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Hyena Road: Three men from different worlds find themselves intersecting in the murky world and fluid morality of modern warfare.

Paul Gross (centre) writes

Best known for his role in the TV series Due South, Paul Gross has gone on to be a successful writer and director with movies like the comedy Men with Brooms and the war film Passchendaele.

While Passchendaele was set during The First World War, his latest, Hyena Road, is about Canadian soldiers in Afganistan. The story revolves around three characters: A sniper who has never allowed himself to think of his targets as human, an intelligence officer who has never contemplated killing is now in the centre of a plot to kill and a legendary Mujahideen warrior who thought he had put the war behind him finds himself in the middle of the battle zone.

All three men from different worlds find themselves intersecting in the murky world and fluid morality of modern warfare. Joining Gross in the cast is Rossif Sutherland, son of Donald and half-brother of Kiefer.

The character of Peter Pan has been made into numerous plays, TV shows and movies since J.M. Barrie wrote the character into his 1902 novel The Little White Bird.  In 1904, he wrote the play called Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up and later adapted the play into the novel Peter and Wendy, published in 1911.

Opening this weekend is Pan, but while it uses characters from Barrie’s original works, it is a new story serving as a prequel. It is an origin story depicting Peter Pan as a 12-year-old orphan (newcomer Levi Miller) who is whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. There he must band together with James Hook (Garret Hedlund) and Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Expect stunning special effects and an over-the-top performance from Jackman as Blackbeard.

Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis has been thrilling audiences with movies like Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump and Cast Away.

His latest is The Walk, and it takes thrills to literally new heights as he tells the story of Philippe Petit and his illegal 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre.

Petit is portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) and while the scenes of the walk between the towers will obviously be enhanced by special effects, Gordon-Levitt actually learned to walk on the wire himself from the real-life Petit. The end result is a movie that is already getting great critical reviews and, with the help of 3D, Zemeckis has succeeded in creating a realistic and thrilling experience for the moviegoer. So much so that it is recommended that you see it in 2D if you suffer from vertigo.

Last but definitely not least is the documentary He Named Me Malala.  It is the inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistan teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education where she lived.  She has since become an international educational activist, leading the campaign for the rights of children worldwide and the youngest ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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