Friday, 6 February 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 6, 2009!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday February 6, 2009! It sure feels like a regular Friday when we have 8 new releases to pour over. Two are Canadian (yay!) and two have Dakota Fanning. No overlap on the two, or the four depending on how you look at it.

In limited release this week we have both of the Canadian films of the week, first up is Nurse.Fighter.Boy which looks fantastic and touching. Next up is Know Your Mushrooms, this fungi documentary expands from last weeks special screening to a theatrical run. Go Shrooms go! The highly acclaimed Wendy and Lucy gets its Toronto release and has make many top ten lists from 2008, including top honours from the Toronto Film Critics. The last of our limited releases is Cassandra's Dream. I thought Taken was a long time coming here but Cassandra's Dream takes the cake. It was in TO back at TIFF'07 and looked like it wouldn't get a theatrical releases but here we are with another Woody Allen film. The trailer reminds me of In Bruges, but played straight.

In wide release this week we have the wild and creepy animated world in Coraline, adapted from the Neil Gaiman book and from the director of A Nightmare Before Christmas. Now that is my kinda kids film! It's playing in 3D or 2D depending on theatre, so make sure to check your local listings if you have a preference. We have the first of many superhero themed films of 2009 this week with Push starring Chris Evans (Sunshine) and Dakota Fanning. I know I'll be seeing it. Rounding out the wide releases are the romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You and regular comedy The Pink Panther 2.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Reel Politik
Film Festival showcasing films that address issues of global concern
February 5 - 7, 2009, at the Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, in the Munk Centre South House, University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Special Screenings

Milking the Rhino
Director David E. Simpson will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A for this documentary that shows a unique perspective on the affects of wildlife conservation.
Screening as a part of Doc Soup on Wednesday February 11, 2009 at 6:30 and 9:15PM at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Kevin Smith Fest
3 nights of Kevin Smith films at the Bloor with Kevin Smith himself in attendance for Q&As!
February 8 - 10, 2009 at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday February 6, 2009 Releases

Cassandra's Dream

Writer/Dir: Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Sweet and Lowdown, Manhattan)
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Colin Farrell, Hayley Atwell, Sally Hawkins, Tom Wilkinson
USA/UK/France
Limited Release
Official Film Site: (Italian, French) IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until the 1/2 way point - beyond that watch out!

Coraline
Writer/Dir: Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach)
Voices: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Ian McShane
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer spoiler free until the 1/2 way point

He's Just Not That Into You
Dir: Ken Kwapis (The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, License to Wed)
Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, Jennifer
Connolly, Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson
USA/Germany
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Know Your Mushrooms
Dir: Ron Mann
Documentary on mushrooms
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Nurse.Fighter.Boy
Writer/Dir:
Charles Officer - feature film directorial debut
Cast:
Karen LeBlanc, Clark Johnson, Daniel J. Gordon
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page
You get the gist of the film by the 1/2 way point

The Pink Panther 2
Dir: Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks, One Night at McCool's)
Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki, Aishwarya Rai, John Cleese
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

Push
Dir: Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin)
Cast: Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Djimon Hounsou, Camilla Belle
USA
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
You get the gist of the film 1/3 of the way through

Wendy and Lucy
Dir:
Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy)
Cast: Michelle Williams
USA
Limited Release

Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer
Trailer is spoiler free

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of February 6, 2009**

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