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Crit­ics’ pick ( highly rec­om­mended) Movie the­atres are listed at the end and can be cross- ref­er­enced to our film times on page 56 or on­line at movies. now­toronto. com AAIC: FlorenCe And The UFFIzI GAllery 3d is a high- def broad­cast of a tour of the fa­mous gallery, which houses mas­ter­pieces by Michelan­gelo, Raphael and Leonardo. 96 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Yonge & Dun­das 24 Al­reAdy To­mor­row In honG KonG ( Emily Ting) riffs on the first two films in Richard Lin­klater’s Be­fore tril­ogy for a tale of two Amer­i­cans ( Jamie Chung, Bryan Green­berg) who meet by chance in Hong Kong. It’s great that the of­ten un­der­used Chung gets to em­body a fully re­al­ized char­ac­ter; it would have been even bet­ter had Green­berg al­lowed him­self a lit­tle more en­ergy and writer/ di­rec­tor Ting hadn’t gone for a too- cute blackout end­ing. Some sub­ti­tles. 78 min. nnn ( NW) Kingsway Theatre AlvIn And The ChIp­mUnKs: The roAd ChIp ( Walt Becker) is the fourth in­stal­ment in a se­ries that con­tin­ues to find its plot and gags by for­ag­ing in the trash. This time around, Alvin and his min­ions are on a lame road trip ad­ven­ture from Los An­ge­les, slapped to­gether so the Chip­munks can cover top- 40 tracks the young’uns are lis­ten­ing to like Mark Ron­son’s Up­town Funk. The he­lium- in­fused ren­di­tions can’t muster the kind of en­thu­si­asm chil­dren usu­ally en­joy dur­ing cir­cle time. 92 min. n ( RS) Re­vue

Amy

( Asif Ka­pa­dia) re­con­structs Amy Wine­house’s life and death by mar­ry­ing more than a decade’s worth of footage with archival in­ter­views with the singer and new au­dio record­ings with the peo­ple who knew her best, re­claim­ing her legacy from the clutches of the tabloids. It’s a work of pro­found em­pa­thy. 128 min. nnnnn ( NW) Fox

Ano­mA­l­IsA

( Char­lie Kauf­man, Duke John­son) is a stop- mo­tion mas­ter­piece, but the less you know go­ing into it the bet­ter. It’s about a suc­cess­ful mid­dleaged au­thor ( voiced by David Thewlis) who meets the woman of his dreams ( Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh) dur­ing a busi­ness trip. Alas, things don’t go well. The film can be read in dif­fer­ent ways – mid- life cri­sis movie, dystopian night­mare, men­tal break­down pic­ture. It’s clev­erly con­structed, and though the char­ac­ters are inan­i­mate, they’re very ex­pres­sive, es­pe­cially when it comes to mat­ters of the mind and heart. 90 min. nnnnn ( GS) Carl­ton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre A BAl­le­rInA’s TAle

( Nelson Ge­orge) fol­lows Amer­i­can Bal­let Theatre dancer Misty Copeland through a po­ten­tially ca­reer- end­ing in­jury and slow re­cov­ery, while also ex­am­in­ing her ca­reer in the larger con­text of African- Amer­i­can dancers in bal­let. Ge­orge ap­proaches his sub­ject with a great deal of re­spect, which some­times makes the film seem a lit­tle cau­tious, but the more time he spends with Copeland, the more I could ap­pre­ci­ate the choice. 85 min. nnnn ( NW) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema The BIG shorT

( Adam McKay) stars Chris­tian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt as a co­terie of hedge fund man­agers and fi­nan­cial an­a­lysts who saw Amer­ica’s sub- prime mort­gage melt­down com­ing – and bet on disas­ter. It’s an ex­pertly cal­i­brated en­ter­tain­ment, and di­rec­tor/ co- writer McKay or­ches­trates it all so deftly that you might not no­tice how an­gry he is – or at least not right away. 130 min. nnnn ( NW) Canada Square, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don Mills, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Fox, Kingsway Theatre, Queensway, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 The Boy ( Wil­liam Brent Bell) is a lame hor­ror movie star­ring The Walk­ing Dead’s Lau­ren Co­han as an Amer­i­can who takes a job as a nanny in a re­mote English coun­try house only to dis­cover her new charge is a life- sized creepy doll named for her em­ploy­ers’ lost son, Brahms. It doesn’t amount to any­thing, and it evap­o­rates the se­cond the lights come up, but it’s still bet­ter than The For­est. 97 min. nn ( NW) Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Sil­verCity York­dale BrIdGe oF spIes

