1. Into The Woods // This was our Christmas day movie and I was pretty excited about it. I love musicals, and Chris Pine! Seems like an easy win. But I kind of hated it. I felt like it would never end and couldn't wait for it to be over. I think it just didn't translate very well onto screen. It got really confusing by the end and there were weird character choices and that creepy song Johnny Depp as a wolf sings to Little Red Riding Hood. The highlight was Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, and the song "Agony." It is a song where two princes are trying to out do each other when it comes to the agony of their love. It was pretty delightful and the movie hit it's stride and was really enjoyable for a little bit, then lost it again. So disappointing!
4. The Theory of Everything // We saw this right after The Imitation Game (as in, the showing was 30 minutes after it ended) and I think that might have tainted my opinion. It was fine, the real attraction is Eddie Redmayne's portrayal of Stephen Hawking. It was a story was wasn't familiar with and he really transforms as the movie goes on. I didn't find it as moving as I think I was supposed to, but it is worth a watch.
6. The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness // I'm a nut for Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki so when I saw this was coming to the Belcourt I kept an eye out so I wouldn't miss it. It is described as a documentary about the studio but it doesn't really have a lot about the films, it mostly focuses on Miyazaki-san and the making of his final film The Wind Rises. There is a lot of footage of the every day goings on in the studio and Miyazaki's routine. My favorite sequence was him drawing the story boards for the film. He doesn't work from scripts, he just story boards the whole thing, and doesn't always know what is going to happen when he starts them. Really wonderful, essential if you are into Studio Ghibli. If you aren't familiar, find a way to see Spirited Away immediately.