This week at the box office: one part magic, one part teen angst, and a one-two punch.


This week Doctor Strange is still on top, having drawn a little under $165 million so far. It’s a far stretch from sci-fi thriller Arrival, which is sitting at number two, having made $30 million since it came out last week. It’s the film I think everyone should check it out this year – not only is the director Canadian, it’s basically a treat for your movie-going senses (you can’t touch or taste the aliens, sorry). Picking up the back end of the top five, it’s Trolls at number three. Hacksaw Ridge is number four, and another new release from last week – Almost Christmas – is at number five.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Starring Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell, this magical film is based off of Harry Potter’s textbooks. I think fans young and old alike will enjoy this film, which is essentially a visual treat. In wide release. Review coming soon!

The Edge of Seventeen

With Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, this film is about awkward high school junior, Nadine (Steinfeld) who thinks her world is ending. Things also get progressively worse when her brother starts dating her best friend.

This was an absolute joy to watch, and is one of my favourite films of the year. Though it almost shamelessly robs John Hughes and his Breakfast Club ideas, it’s worth the price of admission to watch Steinfield and Harrelson hold down the fort. Both are splendid – and worth checking out! Click here to read my review.

Bleed for This

Miles Teller takes on the lead role of Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a boxer who is left with a broken neck after a horrible car crash. The boxer is struggling to deal with the blow, after he’d shot to stardom winning two world title fights. This is out in limited play – you can watch it at International Village in Vancouver.


Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Yep, move over Scarlett Johannsen (with your Ghost in the Shell chatter) – Belle has officially arrived. Earlier this week, we saw the first trailer for Beauty and The Beast. It’s due out in March of next year. Personally, I’m in love with the idea of Emma Watson playing Belle – but that’s as far down the rabbit hole I’ll go at this point. I’m not a fan of how the Beast looks (he’s a little too “Beautician and the Beast” beast for me), and I don’t like the look of the household appliances. BUT – this is just the first big trailer – so you know it’s not going to be the last. How are you feeling about the movie so far based on the trailer? If you haven’t seen the trailer yet – quick, now’s your chance! Hit the play button below!


Next week, you can take home Mechanic: Resurrection. It’s one of  a spate of terrible summer films that underwhelmed at the box office. Jessica Alba also stars. The next two suggestions – well, by all means, you need to buy: Hell or High Water, with Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine. What a great film! Plus, this is one of Bridges’s best performances of the year (I also enjoyed him lending his voice to the aviator in The Little Prince). Pick up or rent Kubo and the Two Strings if you can. This is a wonderful example of story telling through stop animation.

As for my Flashback Friday, that goes to Eight Days a Week, which is now available for home consumption. And fun fact: CKNW has a film credit in this one – so make sure you check it out!

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