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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By RICK BENT­LEY Feel The Wind

NEW DVD re­leases this week in­clude the good, the bad and the very ugly.

Lot­tery Ticket: A win­ning ticket causes fam­ily prob­lems. Bow Wow stars. This isn’t the mega ball of out­ra­geous com­edy, but it’s still a win­ner be­cause of the way di­rec­tor Erik White blends comic lu­nacy with sweet sen­ti­men­tal­ity.

Bow Wow’s been work­ing in TV and films for sev­eral years, but this is the first time he’s shown real act­ing skills, as the good-hearted Kevin. He’s equally be­liev­able as a de­voted grand­son and a hor­mone-driven teen.

Cats & Dogs: The Re­venge Of Kitty Ga­lore: This se­quel, nine years in the mak­ing, is about a bum­bling po­lice dog (voiced by James Mars­den) re­cruited by a se­cret dog spy or­gan­i­sa­tion to help stop the evil Kitty Ga­lore (Bette Mi­dler).

First-time di­rec­tor Brad Pey­ton needed a bet­ter script. He doesn’t have the skills to make the movie vis­ually in­ter­est­ing enough to over­come the unimag­i­na­tive sto­ry­line.

The Last Air­ben­der: Aang (Noah Ringer) dis­cov­ers he is the lone Avatar with the power to ma­nip­u­late all four el­e­ments.

M. Night Shya­malan has turned out a string of hideously bad movies with The Hap­pen­ing, Lady In The Wa­ter and The Vil­lage. Those all look like Os­car con­tenders com­pared to his lat­est fail­ure, The Last Air­ben­der.

The movie is a com­plete mess, from con­vo­luted script to the worst 3D ef­fects ever.

The Kids Are All Right: An­nette Ben­ing, Ju­lianne Moore and Mark Ruf­falo star in the story of a les­bian cou­ple that years later meet the sperm donor of their two chil­dren.

Also avail­able on Blu-ray

Dis­ney’s A Christ­mas Carol: An­i­mated ver­sion of the Charles Dick­ens hol­i­day story.

He­roes: The Com­plete Se­ries: All four sea­sons of the NBC se­ries are in this DVD set.

Len­non NYC: A look at John Len­non’s life in New York.

The World At War: This 26episode doc­u­men­tary se­ries is avail­able for Blu-Ray for the first time.

Sponge­Bob SquarePants: Leg­ends Of Bikini Bot­tom: Sponge­Bob and Pa­trick are held pris­oner by a back­ward gang.

Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type ... And More Fun On The Farm: Sev­eral pop­u­lar chil­dren’s books come to life in this DVD col­lec­tion.

Sond­heim! The Birth­day Con­cert: Akio (Ta­mayama) is con­tent with his sim­ple life with his black Labrador, Kafoo, as com­pan­ion.

That is why when de­vel­op­ers come to the is­land with the in­ten­tion of con­vert­ing it into a tourist spot, he op­poses the plan as he fore­sees the laid-back and self-suf­fi­cient life­style of the is­land dwellers will be af­fected. How­ever, Akio is out­num­bered as many of his friends and neigh­bours are at­tracted to the mon­e­tary re­wards of­fered by the de­vel­op­ers.

De­spite his frus­tra­tion, deep down he still pines for his mother who had aban­doned him when he was young, and wishes for a part­ner whom he could share his life with.

So, when he is asked to write down his wish on a wooden plaque at a tem­ple, he pens a sim­ple mar­riage pro­posal.

He re­ceives a let­ter from Sachi (Maiko). Cast: Keisuke Koide, Kento Hayashi and Yuchi Naka­mura Run­ning time: 133 min­utes BASED on the award-win­ning novel by Ja­panese nov­el­ist Sh­ion Miura, Feel The Wind is a cel­e­bra­tion of the hu­man spirit and re­volves around the an­nual Ja­panese Hakone Marathon Com­pe­ti­tion.

When marathon run­ner Kakeru (Hayashi) left his uni­ver­sity and his team af­ter a mis­un­der­stand­ing, he lives on the streets as he has no where to go.

Life changes for him af­ter meet­ing Haiji (Koide), a fel­low run­ner who dreams of putting to­gether a team in his uni­ver­sity to com­pete in the Hakone Marathon Com­pe­ti­tion. Haiji’s pas­sion for run­ning has reignited Kakeru’s de­sire to run as well.

How­ever, as they need 10 run­ners to make a team, they end up train­ing eight of their house mates in long-dis­tance run­ning. To them, the train­ing is more than just learn­ing how to run. It also sets them off on a jour­ney to tap their in­ner strength and over­come their fears.

A feel-good movie with a happy end­ing, Feel The Wind is an in­spir­ing watch. Look closely and you will see the di­rec­tors’ ef­forts at draw­ing par­al­lels be­tween run­ning and real life.

This movie is in Ja­panese with English, Chi­nese and Malay sub­ti­tles. n The DVDs are dis­trib­uted by PMP En­ter­tain­ment. Ber­nadette Peters and Au­dra McDon­ald per­form at the cel­e­bra­tion of the com­poser’s 80th birth­day.

Mrs Mir­a­cle: James Van Der Beek stars in the film based on Deb­bie Ma­comber’s novel.

The Light­keep­ers: Two older men re­dis­cover love in a world on the verge of war. Richard Drey­fuss stars.

The Pos­ses­sion Of David O’Reilly: A man ap­pears to be pos­sessed af­ter be­ing dumped by his girl­friend. Mis­ter Ed: Sea­son Four: The set in­cludes the episode where Ed helps the Dodgers win the Na­tional League pen­nant.

Peanuts Hol­i­day Col­lec­tion: Set in­cludes A Char­lie Brown Thanks­giv­ing, It’s The Great Pump­kin, Char­lie Brown and A Char­lie Brown Christ­mas. – The Fresno Bee/McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices Will Akio find love and walk out of his emo­tional co­coon?

This drama is in Ja­panese with English, Chi­nese and Ba­hasa Malaysia sub­ti­tles.

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