( Steven Spiel­berg) is Spiel­berg’s se­cond con­sec­u­tive movie about ide­al­ism and ne­go­ti­a­tion. Three years ago, in Lin­coln, he made grip­ping drama out of the doomed pres­i­dent’s at­tempts to wres­tle Congress into abol­ish­ing slav­ery; now, he’s turned a sliver of Cold War his­tory – the ef­forts of lawyer James B. Dono­van ( Tom Hanks) to swap cap­tured Soviet spy Ru­dolf Abel ( Mark Ry­lance) for Fran­cis Gary Pow­ers ( Austin Stow­ell) in 1962 – into an al­most purely in­tel­lec­tual thriller. The val­ues are vin­tage; the sto­ry­telling is state of the art. 142 min. nnnn ( NW) Kingsway Theatre BrooK­lyn

( John Crowley) stars Saoirse Ro­nan as a young Ir­ish woman who leaves her mother and sis­ter be­hind to work in Amer­ica in the 1950s. Nick Hornby’s un­pre­ten­tious script makes for a beau­ti­fully paced pic, and Ro­nan, mak­ing a be­liev­able tran­si­tion from mousy teen to con­fi­dent young woman, is mag­nif­i­cent. So, too, are the pe­riod fash­ions. A quiet, old- fash­ioned yet ut­terly heart­felt film. 112 min. nnnn ( GS) Canada Square, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Fox, Queensway, Re­vue, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Var­sity CArol

( Todd Haynes) stars Cate Blanchett as a wealthy, de­voted mother who in the 1950s has a dif­fi­cult­to­sus­tain love af­fair with a much younger store clerk ( Rooney Mara). Haynes nav­i­gates this ter­ri­tory sub­tly, aided by su­perb art di­rec­tion and a script that gives both char­ac­ters room to grow. Mara won the Cannes act­ing prize – de­servedly. Not for les­bians only. 119 min. nnnn ( SGC) Canada Square, Fox, Re­gent Theatre, Re­vue, Var­sity CAr­Tel lAnd

( Matthew Heine­man) is an un­apolo­get­i­cally cin­e­matic take on the crime doc­u­men­tary – breath­less, in­tense, spec­tac­u­lar. Di­rec­tor/ cam­era­man Heine­man rides along with two civil­ian mili­tias that have formed in re­cent years to com­bat the lawless thug­gery of the Mex­i­can drug in­dus­try. Some sub­ti­tles. 100 min. nnnn ( NW) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema The ChoICe ( Ross Katz) stars Ben­jamin Walker and Teresa Palmer as a cou­ple who spend way too long fig­ur­ing out they should be to­gether, and when they do, some­thing very bad hap­pens. You know a film is in trou­ble when the sup­pos­edly in­spi­ra­tional end­ing elic­its noth­ing but tit­ters. 111 min. nn ( SGC) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Colos­sus, Grande - Stee­les, Sco­tia­bank Theatre The ClUB

( Pablo Lar­raín) is set at a se­cret Chilean re­tire­ment home for priests guilty of grotesque sins. When a new ar­rival is ac­costed by one of his vic­tims and ul­ti­mately driven to sui­cide, a younger priest is sent in to in­ves­ti­gate and min­i­mize dam­age to the Church. This bleak story of­fers glim­mers of jus­tice that, given the Vat­i­can’s his­tory of dodg­ing ac­count­abil­ity, could al­most be con­sid­ered op­ti­mistic. Subti­tled. 97 min. nnnn ( José Teodoro) TIFF Bell Light­box The dAn­Ish GIrl ( Tom Hooper) stars Ed­die Red­mayne as Ei­nar We­gener, a cel­e­brated land­scape painter in 1920s Copen­hagen who comes to re­al­ize he’s re­ally Lili Elbe, a woman liv­ing in a man’s body. Ali­cia Vikan­der is Ei­nar’s wife, Gerda, also a painter. The script is on- the- nose, and Hooper’s ap­proach is safe and generic. It’s mid­dle­brow awards bait, made palat­able by solid per­for­mances and a touch­ing real- life story. 119 min. nnn ( GS) Canada Square, Carl­ton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre deAd­pool

