There’s an eclectic mix of new movies opening in Toronto theatres this weekend. Here’s a quick summary of what will be showing starting Friday, October 28:
Anonymous (Columbia Pictures) Was Shakespeare a fraud? Did he really write all those poems, sonnets and plays? These are questions explored in this historical drama focusing on the relationship between William Shakespeare (Rafe Spall), Ben Jonson (Sebastian Armesto) and the Earl of Oxford (Rhys Ifans) in a story that assumes Oxford is the real author of works credited to Shakespeare. Using state-of-the-art computer graphics director Roland Emmerich delivers a sweeping view of Elizabethan England while tackling the most controversial authorship question of the ages. In an interesting bit of casting, real-life mother/daughter duo Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson share the task of portraying Queen Elizabeth I. Anonymous is rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content.
In Time (20th Century Fox) stars Justin Timberlake, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried in a futuristic, action thriller about time becoming a valuable commodity in a society where aging stops at 25 and the only way to stay alive is to earn, steal, or inherit more time. The concept is daring and the execution creative. The film is rated PG – parental guidance suggested because of mature theme, violence and language that may offend.
The Rum Diary (eOne Films) marks the return of Johnny Depp as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson in a fictionalized version of Thompson’s pursuits as a young man living in Puerto Rico, writing for the local newspaper. The movie is based on a novel written by Thompson in 1959 that remained unpublished until the 1990s when Depp, a close friend of Thompson’s, found the manuscript in Thompson’s basement. The resulting screen adaptation shows Depp as Paul Kemp (the Hunter S. Thompson character) in a dilemma about whether to use his writing talent to help a corrupt American capitalist (Aaron Eckhart) exploit Puerto Rico in shady real estate deals, all the while falling in love with the American’s beautiful fiancée (Amber Heard). The Rum Diary is rated 14+ for coarse language, violence and substance abuse.
Starting Friday Antonio Banderas gets plenty of screen time starring in a pair of movies that could not be more different from one another. In the animated feature Puss in Boots (Dreamworks Animation) Banderas returns to voice the swashbuckling feline from Shrek fame starring in his own adventure. The movie is available in 2-D, 3-D and IMAX and rated G for general audiences. All ages admitted. Banderas also stars in The Skin I Live In (Mongrel Media), an eerie drama about a plastic surgeon who is inspired by personal tragedy to cultivate a synthetic skin that is soft and sensitive yet provides a strong, defensive shield against internal and external threats. We soon learn how his years of research involved an accomplice and unscrupulous experimentation on a human guinea pig. The story unfolds like a Spanish Frankenstein tale (with English sub-titles). Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. It opens at the Varsity cinema for a limited run.
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See you at the movies.