Davis: Immortality brought to human dimensions

Critics are praising Lively’s performance as well as Burstyn and Harrison Ford in a key supporting role.

The Age of Adaline stars Blake Lively (right) as a woman who lives every woman’s dream of being 29 for eternity.

The concept of immortality has been explored in a number of movies, most commonly in vampire movies but sometimes in classics like Highlander. However, The Age of Adaline takes eternity away from the blood-sucking Dracula and the sword-wielding Connor MacLeod and given it to a 29-year-old woman.

Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) stars in the title role in this romantic fantasy about a woman who remains ageless over the span of 80 years. Like other movies about immortality, it explores the loneliness of her existence as she has to move every 10 years to re-establish a new life so no one discovers her secret. The only person who knows the truth is her daughter (Ellen Burstyn).

Although she avoids relationships, Adaline is about to allow herself to get involved in a meaningful relationship with a man, but a link to her past threatens to expose her identity.  Critics are praising Lively’s performance as well as Burstyn and Harrison Ford in a key supporting role. Like the aforementioned Highlander, I predict this will become a cult favourite so do yourself a favour and discover it before everyone else.

In While We’re Young, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts are not able to stop the realities of growing older as they play a childless New York married couple in their mid-40s. As their other friends are having children, they gravitate toward a young hipster couple whose energy makes them feel youthful again. However, their friendship with the couple a generation apart may not be as beneficial as they think.

Also starring Amanda Seyfried, While We’re Young premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has garnered strong critical attention for its funny and touching script and relatable characters.

If you were watching the Canadian Screen Awards a few weeks back and noticed multiple nominee Cast No Shadow, your chance to see it is next Wednesday as part of the  Paramount Theatre’s Canadian Indie Film Series. It is the story of a 14-year-old who tries to navigate through a life of delinquency and petty crime in a small seaside town. The drama with fantasy elements was filmed in Newfoundland and shows on April 29 at 7 p.m.

If you are looking for a great movie at a discounted price, check out Danny Collins at the Encore starting this weekend.  Al Pacino stars as the title character, a 1970s rocker who cannot give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager uncovers a 40-year-old undelivered letter form John Lennon, he decides to change course and embark on a heartfelt journey to redefine his life.

Critics are praising Pacino’s performance as well as his co-stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Michael Caine, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer.

Also opening at the Encore this weekend is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, giving you another chance to see it at a discounted price.

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