DARK SKIES with Scattered Cults

By Lackner, Chris | Winnipeg Free Press, February 17, 2013 | Go to article overview

DARK SKIES with Scattered Cults


Lackner, Chris, Winnipeg Free Press


MOVIES

BIG RELEASE: Dark Skies (Feb. 22)

THE BIG PICTURE: It's E.T. meets Signs meets The Amityville Horror meets "that girl who used to play Felicity." Keri Russell stars as the mother of a young family targeted by a sinister alien force. This E.T. isn't phoning home. He's using the family as lab rats, forcing them to ram their heads against windows, occasionally rearranging their kitchen appliances -- and, of course, prepping them for abduction. Speaking of Russell, maybe she's ACTUALLY been on a flying saucer in recent years. That might explain her absence. But given her smart new FX TV show, The Americans, I say we welcome her back with open arms.

FORECAST: The film's slogan is "Once you've been chosen, you belong to them." Wait a minute! I think that's also the Pope's unofficial slogan. Coincidence? I think not. Keri and her family just need to "retire" from the alien abduction process. Problem solved.

HONOURABLE MENTION: Snitch (Feb. 22). Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) plays a father who goes undercover for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to free his son from prison. Junior was apparently set up in a drug deal gone wrong. Meanwhile, The Rock adds another Hollywood movie to his impressive resume. Somewhere out there, Hulk Hogan is pondering what might have been if he had an ounce of acting talent. And by "pondering," I mean lying on the floor sobbing while listening to the song Real American and Tweeting photos of his daughter's legs.

TV

BIG EVENT: Cult (Feb. 19, 9 p.m., CTV Two, CW)

BIG PICTURE: Its The Matrix meets meets The Ring meets The Truman Show. When investigative journalist Jeff Sefton (Matthew Davis of The Vampire Diaries) goes searching for his missing brother -- a conspiracy theorist who believed a hit TV show intended him harm (I've always suspected the same thing about Teletubbies) -- the lines of reality begin to blur. The TV show within the TV show is called -- you guessed it -- Cult. …

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