New of­fer­ings ap­peal to dif­fer­ent au­di­ences

Lethbridge Herald - - MOVIES | ENTERTAINMENT - Leonard Bin­ning Leonard Bin­ning op­er­ates the Movie Mill and is past pres­i­dent of the Mo­tion Pic­ture The­atre As­soc. of Al­berta. His col­umn ap­pears each Thurs­day.

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!

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