New offerings appeal to different audiences
Two more independent films open this weekend. First out of the gate is “Wilson” starring Woody Harrelson. It is 94 minutes long and rated 14A with a coarse language warning. It plays nightly at 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. The second film is “Spark: A Space Tail”, an animated feature that is sure to please both the young, and young at heart. It is rated PG, with a runtime of 91 minutes, and will play daily at 1:25 and 4:35 p.m.
Fox Searchlight says this about “Wilson:” “Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Wilson is a lonely middle-aged man with a lot of faults, but he doesn’t mean any harm. Wilson is honest . . . to a fault. He’s impulsive . . . to a fault. He’s even empathetic . . . to a fault. You see, it’s Wilson’s world and we’re just living in it. The most important thing to know about Wilson is that he just wants to be loved . . . on his own terms.”
The official site for the animated “Spark: A Space Tail” states the following: “Thirteen years ago, the power-mad General Zhong seized control of Planet Bana and tore it to pieces in the process. Now splintered into hundreds of shards, Zhong is Bana’s evil-overlord, ruling with an iron fist. Enter Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Vix, a battle-ready fox, and Chunk, a tech-savvy pig. Spark learns of Zhong’s secret plan to take over the universe by capturing a giant space monster known as the Kraken — a beast that has the power to create black holes. If Zhong manages to harness the Kraken’s power, he’ll have history’s deadliest weapon at his fingertips, and it’s up to Spark and his friends to stop him. Spark’s journey takes him to the farthest reaches of the universe, where he encounters great dangers and discovers the secret of his true identity.
“An action-packed space adventure full of humour and heart, Spark is the story of a boy who takes on great responsibility and in the process, discovers his rightful place in the universe.”
Two very different films for two very different audiences this weekend. See you at the movies!