Must See Movies for Dec 19 – 25, 2014

Whiplash

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.

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.

 

Love Actually
(UK/USA/France – 135 mins)

Director: Richard Curtis
Writer(s): Richard Curtis

Cast: Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Gregor Fisher, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Martin Freeman, Rowan Atkinson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Rickman, Kris Marshall, Andrew Lincoln

Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.

 

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.

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.

 

The Polar Express
(USA – 100 mins)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer(s): Chris Van Allsburg (book), Robert Zemeckis, and William Broyles Jr. (screenplay)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.

 

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 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.

 

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.

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 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.

 

The Polar Express
(USA – 100 mins)

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer(s): Chris Van Allsburg (book), Robert Zemeckis, and William Broyles Jr. (screenplay)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Whiplash
(USA – 149 mins)

Director: Damien Chazelle

Writer(s): Damien Chazelle (screenplay)

Cast: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Melissa Benoist, Paul Reiser, Austin Stowell, Damon Gupton

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

 

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

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