Must See Movies For Nov 21 – 27, 2014

MockingjayNext week the Archie Browning Sports Centre is hosting something a little special for you movie-goers. Bring your car and perhaps some blankets on the night of Friday, November 28th because you’ll be treated to a trip back in time with a holiday drive-in movie.

The film to be presented will be Tim Burton’s family classic The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, and tries his best to get the residents of his town to forsake Halloween in the name of this bright holiday. But Jack and the residents of Hallowentown don’t quite understand the holiday’s concept or its true meaning.

Starring the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix, Paul Reubens, and Greg Proops.

This film is rated PG in Canada, the USA, and the UK.


Admission to the event is free. Concessions are available and donations will be collected for the local food banks.

Film time is from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The audio of the film will be broadcast through your vehicle’s FM transmitter. For more information you can find it here.

 

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

Cinecenta

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 Green Prince
(Germany/USA/UK/Israel – 101 mins)

Director: Nadav Schirman
Writer(s): Nadav Schirman (screenplay) and Mosab Hassan Yousef (autobiography)

Cast: Mosab Hassan Yousef, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, Sheikh Hassan Yousef

The son of a founding leader in the Palestinian organization, Hamas, becomes a spy for the Israelis.

 

La Dolce Vita
(Italy/France – 174 mins)

Director: Federico Fellini
Writer(s): Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli (story/screenplay), Brunello Rondi (contributing writer), Pier Paolo Pasolini (uncredited writer)

Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée

A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome..

 

What If
(Ireland/Canada – 98 mins)

Director: Michael Dowse
Writer(s): Elan Mastai (screenplay), T.J. Dawe, and Michael Rinaldi (play)

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Oona Chaplin

Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.

 

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.

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: The Met Live in HD
(USA – 195 mins)

Production: Bartlett Sher
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Writer(s): Gioachino Rossini (opera), Cesare Sterbini (libretto), and Pierre Beaumarchais (play)

Cast: Christopher Maltman, Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Maurizio Muraro

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

 

Life Itself
USA – 120 mins

Director: Steve James

Cast: Roger Ebert, Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Chaz Ebert

‘Life Itself’ recounts the surprising and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent. The film explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life: from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism and his nearly quarter-century run with Gene Siskel on their review show, to becoming one of the country’s most influential cultural voices, and finally to Roger’s inspiring battles with cancer and the resulting physical disability – how he literally and symbolically put a new face on the disease and continued to be a cultural force despite it.

 

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.

Land Ho!
(Iceland/USA – 95 mins)

Directors: Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens
Writer(s): Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens

Cast: Earl Lynn Nelson, Paul EenHoorn, Daníel Gylfason

A pair of ex-brothers-in-law set off to Iceland in an attempt to reclaim their youth through Reykjavik nightclubs, trendy spas, and rugged campsites. This bawdy adventure is a throwback to 1980s road trip comedies, as well as a candid exploration of aging, loneliness, and friendship.

 

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.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
(USA – 123 mins)

Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer(s): Peter Craig, Danny Strong (screenplay), and Suzanne Collins (adaptation/novel)

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Willow Shields, Sam Clafin, Mahershala Ali, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

 

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.

Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
(USA – 123 mins)

Director: Francis Lawrence
Writer(s): Peter Craig, Danny Strong (screenplay), and Suzanne Collins (adaptation/novel)

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Moore, Elizabeth Banks, Willow Shields, Sam Clafin, Mahershala Ali, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci

When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.

 

Il Barbiere Di Siviglia: The Met Live in HD
(USA – 195 mins)

Production: Bartlett Sher
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Writer(s): Gioachino Rossini (opera), Cesare Sterbini (libretto), and Pierre Beaumarchais (play)

Cast: Christopher Maltman, Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Maurizio Muraro

The Met’s effervescent production of Rossini’s classic comedy – featuring some of the most instantly recognizable melodies in all of opera – stars Isabel Leonard as the feisty Rosina, Lawrence Brownlee as her conspiring flame, and Christopher Maltman as the endlessly resourceful and charming barber, himself. Michele Mariotti conducts the vivid and tuneful score.

 

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.

 

St. Vincent
(UK/France/USA – 107 mins)

Director: Theodore Melfi
Writer(s): Theodore Melfi (screenplay)

Cast: Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard, Jaeden Lieberher,

A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

 

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.

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.

 

The Hundred-Foot Journey
(India/United Arab Emirates/USA – 122 mins)

Director: Lasse Hallström
Writer(s): Steven Knight (screenplay) and Richard C. Morais (book)

Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon

The Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory, proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own nearby eatery, until undeniable chemistry causes the Madame to take gifted young chef Hassan under her wing.

 

Source(s): The Internet Movie Database.

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