( Tim Miller) lets the Marvel Comics su­per- as­sas­sin be his best self: an ass­hole with flaw­less comic tim­ing. And this is why Ryan Reynolds is per­fect cast­ing: his ironic self- aware­ness is ex­actly what Wade “Dead­pool” Wil­son needs, al­low­ing the char­ac­ter to stand out­side the may­hem and re­mind us we’re just watch­ing a goof­ball ac­tor dodge CG bul­lets in his py­ja­mas. 106 min. nnnn ( NW) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don Mills, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 ed­dIe The eA­Gle ( Dex­ter Fletcher) 106 min. See Also Open­ing, page 50. Opens Feb 26 at 401 & Morn­ing­side, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

EM­BRACE OF THE SER­PENT

( Ciro Guerra) is an art­ful, al­most ex­per­i­men­tal his­tor­i­cal drama about the legacy of col­o­niza­tion in the Ama­zon, glid­ing be­tween par­al­lel nar­ra­tives un­fold­ing along the same stretch of river. The con­nec­tions be­tween the var­i­ous char­ac­ters aren’t hard to fig­ure out, but the film­mak­ers aren’t mak­ing a mys­tery. Em­brace Of The Ser­pent plays more like a road movie: an evoca­tive jour­ney through a chang­ing world in search of a cul­ture that’s dis­ap­pear­ing be­fore the trav­ellers’ eyes. Os­car nom­i­nee for best for­eign- lan­guage film. Subti­tled. 125 min. NNNN ( NW) Kingsway Theatre, Re­gent Theatre, TIFF Bell Light­box END OF DAYS, INC. ( Jen­nifer Liao) opens on a print­ing com­pany’s clos­ing day, when the ex­ec­u­tives bribe the em­ploy­ees – to the tune of $ 1 mil­lion – to work one last night shift to com­plete the in­ven­tory. Turns out the bosses are zom­bies com­plet­ing their plan to mas­ter­mind the end of the world. An­other dumb- as- fuck Tele­film- funded de­ba­cle. 82 min. N ( SGC) Carl­ton Cinema, Kingsway Theatre THE 5TH WAVE ( J Blake­son) feels like it was for­mu­lated in a R& D lab tasked with en­gi­neer­ing the next big YA hit. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as a sur­vivor of the aliens’ cam­paign to wipe out hu­mans. El­e­ments of Twi­light and The Hunger Games con­tam­i­nate this fran­chise wannabe, along with bits from The In­va­sion Of The Body Snatch­ers and In­de­pen­dence Day. 111 min. N ( RS) Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sco­tia­bank Theatre 45 YEARS

( An­drew Haigh) stars Tom Courte­nay and Os­car- nom­i­nated Char­lotte Ram­pling as a cou­ple whose re­la­tion­ship be­gins to un­ravel when he gets in­for­ma­tion about a for­mer girl­friend. Haigh gives the film a gor­geous melan­choly tone, un­cov­er­ing ev­ery nu­ance of the re­la­tion­ship. But it’s the ac­tors who cre­ate the most magic, Courte­nay smok­ing furtively, speak­ing in bro­ken ca­dence and Ram­pling con­vey­ing feel­ing with­out ut­ter­ing a word. 95 min. NNNN ( SGC) Var­sity GODS OF EGYPT ( Alex Proyas) 127 min. See Also Open­ing, page 50. Opens Feb 26 at 401 & Morn­ing­side, Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cinema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don Mills, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 THE GOOD DI­NOSAUR ( Peter Sohn) is a messy what- if movie set on an Earth where di­nosaurs weren’t wiped out by a me­teor 65 mil­lion years ago, in­stead evolv­ing into farm­ers and ranch­ers. Some se­quences are re­mark­ably heart­felt, and the film’s de­sign and an­i­ma­tion are just daz­zling. But the tone is in­con­sis­tent and the whole thing feels aw­fully slap­dash. Your kids won’t mind, but I bet you’ll no­tice. 95 min. NNN ( NW) Fox, Kingsway Theatre GOYA: VI­SIONS OF FLESH AND BLOOD is a high- def broad­cast of this tour through a land­mark ex­hi­bi­tion of the Span­ish artist at Lon­don’s Na­tional Gallery. 120 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don Mills, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sil­verCity Yonge, Yonge & Dun­das 24 HAIL, CAE­SAR!

