Friday, 27 March 2009

Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 27, 2009

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday March 29, 2009! With todays releases we are one third of the way into 2009. How does the time go so quickly?

Speaking of time going quickly, our limited release this week three films total, 2 of which are Canadian: Before Tomorrow / Le jour avant le lendemain a selection at Canada's Top Ten 2008 and Hank and Mike a dark comedy of two Easter Bunnies that find themselves with no more eggs to deliver. Our third limited release is the creepy and colourful South Korean horror film Hansel & Gretel.

In wide release this week we have more scares with The Haunting in Connecticut, based on true events and has the creepiest poster for this year by far. Slightly furrier creepiness comes with the latest 3D animated film Monsters vs. Aliens which looks quite charming. Sunshine Cleaning starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt opens this week in more theatres than I'd expect. Perhaps being 'from the producers of' Little Miss Sunshine and the casting pushed it to a wide release - I know I'll be seeing it! Last up is the cop/thriller 12 Rounds starring John Cena.

Have a great weekend!

Shannon

Festival Watch

Banff Mountain Film Festival
March 27 - 29, 2009 at the Bloor Cinema in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cinéfranco
12th Annual Celebration of International Francophone Cinema
March 27 - April 5, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Female Eye Film Festival
7th annual festival showcasing women directors
Continues until March 29, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Images Festival
Festival of independent film, video and other time-based media
April 2 - 11, 2009 at various locations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mpenzi Black Women's International Film & Video Festival
March 27, 2009 at University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Friday March 27, 2009 Releases

12 Rounds
Dir: Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea)
Cast: John Cena, Ashley Scott, Aiden Gillen, Steve Harris
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Before Tomorrow / Le jour avant le lendemain
Writer/Directors: Marie-Hélène Cousineau and Madeline Piujuq Ivalu - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Madeline Ivalu, Paul-Dylan Ivalu, Mary Qulitalik, Tumasie Sivuarapik
Canada
Limited Release
Official Film Site & Trailere, IMDb Page

Hank and Mike
Dir: Matthiew Klinck (Greg & Gentillon)
Cast: Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, Chris Klein, Joe Mantegna
Canada/USA
Limited Release
Official Website & Trailer, IMDb Page

Hansel & Gretel
Dir: Yim Pil-sung (Namgeuk-ilgi / Antarctic Journal)
Cast: Chun Jeong-myoung, Eun Won-jae, Shim Eun-kyoung, Jin Ji-hee
South Korea
Limited Release
More info at: Evokative Films, IMDb Page

The Haunting in Connecticut
Dir: Peter Cornwell - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Elias Koteas, Martin Donovan, Kyle Gallner
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Monsters vs Aliens
Dir: Rob Letterman and Conrad Verson (Shrek 2)
Voices: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Keifer Sutherland
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

Sunshine Cleaning
Dir: Christine Jeffs (Sylvia)
Cast: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Steve Zhan
USA
Official Film Site & Trailer, IMDb Page

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of March 27, 2009**

3 comments:

DG said...

Holy cow, that is a creepy poster! Fascinating it is based on a true story, I love paranormal stories. Too bad hubby doesn't like horror like I do so I will rent it later on.

Happy Movie Weekend!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

The poster is crazy isn't it? The film has received mixed reviews so far, actually that is being generous - the early buzz was exciting, the trailer is freaking scary but so far the reviews have been not that enthusiastic.

I'm going to see it though and I'll be sure to share my thoughts!

DG said...

My husband had mentioned to me that the reviews are very bad but still, a real haunted house story? That's hard to pass up, at least for me. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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