What to see this weekend

Cinema’s line-up this weekend includes the return of Riddick, a Nixon doc and a tale of ex-con lesbians.



It’s a bit of a lighter week for film releases, but there’s still some gems to check out:

Anti-hero Riddick has been a favourite since 2000’s Pitch Black. The character has had several spin-offs including 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick, the animated film The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, as well as two video games, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay and The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena. Now you get to see Vin Diesel pick up the role again in Riddick, where he’ll take on alien predators with the bounty hunters who came to his planet to kill him.

Anne Fontaine’s (Coco Before Chanel) new film Adore is based on Doris Lessing’s novella The Grandmothers. The screenplay was written by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement) and follows two childhood best friends (Naomi Watts, Robin Wright) into adulthood, where they both have teenage sons. The twist here is that they each fall for each other’s son one summer creating troubling friction in all of their relationships.

Denis Côté’s newest film Vic+Flo Saw a Bear is a story about two lesbian ex-cons trying to rebuild their lives after prison in the backwoods of Quebec. In his review, Malcolm Fraser said it was his “best [film] yet.” You can read his interview with Côté here.

And Cinéma du Parc offer Our Nixon, a documentary featuring exclusive Super 8 home videos filmed by Richard Nixon’s closest aides, prior to being convicted as Watergate conspirators. The film offers an intimate look at Nixon and his presidency.

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