14 days of film. Updated every second Thursday.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens at Regina’s Kramer IMAX Theatre on Dec. 15. Tickets are on sale now. Somehow, it feels like there’s less hype for the latest installment of the space opera. Maybe it’s the porgs? Meanwhile, we get to enjoy the Fantastic Film Festival at Broadway Theatre Nov. 15-18. /Shane Hnetka
DADDY’S HOME 2 Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return in this sequel as the step-father and father who fought for Wahlberg’s children’s affection. This time, they have to deal with their own dads, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, at Christmas. Painful comedic antics ensue.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS Director Kenneth Branagh plays detective Hercule Poirot. Like Sidney Lumet’s acclaimed 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous mystery, this version boasts a star-studded cast including Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr. and Michelle Pfeiffer.
JUSTICE LEAGUE DC and Warner Bros. have been racing for years to catch up with Disney/Marvel. For this superhero showcase, they turned again to director Zack Snyder despite his Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice debacle. Once principal photography was done, though, Snyder was forced to step away to deal with a family tragedy. Enter Joss Whedon. He directed Marvel’s first two Avengers movies, and he did some re-writes and re-shoots for Justice League. Will it be another disaster: dark, overly gritty, with too much slow motion and CGI? Or will it be a fun popcorn movie that gets what DC’s superheroes are really like? All I know is Marvel’s latest Thor: Ragnarok has been getting rave reviews.
THE STAR A crappy animated movie about Jesus’ birth from the viewpoint of a talking donkey that teams up with his wacky animal friends to save Christmas from atheists or whatever.
WONDER A film adaptation of the children’s novel about a boy with a facial deformity who goes to school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson star.
7:00 THE SHINING This screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 horror classic is part of the University of Saskatchewan’s Movies That Matter series, and will be followed by a panel discussion.
Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival
6:00 TRAGEDY GIRLS A horror comedy about two teens (Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand) who decide to start murdering people and then blogging about it.
8:00 MY FRIEND DAHMER Based on a biographical comic book, this movie looks back at serial killer Jeffery Dahmer when he was just a weird kid in high school.
10:00 BITCH A stressed-out mother snaps and turns into a dog, forcing her workaholic husband to shoulder domestic responsibilities he’d previously shirked.
12:00 POOR AGNES A serial killer (Lora Burke) forms a strange relationship with her next victim.
6:00 DRAWN FROM AROUND THE WORLD: SHORT FILMS A global cavalcade of animated shorts.
8:30 BEYOND SKYLINE Frank Grillo fights aliens to save his son after he’s abducted in a massive invasion. Looks pretty entertaining.
10:00 EUTHANIZER From Finland, this thriller sees a man travel around offering a euthanasia service for pets. And if the owners complain he didn’t treat their pets properly, well… .
12:00 BAD BLACK This Ugandan action movie features a mild doctor who ends up becoming a bad-ass commando.
6:00 DAVE MADE A MAZE A surreal comedy horror adventure about a man who makes a cardboard maze in his apartment and gets lost in it, forcing his girlfriend to come after him.
7:45 THE HONOR FARM Teens go out in the woods and trip on some mushrooms.
9:30 THE VILLAINESS South Korean action film about an assassin forced to work for a spy agency. The fight scenes look amazing.
12:00 HOUSEWIFE This Turkish horror movie sees a woman haunted by memories of her mother who killed her father and sister when she was a child.
1:00 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Live action adaptation of an awesome magna series about a swordsman for hire who is trying to repent for killing 100 good guys by killing 1000 bad guys. Directed by Takashi Miike.
3:30 NOVEMBER An Estonian romantic fantasy about a woman who becomes a werewolf when she falls in love with a boy in her village.
6:00 LES AFFAMÉS This French Canadian movie about a group of survivors fighting zombie hordes has received a lot of praise.
8:00 PLAN B This German kung fu film follows four friends as they fight their way to the bad guy.
10:00 THE ENDLESS Two brothers return to the cult they once fled after they discover it might not be as evil as they once thought.
12:00 LOWLIFE Dark crime thriller about a group of people who clash when an organ harvesting job goes wrong.
LBJ Woody Harrelson stars in this Rob Reiner directed bio-pic about Texas politician Lyndon B. Johnson.
REBEL IN THE RYE Another bio-pic, this one about reclusive writer J.D. Salinger.
THE GARDENER This documentary looks at Frank Cabot’s Les Quatre Vents — a magnificent private garden in Quebec City.
GOD’S OWN COUNTRY A British drama about a young man who finds love with a Romanian worker.
NOVITIATE A woman training to be a nun finds herself enduring a crisis of faith against the backdrop of the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960s.