Must See Movies: Oct 24 – 30, 2014

FrankensteinBoyleI’ve made some new changes on this recent article of Must See Movies, the first being the title. With the inclusion of Duncan’s Cowichan Theatre and Oak Bay’s David Foster Foundation Theatre as movie venues, we have surpassed the number of “five” in our title. And since I can’t lower the number to five now if I tried I’ve decided to rename the weekly article Must See Movies.

For the month of November Cinecenta will be showing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Good Bye Lenin!, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Eternity – The Movie, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Cowichan Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera live HD will include Carmen and Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere Di Siviglia. And for documentary enthusiasts, Life Itself, about famous film critic Roger Ebert will appear for one night only.

Oak bay Beach Hotel’s David Foster Foundation Theatre will be carrying Disney’s Maleficent, I Wish I Was Here, Land Ho!, and the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys.

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.

Björk: Biophilia Live
(UK – 97 mins)

Director: Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland
Writer(s): N/A

Cast: Björk

Icelandic artist, Björk, performs songs from her eighth album with evocative visuals provided by designers from around the world.


The Innocents
(USA/UK – 100 mins)

Director: Jack Clayton
Writer(s): William Archibald, Truman Capote (screenplay), John Mortimer (additional scenes & dialogue), and Henry James (novel)

Cast: Deborah Keer, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, and Michael Redgrave

Deborah Kerr plays a governess hired to take care of two children who are possibly possessed by ghosts. Or is it the Victorian governess’ overactive imagination at work?


Cowichan Theatre

The Cowichan Theatre is a 731-seat proscenium arch theatre located in the Island Savings Centre, Duncan. The Cowichan hosts live theatre, live HD arts broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and the National Theatre, and feature-length films.

(Poland/Denmark/France/UK – 82 mins)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writer(s): Pawel Pawlikowski and Rebecca LenkieWicz (screenplay)

Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, and Dawid Ogrodnik

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.


National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
(UK – 120 mins)

Director: Danny Boyle
Writer(s): Nick Dear (play) and Mary Shelley (novel)

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Lee Miller, Ella Smith, and Naomie Harris

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.


David Foster Foundation Theatre

Equipped with a full stage for live entertainment the Foundation Theatre is located within the historic Oak Bay Beach Hotel. The hotel offers during the film 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.

A portion of every dinner theatre ticket sold will go to the David Foster Foundation, helping the families of children awaiting major organ transplants.

(Australia – 112 mins)

Director: John Curran
Writer(s): Marion Nelson (screenplay) and Robyn Davidson (book)

Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, and Lily Pearl

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.


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 matinée and “cheap” Tuesdays.

Hector and the Search for Happiness
(UK/Germany/Canada/South Africa – 120 mins)

Director: Peter Chelsom
Writer(s): Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay (screenplay), and François Lelord (novel)

Cast: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Tracy Ann Oberman, Jean Reno, Veronica Ferres, Togo Igawa, and Christopher Plummer

A psychiatrist searches the globe to find the secret of happiness.


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.

Dr. Cabbie
(Canada – 101 mins)

Director: Jean-François Pouliot

Writer(s): Vinay Virmani (screenplay & story), Manu Chopra, and Ron Kennell (screenplay)

Cast: Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar, Lillete Dubey, Adrianne Palicki, Micrea Monroe, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Stephen McHattie

An Indian doctor emigrates to Canada in the hope of starting a new life, but bureaucracy confines him to life as a taxi driver. When he cannot suppress his desire to practice medicine, he begins illegally treating patients from his cab.


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.


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.

A Thousand Times Goodnight
(Norway/Ireland/Sweden – 117 mins)

Director: Erik Poppe
Writer(s): Erik Poppe, Harald Rosenløw-Eeg (screenplay), Kirsten Sheridan (additional material)

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Larry Mullen Jr., Mads Ousdal, and Chloë Annett

Rebecca is one of the world’s top war photographers. She must weather a major emotional storm when her husband refuses to put up with her dangerous life any longer. He and their young daughters need Rebecca, who, however, loves both her family and her work.


Source(s): Global Screen GmbH (world sales) and The Internet Movie Database.


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