Friday, December 21, 2007

Film Fan Fridays for Friday December 21, 2007!

Hello Film Fans and Fanatics!

Welcome to Film Fan Fridays for Friday December 21, 2007! End of year always brings such a bizarre selection of last minute releases that are award hopefuls, family fare and then a few darker films.

In limited release this week we have the touching yet tragic film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the Oprah produced The Great Debaters, one of the two Philip Seymour Hoffman films The Savages and one surprize to a limited release with The Bucket List, you'd figure with the star power of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman it would be in wide release, perhaps with so many releases it was a challenge to get more screens, I would gander it will open in more theatres over time.

Our wide releases this week are National Treasure: Book of Secrets and I'm surprized that the 2004 version prompted a sequel, Oscar bait film Charlie Wilson's War, romance P.S. I Love You, family friendly The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. Two wide releases I'd likely not see are Aliens vs Predator (they even have a character named Dallas, I mean.. really..), and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story which is being attributed as a parody on many music films however to me strongly looks like it's mostly making fun of Walk the Line and I will not contribute to anything that makes fun of the Man in Black. However, dark as it may be I will likely go to the musical by Tim Burton Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, our very un-Christmas-y release of the year.

Be sure to check the dates of release, we have just as many today as we do on the 25th, and one film on the 26th the dark film, The Orphanage.

Have a lovely holiday week!


Friday December 21, 2007 Releases

Charlie Wilson's War
Dir: Mike Nichols (Closer, The Birdcage, Working Girl)
Cast: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams

National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Dir: Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, Cool Runnings, While You Were Sleeping)
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, Helen Mirren, Jon Voight, Ed Harris

P.S. I Love You
Dir: Richard LaGravenese (Freedom Writers, Living Out Loud)
Cast: Hillary Swank, Gerard Butler, Lisa Kudrow, Gina Gershon, James Marsters

The Savages
Writer/Dir: Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills)
Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Dir: Tim Burton (Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sleepy Hallow, Edward Scissorhands)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Dir: Jake Kasdan (Orange County, 'Freaks and Geeks')
Cast: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Raymond J. Barry, Margo Martindale

Tuesday December 25, 2007 Releases

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Dir: Colin & Greg Strause - feature film directorial debuts
Cast: Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth, John Ortiz, Johnny Lewis, Kristen Hager

The Bucket List
Dir: Rob Reiner (Alex & Emma, A Few Good Men, The Princess Bride, Stand By Me)
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes, Bevery Todd, Rob Morrow
Limited Release

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly / Le Scaphandre et le papillon
Dir: Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls, Basquiat)
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze
Limited Release

The Great Debaters
Dir: Denzel Washington (Antwone Fisher)
Cast: Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker
Limited Release

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
Dir: Jay Russell (Ladder 49, Tuck Everlasting)
Cast: Alex Etel, Priyanka Xi, Ben Chaplin

Wednesday December 26, 2007 Releases

The Orphanage / El Orfanato
Dir: Juan Antonio Bayona - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Belén Rueda, Fernando Cayo, Roger Príncep, Mabel Rivera
Limited Release

**please note this list of releases reflects first run film released in Toronto, Ontario, Canada December 21-26, 2007**

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