Must See Movies for December 5 – 11, 2014

Christmas4If you are planning to see a movie at UVic’s Cinecenta, there is just two weeks left before they close for the holidays. Cinecenta will close from Dec 21st until the new year. Some of the final movies shown for the month will be Elsa & Fred, Hundred-Foot Journey, Boyhood, Magic In the Moonlight, Love Actually, and Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life.

If you missed the Dec 5th Christmas drive-in movie which was shown around the back of the Archie Browning Sports Centre, then fear not because there is one more movie left this month to see. On Saturday, December 13th at 6:30 pm you’ll have the chance to bring the whole family to watch The Santa Clause.

Starring Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold and Wendy Crewson, Tim plays Scott Calvin, a man who inadvertently kills Santa Claus on Christmas eve and finds that he is recruited to take his place.


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.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory
(USA – 78 mins)

Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett
Writer(s): Michael Rossato-Bennett

Cast: Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, and Nell Hardie

“Alive Inside” is a documentary that investigates the power music has to awaken deeply locked memories. The film follows Dan Cohen, a social worker, who decides to bring iPods to a nursing home. Many residents suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease seem to “awaken” when they are able to listen to music from their past. With great excitement, Dan turns to renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, and we follow them as we investigate the mysterious way music functions inside our brains and our lives.

 

A Christmas Story
(USA/Canada – 94 mins)

Director: Bob Clark
Writer(s): Jean Shepherd (based on novel/screenplay), Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark (screenplay)

Cast: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Zack Ward, Scott Schwartz

A Christmas Story is the holiday classic about nine-year-old Ralphie Parker’s plight to get the one thing for Christmas he really desires, a Red Ryder air rifle.

 

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.

 

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.

It’s a Wonderful Life
(USA – 118 mins)

Director: Frank Capra
Writer(s): Philip Van Doren Stern (story), Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra (screenplay), Jo Swerking (additional scenes), and Michael Wilson (contributor to screenplay)

Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

 

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.

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.

 

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 Penguins of Madagascar
(USA – 92 mins)

Director(s): Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith
Writer(s): John Aboud, Michael Colton, Brandon Sawyer (screenplay), Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath (characters)

Cast: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon, John Malkovitch, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Andy Richter, Werner Herzog, Peter Stormare

Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private join forces with undercover organization The North Wind to stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world as we know it.

 

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.

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 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.

 

Source(s): The Internet Movie Database.

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