14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
For a brief moment, it looked like Christopher Nolan might be directing the next Bond movie. In a recent Playboy interview, Nolan was effusive in his affection for the character and his interest in the franchise. Sadly, Nolan thinks the series doesn’t need him at the moment, and he apparently won’t take the gig unless he’s there to give it a fresh start. What a diva. I think the franchise could use a Nolan-style shot in the arm, but I guess I’ll have to wait for the post- Daniel Craig era. /Shane Hnetka
DUNKIRK Speaking of Christopher Nolan, here’s his latest movie — a war epic about the Dunkirk evacuation during the early days of the Second World War. In the spring of 1940, the Axis had the Allies on the run after the Battle Of France and Great Britain needed to get almost 400,000 British, French, Belgian, and Canadian troops across the British Channel before they were captured or slaughtered by the Germans. The real-life story is dramatic and action-packed, and this looks like it’s going to be awesome and intense. Also, it’s playing at the Kramer IMAX theatre!
GIRLS TRIP Four apostrophe-hating life-long friends head to New Orleans to party and things get CRAY-zee! Hmmm, this sounds familiar. Wasn’t a similar movie just playing in theatres? Oh yeah, Rough Night. Well, Girls Trip doesn’t have a dead stripper in it and stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith instead of whoever was in that other film. So I guess it’s hardly the same at all.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Writer/director/producer Luc Besson has made more action movies that the world ever needed. How many times can Liam Neeson’s family get taken, for Pete’s sake? That said, Besson has also directed some acceptable-to-awesome movies over the years: La Femme Nikita, Leon, The Fifth Element, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec and Lucy spring to mind. The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec was an adaptation of a popular French comic series, and this latest epic again dips into the four-colour, ink-on-paper well. The stuff I’ve read suggests Valerian is amazing looking but flawed. Well, noble failures are worth a look too, sometimes.
ATOMIC BLONDE Hey, it’s another comic book movie! It’s almost like that’s all anyone is willing to make these days. In Atomic Blonde, Charlize Theron stars as a badass spy trying to find out who’s killing other operatives. The movie has been praised for its fantastic fight scenes, which makes sense since it was helmed by director David Leitch (the co-director of John Wick). Who wouldn’t want to see Theron beat the crap out of bad guys? Count me in!
THE EMOJI MOVIE Ugh. Sony has decided the world needs an animated emoji movie. Why? I guess for money, but I’d like to think movie-going audiences have better sense (and taste) than this. Seems unlikely but hey, they knew enough to stay away (well, mostly away) from crap like the new Pirates movie, The Mummy, Transformers and The House. But since nothing else is playing for kiddies this weekend, Sony will probably make a few bucks from this cynical and soulless perversion on cinema. Those bastards.
RPL Film Theatre
7:00 ALONE IN BERLIN Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson star as a married couple who, after their son is killed in the war, covertly post public notes urging their fellow Germans to stand up to the Nazis. Courage, tragedy and bittersweet moral victories ensue. The movie is based on a book called Every Man Dies Alone. Sounds cheerful.
9:00 PARIS CAN WAIT Eleanor Coppola wrote and directed this romantic comedy about the wife of a famous movie producer (wait, hmmm) who spends time with one of her husband’s male friends when her dumb husband is too busy to see her. Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin star.
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7:00 TALKIES: SPEED 2 The end of the month is almost upon us and that means it’s time for another Talkies, the laff-riot extravaganza where bad movies get humorous commentary from host Jayden Pfeifer and a pal. This month’s confection of cinematic crudliness is Speed 2, which was so bad even Keanu Reeves refused to be in it.
7:00 WHIP IT Wherein one Ellen Page finds fun and friendships in the bone-cracking, knee-wrenching, ankle-twisting world of roller derby.
7:00 CHURCHILL Brian Cox stars as Winston Churchill in this iconoclastic biopic that follows the legendary politician during some of his less-than-legendary weeks.
9:00 THE TRANSFIGURATION Changing things up from all the WWII stuff is this quiet little independent horror movie about a young man obsessed with vampires. Sounds and looks like it might be pretty good.
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7:00 RACE FOR YOUR LIFE, CHARLIE BROWN Wow! Here’s an oldie from 1977. Charlie Brown and the gang are in a river rafting race. Can’t say I remember this one but I’m sure it must have been on TV more than a few times over the years.
DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan loves film. Not just movies and making motion pictures — I mean the actual, celluloid film movies were always be shot on before digital cameras. Nolan still shoots movies on film, and because of that, we here in Regina get to see his movies on the IMAX screen because it’s one of the few that still projects conventional film. I saw a very cool preview of Dunkirk at the IMAX back around Christmas (it was attached to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), so I can’t wait for this. Should be amazing.
DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD This documentary about design and engineering and how they shape our world is also a lure designed to hook kids on a career in engineering. Engineering’s possibilities are limitless, as you’ll know if you ever watched MacGyver.
GREAT WHITE SHARK Shark Week is upon us so I suppose it’s a good time to check out this documentary about the most notorious sharks in the ocean. See how awesome these majestic creatures really are instead of buying into the Hollywood (and Discovery Channel, boo!) characterizations of them as one-dimensional killing machines.