The Five Must See Movies of August 8 – 14, 2014

Written by James Robert Shaw

Coming soon to Sidney’s Star Cinema will be Maïna (2013), winner of Best Picture at the American Indian Film Festival and nominated for six Canadian Screen Awards at the 2nd Annual Canadian Screenm Awards.

Coming soon to a theatre near you will be Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at The Fritz, the musical comedy Frank at The Vic Theatre starring Michael fassbender, and the king of all monsters, Godzilla, will be appearing in his latest release at the Cinecenta on August 15th and 16th.

Begin Again, starring Mark Ruffalo and Kiera Knightley is currently in the second week at Sidney’s Star Cinema.

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.

The Grand Seduction
Canada – 113 mins

Director: Don McKellar
Writer(s): Michael Dowse and Ken Scott/i>
Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban, Gordon Pinsent, Mark Critch, Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones

The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin. Village resident Murray French (Gleeson) leads the search, and when he finds Dr. Paul Lewis (Kitsch) he employs – along with the whole town – tactics to seduce the doctor to stay permanently.

A remake of the original film La grande séduction, written by Ken Scott.


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.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
USA – 130 mins

Director: Matt Reeves
Writer(s): Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Pierre Boulle (novel)

Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, and Kodi Smit-McPhee

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.


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.

The Love Punch
France – 94 mins

Director: Joel Hopkins
Writer(s): Joel Hopkins

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Timothy Spall, and Celia Imrie

Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson) are a divorced couple who track down the owner of a company who flees the country with the couple’s nest egg. Having observed the owner’s true nature, the couple hatch a plan to get their own back.

Guardians of the Galaxy
USA – 121 mins

Director: James Gunn
Writer(s): James Gunn, Nicole Perlman (written by), Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning (comic book)

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, and Djimon Hounsou

In the far reaches of space, an Earth pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.


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.

South Korea/Czech Republic/USA/France – 126 mins

Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writer(s): Joon-ho Bong, Kelly Masterson (screenplay), Joon-ho Bong (screen story), Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette (based on Le Transperceneige by)

Cast: Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and Octavia Spencer

Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.


Trailer Credit(s): The Weinstein Company, Movieclips Trailers, CBM Trailers, and Sony Pictures Entertainment..


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