Must See Movies for December 12 – 18, 2014

HobbitFiveArmiesIf Christmas is a time for ballet in the form of Tch Nutcracker then why not in the form of Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Live from the Metropolitan, this almost six hour performance will be conducted by James Levine and stars Johan Reuter. ArtSpring on Salt Spring Island will be receiving this broadcast on December 13th at 9:00 am.

But if ballet is still where your heart is then ArtSpring has this covered too. If you can’t see the Winnipeg Ballet production of The Nutcracker this year, December 21st at 9:55 am ArtSpring will receive a live broadcast of The Nutcracker as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet.

There is one more drive-in movie left this month to see in the back parking lot of the Archie Browning Sports Centre. 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 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.


Elsa & Fred

(USA – 97 mins)

Director: Michael Radford

Writer(s): Anna Pavignano, Michael Radford

Cast: Shirley MacKaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Scott Bakula, Chris Noth, George Segal, James Brolin

“Elsa and Fred” is the story of two people who at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love and make dreams come true.


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.


Magic In the Moonlight

(USA – 97 mins)

Director: Woody Allen
Writer(s): Woody Allen

Cast: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Marcia Gay Harden, Eileen Atkins, and Hamish Linklater

A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.

Regarding Susan Sontag
(USA – 100 mins)

Director: Nancy D. Kates
Writer(s): Nancy D. Kates and John Haptas

Cast: Patricia Clarkson

Regarding Susan Sontag is an intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. The documentary explores Sontag’s life through archival materials, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, as read by Patricia Clarkson. From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her early marriage to her last lover, Regarding Susan Sontag is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, illness, and terrorism still resonate today.


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.

The Lunchbox
(India/France/Germany/USA – 94 mins)

Director: Ritesh Batra
Writer(s): Ritesh Batra (screenplay) and Vasan Bala (Hindi dialogue writer)

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.


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.

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.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas
(USA/Germany – 104 mins)

Director: Ron Howard
Writer(s): Dr. Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price, and Peter S. Seaman (screenplay)

Cast: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin, Molly Shannon, Clint Howard, and Mindy Sterling

A lonely hermit called The Grinch attempts to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville.


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.

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.


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.

Live from the Met: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
(USA – 360 mins)

Opera By: Richard Wagner
Production: Otto Schenk
Conductor: James Levine

Cast: Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, Annette Dasch

James Levine returns to one of his signature Wagner works conducting this epic comedy—back at the Met for the first time in eight years—about a group of Renaissance “master singers” whose song contest unites a city. Johan Reuter, Johan Botha, and Annette Dasch lead the superb international cast in this charming and magisterial celebration of the power of music and art.


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
(New Zealand/USA – 144 mins)

Director: Peter Jackson
Writer(s): J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Guilllermo del Toro (screenplay)

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Manu Bennett, Aidan Turner, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, James Nesbitt

Bilbo and Company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the terrifying Smaug from acquiring a kingdom of treasure and obliterating all of Middle-Earth.


Life’s a Breeze
(Ireland/Sweden – 88 mins)

Director: Lance Daly
Writer(s): Lance Daly

Cast: Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt, Eva Birthistle, Brian Gleeson

A down-on-their-luck Irish family decides to remodel their ornery mother’s house while she’s out. Upon her return, Nan (Fionnuala Flanagan,) reveals that her old mattress they had thrown out was no ordinary mattress – it contained all her life savings.

The family begins the search for nearly a million Euros, now floating around Dublin’s trash. Adding insult to injury, Nan’s youngest son (Pat Shortt), decides to ask for the public’s help on the radio, bringing the entire country in on the hunt.


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.


The Theory of Everything
(UK – 123 mins)

Director: James Marsh
Writer(s): Anthony McCarten (screenplay), Jane Hawking (book)

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior, David Thewlis, Emily Watson

A look at the relationship between the famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.


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.


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.

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.

Source(s): The Internet Movie Database and Question Why Films.


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