At the movies in Kingston: December 20 edition

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Submitted image.

Welcome back to ‘At the movies in Kingston.’ The box office is on the rise for the week before Christmas.

Here is what’s new at the Kingston theatres for the week starting Friday, Dec. 20, 2019.

Landmark Cinemas

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opened Thursday and began its long run at the box office. This film is billed as ending the Skywalker saga with epic space battles and maybe one or two lightsaber battles. This film will be critic proof, and will no doubt rule the box office for weeks to come.

Cats is based on the hit Broadway play of the same name. This film steps inside the world of cats and sees how they are much like humans. While this film is certainly not fairing well with the critics, it will be interesting to see if it can find an audience. The trailers for the film are not helping plead its case to be watched.

Check out the link below for showtimes for all films at Landmark Cinemas.

Cineplex Odeon

Bombshell is the story of three women who worked at Fox News and how they brought down the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment. Expect this film to be in awards contention throughout 2020.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is also playing in most of the theatres at Cineplex this weekend.

Cats is also playing at Cineplex this weekend, too.

For further information about showtimes at Cineplex Odeon, check out the link below.

The Screening Room

Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy in Nazi Germany who is forced to deal with a variety of complex issues in his life: The hatred he is being taught by the Hitler Youth, the fact that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home, and that his imaginary friend has taken on the form of Adolf Hitler.

Joker makes its debut this weekend. The story of Arthur Fleck and his descent into madness is chronicled in the film. If you thought Batman v Superman was too violent, perhaps this film isn’t for you.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. This film explores the friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

The Cinematica Classic for this month is The Apartment. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, this 1960 classic explores the life of Lemmon’s character and how he blends in as just another face at his office building. Lemmon only stands out to his boss, played by MacMurray, when he lets him use his apartment as a love nest. The film is praised as a witty comedy that explores the world of big business and how the struggle for success can be all consuming.

Please Note: The box office for The Screening Room will be open on December 24 from 11-3 for the sale of gift passes only and will be closed on Christmas Day as well.

For further details about times and movies playing at The Screening Room, check out the link below.  

Weekend Pick

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will dominate the box office this weekend and for the next couple. Despite critic reaction and fan hate for the previous film, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will certainly be a hit.

For those not looking at the epic conclusion to the Skywalker saga, The Screening Room has multiple award contenders playing. Check them out now so you can be caught up for awards season in January.

Have a great weekend. Enjoy the show and remember: Whatever you think of a film is what matters, not the audience score or film critic musings.

Bill Gowsell was born and raised in Kingston. With an interest in history, food, wine, and all things Disney, Bill has been writing for the last eight years on a variety of topics. During the summers he can be found at the family cottage north of Kingston, or at the bottom of Lake Ontario… scuba diving.

Bill Gowsell

Bill has been an elementary school teacher for the last 12 years. His passion for writing includes a wide variety of interests, from history, food, pop culture, and anything to do with Disney. Recently he published his second book, Extra Magic Days: Thirty Years of Walt Disney World Vacations. Learn more about Bill...

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