14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
Turner Classic Movies’ long-time host Robert Osborne passed away recently at the age of 84. Osborne, who was with the channel from its 1994 launch until 2016, anchored an unusual feature in the then-rapidly expanding cable TV universe, and his friendly nature and massive knowledge of film made his intros almost required viewing. In many ways he was TCM, and his loss will be felt by the channel and movie lovers. /Shane Hnetka
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Disney has been on a massive kick lately where they turn their old animated movies into live-action films. The box office is there, so I expect these unnecessary remakes will continue. Incidentally, this remake of what was the first animated film nominated for a best picture Oscar might get banned in Russia because it has a gay character. Russia’s homophobia is lame.
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT Hey look, it’s Battle Royale in an office environment. Written by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), this looks like it might be entertaining. Office workers must kill each other or die in an insane experiment. Makes me glad I don’t work in an office.
CHIPS Feeling nostalgic for cheesy 1980s cop shows? No? Well tough, because here’s a comedic movie remake of CHiPS, the old motorcycle police show no one asked to see as a movie. Directed by and starring Dax Shepard, with Michael Peña playing “Ponch”. Looks mediocre at best.
LIFE Freaky aliens are discovered on Mars and brought to the International Space Station. Bad things ensue, and Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and company must fight for their lives. Kind of reminds me of another aliens-attacking-astronauts movie. Hmmm. What could it be? Anyway, this might be better than the unnecessary sequel to that other movie that’s coming to theatres in a couple of months.
POWER RANGERS It was bound to happen sooner or later. The old TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers gets a big-budget upgrade with a new cast, origin story, bad guys, and Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston cashing in to make a quick buck.
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7:00 RAD: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR BUILDING WEIGH, NORMAN FOSTER? Presented by Regina Advocates for Design, this documentary looks at legendary architect Norman Foster, who designed stuff like the Beijing airport and New York’s Hearst Building.
9:00 JULIETA Pedro Almodóvar’s latest movie is about a woman reflecting on her life, and her estrangement from her daughter.
9:00 20TH CENTURY WOMEN In this award-nominated film, Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig star as women living in the 1970s trying to get by. From director Mike Mills (Thumbsucker).
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7:00 STRINGS To celebrate world puppet day, here’s a live-action movie told entirely with marionettes. It looks pretty cool.
7:00 MR. GAGA This documentary looks at the life of choreographer Ohad Naharin, the artistic director for the Batsheva Dance Company.
9:00 XX An anthology horror movie whose four shorts are directed by women. Like all anthologies, the shorts are hit and miss.
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7:00 TALKIES: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 3 On the last Tuesday of every month, comedian Jayden Pfeifer makes fun of really bad movies for charity. March’s stinker is the third live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film from way back in 1993.
7:00 MUSTANG Nominated for the 2016 Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, this Turkish-set film follows five sisters forced by their grandmother and uncle into arranged marriages. The youngest sister rebels.
A BEAUTIFUL PLANET There’s nothing cooler than taking a look at the Earth from space, and you can in this documentary that’s shot from the International Space Station.
DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD As part of a program trying to get kids interested in the field, this doc looks at how engineering changes the world in which we live in, and how cool and essential it can be.
EXTREME WEATHER We had a little bit of a blizzard after a week of nice, warm, sunny weather, but it wasn’t especially extreme (in this city, anyway. Rural Sask might beg to differ). If you want to see some super-duper extreme weather, this doc is for you.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Rogue One is still playing at the IMAX but probably not for much longer. See it while you still can.