MOVIES

14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.

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So, another year is upon us. Not surprisingly, the first few weeks of January are a dead zone for movies — both literally and figuratively. That’s because there’s a pile of horror flicks opening: Underworld: Blood Wars, The Bye Bye Man, Split, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Rings. Who knows, one of them might actually be good. /Shane Hnetka

Opening

Friday 5

A MONSTER CALLS Despite the title, this isn’t a horror movie. Instead, it’s a fantasy drama by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) based on a novel by Patrick Ness. Struggling to cope with a terminally ill mother (Felicity Jones), and a bully at school, a boy (Lewis MacDougall) somehow summons a humanoid yew tree (voiced by Liam Neeson) that offers guidance and support by telling him stories. Sigourney Weaver also stars, and early reviews have been positive.

UNDERWORLD: BLOOD WARS Wow! This is the fifth in the Underworld series where Kate Beckinsale wears tight pants and shoots lots of people and creatures because she’s a badass vampire. When Beckinsale started her career, she was doing Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Now, all she does is Underworld movies. It’s a shame, she coulda been a contender.

Friday 13

MONSTER TRUCKS From the director of Ice Age comes this action comedy about a high school senior whose pride and joy is a pick-up built from salvaged parts. Tripp dreams of improving his lot in life, then an oil rig accident unearths a giant alien squid with a taste for speed that teams with Tripp to [spoiler alert] hammer yet another nail in the coffin of American culture.

THE BYE BYE MAN A lame sounding horror movie about the terrifying (snicker) Bye Bye Man who gets inside people’s heads and turns them into mass murders. It’s rated PG-13, so yeah, in the immortal shtick of David Spade “Buh-Bye” Bye Bye Man.

SLEEPLESS This American remake of the 2011 French action thriller Sleepless Night stars Jamie Fox as a cop who pisses off a drug lord — which results in his son being kidnapped.

 


Broadway Theatre

Thursday 5

7:00 HUNTER GATHERER A man returns home from prison to discover that life in his old neighbourhood has moved on without him.

9:00 THINGS TO COME No, this isn’t the classic 1936 H.G. Wells sci-fi film about a dystopian future of war and disease. It’s a 2016 drama by French writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve which stars Isabelle Huppert as a middle-aged academic who soldiers on after her husband leaves her for another woman.

Friday 6

9:00 HUNTER GATHERER

Saturday 7

7:00 HUNTER GATHERER

9:00 THINGS TO COME

11:59 OGROFF AKA MAD MUTILATOR Low budget slasher/zombie movie from France about a guy running around the countryside hacking people up.

Monday 9

7:00 THINGS TO COME

9:00 HUNTER GATHERER

Wednesday 11

7:00 BOY Directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), this movie is set in 1984, and sees a young Māori boy try to reconcile with his estranged father after he unexpectedly arrives at a small New Zealand farm where the boy lives with his grandmother. Unfortunately, dad’s up to no good. Co-presented by Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity.

9:30 HUNTER GATHERER

Thursday 12

7:00 HUNTER GATHERER

9:00 THINGS TO COME

Friday 13

7:00 THE VIOLIN TEACHER A failed violinist who’s a San Francisco music teacher is forced to confront a painful secret from her past when a former pupil returns to give a concert.

9:00 FIRE AT SEA This 2016 Gianfranco Rosi documentary was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa and focuses on the tragedy of refugees trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.

Saturday 14

7:00 FIRE AT SEA

9:00 THE VIOLIN TEACHER

Sunday 15

7:00 THE VIOLIN TEACHER

9:00 FIRE AT SEA

Monday 16

7:00 FIRE AT SEA

9:00 THE VIOLIN TEACHER

Tuesday 17

7:00 BUGS With our population set to hit eight billion in 2023, this documentary examines one possible solution to the Malthusian dilemma of how to feed all those hungry mouths in an environmentally-sustainable way. Co-presented by Paved Art + New Media.

Wednesday 18

7:00 THE VIOLIN TEACHER

9:00 FIRE AT SEA

 


Roxy

January 13

ELLE Director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Starship Troopers, Showgirls) delivers a tale about a woman (Isabelle Huppert) trying to track down an unknown man who raped her. Normally, something like this from Verhoeven might be pretty bad. But it’s actually been getting good reviews.

20TH CENTURY WOMEN Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, this film by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker) stars Annette Bening as a single mom trying to raise a teenage son. Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig also star.