Next 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.
There 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
I’ve made some new changes on this recent article of Must See Movies, the first being the title. With the inclusion of Duncan’s Cowichan Theatre and Oak Bay’s David Foster Foundation Theatre as movie venues, we have surpassed the number of “five” in our title. And since I can’t lower the number to five now if I tried I’ve decided to rename the weekly article Must See Movies.
For the month of November Cinecenta will be showing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Good Bye Lenin!, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Eternity – The Movie, and How To Train Your Dragon 2.
Cowichan Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera live HD will include Carmen and Rossini’s classic comedy Il Barbiere Di Siviglia. And for documentary enthusiasts, Life Itself, about famous film critic Roger Ebert will appear for one night only.
Oak bay Beach Hotel’s David Foster Foundation Theatre will be carrying Disney’s Maleficent, I Wish I Was Here, Land Ho!, and the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys.
It seems that even when you manage to find ten movies of the month that you can’t wait to see, why is it that the one Canadian film I love has no photos, no trailers and no official website? Maybe it’s because I answered my own question: it is Canadian — meaning no US distributor has taken notice.
I speak of Minor League of Justice, a comedy about a group of minor superheroes trying to break into the big leagues. They just keep stumbling over their own incompetence. The film is probably inspired by last year’s comedy musical, Man of Steel Song — written by Melissa D’Agostino (who is also the writer and cast member of Minor League).
The 90-minute film stars Nicole Stamp (Dan for Mayor, The Next Step), Julian DeZotti (Suits, Orphan Black), Ian Fisher (Covert Affairs, Reign), and Marco Timpano (Nikita, Flashpoint).
According to Internet Movie database, it’s getting the big screen treatment November 15th. Hopefully I’ll see a trailer soon.
Please check media for local showtimes, ratings and admission rates.
Over this past week I have discovered that the places to see films in a local independent setting wasn’t just exclusive to the theatres whose films we list weekly.
Places like Blue Bridge Repertory in Victoria may show live theatre in their home at the old Roxy but they have been known to show films as well. At this time though, showing movies at the theatre has been suspended until Blue Bridge comes up with a more specialized movie schedule.
For now, opportunities to catch a film are plentiful. The Cowichan Theatre in the Cowichan Valley shows both films and live theatre in high-definition, the Community Hall on Pender Island hosts films from time to time, and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel shows films every Tuesday.
I’ve heard Mayne Island hosted movie nights at their community hall every week but as of this time it appears to have discontinued. If anyone knows if Mayne’s movie nights are ongoing, drop me a line and I will be glad to add them to our weekly listings.