Davis: Hint of maturity under the idiocy

Even though it has a supporting cast of Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer, Our Idiot Brother seems to be a showcase for Paul Rudd.

  • Aug. 25, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Even though it has a supporting cast of Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer, Our Idiot Brother seems to be a showcase for Paul Rudd.

Critics are taking note of his performance as the sibling who is behind the curve getting his life together. He may be utterly lacking in common sense but his three sisters take turns housing him after his girlfriend boots him off their organic farm.

His unfailing commitment to honesty creates more than a few messes but as each of the sisters’ lives begin to unravel, they also realize that in believing and trusting the people around him, he isn’t such an idiot after all.

For those who want a little maturity in their sophomoric comedy, Our Idiot Brother is for you.

Rated PG with a warning of coarse and sexual language and nudity.

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The revenge plot of Colombiana is pretty straight forward: A young woman who witnessed her parents’ murder as a child grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent hunting down the monster responsible for her parents’ death.

However, when the assassin is Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Star Trek) and is co-written and produced by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Taken) it will be a revenge-thriller with style.

Rated PG with a warning of violence and coarse language.

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It is not too often that you see a feature film that is based upon a made-for-TV movie, let alone a horror film for ABC in 1973.  However, knowing that Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is co-written and produced by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes, I would not dismiss it easily.

It is the story of a young girl who inadvertently unleashes a race of ancient monsters while exploring her father’s 19th century mansion.

Early reviews are mixed from not quite scary enough to scary enough to induce nightmares. The fact that it has the unmistakable signature of del Toro has me interested.

Rated 14A with frightening scenes.

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Opening next Wednesday is The Debt, a remake of a 2007 Israeli movie about a trio of Mossad agents who are charged with bringing a Nazi war criminal to justice in the 1960s.

The movie bounces back and forth in time following the three spies on the mission and how it has changed their lives 30 years later.

Rated 14A with a warning of violence, it stars Helen Mirren (The Queen), Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help).

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Red Hot Chili Peppers fans will want to check out their live album debut in a concert broadcast to the Paramount Theatre in high definition on Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. The band will perform songs from their new album I’m With You in its entirety, plus some of their greatest hits.

Tickets are $14.95 plus HST and are on sale now.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

 

capitol_wes@landmarkcinemas.ca

 

 

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