Disney has come out with many great animated movies; however, there is only one that I would call epic and that would be The Lion King.
It is, by far, my favourite animated movie of all time due to the combination of the Hamlet-inspired story and the fantastic music of Tim Rice and Elton John.
It was the highest grossing animated movie of all time until it was bested by another of my favourites, Finding Nemo, but it is still the highest grossing hand-drawn animated movie.
It is only in theatres for two weeks starting tomorrow and is rated General.
Remaking a classic film is always wrought with difficulty, but remaking the Dustin Hoffman/Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs is even riskier. Not only is it considered one of Peckinpah’s greatest films, the original is still controversial due to its violence, particularly its rape scene.
Writer/director Rod Lurie (The Contender) decided to give himself the challenge of re-writing the story of a Los Angeles screenwriter and his wife who return to her hometown in the Deep South. Tensions begin to rise between the two of them as they face increasing conflict with the locals and everything comes to a violent turn.
Straw Dogs reunites Superman Returns stars James Marsden and Kate Bosworth and is rated 18A with a warning of sexual violence.
Although Drive looks like it could be a remake of a Steve McQueen movie, it is actually based upon James Sallis’ 2005 novel of the same name.
Ryan Gosling stars as a movie stuntman who moonlights as a Los Angeles wheelman for hire driving getaway vehicles. He is usually a loner, but when he gets involved with his beautiful neighbour and her convict ex-husband, he finds his life spiralling out of control.
Rated 18A for explicit violence.
In I Don’t Know How She Does It, Sarah Jessica Parker stars as a successful business woman, wife and mother who becomes the breadwinner of the family when her husband (Greg Kinnear) becomes a victim of downsizing. However, just when she lands a lucrative new account that requires her to travel regularly, her husband receives a job offer that he cannot refuse and her new business associate (Pierce Brosnan) provides a temptation that threatens to make her demanding life even less dull.
Rated PG with coarse language.
Speaking of never a dull moment, the Paramount Theatre has an interesting week ahead of it. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, they are presenting Pearl Jam 20, part concert film, part insider look and testimonial to the uncompromising power of the music the band has made over 20 years.
Also, next Thursday, Sept. 22, is the start of the Okanagan Film Festival with the gala opening night screening of Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. Check www.offestival.net for more information.
Coincidentally, next Thursday is the start of the West Kelowna Film Festival series at the Capitol Theatre starting with Water for Elephants. The full six-week schedule can be viewed at www.westkelownamovies.com.V
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.