So, with all the hoopla surrounding the Oscars these past few days, this weekend might be a good time for all you film-lovers to take a little breather. Grab some popcorn, or skittles, or whatever you like, and distract yourself from life’s problems at your local movie theater. And we’ve got six different flicks for you to do just that. If you’re curious to see what a movie combining the talents of heartthrob Zac Efron and Oscar-winning badass Robert De Niro looks like, then the comedy Dirty Grandpa is exactly what you need to see this weekend.
How about a little end-of-the-world fun with a splash of teen romance? Well, take a gander at the action thriller The 5th Wave. Or, if you’d like a more jump-out-of-your-seat experience, and you don’t own any porcelain dolls, then the horror flick The Boy might be the movie for you. But if you’re feeling emotional, the Oscar-nominated 45 Years is certain to tug at those winter-chilled heart strings. And to round out your list of options for this weekend are two action flicks: the martial arts sequel Ip Man 3 and a biopic about a butt-kicking pastor, The Masked Saint. ~Shelby Morton
Opening wide across Canada today, the raunchy comedy Dirty Grandpa stars Efron as the straight-laced Jason and De Niro as his perverted grandpa, appropriately named Dick. Grandpa Dick coerces Jason into taking a road trip from Atlanta to Florida — just a week before Jason’s wedding. Along the way, grandfather and grandson end up in Daytona Beach for Spring Break where all sorts of drug and alcohol-induced antics take place. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Dirty Grandpa
Adapted from the novel of the same name, The 5th Wave is an apocalyptic thriller that has the Earth devastated by four waves of deadly alien attacks. Cassie (Chloë Grace Moretz), 16, is on the run to find her little brother and prepare for the fifth and final wave, which is sure to wipe out the entire human race. She then meets a boy named Evan (Alex Roe), who may be her only hope for survival. That is, if she can trust him. The 5th Wave opens all across Canada today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The 5th Wave
An American woman, Greta (Lauren Cohan), takes a job as a nanny in a remote village in England. When she arrives, she is surprised to find that the eight-year-old boy she was supposed to take care of is actually a life-sized porcelain doll. The parents take care of the doll as if he is a real boy in order to cope with the death of their son 20 years earlier, and expect Greta to do the same. After violating the strict rules left to her by his parents, Greta is horrified to find that this doll may actually be very much alive in the supernatural horror film The Boy, which opens wide today. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Boy
The romantic drama 45 Years, opening in Toronto and Montreal, follows Geoff (Tom Courtenay) and his wife Kate (Charlotte Rampling) as they prepare for their 45th wedding anniversary party at their country home in England. In the midst of their planning, and with a week to go before the party, Geoff receives shattering news in the mail — the body of a former girlfriend has been found in the Swiss Alps (where she and Geoff had been hiking) after almost 50 years. This discovery throws the couple’s comfortable life completely off kilter. Old wounds are reopened, with Geoff obsessing over the past and Kate consumed with jealousy and confusion. She begins to wonder — did she make a mistake those 45 years ago? Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: 45 Years
Martial arts master Ip Man is back in the semi-autobiographical martial arts flick Ip Man 3, opening in select cities today. This time, Master Ip (Donnie Yen) is living a quiet life in Hong Kong with his wife and son, teaching martial arts to young students at a local school. Ip’s life is finally chaos-free — until he witnesses a group of gangsters violently attempting to force his school’s headmaster to sell the land to their dirty developer boss (Mike Tyson). Now it’s up to Ip to fight against these thugs in order to save the school, and the city, from a vicious takeover. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Ip Man 3
The Masked Saint, in select theaters across Canada today, is based on the biographical novel by real life wrestler-turned-pastor Chris Whaley. It follows the life of Chris Samuels, a professional wrestler who retires from the ring in order to settle down as a pastor in a small town. The newly minted pastor begins to witness growing violence in the community and he decides to moonlight as a masked vigilante in order to fight against this violence. Now Chris must face crises at home and the church, while also evading the police and balancing his two conflicting identities. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: The Masked Saint