Good or bad, sequels will always be a part of the movies. Even the weak sequel to the classic comedy Airplane! at least had the gleefully redundant title Airplane II: The Sequel.
Luckily, the title of the sequel to Cars is simplistic but the film will be gleefully entertaining.
Cars 2 has automotive friends Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) heading overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. However, after Mater falls in with British super spy Fin McMissle (Michael Caine) and international espionage, he is torn between assisting Lightning McQueen and participating in a top-secret mission orchestrated by McMissle.
Mater and McQueen’s action-packed journey leads them on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe and includes a colourful new cast.
Rated General with a warning of violence, it looks like Pixar will continue its perfect winning streak of animated blockbusters.
Director Jake Kasdan (Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) may not be a household name, but his father, Lawrence Kasdan, helped George Lucas write The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark and is also the acclaimed director of movies like Body Heat, The Big Chill and Silverado.
The younger Kasdan is starting to make a name for himself and Bad Teacher, starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel, will likely be another step towards creating a legacy like his father’s.
Diaz plays a foul-mouthed, ruthless and inappropriate teacher who drinks, gets high and can’t wait to marry her meal ticket and get out of her bogus day job. When she’s dumped by her fiancé, she sets her plan in motion to win over a rich, handsome substitute (Timberlake)—competing for his affections with an overly energetic colleague, Amy (Lucy Punch).
When Elizabeth also finds herself fighting off the advances of a sarcastic, irreverent gym teacher (Segel), the consequences of her wild and outrageous schemes give her students, her coworkers and even herself an education like no other.
Bad Teacher is rated 14A with coarse language and sexual content.
Even though he attracts big names to his movies and consistently receives great critical reviews, Woody Allen cannot seem to break out of his small but dedicated fan base. True to form, Midnight in Paris is getting great reviews (Allen’s best since 1994’s Bullets Over Broadway), particularly for stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marian Cotillard and Kathy Bates.
A romantic comedy set in the city of love, it is the story of a young couple who have experiences in Paris that change their lives.
Rated General with a warning of coarse language, Midnight in Paris is showing at the Paramount Theatre.
Also at the Paramount Theatre is The Bang Bang Club, the true story of four young combat photographers bonded by friendship and their sense of purpose to tell the truth. They risk their lives and use their cameras to tell the world of the violence associated with the first free elections in post-apartheid South Africa.
Starring Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch, it is rated 14A with a warning of violence and coarse language.
Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.