( Joel Coen, Ethan Coen) is a goofy, chaotic Coen brothers mess- around fol­low­ing the no- non­sense pres­i­dent of Capi­tol Pic­tures ( Josh Brolin) in 1951 Hol­ly­wood as he con­tends with a fussy di­rec­tor ( Ralph Fi­ennes), a mis­cast cow­boy ac­tor ( Alden Ehren­re­ich), a preg­nant swim­ming sen­sa­tion ( Scar­lett Jo­hans­son) and the kid­nap­ping of the star ( Ge­orge Clooney) of gar­gan­tuan Bib­li­cal epic Hail, Cae­sar! A Tale Of The Christ by a shady group that calls it­self The Fu­ture. Though not a se­ri­ous movie, it’s de­light­ful. 106 min. NNNN ( NW) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Beach Cin­e­mas, Canada Square, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 THE HATE­FUL EIGHT ( Quentin Tarantino) is a small, in­ti­mate thriller pack­aged as a gar­gan­tuan stu­dio epic, so the po­ten­tially com­pelling, twisty tale of mount­ing pres­sures and shift­ing loy­al­ties gets buried in nos­tal­gic af­fec­ta­tion and an hour of flab. The ac­tors are all a lot of fun to watch, and Robert Richard­son’s mag­nif­i­cent Ul­tra Panav­i­sion 70 im­agery means there’s al­ways some­thing plea­sur­able on screen. But the movie takes for­ever to get to the fire­works fac­tory, and as a screen­writer, Tarantino is once again his own worst en­emy. Dan­git. ( Road­show ver­sion: 187 min). 168 min. NNN ( NW) Carl­ton Cinema, Re­gent Theatre, Sco­tia­bank Theatre HEART OF A DOG

( Lau­rie An­der­son) is an ex­per­i­men­tal doc­u­men­tary in which mu­si­cian, mul­ti­me­dia artist and moviemaker An­der­son at­tempts to process a lot of things, in­clud­ing her grief at the death of her beloved dog Lo­la­belle and her con­flicted feel­ings about her mother’s sub­se­quent pass­ing. Ab­sent al­most en­tirely is her late hus­band, Lou Reed, be­cause An­der­son can’t even dis­cuss his death in the ab­stract – which, oddly enough, feels like ex­actly the right re­sponse to a loss so huge. 75 min. NNNN ( NW) Kingsway Theatre HOW TO BE SIN­GLE ( Chris­tian Dit­ter) fol­lows four women ( Dakota John­son, Rebel Wil­son, Ali­son Brie and Les­lie Mann) over a year or so of hookups, re­la­tion­ships and per­sonal growth in New York City. It’s much deeper and more res­o­nant than the sparkly cin­e­matog­ra­phy and re­lent­lessly up­beat sound­track would have you be­lieve, at least when it’s fo­cus­ing on John­son and Mann. It doesn’t re­ally have any­thing to say about hookup cul­ture, but I was still think­ing about it the next day. 110 min. NNN ( NW) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Beach Cin­e­mas, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don Mills, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 IMAG­INE DRAGONS – SMOKE + MIR­RORS LIVE is a high- def broad­cast of the con­cert by the pop­u­lar band. 96 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Canada Square, Yonge & Dun­das 24 JONAS KAUF­MANN: AN EVENING WITH PUC­CINI is a high- def broad­cast of an ac­claimed recital by Ger­man tenor Kauf­mann at Mi­lan’s La Scala. Also in­cludes archival footage. 130 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Yonge & Dun­das 24 JOY ( David O. Rus­sell) is a mess of a film, based on the true story of Joy Pagano ( Jen­nifer Lawrence), who in­vented a re­us­able mop that made her a for­tune. It doesn’t come to life un­til she meets a home shop­ping chan­nel big­wig ( Bradley Cooper), but then de­volves into a slack study of trust and be­trayal. Four edi­tors fail to give the pic any rhythm, and Lawrence can’t find any mo­ti­va­tion other than house­wifely dis­sat­is­fac­tion. 124 min. NN ( SGC) Kingsway Theatre, Re­vue KUNG FU PANDA 3 ( Jen­nifer Yuh Nelson, Alessan­dro Car­loni) feels like a step down in the se­ries, but only be­cause it’s got a ster­ling pedi­gree to live up to. Jack Black’s Po, the big jolly fur ball who moves like Bruce Lee tripping over Buster Keaton, re­unites with his long- lost father ( Bryan Cranston) and a whole panda colony brim­ming cute­ness. The wuxia de­signs and dy­na­mite moves, and Black’s bois­ter­ous hu­mour, still kick ass. 95 min. NNN ( RS) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cinema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 THE LADY IN THE VAN

