Hey Dan! The Superbowl has been played, Canada has it’s Hockey Gold Medal and Spring will soon be upon us. Does that mean the bad string of new movies in theatres is coming to an end?

Why yes it does!

But not this weekend!

Wait! Wait a minute! Hold on! A person named Don emailed me and said: “…I like your Friday look at what’s new in theatres but it always seems so mean. You always focus on the negative and just make fun of stuff. Could you please make them more positive?…”

Well Don, in honour of you, I will do just that. Yes, even though this weekend’s 2 new theatrical releases are both not very good, I will write about them by focussing on the positives.

So here goes!

40 Days And 40 Nights stars pretty boy of the day Josh Hartnett as a man who gives up sex for Lent. Now when it comes to youth sex comedies, “40 Days and 40 Nights” is virtually Noel Coward. The movie contains some smart writing, funny dialogue, a cheeky production design, attractive leading actors and only occasional lapses into tastelessness. If you are a teenager, or have actually had your brain surgically removed, you will enjoy yourself. Otherwise…

Wow! I can do this! I can focus on the positive! Let me see if I can go 2 for 2!

In We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson is in it. Mel is an actor that I like, and he’s in this movie.

Wow! I did it!!! I was positive!!! Hold on! Hold it just a minute! I owe you the truth!!! And here it is!

We Were Soldiers should have been a movie that I could promote as a film from the writer of “Braveheart” (a great movie!). Instead, be warned that the movie is from the same guy who wrote “Pearl Harbour” (a really bad film). Randall Wallace is the man responsible for both and this movie makes his “Braveheart” work look like a fluke. We Were Soldiers takes place during the Vietnam war and is, as the ads say, “Based On True Events.” But you won’t care. The action scenes are great, and the rare dramtic moments are fine, but the movie isn’t about anything. It just plays in front of you for 2 hours and 20 minutes. And then it ends, without making a point.

And then you go home! And getting home is always positive, isn’t it?

Hey, I ended on a positive! Whoo hoo!!! Thanks for your advice Don!

And I hope to be positive next week as well when the remake of The Time Machine opens across North America and Men With Brooms plays only in Canada.

Until then, enjoy your popcorn and I’ll see you at the movies!