Friday, 22 January 2010

Film Fan Fridays for Friday January 22, 2010

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday January 22, 2010! We only made it a few weeks into the year before hitting some snags on odd releases, we have 5 films in regular release and then 2 more that just miss the mark either being short film with a really long title (Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands) or having a really short run with Revanche stopping by The Bloor for 5 days. But on to the regular releases where we have a week is full of history, inspiration and fantasy.

In limited release this week we have just one release with The Last Station, a film that has popped up on the radar primarily for Helen Mirren performance which has been snagging nominations everywhere. The Last Station is a biopic on Russian author Leo Tolstoy, played by Christopher Plummer, also starring James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti and of course Helen Mirren.

In wide release this week we have 4 releases and 2 of those star Paul Bettany! What are the chances? Take your pick of him either as Charles Darwin in Creation alongside Jennifer Connelly in the biopic that was the Gala opener for TIFF in 2009. Or if you prefer a little more rough 'n' tumble there is the apocalypse & angel action flick Legion, which is the first of 2 supernatural action flicks by director Scott Stewart - look for Priest in August 2010 (also starring Paul Bettany). Next up is a slightly different kind fantastical creature with Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as hockey player and ... you guessed it a tooth fairy. Last up for the week is the Extraordinary Measures which centres of a families journey to find a cure for a genetic disorder.

We also have 2 films that are neither here nor there when it comes to limited/wide release. Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands a 43 minute Canadian documentary short film plays at The Royal and the Oscar nominated Austrian film Revanche does 5 day run over at The Bloor.

Have a great weekend!


Friday January 15, 2010 Releases

Jon Amiel (The Core)
Cast: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Northam
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Extraordinary Measures
Tom Vaughan (Starter for 10)
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velaquez
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

The Last Station
Michael Hoffman (Restoration, Soapdish)
Cast: Christopher Plummer, Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Paul Giamatti
Limited Release
Official Film Site, IMDb Page, Trailer

Dir: Scott Stewart - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Paul Bettany,
Dennis Quaid, Adrianne Palicki, Lucas Black, Kevin Durand, Tyrese Gibson
Official Film Site,
IMDb Page, Trailer

Tooth Fairy
Michael Lembeck (The Santa Clause 2)
Cast: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews, Billy Crystal, Seth MacFarlane
Official Film Site,
IMDb Page, Trailer

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as of January 22, 2010**

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