This weekend, if you are looking to see an epic, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will fill the order. If a good belly laugh is required (and when isn’t it?), you have two choices: Man Up or The Night Before. But if you’re looking for drama, look no further than Brooklyn for heart-warming emotion – it has already won the People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Audience Award in the World Cinema Category at the Mill Valley Film Festival. If however, you must go to the dark side for some heart-wrenching emotion, try Secret in Their Eyes. ~ Sharon Salsberg
The wait is over as the final installment to the The Hunger Games film series culminates with Mockingjay – Part 2, the dystopian adventure based on writer Suzanne Collins’ novels, opening across Canada in wide release. Watch Jennifer Lawrence as Katnis Everdeen take on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) with her closest friends, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), in the final showdown. The star-studded cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman in his final film role. Click here for showtimes.
TRAILER: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Where would the Christmas season be without a stoner flick? Opening in wide release across Canada is The Night Before. It is Christmas Eve and Ethan, Isaac and Chris are best friends with a 14-year tradition of spending it together. Chris is now famous and Isaac is about to become a father so this is going to be their last Christmas Eve reunion. See New York City through the drug-addled eyes of Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, as they search for the best Christmas party. Click here for showtimes.
TRAILER: The Night Before
If you need some heart-wrenching angst, look no further than Secret in Their Eyes, a thriller opening in wide release that takes you on a 13-year ride. FBI agents uncover a dead body that turns out to be the daughter of one of their investigators. Years later, a new clue may bring closure to the case, but it will rock all involved. It’s a great cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts. Click here for showtimes.
Trailer: Secret in Their Eyes
Also opening wide this week is Spotlight. It tells the story of a team of Boston journalists (Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber) who are astounded by their discovery when they do an in-depth investigation into the child abuse perpetrated by Catholic Church clergy and the subsequent cover up. Click here for showtimes.
Brooklyn is a rich historical period drama starring Saoirse Ronan as innocent Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey in the 1950s in search of a new life. She struggles with her fellow lodgers and her opinionated landlady and the micro-managing employer at the department store where she works. She also suffers terrible homesickness until she meets a charming Italian man named Tony. A new life begins to take shape, but her past comes back to haunt her and a difficult decision must be made. Opening in Toronto and Vancouver. Click here for showtimes.
If your movie diet has consisted of very heavy stuff of late, you might want some lighter fare. Man Up is a romantic comedy with a cute premise: Nancy (Lake Bell) is mistaken for Jack’s (Simon Pegg) blind date and on the spot decides to go with it. Turns out he is the perfect boyfriend, but she isn’t who she is supposed to be. Lots of laughs here as they navigate romance, honesty, and love. Opening in Toronto and Montreal. Click here for showtimes.
TRAILER: Man Up