Davis: Blu & Jewel are back

Blu and Jewell journey to the Amazon rainforest, where their owners are looking for more Spix’s macaws.

Blu (left) and Jewel are back in the Rio 2.

This weekend, Rio 2 sees Blu and Jewel, the Spix’s macaws from the original 2011 movie, and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in the city of Rio for a journey to the Amazon rainforest, where their owners are doing an expedition to find more Spix’s macaws.

On the way, they are spotted by Blu and Jewel’s old nemesis Nigel the cockatoo who decides to seek revenge on them.

The voice talents of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and Tracy Morgan all return, and with Bruno Mars, Kristen Chenoweth and Rita Moreno added to the cast, expect a colourful adventure with great music.

Canadian director Ivan Reitman is best known for his comedies like Stripes, Ghostbusters, Dave and most recently, No Strings Attached. His latest is Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner as the general manager of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns who must fight to land the number one draft pick in order to save football in his city.

He must quickly decide what he is willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred.

Also starring Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Frank Langella and Sam Elliot, it will be interesting to see if, after all these years, Kevin Costner can still find success with a sports movie after starring in past hits like Bull Durham, Field of Dreams and Tin Cup.

Oculus looks to be a decidedly creepy entry in the horror genre, the story of a brother and sister who were separated in their teens when he was convicted in the murder of their parents.

Now in their 20s, they are reunited when he is released from custody. He wants to move on with his life but she is still haunted by that fateful night and is determined to prove his innocence.

She is convinced that an antique mirror in their childhood home had a malevolent supernatural force which not only caused their parent’s deaths but similar deaths of previous owners over the past century

Two faith-based movies are playing at the Grand 10 over the next week.  Starting Friday is God’s Not Dead, the movie that has been a surprise hit in the United States and is now getting a release in Canada.

It is the story of a Christian college student who is challenged by his atheist philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) to prove that God exists in a series of debates. If he loses, he fails the course and jeopardizes his future.

Starting next Wednesday is Heaven is for Real, based on the best-selling novel and starring Greg Kinnear (more next week).

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