14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
IMDb is taking down its infamous message boards on Feb. 20. Over the years, the boards changed from a place for movie fans to talk about their favourite films to a cesspool of hateful trolls (or as IMDb put it, “IMDb’s message boards are no longer providing a positive, useful experience for the vast majority of our more than 250 million monthly users worldwide”). Congratulations, trolls. You wrecked the Internet again. /Shane Hnetka
A CURE FOR WELLNESS This looks fun and creepy. Director Gore Verbinski has dusted himself off from his disastrous last film, The Lone Ranger, to return with this flick from a more horrific genre. Dane DeHaan goes to a spooky clinic in the country to retrieve a member of his company’s board. Naturally, nobody leaves the clinic. The Super Bowl “pharmacy” spot is especially ominous.
FIST FIGHT Teacher Charlie Day pisses off fellow teacher Ice Cube, who challenges Day to a fight after school. Wacky hijinks ensue. And also possibly a fist fight or two.
THE GREAT WALL Matt Damon racistly stars as the great white hope in this tale of ancient China. Damon stumbles across The Great Wall of China and its defenders, who are fighting ancient alien monsters that attack every 60 years. The movie already opened in China where it was a huge hit. Director Yimou Zhang has made some brilliant action films (Hero, House of the Flying Daggers) but this looks pretty mediocre (and of course, racist in its core concept). Worse: when a couple of Chinese movie websites gave the film bad reviews, the Chinese government complained that the sites were harming the Chinese film industry with their bad reviews. The sites removed the reviews. That’s pretty messed up. A bad movie is a bad movie.
COLLIDE Felicity Jones goes from hero of a fledgling Rebellion to a damsel in distress in this action thriller from director Eran Creevy. Jones gets expensively sick, and since U.S. health care is only for people with tons of money boyfriend Nicholas Hoult must return to a life of crime to pay for her kidney transplant. But after a heist goes wrong, pissed-off gangster Anthony Hopkins kidnaps Jones as bait to capture Hoult. Impressive cast that probably deserves a better movie.
GET OUT Comedian Jordan Peele wrote and directed this horror movie about a black man who visits his white girlfriend’s family at their creepy estate, where disturbing and possibly very evil events occur. Looks great.
ROCK DOG A Tibetan dog discovers rock ’n’ roll and goes on a journey to become a musician. This Chinese/American animated film bombed big time when it opened in China last year. I doubt it will do any better here.
RPL Film Theatre
7:00 RAD: MAKER Regina Advocates for Design present another documentary with this look at the Maker Movement.
9:00 TAMPOPO This 1985 Japanese classic about a trucker helping a struggling widowed woman’s noodle restaurant was hailed as the first ramen western. It’s been restored and is currently in a limited theatrical run.
9:00 LONG WAY NORTH This French/Danish animated movie follows a young girl who goes on an adventure searching for her grandfather who disappeared on an expedition to the North Pole.
7:00 LONG WAY NORTH
7:00 LONG WAY NORTH
7:00 WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE The classic children’s story brought to life, all hipster-style.
7:00 HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST A documentary about photographer Harry Benson and his incredible work with many, many, many famous people. Musicians, actors, politicians and many more all got the Benson treatment. See the movie and learn more!
9:00 AN EYE FOR AN EYE In this timely documentary, Israeli director Ilan Ziv follows Mark Stroman, a man convicted of murdering Muslims in the United States after 9/11. While on death row, Stroman gets an unlikely champion in one of his surviving victims who campaigns to spare him in the name of Islam and mercy. Couldn’t be playing at a more appropriate time.
7:00 AN EYE FOR AN EYE
9:00 HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST
7:00 HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST
9:00 AN EYE FOR AN EYE
2:30 AN EYE FOR AN EYE
7:00 HARRY BENSON: SHOOT FIRST
7:00 THE SKATEBOARD KID 2 It’s the end of another month and it’s time for another Talkies. This is the sequel to the super crappy The Skateboard Kid, which was featured in last month’s show. Talk about looking for punishment.
7:00 COCO BEFORE CHANEL Audrey Tautou stars as legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in this bio-pic about her life.
A BEAUTIFUL PLANET With everything that’s been going on it’s nice to get away — way, way, way away from it all, and see the planet Earth from the best seat in the universe: the International Space Station.
EXTREME WEATHER Or if everything has been too calm for you, there’s always this doc focusing on the weather, which is more dangerously extreme lately.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Rogue One might be leaving soon but until it does there’s still time to see this great Star Wars movie at the Kramer IMAX — one of only 15 theatres playing it on actual, projected film.