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Top Pick : Ruby Sparks

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Ruby SparksFrom the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine" comes this intelligent, thoughtful and thoroughly delightful romantic comedy; it's written by (and co-stars) Zoe Kazan, the 29-year-old granddaughter of Elia Kazan. Struggling with writer's block and a lackluster love life, once-famous novelist Calvin (Paul Dano) creates a beautiful fictitious character named Ruby (Kazan) who inspires him. But not only does this bring his work to life -- it also brings Ruby to life -- literally! Face-to-face with an actual relationship with his once virtual girlfriend, Calvin must now decide whether to pen this love story or let it write itself. Vitals: Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Stars: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Chris Messina, Elliott Gould, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan. 2012, CC, MPAA rating: R, 114 min., Comedy, Box office gross: $2.295 million, Fox. 4 Stars

Private Guitar Instruction at South Delta Rec

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Learn GuitarPrivate Guitar Instruction is available Tuesday thru Thursday 3:30 to 9:00 pm at the South Delta Recreation Centre - 1720 56th Street in Tsawwassen.

You can enroll for 8 weekly 1/2 hr lessons for $160 from September until the end of June.

From June thru August you can choose Guitar in a Day, a Week or Monthly (all 2 hrs each) for $80.

Top Pick : The Adjustment Bureau

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The Adjustment BureauDo we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in this thriller -- based on the short story "Adjustment Team" by Philip K. Dick.-- as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful  ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt). But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself -- the men of The Adjustment Bureau -- who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path ... or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her. We've never met a Philip K. Dick story, novel or big-screen adaptation we didn't like -- but if we had to pick one to anchor the bottom of our list of faves, 'The Adjustment Bureau' would be it. Director George Nolfi just can't seem to put any oomph into the proceedings, and the film can't decide if it's a sci-fi thriller, a conspiracy mystery, a love story or a religious tract -- and given the ending that accedes to a higher power, maybe even He (or She) didn't know either. This one sounds better on paper than it plays. Vitals: Director: George Nolfi. Stars: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery. 2011, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 106 min., Science Fiction, Box office gross: $60.735 million, Universal. 3 stars

Local Writer to Host Book Reading at North Delta Library

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Alex SanghaCome on down to George Mackie Library this Wednesday evening as our very own columnist Alex Sangha will read from his first book entitled, "Imagine: Ideas that Challenge the Status Quo"



Imagine places ideas in society and gets readers thinking critically about their most cherished beliefs and values. The topics are vast and varied: abortion, immigration, gay rights, love, mentorship, and sustainable development. There is no right answer. We must come to our own conclusions. If we can listen and learn from each other, we can accept our differences.

DVD Releases - Jun 21, 2011

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Cedar RapidsThe Adjustment Bureau (2011) Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Terence Stamp, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery. Available as a Blu-ray Combo (Blu-ray plus DVD) and as a DVD single. Extras: Deleted and extended scenes, "Leaping Through New York," "Destined to Be" featurette, "Becoming Elise" featurette, commentary by director George Nolfi. Blu-ray adds "The Labyrinth of Doors: Interactive Map of New York" that allows viewers to use the Adjustment Bureau's network of portals to leap from location to location, trigger a short video in each place with a look behind the scenes or a scene from the film. (Universal).

Top Pick : Red Riding Hood

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Dark interpretation of the Grimms' fairy tale (already pretty dark), set in medieval times. Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She's in love with brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast -- one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect ... and bait. Take two snarky, handsome heroes at odds with each other over the love of an independent, petulant heroine, throw in Catherine Hardwicke as director, and what do you get? No, not 'Twilight,' but an adult-themed facsimile. Unfortunately, where 'Twilight' has a syrupy, involving story line, 'Red Riding Hood' is a messy tale at best, with a sloppy plot and aimless acting -- there's one scene in which Seyfried stands around, looking as if she's waiting for acting instructions. At least the sets are medieval lush and the sound -- especially the creak and crash of doors slamming and wood shattering -- is stupendous. Vitals: Director: Catherine Hardwicke. Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Lukas Haas, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Billy Burke, Virginia Madsen, Julie Christie. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 100 min., Thriller, Box office gross: $37.186 million, Warner. 3 stars

DVD Releases - Jun 14, 2011

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Adrift (2009 -- Brazil) Laura Neiva, Vincent Cassel, Camilla Belle. While spending summer vacation with her family in the idyllic southeast coast of Brazil, 14-year-old Filipa discovers that her father, a famous author, is betraying her mother by dallying with a beautiful young American woman -- and she soon discovers that her father's infidelity is only the first of many dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of her seemingly perfect family. (Universal).

New DVD Releases March 22 2011

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How Do You Know - Reese WitherspoonAlien 2 On Earth (1980) Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Roberto Barrese, Benny Aldrich, Michele Soavi, Judy Perrin. The uncut, English language, 1.85 widescreen release of the 1980 Italian Horror/Sci-Fi film directed by Ciro Ippolito (Sam Cromwell); never released in the U.S. A group of cave explorers discover a mysterious living rock that bears home to deadly, flesh-eating creatures intent on wiping out the entire human population. Extras: The only surviving trailer from the mega rare Dutch VHS, effects outtakes transferred directly from the negative B-roll in full HD. Also available on Blu-ray Disc. (MVD/Midnight Legacy).

Top Pick: The Tourist

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The TouristDuring an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, Frank (Johnny Depp) unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie), an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Paris and Venice, their whirlwind romance quickly evolves as they find themselves unwittingly thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse full of international web of intrigue and danger. Director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck helmed the Academy Award-winning film "The Lives of Others" (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006). Vitals: Director: Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck. Stars: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Paul Bettany, Timothy Dalton, Steven Berkoff. 2010, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 103 min., Action Thriller, Box office gross: $66.559 million, Sony 3 Stars