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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - August 14, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba C M Y K PAGE D5 winnipegfreepress. com ENTERTAINMENT WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015 D 5 Metric Ingredients Imperial 350g package thin precooked chinese noodles 12 oz 15 ml vegetable oil 8 oz 250 ml cashew pieces 1 cup 1 medium green or red pepper, thinly sliced 1 2 celery stalks, sliced 2 1 can baby corn cobs, drained & halved ( 14 oz / 398 ml) 1 500 ml fresh bean sprouts 2 cups 4 green onions, chopped 4 15 ml soy sauce 2 tbsp CASHEW NOODLE STIR- FRY Directions Place noodles in strainer. Pour boiling water over top and fluff with fork. In a large skillet; heat oil. Add cashews and stir- fry over high heat for 1 minute or until they are lightly golden. Add pepper, celery and corn. Stir- fry for about 3 minutes. Add bean sprouts and green onion. Cook for one more minute until sprouts are beginning to wilt. Stir in noodles and toss to combine. Add soy sauce tossing just until heated through. Servings: 4 valued at over $ 18.00 before taxes and receive the 2nd entree of equal or lesser value at 1/ 2 off Expires Oct. 31, 2015 one coupon per visit. Not accepted with the prime rib and dinner specials. Park in the Terminal parkade located steps from the airport terminal building for only $ 2 per 30 minutes. Passenger Pick- up? Short- term Terminal Parking Short- term Terminal parking available Visit waa. ca/ parkhere for details. $ 2 30 MINUTES 3062 Portage Ave. 204- 832- 7387 www. petrescueshelter. com Manitoba’s first registered charity NO- KILL animal shelter D IRECTOR Guy Ritchie has the sense to keep The Man from U. N. C. L. E. stuck in the ’ 60s, establishing the ideological east- west Cold War chasm in the divided city of Berlin. Reluctant but effective CIA agent Napoleon Solo ( Henry Cavill) recruits East German mechanic Gaby ( Alicia Vikander) to help find her father, a German nuclear scientist who once toiled for the Nazis and now works for an international criminal organization. But getting Gaby over the Berlin Wall proves to be a challenge when the two are chased by Solo’s Russian counterpart, Illya Kuryakin ( Armie Hammer), a tall, dangerous spy with anger issues. ( His quiet rages are accompanied by the sound of marching on the soundtrack that somehow evokes Czarist soldiers marching down the Odessa steps in Potemkin .) Once over the wall, in an unlikely détente, both Solo and Kuryakin’s respective spymasters agree to join forces in an effort to find the rogue nuclear weapon being built by the fiendish ( but oh- so- stylish) Nazi- affiliated jet- setter Victoria Vinciguerra ( a wicked, underplaying Elizabeth Debicki). Scripted by Ritchie and Lionel Wigram, the film is frothy fun. If Bond movies are getting overly serious, Ritchie is intent on seeing that this ’ 60s spy franchise keeps it light. With his cleft chin and his glib, glottal delivery, Cavill actually seems to be impersonating the original Napoleon Solo, Robert Vaughn, even if his formidable Man of Steel physique seems, in context, anachronistic. ( In the day, Cavill would have been suited only to gladiator movies.) Hammer fares better, given a more textured role, in which his violent instincts clash with the professional demands of subtlety and guile. He also gets to enjoy some awkward romantic interaction with Vikander, who manages to bring a little goofy charm into what might have otherwise been a thankless Bond Girl- ish role. Ritchie gets to indulge his personal directorial peccadilloes, which include some tampering with the timeline and an unusually rich abundance of gay double- entendres raising the question about the original series: Did we miss something? randall. king@ freepress. mb. ca Frothy adaptation of ’ 60s spy series engages in some light Bond- age Other voices The Man from U. N. C. L. E. plays a like a lower key, vintage edition of a Mission: Impossible movie. It’s a good movie with a great look. — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun- Times It’s got a few things going for it and it’s not unenjoyable to sit through, but, at the same time, the tone and creative register never feel confident and settled. It’s not bad but not quite good enough either. — Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter Armie Hammer has given several of the worst performances in recent years — see, or rather don’t, Mirror Mirror and J. Edgar. The big surprise in The Man from U. N. C. L. E is that Henry Cavill is even worse. — Kyle Smith, New York Post It succeeds admirably on its own terms — more so, I think, than his two Sherlock Holmes films — and while it never really transcends pastiche, its ambitions don’t lie in that direction. — Robbie Collin, The Telegraph Movie Review The Man From U. N. C. L. E. . Starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer . Grant Park, Kildonan Place, McGillivray, McGillivray VIP, Polo Park Imax, St. Vital, Towne . PG . 117 minutes š š š 1 . 2 out of five RANDALL KING From left, Alicia Vikander, Hammer and Cavill. WARNER BROS. Henry Cavill, left, and Armie Hammer adopt the international uniform of espionage. TO the casual skeptic, the notion of getting sucked into the Church of Scientology’s belief system is a prospect as likely as a Sunday brunch date with galactic overlord Xenu. But for the average Canadian, it helps that this film’s main liaison is filmmaker Paul Haggis, a practising Scientologist for 35 years before his explosive departure from the church in 2009. The liberal Haggis’s break erupted for a few reasons, one of which was the treatment of his two lesbian daughters by scandalized adherents, coupled with the San Diego church branch’s support of California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 vote that outlawed marriage equality in the state but was ruled unconstitutional two years later. ( For a supposedly enlightened prophet, church founder L. Ron Hubbard’s attitude to homosexuality was primitive and plainly brutish.) Still, the breach was a long time coming. Haggis was an intelligent, spiritually searching Canadian kid from London, Ont., who recounts coming to the church with an open mind, comforted by its claim to reject dogma, allowing adherents to create a belief system tailored to their own spiritual needs. He allows the church did help in the “ auditing” process, the church’s version of technology- assisted psychotherapy ( although fervent anti- psychiatry zealot Hubbard is offended by the comparison). If Haggis had stayed an anonymous adherent, his eventual dissent wouldn’t have mattered. But he moved from struggling writer to Oscar- winning writer ( Million Dollar Baby ) and director ( Crash ), and in the process became one of the religion’s much- prized celebrities. And therein lies this documentary’s most fascinating, disturbing dichotomy. Lots of celebs, including Haggis, willingly became the public faces of Scientology and were accorded preferential star treatment. This is especially true of Scientology superstar Tom Cruise, whom, this film says, was the beneficiary of hundreds of hours of grunt work involving customized motorcycles and airplane hangars. And who was doing that work? Lowlevel Scientology “ clergy” in what’s called the Sea Organization, paid a pittance for their toil. Director Alex Gibney ( Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God ) interviews a multitude of ex- Scientologists ( whom the church officially characterizes as lying apostates) with horror stories to tell. Some, like Spanky Taylor ( a former aide to John Travolta), describe inhuman punishment meted out to members in the Rehabilitation Project Force, essentially a prison detail for Scientologists who demonstrated signs of rebellion. Taylor’s testimony gives a chilling ring to current leader David Miscavige’s stated resolution: “ We’re out to make every life extraordinary.” These stories, coupled with the church’s history of attacking critics and its criminal activity in securing its tax- free status, make for a hair- raising, but all too credible, exposé. Sadly, the people who really need to see this film probably never will. randall. king@ freepress. mb. ca By Randall King Scientology doc reveals horror behind star- endorsed facade Movie Review Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . Directed by Alex Gibney . Cinematheque . 14A . 121 minutes š š š š out of five Former Scientologists slam the church in scathing documentary. D_ 05_ Aug- 14- 15_ PP_ 01. indd D5 8/ 13/ 15 3: 10: 22 PM

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