On Screen


Thu Dec 5 at 7pm
Fruitvale Station (MUN Cinema) Looking over the last 24 hours of his life, this film depicts ex-con Oscar Grant’s attempts to set his life straight before he’s gunned down at California’s Fruitvale Station in 2009. Directed by Ryan Coogler (USA 2013), $9/10, Empire Theatres-Avalon Mall


Flight of the Butterflies: Documentary exploring the migratory nature of the monarch butterfly, GEO Centre-175 Signal Hill Rd 737-7880 (Daily Dec & Jan at 10am, 12:10pm, 2:10pm & 4:10pm)

Hold Fast: This film is based on Kevin Major’s award-winning book of the same name. (Dec 6)

Expecting: If the lyrics to Paul Anka’s “You’re Having My Baby” can be trusted, getting preggers is wonderful. Here, Michelle Monaghan is preggers and everyone thinks she’s too nuts to be a parent. (Dec 6)

Out of the Furnace: When Russell is jailed, his younger brother Rodney decides not to be screw up like Russell. Instead, Rodney rises to the top in the glamorous world of underground Rust Belt fighting. (Dec 6)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: Bilbo, Gollum, Gandalf, Radagast, Orco and all of your favourite wizards, elves, orks, centaurs, and mothras return to the big screen in the most eagerly anticipated middle of a book ever filmed. (Dec 13)

Hours: Just in time for Xmas, it’s a baby in peril (as Jesus was)! Nolan (Paul Walker) struggles to keep his newborn infant alive amid the flood of Hurricane Katrina. (Dec 13)

A Madea Christmas: Xmas is a season defined by its cornea-searing fondness for gaudy colours. Who better to find the season’s true meaning than Madea, a gun-toting granny played by a man in drag? (Dec 13)

The Railway Man: Years after WWII, a man suffering the psychological trauma of his time in a POW camp tracks down the Japanese officer who had been his captor. Starring Colin Firth. (Dec 13)

American Hustle: Christian Bale and Amy Adams are two grifters in love. Unfortunately, FBI agent Bradley Cooper is a dishonest man who tricks them into exposing the mafia. Former title: Grift of the Maji. (Dec 18)

The Monuments Men: Faster than you can say “Simpsons did it!”, this film, like Abe Simpson and his platoon of Fighting Hellfish, this also concerns the fate of artwork stolen by the Nazis. (Dec 18)

Anchorman: The Legend Continues: Just when you thought things were going well for reporter Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Jack Black gets him fired. Will he and his perfume and lamp-loving pals return to the airwaves? (Dec 20)

Saving Mr Banks: Walt Disney and author PL Travers negotiate the making of Mary Poppins, based on Travers’ book. Will a spoonful of sugar make the negotiations go down smoothly? Starring Emma Thompson. (Dec 20)

Walking with Dinosaurs: BBC was praised for its painstakingly realistic recreation of dinosaurs. In this film, the behemoths talk. Think of it as Dinosaur Comics: The Movie. (Dec 20)

47 Ronin: Japanese culture is getting Keanu Reeves for Xmas this year. The 47 Ronin legend is brought to life when they’re joined by the outcast Kai (Reeves). Together, they fight the toughest warriors. (Dec 25)

August: Osage County: When their father kills himself, a family is reunited for a cathartic venting of all their barely-repressed hatred. (Dec 25)

Grudge Match: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro are ageing boxers stepping into the ring for one last job. Why can’t they just sell grills or go to jail like normal ageing boxers? (Dec 25)

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: Jack Ryan (The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger) returns to punch those who threaten American. Since this is a reboot, Ryan is now played by Chris Pine. (Dec 25)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Idris Elba of seldom-seen but beloved cult favourites like The Wire, Pacific Rim and Thor vs Megaguirus stars as Nelson Mandela in this biopic. Directed by Justin Chadwick. Written by William Nicholson. (Dec 25)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: From the story that time-travelling literary critics called the “Andy Richter Controls The Universe of 1939”, Ben Stiller is Mitty, who gets lost in daydreams and daymares while writing a Life article. (Dec 25)

The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes: An ambitious television news intern investigates the Amityville House. Spoiler: Amityville is a house no one should buy, as the last person to live there was Ryan Reynolds. (Jan 3)

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones: Household items will crash for no reason. Ghosts will possess the living. Camera will never be put down. The Paranormal Activity boogiemen have returned! Written and directed by Christopher B Landon. (Jan 3)

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box: Mariah Mundi reluctantly unites with Will Charity to uncover the secrets of a huge steam-powered hotel on a small island. Based upon the novel “Mariah Mundi” by GP Taylor. (Jan 10)

Lone Survivor: Based on Marcus Luttrell’s nonfiction book of the same name, this film depicts SEAL Team 10′s failed mission, Operation Red Wings. Starring Mark “lemon drink” Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Eric Bana. (Jan 10)

Devil’s Due: You’re having my baby? What a lovely, lovely way to say you love me. Waitaminute! That’s not a baby. That’s the devil! For shame, Allison Miller. For shame. (Jan 17)

The Nut Job: Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett), not to be confused with Scaredy Squirrel, plots an elaborate nut store heist with the help of all the creatures from Mononoke’s forest. Also starring Liam Neeson. (Jan 17)

One Chance: James Corden lip-syncs his way through this heartwarming, feel-good biopic about Paul Pot. Correction: it’s a heart-warming, feel-good biopic about Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts. Also starring Alexandra Roach. (Jan 17)

Ride Along: There are a million stories about tough cops being mismatched by a fast-talking partner here in the naked city. This is one of them. Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. (Jan 17)

The Seventh Son: Based on Joseph Delaney’s children’s dark fantasy novel series The Wardstone Chronicles (aka The Last Apprentice), the story centres on a young wizard’s apprentice. Starring Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. (Jan 17)

I, Frankenstein: Frankenstein, the bolts still fresh in his neck, learns to talk, keeps his family name and decides to fight the forces of darkness. Oh, but fire still bad, of course. (Jan 24)

Sabotage: Who better to star in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None than Arnold Schwarzenegger? In this version, an assassin is killing DEA agents one by one. (Jan 24)

Jimmy P: Benicio del Toro plays Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot who has returned from WWII suffering from a brain trauma doctors can’t pinpoint. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. (Jan 31)

That Awkward Moment: Friends who date casually are forced to make a commitment for the first time in the airy-fairy, mid-20′s lives when the issue of going steady comes up. Zac Efron stars. (Jan 31)

Whitewash: During an unforgiving Quebec winter, a down-on-his-luck snowplow operator (Thomas Haden Church), kills a man in a hit and run. Having not seen I Know What You Did Last Summer, he hides the body. (Jan 31)

For the most up-to-date listings at Cineplex Cinemas, visit www.cineplex.com or call for times and prices: Avalon Mall’s Cineplex Cinemas 722-5775 / Mount Pearl Shopping Centre Cineplex Cinemas 364-8527

Capsule descriptions by Adam Clarke.