The Five Must See Movies of Sept 26th – Oct 2nd, 2014

TheBoxtrollsHello again and welcome back to my weekly article. As we approach the month of October there can only be one thing on people’s minds. No, it’s not Halloween and it’s not pumpkin pie, it is the upcoming movies. As we leave the hum drum that can sometimes be the September movie month, we arrive at the doorstep of October where animation and horror films can be found inside just by turning the doorknob.

Although there are plenty of films for the family in the month ahead, you may be surprised to learn that many of them do not make my “Must See” list. Out of the ten films from the top ten list to be published in an article on Otaku no Culture, here is a sneak peek at five of those movies:

Automata (October 9th)
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Dylan McDermott, Melanie Griffith, Robert Forster, and Tim McInnerny

If you’re hungry for a good sci-fi and you were unlucky to have missed the very smart The Machine, then sink your teeth into this. Antonio Banderas plays an insurance agent for a robotics company sent to investigate a case of manipulating a robot. What he finds may cause humanity to question its future.


Whiplash (October 10th)
Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, and Austin Stowell

If you know of someone who can push you harder and take you to new heights, how much abuse would you be willing to take to achieve your goal. That is the question asked in this film that won the Top Audience and Grand Jury prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.


Birdman (October 17th)
Cast: Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Andrea Riseborough

Michael Keaton is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. Even though he’s never won an Oscar, he’s larger than life but he still maintains that everyday joe attitude. Keaton makes bad movies bearable.

In this film that comes from out of left field Keaton plays a washed up actor who must overcome his ego and family problems as he tries to mount a broadway play.


Fury (October 17th)
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Michael Peña, and Jason Isaacs

I think reading war comics as kid has turned me into sucker for films like these. Pitt and his tank crew must go on a deadly mission in April, 1945 behind enemy lines during the European theater.

It may not be Sgt. Rock or The Unknown Soldier but toss in a tank and I’ll reminisce of the days when I read G.I. Combat. I wonder if Brad Pitt talks to the ghost of a Confederate general in this flick.


Horns (October 31st)
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Heather Graham, James Remar, David Morse, and Kathleen Quinlan

Ever in his quest to distance himself from the typecast of the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe gives us a unique movie (and a very good performance) from which to treat ourselves this Halloween. Radcliffe plays a young man who starts to grow horns after his girlfriend dies mysteriously.


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 alumni. Discounted rates are also available to seniors and children 12 and under. Matinées are $4.75 for all seats. Second evening shows at Cinecenta are $4.75 for all UVic undergrads.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(UK/USA – 100 mins)

Director: Jim Sharman
Writer(s): Richard O’Brien (original musical play) and Jim Sharman (screenplay)

Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.


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 offer real butter for their popcorn, Sunday matinées and “cheap” Tuesdays.

(USA – 165 mins)

Director: Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Richard Linklater

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, and Ethan Hawke

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on-screen before our eyes.


Star Cinema

Sidney’s Star Cinema is located in the heart of Sidney-by-the-Sea. They are equipped with two digital projectors and new comfortable seating. General admission is 9. Discounts are available to students, seniors and children 3 to 13 years. Admission is $6 for everyone on Tuesdays.

The Boxtrolls
(USA – 165 mins)

Director(s): Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi
Writer(s): Irena Brignull, Adam Pava (screenplay), and Alan Snow (novel)

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, and Steve Blum

A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.


(Canada – 100 mins)

Director: Michel Poulette
Writer(s): Pierre Billon (screenplay), Dominique Demers (novel)

Cast: Roseanne Supernault, Reneltta Arluk, Tantoo Cardinal, Graham Greene, and Eric Schweig

In the aftermath of a bloody confrontation between her band, the Innu tribe, and the Inuits, the “Men from the Land of Ice”, MAÏNA, daughter of Grand Chief Mishte-Napeu, finds herself on a mission that will change the course of her life. In order to fulfill a promise made to her friend Matsii as she lay on her deathbed, MAÏNA has to follow the trail of her enemies to retrieve Nipki, Matsii’s 11-year-old son who has been captured by the Inuits. She is taken captive herself by Natak, the Inuit clan’s leader, and forced to travel with them to the Land of Ice.


The Vic Theatre

Located across the historical Empress Hotel and near Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, The Vic Theatre has been entertaining movie-goers since 1993. The theatre not only shows foreign to art house films but also screenings of the Victoria Film Festival award winners. The Vic Theatre is one of the yearly purveyors of Victoria Film Festival and Victoria Foodie Film Festival movies.

(Ireland/UK – 100 mins)

Director: John Michael McDonagh
Writer(s): John Michael McDonagh

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and M. Emmet Walsh

Father James is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. He reaches out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral – and often comic – problems, he feels sinister and troubling forces closing in.



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