Saturday, December 27, 2008

Now Playing: Dec 27 - Jan 4

THE GODFATHER has been restored under the supervision of director Martin Scorsese, and it's showing at the VanCity through January 4.

It's Christmas, which means lots of terrific end-of-the-year movies in the stocking, and me making many lists and checking them twice as often as any sane person should. Soul Food Movies currently on Vancouver screens include DOUBT (featured on many critics' top ten lists), SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (Danny Boyle's suitcase-full-of-money theme takes on clear spiritual overtones played out in the slums of India), and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (director Scott Derrickson spoke at Regent College a few years back, and considering his other films (HELLRAISER: INFERNO, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE) it's no surprise he's turned to this 1950s B-movie sci-fi classic with Christological overtones).

Lots of other Best Of 2008 films now showing: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON and GRAN TORINO are new, WALTZ WITH BASHIR looks amazing, FROST/NIXON reprises the superlative cast I saw on Broadway, THE READER and MILK continue, and SYNECDOCHE NEW YORK won't be hanging around much longer at the Granville 7.

For your smaller screens, many of the year's best-rated films are available for rent from Videomatica:
Silent Light Soul Food, RR#1
In Bruges Soul Food, RR#2
Shotgun Stories Soul Food, RR#3
Redbelt RR#7
Son Of Rambow RR#8 Bella (most video stores) Soul Food, RR#9
Paranoid Park RR#11
The Visitor
Man On Wire
The Fall
My Winnipeg
Dark Knight
Edge Of Heaven
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
Iron Man
Encounters at the End of the World
Standard Operating Procedure
Be Kind, Rewind
Burn After Reading
Chop Shop
Tropic Thunder

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