( Ni­cholas Hyt­ner) is an adap­ta­tion of Alan Ben­nett’s play, star­ring Mag­gie Smith as the home­less Mary, who parks her van in writer Ben­nett’s ( Alex Jen­nings) drive­way. The film looks at am­biva­lence, timid­ity through the writer in­tent on avoid­ing an emo­tional life, but Mary still dom­i­nates. She’s in­fu­ri­at­ing, some­times de­light­ful, as when she wheel­chairs down a hill, and Smith makes eat­ing a scone a dra­matic event. 104 min. NNNN ( SGC) Canada Square, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Var­sity THE LAST MAN ON THE MOON

( Mark Craig) 95 min. See re­view, page 54. NNNN ( NW) Opens Feb 26 at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema THE LOOK OF SI­LENCE

( Joshua Op­pen­heimer) is a com­pan­ion piece to the di­rec­tor’s 2012 doc, The Act Of Killing. An op­tometrist trav­els through In­done­sia dis­cussing the 1965 mil­i­tary coup that en­abled the slaugh­ter of 1 mil­lion sus­pected Com­mu­nists with pa­tients who ei­ther deny their in­volve­ment or ra­tio­nal­ize it into noth­ing­ness. The cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect is sim­ply dev­as­tat­ing. Subti­tled. 103 min. NNNNN ( NW) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

( Ge­orge Miller) re­turns to the post- apoc­a­lyp­tic waste­land di­rec­tor/ co- writer Miller last vis­ited 30 years ago in Mad Max Be­yond Thun­der­dome, and it’s like he’s never been away. This is a glo­ri­ous, bru­tal, ut­terly thrilling ad­ven­ture movie, with no re­gard for sen­ti­men­tal­ity and not a sin­gle speech about the im­por­tance of fam­ily. Fury Road is what fast and fu­ri­ous re­ally looks like. 120 min. NNNNN ( NW) Kingsway Theatre, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square THE MAR­TIAN

( Ri­d­ley Scott) stars Matt Da­mon as an as­tro­naut who’s stranded on Mars and must find his way back to Earth. Ba­si­cally, it’s Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan ( which also starred Da­mon) all over again, with a bet­ter sense of hu­mour and a bit of MacGyver in­ge­nu­ity. Da­mon cap­tures the char­ac­ter’s cock­i­ness but also adds some much- needed gravitas, and there’s solid sup­port work from Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, Jeff Daniels, Jes­sica Chas­tain and many oth­ers. The pic­ture nearly runs out of fuel near the end, but the cli­max is ex­cit­ing and visu­ally stun­ning. 141 min. NNNN ( GS) Fox, Kingsway Theatre THE MES­SEN­GER

( Su Ry­nard) 90 min. See re­view, page 49. NNNN ( SGC) Opens Feb 26 at Carl­ton Cinema THE METROPOLI­TAN OPERA: LES PêCHEURS DE PER­LES EN­CORE is a high- def broad­cast of the Met’s new stag­ing of Bizet’s rarely per­formed opera, star­ring Diana Dam­rau, Matthew Polen­zani and Mar­iusz Kwiecien. 174 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Yonge & Dun­das 24 NA­TIONAL THEATRE LIVE: AS YOU LIKE IT is a high- def broad­cast of the Na­tional’s pro­duc­tion of the Shake­speare com­edy, star­ring Rosalie Craig as Ros­alind. 160 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don

= Mills, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Queensway, Sil­verCity Yonge, Yonge & Dun­das 24 NA­TIONAL THEATRE LIVE: LES LI­AISONS DAN­GEREUSES is a high- def broad­cast of a new pro­duc­tion of Christo­pher Hamp­ton’s play, star­ring Elaine Cas­sidy, Janet McTeer and Do­minic West. 180 min. Screen­ing se­lect days at Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Queensway, Sil­verCity Yonge, Yonge & Dun­das 24 ONLY YES­TER­DAY

( Isao Taka­hata) 118 min. See re­view, page 49. NNNN ( NW) Opens Feb 26 at TIFF Bell Light­box PALIO ( Cosima Spender) dives into the Palio di Siena horse races staged twice each sum­mer in Italy. Rac­ing en­thu­si­asts will be sat­is­fied with the time spent in the sta­bles and on the track, though I kept wait­ing for the film to push deeper into its cor­rup­tion an­gle. In­stead, it’s just sort of left hang­ing, an awk­ward fact of life that ev­ery­one would much rather ig­nore. Subti­tled. 91 min. NNN ( NW) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART AD­DICT ( Lisa Im­mordino Vree­land) mines spec­tac­u­lar pho­to­graphs and in­ter­views with art scene denizens to doc­u­ment the art col­lec­tor’s fas­ci­nat­ing life. She launched the ca­reers of some of the world’s great­est mod­ernists – in­clud­ing Jack­son Pol­lock – and her per­sonal col­lec­tion in her for­mer palazzo in Venice is one of the world’s great­est art troves. Too bad in­ter­views with an el­derly, mono­syl­labic Guggenheim that Jac­que­line Bo­grad Weld recorded for her 1986 bi­og­ra­phy stop the film dead in its tracks. But what a char­ac­ter she was. 95 min. NNN ( SGC) Kingsway Theatre, Mt Pleas­ant A PER­FECT DAY

