Must See Movies for Oct 30 – Nov 6, 2014

FuryPosterThere is plenty to see in the month of November for new releases but if you want to see any the films I consider to be the top ten, you’ll have to bide your time until November 7th when animated features like Disney’s Big Hero 6 rockets into theatres. For those of you who are waiting for animated animals of the cute and cuddly kind, the end of November can’t bring Penguins of Madagascar and Paddington (for those in the UK) fast enough.

But until the new releases appear, there is enough selection to enjoy at your local theatre. Vic Theatre has Rocky Horror Picture Show on October 30th and 31st and according to their website they are allowing toast but not the buttered kind.

Star Cinema in Sidney have an interesting documentary being screened on Nov 19th, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story explores the billions of dollars of food disposed farmers, retailers and consumers throw out each year. We follow filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer as they pledge to stop buying their food from grocery stores and start living living off of society’s throwaways.

ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island will be also be screening Just Eat It as a presentation of the Salt Spring Film Festival. The screening will take place on November 19th at 7 pm. Tickets to the ArtSpring screening can be purchased by clicking on the link here.

It will also be held at the Victoria Event Center Wed. November 19th, 2014


November 1st ArtSpring will be showing live, Carmen from the Metropolitan Opera in high definition from 10 am to 1:45 pm. Tickets are $21.95 for Adult, $18.95 for Senior, and $12.95 Youth. Tickets can be purchased by following the link here.

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.

(USA – 165 mins)

Director: Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Richard Linklater

Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, 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.


Good Bye Lenin!
(Germany – 121 mins)

Director: Wolfgang Becker
Writer(s): Bernd Lichtenberg, Wolfgang Becker, Achim von Borries, Hendrik Handloegten, and Christoph Silber

Cast: Daniel Brühl, Katrin Saß, Chulpan Khamatova

In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(USA – 101 mins)

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Writer(s): Josh Applebaum, André Nemec, Evan Daugherty (writers), Peter Laird, and Kevin Eastman (characters)

Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Tohoru Masamune

Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil and her cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.


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.

Carmen: The Met Live in HD
(USA – 220 mins)

Production: Richard Eyre
Composer: Georges Bizet

Cast: Anita Rachvelishvili, Elina Garanca, Yonghoon Lee, Kate Royal, Teddy Tahu

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score, which features one beloved and instantly recognizable melody after another.


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.

(USA/UK – 97 mins)

Director: Robert Stromberg
Writer(s): Linda Woolverton (screenplay)

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple

A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.


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.

The Judge
(USA – 141 mins)

Director: David Dobkin
Writer(s): Nick Schenk (story/screenplay), Bill Dubuque (screenplay), and David Dobkin (story)

Cast: Robert, Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio

Robert Downey Jr. stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Robert Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.


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.

(UK/China/USA – 134 mins)

Director: David Ayer
Writer(s): Maria von Heland, Peter Chelsom, Tinker Lindsay (screenplay), and François Lelord (novel)David Ayer
Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Jason Isaacs

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.


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, Christopher Plummer

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


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, 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.

(USA/Canada – 120 mins)

Director: Alexandre Aja
Writer(s): Keith Bunin (screenplay), Joe Hill (novel)

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, James Remar, Heather Graham, David Morse

After being suspected of the rape and murder of his girlfriend, Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe,) mysteriously wakes up with demonic powers and devilish horns. With his newfound abilities and a penchant for mischief, he searches for his love’s killer.


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, Nell Campbell

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


Source(s): The Internet Movie Database.


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