As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, Ontario theaters are expected to be up and running across the province on Jan. 31 and the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto is to reopen Feb. Concession stands in theaters will also be able to sell food and drinks. Here are some of the new movies that will be available to screen this week.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
With Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) identify revealed, he is no longer able to separate his normal life from the high stakes of being a superhero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to restore his secret, the stakes become even more dangerous as he has to battle the most powerful villains while discovering what it truly means to be Spider-Man.
Twenty-five years after the brutal murders that shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer wearing the Ghostface mask begins targeting a group of teenagers in the hopes of revealing secrets from the town’s deadly past. Returning to their iconic roles are Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers) and David Arquette (Dewey Riley) along with a fresh new cast.
When a top-secret weapon falls into the wrong hands, CIA agent Mason “Mace” Brown (Jessica Chastain) joins forces with German agent Marie (Diane Kruger), former MI6 ally and cutting-edge computer specialist Khadijah (Lupita Nyong’o) , and Colombian psychologist Graciela (Penélope Cruz) on a lethal mission to retrieve it while staying one step ahead of a mysterious woman named Lin Mi Sheng (Fan Bingbing), who is tracking their every move.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, “Dune” follows Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), a gifted young man who travels to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. He must conquer his fear as malevolent forces fight over the planet’s exclusive supply of a precious element in the galaxy – it is capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential.
Read Peter Howell’s review.
West Side Story
This remake of the 1961 “West Side Story” is directed by Steven Spielberg and follows the love story of Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler) in New York City in 1957. Their blossoming romance fuels the fire between two rival street gangs , the Jets and the Sharks.
Read Peter Howell’s review.
The Matrix Resurrections
The fourth film in the “Matrix” franchise follows Neo / Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), who faces the option of returning to a world of two realities: one everyday life; the other what lies behind it. To find out if his reality is a construct, he must choose to follow the white rabbit once again. Reprising her role as Trinity is Carrie-Anne Moss, who stars alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Christina Ricci.
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Based on the play by William Shakespeare and written for the screen and directed by Joel Coen, the film stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in this bold and fierce adaptation of a tale of murder, madness and ambition.
The King’s Man
“The King’s Man” goes back to the origins of the very first independent intelligence agency more than a century earlier, revealing a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds. It plays out in the shadow of the First World War, explaining how and why the Kingsman agency began. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Harris Dickinson.
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this neo-noir psychological thriller follows Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who learns a few new tricks from clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. Using this as a golden ticket to success, and with Molly (Rooney Mara) by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the help of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett).
TIFF Bell Lightbox reopens with an exclusive 70-mm run of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Licorice Pizza.” A precocious teen (Cooper Hoffman) and a discontented young woman (Alana Haim) find friendship and romance as they scheme their way through the San Fernando Valley in 1973.
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