( Fer­nando León de Ara­noa) 106 min. See re­view, page 49. NNNN ( José Teodoro) Opens Feb 26 at Sco­tia­bank Theatre POR­TRAIT OF A SE­RIAL MONOGAMIST ( John Mitchell, Christina Zei­dler) is a love let­ter to T. O.’ s queer com­mu­nity, with Diane Flacks as a breakup artist who may have made a mis­take by dump­ing her last girl­friend ( Se­cond City alum Carolyn

Tay­lor ). It’ s as lack com­edy, but flashes of feel like they could ac­tu­ally come out of a real per­son’ s mouth, and new­comer Vanessa Dunn of V ag Hal en, as a DJ hot ly pur­su­ing the pro­tag­o­nist, is a bona fide dis­cov­ery .83 min.NNN(SGC) Carl­ton Cinema Pride aNd Prej­u­dice aNd Zom­bies(

Burr Steers) is a great deal sit­u­at­ing Jane Austen’ s clas­sic study of strong will sand so­cial more sin a world of the walk­ing dead while preserving there lt ions hip sand much of the wit of the orig­i­nal. We can take plea­sure in Austen’ s in­sight into hu­man foibles and the rich­ness of her char­ac­ters, and then El­iz­a­beth( Li­lyJames) and Jane( Bella Heath cote) take on a wave of rave nous Re­gency- pe­riod zom­bies. That’ s pretty plea­sur­able too .108 min.NNNN( NW) Carl­ton Cinema, Sco­tia­bank Theatre race( Stephen Hop­kins) is the sort of biopic that gives the genre a bad name–a paint-by- num­bers re count­ing of key eventsin the life of a gen­uinely in­spi­ra­tional per­son, pre­sented with vir­tu­ally no style or com­men­tary de­spite a strong, charis­matic per­for­mance by Step han James as Jesse Owens, who won four gold medal sat the 1936 Ber­lin Olympics. Some min. N N( NW) Beach Cin­e­mas, Canada Square, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 ñrams(

Grí mu rHák on ar son) fol­lows two mid­dleaged brothers( Sig­urd ur Sig ur­jóns son, TheodórJúlíus­son) who raise sheep on op­po­site side soft he same farm and haven’ t spo­ken to each other in decades. Writer/ dire ct orHák on ar son turns the brothers’ rift into an un­der tow that pulls us to­ward a strange, lovely cli­max– and does so with such grace you might not even no­tice what’ s hap­pen­ing. Sub ti­tled .93 min.NNNN( NW) TIFF Bell Light­box The re­flecT­iNg skiN(

Philip Ri­d­ley) 95min. Seere­view, page49. NNNN( NW) Opens Feb 26 at Royal re­quiem for The amer­i­caN

