Post-Oscar season may be a hard sell for cinema lovers, but it’s the perfect time to take in some lighter fare. Here are four flicks to dig into this spring.
As every girl knows, put on a tight black outfit and anything can happen. In Spider-Man 3, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire)’s Spidey suit goes from red to black, and out comes the nebbish hero’s dark side. This vengeance parable doubles the villains – Venom (Topher Grace) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) – and tests the love story: Peter wants to propose to Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst), but what about that foxy blonde (Bryce Dallas Howard)? Sit back and inhale the first whiff
of popcorn season.
In a sentimental inter-generational drama, Lindsay Lohan plays a rebel party girl – no yogic stretch required there – whose exhausted mother (Felicity Huffman) ships her down South to Grandma’s house. Grandma is screen legend Jane Fonda, and she’s not the only one trying to whip the little punk
into shape: Lohan received a notorious dressing down on the set last year from the film’s producer for partying too hard. Can she hold her own or just a cocktail? This film will be the answer.
Fashion hurts, as Canada’s own Elisha Cuthbert discovers, playing a model taken captive by a deranged fan who is apparently a devotee of the Saw franchise. A gross-out fairy tale for the style set that is sure to be a very guilty pleasure.
Away from Her
And for those who just need a heady watch comes Sarah Polley’s directorial debut and festival favourite, Away from Her. The quiet, unsentimental adaptation of an Alice Munro story stars Gordon Pinsent and ’60s “it” girl Julie Christie as an aging couple in the clutches of Alzheimer’s.