Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!!!
Many releases this week - who would have thought it? Usually there are a few this close to the holidays and maybe 1-2 on Christmas but this year we have 5 (!) on Christmas Day! Last week, The Good German... this week The Good Shepherd (directed by DeNiro? Boy ... they are keeping that quiet I had no idea!), I guess goodness is in fashion. The remaining options for this week continue to be quite varied. Some family options such as A Night at the Museum, to dark films like Black Christmas remake of the 1974 horror classic, one of the only movies I was not 'allowed' to see growing up. Both versions star Andrea Martin!
I have to say for me out of this bunch the pick is no other than Dreamgirls. It's a musical and an underdog story. I've heard the soundtrack a million times but never seen it. I just can't wait to hear the words "Effie I have a song, and only you can sing it the way it should be.." I almost got teary eyed for a moment.
Looking for something festive and film-y to do? The Bloor is showing the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life tonight, Friday Dec 22/06, at 7pm - free for members, seniors and childen with memberships available for $3 at the door.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, fun-filled, safe, abundant holiday full of celebrations & cheer.
Wednesday December 20th, 2006 Releases
Writer/Dir: Sylvester Stallone (Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Staying Alive)
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Milo Ventimiglia
Friday December 22nd, 2006 Releases
Curse of the Golden Flower / Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia
Dir: Zhang Yimou (House of the Flying Daggers / Shi mian mau fu, Hero / Ying xiong)
Cast: Chow-Yun Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Qin Junjie
The Good Shepherd
Dir: Robert De Niro (A Bronx Tale)
Cast: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Billy Crudup
Night at the Museum
Dir: Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen <2003>, Just Married)
Cast: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Carla Gugino, Mickey Rooney
We Are Marshall
Dir: McG (Charlie's Angels, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, David Strathairn, Kate Mara, Ian McShane
Monday December 25th, 2006 Releases
Dir: Glen Morgan (Willard)
Cast: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Andrea Martin, Lacey Chabert
Children of Men
Dir: Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y tu mamá también)
Cast: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Dir: Bill Condon (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters)
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Anita Noni Rose
Notes on a Scandal
Dir: Richard Eyre (Iris, Stage Beauty)
Cast: Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Tom Georgeson, Joanna Scanlan
Dir: Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Blade II, Mimic Cronos)
Cast: Ivan Baquero, Sergi Lopez, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones
**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Dec 22, 2006**