dream( Peter D. Hutchi­son, Kelly Nyks,J are dP. Scott) plunks renowned pub­lic in­tel­lec­tu­alNo am Chom­sky in front of the cam­era to ex­plain calm ly and never stri­dently how the 1 per­cnt in the U.S. have hi­jacked its econ­omy–and so­ci­ety at­large–to cre­ate bru­tal in­equal­i­ties. Di­rec­tors Hut chi son,Nyk sand Scott play the same cards as Er­rol Mor­ris did in The Fog Of War–an­i­ma­tion, archival footage–to give the film some tex­ture. But it’ s the­mat­ter .73 min.NNNN(SGC) Bloor Hot Docs Cinema The reveNaNT( Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu) is the lat­est com­pi­la­tion of long takes from the team be­hind Bird man, this times hot in the wilder­ness with strictly nat­u­ral light­ing, with Leonardo DiCaprio asa 19 th cen­tury fur trap per out for re­venge. The lux­u­ri­ous cam­era work and scenery of­ten con­spire against the ac­tion and emo­tional con­nec­tion we should have with th­ese char ct e rs .156 min.NNN( RS) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Canada Square, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Queensway, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Var­sity, Yonge & Dun­das 24 ride aloNg 2( Tim Story) once again pairs Kevin Hart, an ex­cep­tion­ally tal­ented comic per­former, with Ice Cube, whose pres­ence in this fran­chise its own cos­mic gag: Mr .“Fuck the po­lice” play­ing a cop who of­ten over steps his bound­aries. Their buddy cop col­lab­o­ra­tions hould be comic gold, a chance to be dar­ing and top­i­cal.Un­for­tu­nately, the writ­ers be­hind this se­ries wouldn’ t rec­og­nize a half- de­cent joke if it were read aloud to them like their Mi­randa rights .101 min. N( RS) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Grande - Stee­les, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity York­dale riseN( Kevin Reynolds) is a stolid, grind­ingly dull religious drama star­ring Joseph Fi­enn es as a Ro­man in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of the body of Je­sus in J de a,circa33 AD. Di­rec­tor/ co-writerReynolds( Wa­ter world) set­tles for a se­ries of dio­ra­mas ratherthan a sense of how it felt to be in Jude a at that point in time, or what it would be like to be made to con­front one’ s be­liefs in the face of some­thing in­ex­pli­ca­ble .107 min. N N( NW) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Canada Square, Carl­ton Cinema, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview room(

Lenny Abra­ham son) fea­tures an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing per­for­mance from Brie Lar­son as a young woman who’ s spent seven years in iso­la­tion–five ofthem with her young son( Ja­cob Trembl ay)–i na small room. Once the story opens up, a good deal of ten­sion goes out, but Lar­son’ s per­for­mance car­ries Room through to the end .118 min.NNNN( NW) Carl­ton Cinema, Mt Pleas­ant, Royal, Sco­tia­bank Theatre ñshauN The sheeP movie(

Richard Star zak, Mark Bur­ton) is flatout won­der­ful film mak­ing. This just lets di­rec­tors Star zak and Bur­ton demon­strate how won­der­fully ex­press ive A a rd man’ s char­ac­ters, who per­form with­out di­a­logue,can be, and how much vis­ual fl air can be packed into each frame. Also, a key sub plot has been nicked from Banks y’ s Exit Through The Gift Shop. Ge­nius. Se­ri­ously .85min.NNNN( NW) Kingsway Theatre sNowTime! ( Jean- François Pouliot, François Bris­son) is far more old­school and­docile than the hy­per ac­tive much­ness of typ­i­cal an­i­mated kids’ fare. There’ s a light­weight charm to this tale of grade school­ers in a small moun­tain­side town who en­gage in an epic snow ball war to fight bored om. The film de­liv­ers its cau­tion­ary les­son through a fi­nal act that could dev­as­tate young view­ers. If your kid­saren’ t eas­ily con­solable, maybe stick to Tree house in­stead .82 min.NNN( RS) Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Yonge & Dun­das 24 soN of saul(

Lás­zlóN em es) fol­lowsa Son der k om man do(Géza­Röhrig)t asked with clear­ing out Auschwitz’ s gas cham­ber sand burn­ing the vic­tims, who dis­cov­ersa body he claims to be his son and sets out to bury him, risk­ing his life and the suc­cess of the pris­on­ers’ fo­ment­ing re­bel­lion. Though th­ese hor­ror shave never been por­trayed so vivid ly, the movie’ s not just about the Nazi car­nage, but abouta man’ s de­ter­mi­na­tion to ex­pi­ate his guilt. As a first fea­ture, it’ s a spec­tac­u­lar achieve­ment. Sub ti­tled .107 min.NNNN(SGC) Carl­ton Cinema, Re­gent Theatre, TIFF Bell Light­box sPecTre( Sam Men des) riffs de­light­fully on past Bond tri­umphs like From Rus­sia With Love, On Her Majesty’ s Se­cret Ser­vice and The Spy Who Loved Me, and the open­ingse­quence, set in Mex­ico City on the Day of the Dead, is tech­ni­cally im­pec­ca­ble and im­me­di­ately in­volv­ing. But the movie’ s weighed­down by the fran­chise’ s trend to­ward out sized villa ins with mas­ter plans and tor­ture chairs and sec re fortress es and fluffy white cats. Some sub­ti­tles.148 min.NNN( NW) Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Kingsway Theatre, Sco­tia­bank Theatre sPoT­lighT(

