment Bureau is rated PG with a warning of coarse language and violence.
Obviously trying to attract the Twilight crowd, the classic story of Beauty and the Beast gets a modern update with Beastly.
Based on Alex Flinn’s 2007 novel of the same name, it is set in New York City where the familiar story of a handsome man with an evil streak (Alex Pettyfer) disrespects a classmate who practices witchcraft (Mary-Kate Olsen) and becomes the victim of a spell which transforms him into a monster. To break the spell, he has two years to find somebody (Vanessa Hudgens) who can love him for who he is and not what he looks like.
Also starring Neil Patrick Harris, Beastly is rated PG with a warning of violence and coarse language.
Travelling Film Fest
If you enjoy documentaries, you will definitely want to check out The Travelling World Community Film Festival March 10-13 at Okanagan College and UBCO. It is B.C.’s largest documentary film festival with 38 films from or set in over 20 different countries. Space permitting, I hope to write more about it in next week’s column, but in the meantime, you can check out the program at www.worldfilmfestkelowna.net.
WK Film Fest
And the West Kelowna Film Festival continues on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. with Rabbit Hole. Although Nicole Kidman did not win an Academy Award for her performance as a mother who recently lost her young son, it has been described as the best of her career.