After what seems like decades of trailers, sneak peeks, pre-release interviews, Tumblr posts, Tweets, Facebook feeds, and just overall break-the-internet-level news coverage, the long-awaited Star Wars reboot Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is finally hitting theaters today (Dec. 16). With early projections looking to be well into nine digits, there’s no doubt the sci-fi epic — starring Felicity Jones as Rebel Alliance soldier Jyn Erso — will break a few box office records over this pre-Christmas holiday weekend.
While there’s certainly no beating Rogue One, the next debut, Collateral Beauty, will be looking to score the next-best position at second. Headed up by former box office king Will Smith, along with a slew of A-listers including Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, and Kate Winslet, this dramedy follows a man who takes an unorthodox approach to coping with the loss of his young daughter.
But if juggernaut blockbusters and Hollywood prestige dramas aren’t what you’re looking for this weekend, you can check out the highly anticipated Chinese thriller The Wasted Times, which stars Memoirs of a Geisha Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi and is available in select cities across Canada today.~Shelby Morton
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story- When orphan Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is arrested by the Rebel Alliance, she is asked by Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) to retrieve information about the Death Star — a nearly constructed weapon with the power to destroy an entire planet. If the Death Star’s construction is completed, the Empire will become unstoppable. It’s now up to Jyn, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), and their pragmatic droid K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) to form the Rogue One squadron and help bring peace to the galaxy by stealing a technical readout of the Death Star. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Collateral Beauty- Howard Inlet (Will Smith) is a brilliant, creative advertising executive in New York City with partners (Edward Norton, Kate Winslet, Michael Peña) who are also his best friends. After the tragic death of his young daughter, he becomes a shattered version of his former self. He withdraws from the world, leaving his friends struggling to run the company. In an effort to cope with his overwhelming grief, he writes letters to Time, Love and Death. Meanwhile, his friends are getting worried about the company and hire a private detective to follow Howard, who is visited by Time, Love and Death (Jacob Latimore, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren). What the colleagues don’t realize is that the burdens that each of them is coping with in their own lives will come into play, as Howard ultimately learns that even the deepest losses can lead to moments of beauty and meaning. Opening nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Collateral Beauty
The Wasted Times- This epic Chinese drama (titled Luomandike xiaowang shi) is set during the 1930s in war-torn Shanghai, as Mr. Lu is ambushed during an important meeting with the Japanese army. He is saved by his sister’s husband, Watabe, who sacrifices himself to save him. Even worse, the Japanese brutally murder Mr. Lu’s children and sister, and his mistress ends up dead after attempting to kill the culprit to avenge the deaths. As the war comes to a close years later, Mrs. Wang, the abandoned wife of his former boss, reveals a shocking truth about the tragedies that will send Mr. Lu on a mission for revenge. The Wasted Times stars Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi and hits theaters in select cities today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Wasted Times