St. Vincent

Everyone agrees this is not a film for the little ones, but within Canada and elsewhere there is mixed opinion about whether the parents need to be there.  Although Oliver is a child many can identify with, and despite the heavy handed Life Lessons delivered, it might be beneficial for a parent to explain why […]

Guardians of the Galaxy

Consistently rated PG across Canada, except for Quebec which does not have a PG rating. Manitoba and the Martimes were concerned about language and violence, while Ontario and BC were only worried about violence, and Alberta was only worried about language. Elsewhere there is agreement that this is not a film for young children, with […]

Neighbors (aka Bad Neighbours)

Another deeply conservative creed disguised as a raunchy comedy. As usual, the jokes break down into a) not funny, b) guilty pleasure, and c) inspired. Unaminous agreement among the English Canadian boards that this a crude film with an 18A classification, the same as in the United States. The rest of the world is a […]

Noah

Noah dramatizes a well known biblical story with all the spare no expense imagery of contemporary film making. The picture above shows the ark set under construction, and the size and design are realistic and based on the bible story. Unlike most representations of the ark, the film makers considered that the ark just needed […]

Non-Stop

Non-Stop is a locked room mystery on a plane, where the implausibilities pile up faster than the bodies. Like many films, the premise is more interesting than the conclusion, but until the story tries to wrap up it is entertaining. Technically the film is mostly competent, though there is one glaring error of physics, and […]

Muppets Most Wanted

Muppets Most Wanted is an earnest and entertaining effort, but suffers from some forced and awkward moments. A Siberian prison as a comic setting is risky at the best of times, and current events make it uncomfortable. The gag of the old fashioned circus train is too subtle, a slapstick sequence involving the engineer is […]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

As with The Lord of the Rings films, the Hobbit films never miss a chance to add battle sequences. What was, in the book, a quiet though damp and hungry ride down the river becomes a chase sequence with dwarves and elves slaughtering vast quantities of orcs. I don’t expect a movie to be faithful […]

We’re the Millers

Another raunchy comedy that’s actually a celebration of conservative middle class values. With a little editing this could be a Disney family comedy out of the 1970s. To try and avoid that confusion, there’s enough strong language to bump the rating, and just a touch of nudity. Despite scenes in a strip club, we only […]

Riddick

Riddick will be released in September of 2013, but as of August it is generating some classification controversy. CBC News reports that the Canadian distributor, eOne Films Canada Inc., is appealing the 18A classification issued by the Maritime Film Review Board (operated by Nova Scotia and serving New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and, informally Newfoundland). […]

Lovelace

In fairness, I have not the seen this yet,  but I am mystified by its existence. If you don’t know her story, read her books Ordeal and Out of Bondage. The film omits some of the more unpleasant details. Then, knowing what her life was like, watch Deep Throat, instead of the sanitized scenes carefully […]