In the meantime, feast your eyes and ears on The BFG, fun for the whole family. Fans of horror can indulge in The Purge: Election Year. Not enough? There are action-thrillers Bounty Hunters and Our Kind of Traitor, dramas The Daughter and Sultan (2016), the political documentary Weiner and the comedy Swiss Army Man starring Daniel Radcliffe. Make the most out of the Canada Day long weekend and check out some great movies.
The BFG: A little girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who lives in an orphanage is drawn to the window one night, where she witnesses a massive, frightening creature outside. She runs away from the window and hides under her covers, but is plucked from her bed by a monstrously huge hand. This starts her on her journey with The Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance), who is an outcast because he refuses to eat boys and girls, and the Queen of England (Penelope Wilton). They try to capture the giants who have been eating people and terrorizing the human world to stop them before they hurt anyone else. Based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl, The BFG opens nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The BFG
The Legend of Tarzan: Years after he left the jungles of Africa behind, Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård), now known as Lord Greystoke, is living a comfortable life in his mansion in England with his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie). He’s invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he’s a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz), who will do anything to get his hands on the diamonds of Opar. The Legend of Tarzan hits theaters nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Legend of Tarzan
The Purge: Election Year: Expanding upon the explosive universe introduced in the first two Purge films, The Purge: Election Year follows police sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), now head of security for Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), front runner for the next presidential election. Due to her vow to eliminate the Purge, Leo and Charlene are cast into chaos at the hands of the New Founding Fathers of America and must fight to survive alongside a group of anti-Purge rebels. The Purge: Election Year opens nationwide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Purge: Election Year
Swiss Army Man: Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. He spots something on shore that inspires a rejuvenated sense of possibility. He discovers it’s the flatulent corpse of a man named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). The two become friends and ultimately go on an epic and surreal adventure. Swiss Army Man opens in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Swiss Army Man
Our Kind of Traitor: Perry Makepeace (Ewan McGregor) and his girlfriend Gail Perkins (Naomie Harris) meet Russian money launderer Dima Vladimirovich Krasnov (Stellan Skarsgård) and his family while on vacation. Dima is afraid that he and his family are in danger from a criminal leader named “The Prince,” so he asks Perry to hand British Intelligence his notes about Dima’s criminal activities in exchange for protection. Based on the 2010 novel of the same name by John le Carré, Our Kind of Traitor, which opens in select cities today, takes the audience around the world, from the Swiss Alps all the way to the shores of Antigua. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Our Kind of Traitor
The Daughter: After a 15-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his wealthy father Henry (Geoffrey Rush) who owns a local mill. During his stay, Christian reunites with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and feels drawn to Oliver’s family, including his wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), his daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and his father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). The community, especially Oliver’s family, is shaken when Henry announces the closure of the mill and bitter family secrets bubble to the surface. Christian threatens not only his own safety, but that of his family as he unravels his family secret. The Daughter opens in Toronto and Vancouver today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Daughter
Weiner: It’s 2013 and Anthony Weiner — still reeling from the sexting scandal that forced him into a humiliating resignation and ended his political career two years earlier — is back in the spotlight as he mounts an audacious comeback campaign for New York City mayor. But it’s not long before history repeats itself and new sexting allegations leave Weiner and his aides scrambling to contain the damage. Granted unfettered access to the candidate and his campaign, filmmakers Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg capture a jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes look at the political machine as it breaks down. Weiner opens in Toronto today. Click here for showtimes.