14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story had the second highest first day of presale ticket sales ever. Not too shabby for a movie that, outside of Darth Vader, is light on recognizable characters even though it’s the eighth installment in one of the best-known movie franchises of all time. /Shane Hnetka
OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY Well, it being the holidays and all, I guess something Christmassy should hit theatres and this comedy from Josh Gordon and Will Speck (The Switch and Blades of Glory) fills that void. T.J. Miller finds out that his evil sister/CEO Jennifer Aniston wants to shut down his office unless they can sign a big client. So they decide to woo the client with a wild office party. Drunken debauchery ensues. Jason Bateman, Kate McKinnon and Olivia Munn co-star.
ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Disney continues the saga that George Lucas started 39 years ago with this prequel to Lucas’ classic masterpiece. A group of rebels led by Felicity Jones sets out to steal the Death Star plans. The kicker with this movie is many of the characters are disposable because they’re not in the rest of the series. Might actually make this a little tenser than the average Star Wars flick (not that earlier movies didn’t have surprise deaths: cough, Han Solo, cough).
COLLATERAL BEAUTY Will Smith stars in this David Frankel-directed drama about a man who finds out the meaning of life after suffering a tragedy. Hmmn, good for him. Not sure that opening against Rogue One will be good for the movie though. Considering that nothing is opening against Office Christmas Party on Dec. 9, that maybe would’ve been the better play.
7:00 ONE MORE TIME WITH FEELING This documentary follows Nick Cave as he tries to finish his 2016 album Skeleton Tree after his 15-year old son dies in a fall off a cliff.
9:00 IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD Montreal director Xavier Dolan’s latest has a writer return home to announce his impending death, which prompts a drama-laden family reunion.
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7:00 ZERO DAYS Documentary thriller by Alex Gibney about the creation of the Stuxnet computer virus by the United States and Israel as a weapon of cyber warfare in 2006. The original goal was to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program, but the virus ended up damaging computer systems world-wide. Sounds cool and terrifying.
7:00 AMERICAN HONEY The latest effort from British filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) is set in the American Midwest, and sees a young woman (Sasha Lane) join a travelling magazine subscription crew for a summer of hard partying and other shenanigans while trying to find herself.
LONG WAY NORTH This French/Danish animated movie follows a young girl who goes on an adventure to search for her grandfather who disappeared on an expedition to the North Pole.
4:00 VOUS ETES ICI The latest film from Regina director Mark Wihak explores the disconnect between the idealized vision of Paris that tourists have and what the City of Lights is really like. Vous Etes Ici won the Best Feature award at the recent Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards in Regina, and Wihak will be in attendance to introduce the film and hold a post-screening Q & A.
TURKISH STAR WARS For one night only a special screening of the notorious 1982 Turkish science fiction film that took several scenes from Star Wars and used them as the movie’s special effects. It was dubbed “The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back”, and is unbelievably bad. A must see!