Tom McCarthy) is a sim­mer­ing docu­d­rama about the Bos­ton Globe’ s 2001 in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Catholic Church’ s coverups of preda­tor y priest sin the Bos­ton arch­dio­cese. Thereisn’ t a sin­gle showy mo­ment; in­stead,di­rec­tor/ co-writer McCarthy takes the ap­proach per­fected by All The Pres­i­dent’ s Men, rid­ing along with re­porters( MichaelKeaton, MarkRuf­falo, Rachel McA­dams,BrianD’Ar­cyJames) as they si ft through­doc­u­ments and in­ter­view vic­tims, grad­u­ally dis­cov­er­ing the scan­dal’ s ob scene scale. 128min. NNNN( NW) Canada Square, Fox, Var­sity sTar wars: The force awak­eNs (J.J. Ab rams) has all of the strength soft he orig­i­nal tril­ogy and none of the weak­nesses of the pre­quels. Di­rec­tor/ co writer Abrams in­tro­duces a host of new char­ac­ters( played by Os­car Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Rid le ya nd Adam Driver, among oth­ers) whose sto­ries are at least the ones we’ ve known for four decades. Even when the nar­ra­tive turns in a fa­mil­iar di­rec­tion–as it must, since the new story is rooted firmly int heol done–it car­ries as ense ofun lim­itedad­ven­ture. Some sub­ti­tles .135 min. NNNN( NW) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Canada Square, Carl­ton Cinema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Yonge Touched wiTh fire( Paul Dalio) is kinda like a Life­time movie, but a good one, about a bipo­lar cou­ple( Katie Kirby) try­ing to fig­ure out make art and have a fam­ily. The cen­tral theme con­nect­ing mad­ness with cre­ativ­ity is well de­vel­oped. Too bad the script de­volves into some­thing close to an is­sue- ori­ented piece and the plot points turn pre­dictable .107 min.NNN(SGC) Yonge & Dun­das 24 TriPle 9( John Hill­coat) 120min. See re­view, page50. NN( NW) Opens Feb 26 at 401 & Morn­ing­side, Carl­ton Cinema, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale where To iN­vade NexT( Michael Moore) 120min. Seere­view, page50. NN( NW) Opens Feb 26 at Var­sity The wiTch(

Robert Eg­gers) is a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller set in 17 th cen­tury New Eng­land, where a pi­ous fam­ily of set­tlers turn on one an­other in an at­tempt to root out the malev­o­lence in their house­hold. Ralph In es on and Kate Dickie are painfully be­liev­able as a God- try­ing to ra­tio­nal­ize the in­ex­pli­ca­ble, and Any a Tay­lor- Joy is sim­ply stun­ning as their ter­ri­fied, all- daugh­ter .92 min.NNNN( NW) Carl­ton Cinema, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24 YouTh(

Paolo Sor­rentino) is a visu­ally ex­hil­a­rat­ing stun­ner, thanks ca Big azzi, about­friends, are tired com­poser( MichaelCaine) andafil­mau­teur( Har­veyKei­tel),whome eta ta swanky Swiss re­sort and muse about ag in ga nd di­min­ish­ing cre­ative pow­ers. The cast–Rachel Weisz and Paul Da no are also on board–is ex­cel­lent, espe ci al­lyKei tel as the film lion los­ing his roar. Wait for a fe­ro­cious turn from JaneFond a as a once fa­mous movie star .123 min.NNNN(SGC) NNNN( SGC) Kingsway Theatre ZoolaNder 2( Ben Stiller) has a cameo pa­rade of fash­ion icons like Anna Win tour who join in on the very ob­vi­ous ga gs about their in­dus­try, thereby ac­knowl­edg­ing that there’ s noth­ing in this re­lent­lessly stupid run­way“satire” to make them re­motely un­com­fort­able. weight and or­gies only trip and fall flat .102 min. N( RS) 401 & Morn­ing­side, Beach Cin­e­mas, Carl­ton Cinema, Cine­plex Cin­e­mas Em­press Walk, Cine­plex VIP Cin­e­mas Don Mills, Coli­seum Scar­bor­ough, Colos­sus, Eglin­ton Town Cen­tre, Grande - Stee­les, Queensway, Rain­bow Mar­ket Square, Rain­bow Prom­e­nade, Rain­bow Wood­bine, Sco­tia­bank Theatre, Sil­verCity Fairview, Sil­verCity Yonge, Sil­verCity York­dale, Yonge & Dun­das 24

Em­brace Of The Ser­pent is a long shot for the for­eign lan­guage Os­car but still worth see­ing.

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