The Five Must See Movies of July 18 – 24, 2014

The weekend is here and we all know what that means. No, it doesn’t mean you can sit in front of your computer and play World of Warcraft. It means you can do something better by going out with friends and/or loved ones to your local cinema. The smell of the popcorn, the rattle of candy and the slurping of soda hasn’t changed in generations.

Are any of you old enough to remember watching a film from the balcony or seeing your first film in Victoria’s Coronet. Do you even remember watching movies in the Royal Theatre? If the answer is no to the aforementioned then you are most definitely not old enough. And if you don’t have enough memories of going to the movies then perhaps a Saturday night out is what you’ve been missing.

Please check media for local showtimes, ratings and admission rates.


Cinecenta is located in the thriving community of the University of Victoria (UVic) campus in Saanich. The theatre offers more than a reasonable rate for general admission while giving discounted rates for UVic students, faculty, staff and alumi. Discounted rates are also available to seniors and children 12 and under. Matinees are $4.75 for all seats.

Breathless (À bout de souffle)
France – 90 mins

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Writer(s): François Truffaut (story)

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, and Henri-Jacques Huet

Michel Poiccard, an irresponsible sociopath and small-time thief, steals a car and impulsively murders the motorcycle policeman who pursues him. Now wanted by the authorities, he renews his relationship with Patricia Franchini, a hip American girl studying journalism at the Sorbonne, whom he had met in Nice a few weeks earlier.


The Fritz

Located on Salt Spring Island, The Fritz is an up-to-date cinema featuring Dolby Surround Sound, a digital projection system along with everything else you’d expect to find at a cinema in a large city. They have real butter for the popcorn,
Sunday matinees, and “cheap” Tuesdays.

Fading Gigolo
USA – 90 mins

Director: John Turturro
Writer(s): John Turturro

Cast: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone, and Sofía Vergara

Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan as a way of making money to help his cash-strapped friend, Murray. With Murray acting as his “manager”, the duo quickly finds themselves caught up in the crosscurrents of love and money.


Monty Python Live (Mostly)
UK – ? mins

Cast: John Cleese, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin

These certified instructors in all manners of silly walks and one cast member with breasts reunite for ten performances in London’s O2 Arena. So sit back in your comfy chair and for goodness’ sake don’t expect a Spanish inquisition.


Star Cinema

Sidney’s Star Cinema is located in the heart of Sidney-by-the-Sea. Equipped with 2 digital projectors and recently outfitted with new comfortable seating, general admission is cheap at $9. Discounts are available to students, seniors and children 3 to 13 years with a low $6 admission for everyone on cheap Tuesdays.

Planes: Fire & Rescue
USA – 83 mins

Director: Roberts Gannaway
Writer(s): Jeffrey M. Howard (characters)

Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, Hal Holbrook, and Wes Studi

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins forces with fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire. Sequel of Disney’s Planes


The Vic Theatre

Located across from the historical Empress Hotel and a short walk from Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, The Vic Theatre has been entertaining movie-goers since 1993. The theatre shows a wide range of films from foreign to art house, and from rereleases to festival award winners. And Vic Theatre is one of the yearly purveyors of Victoria Film Festival and Victoria Foodie Fim Festival movies.

Under the Skin
UK/USA/Switzerland – 108 mins

Director: Jonathan Glazer
Writer(s): Walter Campbell and Jonathan Glazer
Novel: Michel Faber

Cast: Scarlett Johansson and Paul Brannigan

Under the Skin, a darling of the international film circuit is the latest from Jonathan Glazer (director Sexy Beast). Cruising the street of Glasgow in a white van, Scarlett Johansson’s nameless character lures men to oblivion – she’s not a serial killer but an actual alien, harvesting an endless succession of admirers.


Credit(s): Gabe Taverney.

Trailer Credit(s): StudioCanal UK.


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