Davis: Wreck-it Ralph packs a punch

New animated flick from Disney Studios looks like a winner.

Disney looks like it has another winner with Wreck-it Ralph, its latest animated adventure which will not only appeal to the tykes but to anyone who played video games over the past 30 years.

Video game villain Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by hero Fix-It Felix who always gets to save the day. After decades of doing the same thing, he decides to change his programmed destiny and journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero. Featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Jack McBrayer, Alan Tudyk and Ed O’Neill, it also features cameos from classic videogame characters.

Also featured on the soundtrack is a new song from Buckner & Garcia, the duo famous for the novelty hit song Pac-Man Fever.

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Denzel Washington may receive another Academy Award nomination for Flight.

Critics are heaping praise on his performance as a seasoned airline pilot who miraculously crash lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, saving nearly every soul on board.

But his true heroism is called into question when more is learned about what really happened on board the plane.

 

Also starring Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood and Melissa Leo, it is directed by Robert Zemeckis (Academy Award-winner

for Forrest Gump), his first live-action movie since Cast Away.

 

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Although Quentin Tarantino’s name appears above the title of The Man with the Iron Fists, it is really a collaboration between music industry powerhouse RZA and filmmaker Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel).

However, it is very much a movie Tarantino would have made featuring an international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu set in 19th century China. RZA himself stars as a character called The Blacksmith who is forced by radical tribal factions to create elaborate tools of destruction. When the clans’ brewing war boils over, The Blacksmith must fight alongside iconic heroes to save the village he lives in.

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The Paramount Theatre has a busy week with three very different movies. Hellbound? is a theological documentary that explores the contentious debate over the Christian doctrine of hell. It is written and directed by Vancouver-based screenwriter Kevin Miller, who previously wrote Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed with Ben Stein.

Miller will be at the Paramount for a Q&A after the early show on Friday night.

Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life”.

It is also the title of this documentary in which the filmmakers search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.

Filmed over a period of five years and in 25 countries, Samsara transports the viewer to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites and natural wonders.

Seven Psychopaths is a violent British comedy from the director of In Bruges, that stars Colin Farrell as a struggling writer who gets caught up in a scheme to kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu.

The ensemble cast includes Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson.

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And don’t forget, the new 007 film, which opens next Thursday in the Xtreme at the Landmark 8 in West Kelowna with showtimes at 12:07 a.m. (get it?) and 6:45 & 9:40 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Landmark 8.

 

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