14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will play at the Kramer IMAX — along with our awesome Cineplex theatres — starting Dec. 15., and tickets are on sale now. Strangely, after two movies now, it feels like there’s a lot less hype for this space opera’s latest installment. Maybe it’s the porgs? /Shane Hnetka
DADDY’S HOME 2 Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return in this sequel as a stepfather and father who fought for Wahlberg’s children’s affection in the first film. This time out, they have to deal with their own fathers — Mel Gibson and John Lithgow — during Christmas. Painful comedic family antics ensue.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Director/actor Kenneth Branagh tackles Agatha Christie’s famous novel. This is the fourth adaptation of the story but the 1974 version is a masterpiece so Branagh has a lot to live up to. For those unfamiliar with the tale, Christie’s master detective Hercule Poirot (Branagh) boards the famous Orient Express train and becomes involved in a murder that occurs during the night. Like the 1974 classic, this version boasts an all-star cast: Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley co-star.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DC and Warner Bros. finally release the big showcase of their superhero cinematic universe. It will be interesting to see what happens. Originally, Warner/DC was racing to play catch-up with Disney/Marvel and following the disappointing Man Of Steel, pumped out a couple of very, very, very, very, bad movies. Zack Snyder directed the principal photography for Justice League despite his Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice being a disaster of a movie. But for very bad family reasons Snyder stepped away from the movie before it was completed, and Warner Bros. turned the reigns over to Joss Whedon (who directed the first two Avengers movies for Marvel). Whedon has done re-writes and re-shoots, and I’d think the end result could go either way. It could be a disaster: dark, overly gritty with too much slow-motion and excessive CGI while continuing to misunderstand what the heroes are really like; or it could be a fun, enjoyable popcorn movie bringing DC’s big superhero team, the Justice League, together for the first time on the big screen. Who knows! All I know is that Marvel’s latest, Thor: Ragnarok, has some of best reviews of a superhero movie to date and it looks super-fun.
THE STAR A really, really, crappy-looking animated movie about the birth of Jesus told from the point of view of a talking donkey and his wacky animal friends.
WONDER This film adaptation of the children’s novel of the same name is about a young boy with a facial deformity who’s going to school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson star.
RPL Film Theatre
7:00 HUMAN FLOW From filmmaker and activist Ai Weiwei comes this documentary about the massive refugee problem facing the globe as millions of people are displaced by war, famine, political instability, natural disasters and climate change.
9:30 WHOSE STREETS? A documentary about the how the killing of Mike Brown by Missouri police started a protest movement that became Black Lives Matter.
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7:00 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Gene Kelly’s most iconic movie musical is about actors and a studio making the transition into talkies during the late 1920s.
7:00 INTEGRAL MAN This documentary presented in partnership with Regina Advocates for Design, OPEN, and Winnipeg Architecture Foundation is about James Stewart, a Canadian mathematician, violinist, and the professor emeritus of mathematics at McMaster University who built a house called the Integral House which was designed to include mathematics and a concert hall.
9:00 MARJORIE PRIME Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins, Geena Davis, and Lois Smith star in this sci-fi movie about a service that provides holograms of deceased family members. Lois Smith (Marjorie) gets one of her late husband (Jon Hamm).
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9:00 LOVING VINCENT This animated film is the world’s first oil-painted movie. It’s about the life and death of Vincent van Gogh. It took 115 painters to paint the entire movie. Looks very, very cool.
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7:00 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES A classic musical comedy starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell as a couple of showgirls trying to get married (not to each other, unless I’m remembering this incorrectly).
DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD This doc is part of a program that’s trying to get kids interested in engineering. The plan is to show kids how awesome and how much potential there is in engineering. Will it work? Take a kid to it, then wait a decade and see if they blossom into an engineer!
GREAT WHITE SHARK A documentary that tries to undo some of the damage Hollywood and Animal Planet have done with all those movies and documentaries about vicious, evil sharks. Sharks are actually quite boring, and hardly ever eat people.
PANDAS: THE JOURNEY HOME This documentary looks at the lives of pandas. What are their habits? How do they survive in the wilderness? Do they know kung fu? Spoiler alert: no.