Movies Dads Like
Available at Rogers On Demand (Channel 100) from June 14 until June 21, 2013.
Casino Royale (HD)
In the 21st 007 outing, Daniel Craig inherits the James Bond mantle and superbly makes the character his own – even humanizing Bond – by adding a layer of gravitas. No need to worry, though: the film still delivers the same thrills we’ve all come to expect.
Bond girls and martinis – shaken, not stirred – became permanent pop-culture references in 1962 with the release of the first James Bond film, starring suave Sean Connery as Ian Fleming’s ultra-cool superspy. Pure, over-the-top, escapist fun that still draws fans into the theatre 50 years later.
Gangster Squad (HD)
The LAPD’s Josh Brolin and his team (including Ryan Gosling and Giovanni Ribisi) set their sights on 1940s racketeer Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), while Gosling romances Cohen’s girl (Emma Stone), in this hyper-stylish period piece. (Also available on RogersAnyplaceTV.com)
After losing the part of 007 because of contractual obligations to TV’s Remington Steele, Pierce Brosnan finally took over the role of James Bond for the franchise’s 17th film, a successful refreshing of the Bond brand for the ’90s.
Lions for Lambs
Robert Redford directs this thought-provoking drama intertwining two post-9/11 tales: a veteran journalist (Meryl Streep) interviewing a Republican senator with an agenda (Tom Cruise), and a college professor (Redford) telling a complacent student (Andrew Garfield) about two former students whose ideals led them to fight in Afghanistan.
Nicolas Cage plays treasure-hunter Ben Gates, who sets out to steal the Declaration of Independence in order to decipher a clue hidden on the back that will lead him to an ancient bounty. Gates, a comely archivist (Diane Kruger) and a computer nerd (Justin Bartha) race to find the treasure and keep the document out of the hands of a nefarious Brit (Sean Bean).
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Treasure-hunter Ben Gates teams up with his dad (Jon Voight) to prove that an ancestor was not involved in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. It turns into a family affair when they recruit Ben’s mom (the always-delightful Helen Mirren), who happens to be an expert symbol decoder – and estranged from Ben’s dad.
Quantum of Solace (HD)
Picking up where Casino Royale left off in 2006 – namely, in the midst of an epic car chase – the 22nd Bond film finds Daniel Craig’s brooding superspy in a dark place as he sets off on a vengeance-inspired mission.
Rambo: First Blood
Take one former Green Beret (Sylvester Stallone) and mix with a small-minded, small-town sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and you’ve got the perfect recipe for explosive violence. Rambo may not have invented the concept of a one-man army taking on an unfeeling society, but this film turned it into a successful franchise. (Also available on RogersAnyplaceTV.com)
Who doesn’t love a tale of redemption? Watch as fat-cat success Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) tries to fight his way back to the top after losing his title to the meaner, hungrier Mr. T.
Director Sam Mendes (American Beauty) revitalizes the James Bond series in this latest incarnation, that not only delivers the thrilling action sequences all Bond fans crave (like a spectacular fight scene on Shanghai’s neon streets) but also delves into 007’s past for the first time.
Fathers will do anything for their daughters. All hell breaks loose when former CIA operative Liam Neeson unleashes fists, guns and explosives to save his daughter after she’s kidnapped by Albanian sex traffickers. You can bet her rich step-daddy is not looking so impressive now.
The Hunt for Red October
Fans of Cold War thrillers will love this adaptation of Tom Clancy’s book, in which CIA analyst Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) plays a cat-and-mouse game with a rogue Soviet-submarine commander masterfully played by (Scottish!) Sean Connery.
This iconic con-artist/heist movie reunites Robert Redford and Paul Newman as pals in 1930s Chicago out to avenge the murder of Redford’s mentor by setting up an elaborate sting. It scored a Best Picture Oscar for its style, humour and finely wrought plot twists.
The World is Not Enough (HD)
Documentarian Michael Apted makes the most of the exotic locales visited by Pierce Brosnan’s 007 and creates one of the franchise’s most eye-popping openers: a 15-minute action scene in Bilbao that features Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum. A little culture with your chase scenes?
Three Days of the Condor
In Sydney Pollack’s political thriller, a CIA agent (Robert Redford) returns from lunch to find his colleagues massacred, sending him on the run from a hired assassin, icy-blooded bureaucrats and fellow agents. Faye Dunaway is excellent as his willing kidnap victim.
Tomorrow Never Dies (HD)
Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as James Bond finds him up against a maniacal communications tycoon, who’s creating world crises so that his network is guaranteed to get the scoop! Notable for Michelle Yeoh’s against-the-grain role as a secret agent more interested in helping Bond save the world than in bedding him.
Joel and Ethan Coen do a skillful job remaking the 1969 John Wayne classic about a 14-year-old girl (Hailee Steinfeld), who hires a U.S. Marshal (Jeff Bridges) and a Texas Ranger (Matt Damon) to help find her father’s killer. This version is much more faithful to the novel than its predecessor.
Those with a passion for westerns will love Clint Eastwood’s tale of an aging, retired killer-for-hire, who teams with a young gunfighter to collect a bounty that will save his farm. With an old friend (Morgan Freeman) in tow, the three men take on outlaws, bounty hunters and a corrupt sheriff (Gene Hackman). Exceptional performances and an intelligent and eloquent script elevate this film. (Also available on RogersAnyplaceTV.com)
This high-voltage sequel to The Fugitive finds Tommy Lee Jones pursuing former government-operative Wesley Snipes, who flees after the two survive a spectacular plane crash. Adding to the fun is the always-entertaining Robert Downey Jr. as an agent assigned to shadow Jones’s unpredictable rule-breaker.