By News1130 Movie Addict Treena Wood


Ah, the disaster movie. We’ve missed you! Remember a few years ago we got a whack of them – “Deep Impact,” “Armageddon,” “Volcano,” and “Dante’s Peak” all came out around the same time. They kind of fell out of favour, but they’re back baby! This time John Cusack and his family try to avoid the destruction of the planet, thanks to an ancient prophecy coming true. The special effects look amazing but I doubt there’s much else to this flick. Rated PG.

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This Brit flick starring Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman has been reworked and retitled a few times before its limited release a couple of weeks ago. Now it’s going wide. It takes us back to the 1960′s when Parliament banned rock ‘n roll, and a motley group of broadcasters launched a ship to send the signal to hungry music fans. It claims to be “inspired” by a true story. It also stars Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, and Nick Frost and was created by the same blokes who did “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Love Actually.” Read John Ackermann’s review later this week. Rated PG.


This one is only playing at The Ridge theatre on Arbutus in Vancouver. Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play a nameless couple grieving over their lost child who retreat to “Eden,” their cabin in the woods, to heal. As the title would suggest, all does not go well. The movie was praised critically at Sundance and Cannes – it was nominated for the Palm D’Or at Cannes and Gainsbourg won Best Actress. One critic talks about not being able to breathe for the last half hour, so consider yourself warned. Rated R.