The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug
The second instalment of the Hobbit trilogy rears its head, with Gandalf, Bilbo and company finally facing Smaug, the dragon who has stolen the dwarves’ gold and their home. Dec. 11.
Joaquin Phoenix stars in Spike Jonze’ newest feature about an isolated man who finds himself falling in love with his new interactive operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Dec. 18.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
After nearly a decade since the first Anchorman, Will Ferrell and the gang return as Ron Burgundy and his news team. This time around, it looks like Ron will have to contend with no longer being on the top of his game, going to a new station in New York City, where their boss is a woman. Expect lots of slapstick/physical comedy, tasteless misogyny and, hopefully, Will Ferrell back at the top of his game. Dec. 18.
Jingle Bell Rocks!
This documentary is perfect for those who can feel their ears bleeding when “Jingle Bells” starts playing in stores around the holidays. Twelve “alternative” Christmas songs are unveiled and discussed by Mitchell Kezin, as he also interviews the people who made these songs and the music collectors, DJs, etc, who appreciate them. Jingle Bell Rocks is playing on Monday, December 16th at Vancity Theatre at 8:45 p.m. Calgary date TBA.
In this independent horror film directed by Jason Banker and directed by Elijah Wood, boyfriend James (James Davidson) and girlfriend Sara (Sara Anne Jones) experiment with heavy drug use together. Sara becomes obsessed with the urban legend of Toad Road, which is said to be a gate to Hell. December 12th, 9 p.m. at the Rio Theatre.
The Vancity Theatre is hosting this series, a celebration of the Coen Brothers’ earlier works that helped earn them the reputation they hold as filmmakers today. On December 20th the series kicks off with Blood Simple at 10:15 p.m., the series is also showing The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller’s Crossing, Raising Arizona, Barton Fink and the Big Lebowski on December 21. Check www.viff.org for specific showtimes.
Family Ties: The Sublime Cinema of Yasujiro Ozu
The Pacific Cinematheque is presenting a retrospective of 16 of Yasujiro Ozu’s films. Regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers of Japan, Ozu’s tranquil, reflective films often deal with the subject matter of family, appropriate for this time of year. All films will be shown on 35mm. The retrospective begins on December 12th – check www.thecinematheque.ca for specific showtimes.
By Carly Smith