The Five Must See Movies of Oct 17 – 23, 2014

100YearOldIt seems that even when you manage to find ten movies of the month that you can’t wait to see, why is it that the one Canadian film I love has no photos, no trailers and no official website? Maybe it’s because I answered my own question: it is Canadian — meaning no US distributor has taken notice.

I speak of Minor League of Justice, a comedy about a group of minor superheroes trying to break into the big leagues. They just keep stumbling over their own incompetence. The film is probably inspired by last year’s comedy musical, Man of Steel Song — written by Melissa D’Agostino (who is also the writer and cast member of Minor League).

The 90-minute film stars Nicole Stamp (Dan for Mayor, The Next Step), Julian DeZotti (Suits, Orphan Black), Ian Fisher (Covert Affairs, Reign), and Marco Timpano (Nikita, Flashpoint).

According to Internet Movie database, it’s getting the big screen treatment November 15th. Hopefully I’ll see a trailer soon.

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

On October 21st at 6:15 pm, The Oak Bay Beach Hotel will be playing Chef in the David Foster Foundation Theatre.

A chef who loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family. The film stars Jon Favreau, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Oliver Platt and Bobby Cannavale.

The hotel offers gourmet individual pizzas, house-made buttered popcorn and ice cream sandwiches for dessert. You can also purchase one of Oak Bay’s micro-brews, wine or your favourite alcoholic beverage.


The Cowichan Theatre will be presenting Skylight from London’s National Theatre, starring Carey Mulligan, Bill Nighy, and Matthew Beard.

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Skylight will be on October 23rd at 7:00 pm.


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.

Begin Again
(USA – 106 mins)

Director: John Carney
Writer(s): John Carney

Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, and James Corden

Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City.


The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
(Sweden – 114 mins)

Director: Felix Herngren
Writer(s): Felix Herngren, Hans Ingemansson (screenplay), and Jonas Jonasson (novel)

Cast: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, and Alan Ford

Based on the internationally best-selling novel by Jonas Jonasson, the unlikely story of a 100-year-old man who decides it’s not too late to start over. For most people it would be the adventure of a lifetime, but Allan Karlsson’s unexpected journey is not his first. For a century he’s made the world uncertain, and now he is on the loose again.


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.

My Old Lady
(UK/France/USA – 107 mins)

Director: Israel Horovitz
Writer(s): Israel Horovitz (screenplay and stage play)

Cast: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, and Dominique Pinon

Mathias Gold is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman who has lived in the apartment with her daughter for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death.


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.

Gone Girl
(USA – 149 mins)

Director: David Fincher

Writer(s): Gillian Flynn (screenplay and novel)

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry

With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.


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 and art house films but also screenings of Victoria Film Festival award winners. The Vic Theatre is also one of the annual hosts of Victoria Film Festival and Victoria Foodie Film Festival movies.

Trip To Italy
(UK – 108 mins)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer(s): Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, and Rosie Fellner

Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri.



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