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
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
The Last Station
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Dir: Scott Stewart - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Paul Bettany,
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