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If it worked once it can work again is Hollywood’s Golden Rule. Often it seems impossible to find a movie that isn’t a prequel, a sequel, a ‘re-imagining’ or just a plain old let’s see if we can make some more money off this and to heck with anything else. And with all such things a few, but not many, are better, some are equally good but in different ways, some just make it , some don’t and some completely miss their mark and may be responsible for killing off their franchise for good.

Here are three new CPL acquisitions that for me have varying degrees of success.

H&G:The Witch HuntersHansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters starring currently ‘see him everywhere’ Jeremy Renner (Mission Impossible, Marvel's The Avengers, Bourne Legacy) and Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia). It’s not great, but it’s entertaining enough. In the movie, Hansel is diabetic as a result of his childhood experience in the gingerbread house. In the original script, Gretel was also supposed to have an eating disorder as a result of her childhood trauma, but it was cut from the final version. Talk about trying to make something current.

Oz the Great and Powerful is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Now Oz is a movie I have never been able to get behind. Considered a classic by millions and appearing on more must see lists than you can shake a wand at, it just never did a thing for me. Perhaps it is the flying monkeys which still haunt my dreams; perhaps it is the cowardly lion who just drives me up the wall. It certainly isn't Judy Garland! So I am always on the lookout for a ‘re-imagining’ of the tale that might suit my tastes better. This film is visually stunning, and the story line is okay, but this didn’t work for me either. Perhaps it is James Franco smirking through the entire film. You would be hard pressed to see three more beautiful witches in Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Mrs. James Bond, Rachel Weisz. As I say, not for me, but many will enjoy.

A Good Day to Die Hard should have been the franchise killer that I was talking about, but Die Hardest (the 6th) is slated for 2015. The Die Hard’s have been popular since the first release in 1988 and have been consistently watchable. Over the top action, entire city blocks blowing up, a bloody but unbowed John McLane running barefoot over broken glass—what’s not to like? Sadly, they lost the thread here and it really didn’t work. But don’t feel too bad for Bruce Willis. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts. And that is enough to save the franchise.

Steve Carell is Despicable

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Despicable Me 2 is in theatres at the moment and blowing the doors off all the other summer blockbusters. I found the original, Despicable Me to be one of the funniest and most endearing movies I have seen in a long time. If you haven't yet seen it borrow it here from CPL. It's always fun in these movies to try and place the voices and Steve Carell does a wonderful job as 'Gru', the gruff, lovable anti-villain.Maxwell Smart Sit down and watch this one with the whole family.

There's no denying Carell is funny, talented and versatile. From his early days on SNL and the Daily Show, he shot to fame opposite Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty. While being offered more and more roles in films he maintained a successful career in television, starring as Michael Scott in the American remake of the British comedy, "The Office". He received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Television Comedy for this role in 2006, and earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations each consecutive year until he departed in 2011.

The 40 year old virginAmong my favourite of his many films are; The 40 year old virgin, which he co-wrote; Little Miss Sunshine, a movie populated with quirky characters, including Alan Arkin in a well deserved Oscar winning performance for best supporting actor; as Maxwell Smart in the 2008 remake of Get Smart; Date night with Tina Fey and Mark Wahlberg---silly light hearted fun; Seeking a friend for the end of the World---we've blogged this one more than once---for an end of the world movie it's remarkably uplifting; The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey (Carrey in a role that intrigued rather than annoyed me, as he usually does).

With two movies in post-production and two more in pre- production, we can expect to see Carell's talents at play for hopefully many more years. He has a real everyday 'guy next door' appeal--you'd like to go out for a beer with him.

Free Advanced Screening Passes

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All 80 passes have been scooped up! Remember to check Movie Maniacs often.

Tickets come up regularly and without any advance notice!

It's time to dust off your GoFoBo account and claim yourself a free double pass to an advanced screening on Monday, July 22.

It takes place at Scotiabank Chinook at 7:00 PM.

The movie is called "The Way Way Back" and stars Steve Carrell, Toni Collette and Sam Rockwell. It is rated PG 13 -parents strongly cautioned. Follow this link to the GoFobo site, where you'll see our Movie Maniac logo. You will need to enter the following password to claim two tickets CPLMMM9TY.

Just a couple of reminders. You are being redirected to an external site, so judge your own comfort level in providing the information they ask for. If you don't have an account yet set one up, but these tickets do tend to get claimed pretty fast- but if you miss out this time, you'll be ready for next time.

And lastly, if you claim a ticket and find you can't use it, please go back into GoFoBo and release it so that somebody else can use it.

Join us at Crowfoot or Nose Hill or both!

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Join us at Crowfoot on Thursday July 18th for our monthly film night. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. This month's choice is a little longer so you will need to set aside two hours and 15 minutes. It is rated PG13 for violence, language and some drug use.

As usual I can not reveal the title here due to copyright restrictions, but give us a call at 221-4122 and we will give it to you. But here's a huge hint: it features an A-Lister and is based on the very popular Lee Child novels...

ALSO on Thursday July 18th, pop into Nose Hill Library and join them for the Summer Fun in the NorthWest kids' program. This runs from 11-3 p.m. and is drop in: no registration required. Among other things they will be showing a family movie. If you want this title or to see what else they have lined up in the way of games/crafts/fun, give them a phone call at 403-221-2030.

Summer Fun in the NorthWest

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The Northwest branches are joining together to plan fun activities over four consecutive weeks. Among the other things offered are family movies each week. There is no registration required but seating is limited.

Crowfoot Thursday July 11 11-3 403-221-4122

Nosehill Thursday July 18 11-3 403-221-2030

Bowness Thursday July 25 11-3 403-221-2022

Riley Thursday Aug 1 11-3 403-221-2046

For more detail as to what is being offered at each branch (specific activities, name of the movie) please phone the appropriate branch.