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14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.

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The Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 24. The list didn’t really surprise me or blow me away. Still, there are some great films up for consideration, which should mean good viewing for anyone looking for more than The Ring’s latest installment. Added bonus: Cineplex is holding its annual Great Digital Festival (now The Flashback Film Festival) Feb. 3–9. /Shane Hnetka

Opening

Friday 17

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 then challenges him to a fight after school. Wacky hijinks (along with a few knuckle sandwiches) ensue.

THE GREAT WALL Matt Damon stars as an 11th century mercenary searching for a powerful new weapon (gunpowder) invented by the Chinese. After surviving an attack by a mysterious monster, he stumbles across defenders gathered at The Great Wall to battle ancient aliens that attack every 60 years. Director Yimou Zhang has made some brilliant action films (Hero, House of the Flying Daggers), and this was a huge hit when it opened in China in December, but it looks pretty mediocre. When some Chinese movie review websites gave the film a bad review the Chinese government actually complained they were harming the country’s film industry so the sites removed the reviews. That’s messed up. A bad movie is a bad movie.

Friday 24

COLLIDE Felicity Jones goes from hero of the Rebellion to damsel in distress in this action thriller from director Eran Creevy. Jones gets sick so boyfriend Nicholas Hoult pulls off a heist and pisses off gangster Anthony Hopkins who naturally uses Jones as bait. Impressive cast, but they all look like they could use a better movie.

GET OUT Written and directed by comic Jordan Peele, this film’s synopsis recalls the 1967 Sidney Poitier classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner — but with a horror twist!

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 in China. So I doubt it will do any better here..


Broadway Theatre

Thursday 16

7:00 CANNES LION Annual compilation of the best (i.e. most creative) commercials from around the world.

Friday 17

7:00 AFTER IMAGE The final movie from legendary Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda is a look at the life of avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski (1893–1952).

9:00 CANNES LION

Saturday 18

7:00 CANNES LION

9:00 AFTER IMAGE

Sunday 19

7:00 AFTER IMAGE

9:00 CANNES LION

Tuesday 21

7:00 CALIFORNIA TYPEWRITER Presented in partnership with Paved, this documentary features appearances by Tom Hanks. Sam Shepard, John Mayer and others who retain a fondness for typewriters in our digital age.

9:30 AFTER IMAGE

Wednesday 22

7:00 AFTER IMAGE

9:00 CANNES LION

Thursday 23

7:00 CANNES LION

9:00 TRAINSPOTTING Danny Boyle’s classic about drug users in Edinburgh during the 1980s is back in theatres just in time for the sequel which opens in North America in April.

Friday 24

7:00 NERUDA This Chilean film looks at the life of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) who was forced into exile for his communist beliefs. Returning home following the election of the socialist Allende government in 1971, he died in suspicious circumstances a few days after Pinochet took power in a 1973 coup.

Saturday 25

7:00 I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO An award-nominated documentary based on the writings of James Baldwin that looks at the history of the civil rights movement and race relations.

9:00 NERUDA

Sunday 26

7:00 NERUDA

9:00 I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Monday 27

7:00 I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

9:00 NERUDA

Tuesday 28

7:00 THE ROLLING STONES OLE, OLE, OLE! This 2016 documentary follows the Stones on a 10-city tour of Latin America which culminates in an open-air show in Havana. Presented as part of the Six Degrees of Jazz series.

9:30 NERUDA

Wednesday 1

7:00 NERUDA

9:00 I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO


Roxy Theatre

February 17

THE SALESMAN The latest from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi about a couple whose lives fall apart while they star in a production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The movie’s been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, but Farhadi likely won’t attend because of Trump’s stupid travel ban.