It’s another sweltering Friday here in Guelph and…. Ugh. We can’t even make a joke. Here’s this week’s new releases.
Demolition – Montreal-born director Jean Marc Vallee teams up with Jake Gyllenhaal to tackle the delicate issue of how we deal with grief. Gyllenhaal’s widower decides to literally take apart his life to get to the bottom of what’s truly important in the latest complex drama from a major Canadian talent.
Vikings Season 4, Part 1 – The thrilling Canadian co-production that follows the battles and struggles of the great Viking warrior Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) continues in the first half of the show’s epic fourth season. After the climactic Battle of Paris, the action moves closer to home and whether Ragnar can hold on to his precarious position as king. There will be blood, of course.
Sunset Song – From Britain’s master craftsman Terence Davies (House of Mirth, The Deep Blue Sea), comes the fascinating drama about a young Scottish woman trying to find her own way in the world against the back drop of the lead-up to World War I. Not for the average cinephile, but rewarding for those willing to give it a shot.
Clean Break – Fans of TV’s Fargo might appreciate this Irish miniseries about a car dealer whose life is falling apart, which prompts him to initiate a plan to get payback against all who wronged him. Naturally everything goes according to plan, so there’s really no need for you to rent this. Just kidding.
Our Last Tango – Executive produced by Wim Wenders (Wings of Desire), this doc tells the tale of Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, who spent their lives together as lovers and dance partners until fate tore them apart. The story combines biography and dance in interesting, beautiful ways. Recommended for dance lovers, and those that enjoy a good love story.
Angry Birds: The Movie – In this animated movie based on the highly popular (and addictive) smart phone game of the same name, you learn how the birds became just so darn angry in the first place. The movie features an all-star voice cast including Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Peter Dinklage, and Sean Penn. (Yes, that Sean Penn.)
Keanu – In an amusing spin on the new action classic John Wick, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peel bring their act to the movies by playing not-so-street wise cousins trying to get a beloved kitten back, sparking a turf war between rival gangs in the process. It makes sense when you see it…
Meet the Guilbys – Just in time for vacation season, a dysfunctional blended family piles into a car and hits the open road with hilarious results. The hilarity, like the movie, is accented in French though, but the ups and downs of the family road trip translate into any language, right?
Dark Diamond – Another French movie about family, but decidedly not a comedy. This is a thriller about a not-so loving family of diamond dealers who betray one of their own, who then plots to get payback with – Wait for it! – the heist to end all heists.
See you in the store!
The Thomas Staff