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New Movie Picks: Goon & Rampart

It's grey and stormy in Toronto today, which means I'm in the mood for a little grit with my new movie pick. Luckily it's a good weekend for releases, so I'm going to give you two great choices:

Goon is the fifth feature film from maverick Canadian director Michael Dowse. He launched his career a decade ago with the unforgettable raunch-comedy Fubar and hasn't stopped since. His 2004 film, It's All Gone Pete Tong is one of my favourite Canadian comedies, so I can't wait to see how he's handled Goon. Written by Canadian boys Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, inspired by a book based on true events, Goon tells the story of Doug Glatt (Sean William Scott) a bouncer turned hockey enforcer. The film is filled with blood, guts, and lots of laugh-out-loud hockey Glory - perfect for a February Canadian night!

Jay Baruchel co-starred in the film with Alison Pill. The two fell in love and got engaged (Jay announced it at last year's Genie Awards). Here's the full story from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight:

They also stopped by Q: And here's Sean William Scott talking hockey and playing an enforcer with Strombo:

Rampart is the second feature film directed by veteran screenwriter Oren Moverman. He reteams with his two leads from The Messenger - Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster - in a gritty LA cop drama based on a James Ellroy novel. Rampart is in good territory considering one of the best cop dramas of the last 15 years was an adaptation of Ellroy's book L.A. Confidential. I love Woody Harrelson, and am excited that his comeback is building steam. Take a couple of hours and watch Harrelson give one of the best performances of his career.



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