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By Lindsay Felcyn
Premiering On Demand This Week (April 18 - 22, 2011)
- THE KING'S SPEECH
- GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
- the chronicles of narnia: the voyage of the dawn treader
THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay)
This year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture and Best Actor (Colin Firth) is based upon the true story of King George VI, who, on the brink of England’s involvement in WWII, reluctantly ascended the throne after his brother abdicated.
Terrified to speak publicly because he stutters, the King works with an unorthodox speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), in order to project the confidence of courageous leadership his people need to believe. A historical drama, the film is genuinely funny, moving, and uplifting, with phenomenal all around performances.
Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter.
Rated R / 118 Minutes / Available 4/19
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS (Fox)
Trying to impress a travel editor at the publishing company where he works, Lemuel Gulliver goes to the Bermuda Triangle for his first writing assignment, and ends up shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput.
Though veering far off the path of the traditional story, this vanilla adventure aims to please families and the younger set. Jack Black is likeable enough, but essentially playing the same character as he did in “School of Rock.” The special effects, however, are well done.
Jack Black, Jason Segal, Emily Blunt.
Rated PG / 117 Minutes / Available 4/19
Same day as DVD, before Netflix and Redbox.
the chronicles of narnia: the voyage of the dawn treader (Fox)
A pretty faithful adaptation of the third book in the Chronicles of Narnia series, Michael Apted directs the reunited cast, Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley. Lucy (Henley) and Edmund (Keynes), the youngest members of the Pevensie family, are sent to stay with their obnoxious young cousin, Eustace (Will Poulter).
When a nautical painting in Eustace’s house transforms into a portal that takes the children into the Narnia seas, the three relatives are rescued by Prince Caspian on a royal ship. Aboard the ship, The Dawn Treader, they accompany him on a quest to find the seven Lords of Narnia. While the special effects are good, the storytelling is episodic, without much increasing suspense. Still, it’s a nice family film and should satisfy at least the younger fans of the book.
Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley.
Rated PG / 113 Minutes / Available 4/22
- Lindsay Felcyn
Lindsay Felcyn covers new movies on demand for On Demand Weeklyfrom sunny Seattle. Prior, she was a Director of Marking at Miramax Films in New York City, where she focused primarily on the Academy Awards campaign.
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