Davis: Iron Man 3 tests staying power

Interest and awareness for Iron Man 3 are at saturation levels.

Iron Man 3 opens this weekend and the question is: Can its box office be anywhere close to the record-breaking The Avengers which was released the same weekend last year?

It has a very good chance because interest and awareness are at saturation levels, plus it has already grossed almost $200 million internationally (it was released in 80 per cent of international markets last weekend). And based on early reviews, it looks like it could have staying power, with a very large majority of critics liking it.

Robert Downey Jr. is again getting rave reviews as brash-but-intelligent industrialist Tony Stark and alter-ego Iron Man who this time is up against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When he finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. The journey ultimately becomes his greatest test and must rely on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him.

Rejoining him is Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle as Pepper Potts and James Rhodes, respectively, and joining the action this time is Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsly as the main villain, The Mandarin.

The biggest change is that Jon Favreau, director of the first two, has given up the big chair and given it to writer-director Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon 1 & 2 and previously directed Downey Jr. in the brilliant and under-appreciated Kiss Kiss Bang Bang).

Fear not because Favreau does reprise his role as Stark’s former personal assistant and now chief of security Happy Hogan.

No matter what this movie does, there is already a Thor sequel being released in November, a Captain America sequel set for next April and an Avengers sequel in 2015.

Iron Man 3 opens with sneak previews in 3D and 2D at Landmark Cinemas’ Grand 10, Paramount and Landmark Xtreme 8.

Last year, the Lifetime Network movie A Mother’s Nightmare was filmed in and around West Kelowna and now locals have a chance to see it on the big screen. Producer Sepia Films and the Landmark Xtreme 8 are presenting it for one showing only on Thursday, May 9 at 5 p.m.

It is a drama starring Annabeth Gish (Pretty Little Liars) as Maddie, a mother who is disturbed by the sudden relationship between her son Chris and Vanessa, a young woman with a secret. He starts becoming distant from his family and friends and his mom tries to convince him to end the relationship. Angered and vengeful, Vanessa accuses Chris of a heinous act that turns the school against him. When things get violent, Maddie must find out Vanessa’s game before she loses her son forever.

Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Westside Community Food Bank and tickets are available starting on Monday at the Landmark Xtreme 8.

If you miss it at the Landmark Xtreme 8, it is showing on Movie Central in May.