In Cinemas: Friday, January 29, 2016 — Son of Saul, The Finest Hours, Kung Fu Panda 3, Lazer Team, 50 Shades of Black

Hey, Cineplex…  Steve Jobs has returned to Halifax, and now Amy. You moved The Big Short to Park Lane. How come we’re not seeing another Oscar-nominated picture Spotlight reopen and screening downtown? It was on one screen in Bayers Lake a while back… I know a lot of people who missed it during the first run who’d like to see it.


I am happy to see the Academy Award-nominated Son of Saul open locally. A powerful Hungarian film, it feels like the last word in Holocaust dramas. My full review is here.

A couple weeks back I posted about some of the movies opening in January, most of which I wasn’t looking forward to. Those films included The Finest Hours. The kind folks representing Disney read the piece and still sent me a ticket to the preview screening last week in Bayers Lake, despite my disparagement of the trailer.  I wish I could say I liked the movie. It’s a throwback to pictures we don’t see much anymore and don’t miss. You can read my less-than-glowing impression here.

I enjoyed the first Kung Fu Panda, the animated adventure  starring Jack Black as a rotund bear locating his inner Karate Kid, also starring the voice talents of Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, and Lucy Liu. Kung Fu Panda 2 remains unseen by me, but also features Gary Oldman, Michelle Yeoh, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, so that’s good. This third time at bat, Kung Fu Panda 3, adds the voices of Bryan Cranston, JK Simmons, and Kate Hudson.

Lazer Team is a rare thing—a crowdfunded feature film, which I understand is a science fiction action comedy. It comes from Texas-based videogame and video production company Rooster Teeth.

Marlon Wayans returns with a 50 Shades of Grey spoof, 50 Shades of Black. It can’t be worse than the original.

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Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.