What to see this weekend

Cinema’s line-up this weekend includes Robert De Niro’s return to the mafia, more James Wan horror and a tale of belonging.


Insidious: Chapter 2

The selection of new films this weekend may be sparse — but it is a solid selection.

The Family, directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Léon: The Professional), stars Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo as the Manzoni family: a notorious mafia clan that gets relocated to France under the witness protection program. They all have a hard time adjusting to their new town as they find it difficult to leave their criminal ways behind.

As it is Friday the 13th and Halloween is fast approaching, James Wan’s (The Conjuring, Saw) Insidious: Chapter 2 will surely hit the spot for horror fans. The Lambert family continue to be haunted by evil spirits that are somehow connected to a childhood trauma. Wan is either seriously disturbed, or setting himself up to be this generation’s Wes Craven.

You can also check out Mohamed Hamidi’s directorial debut Homeland, about a French Algerian returning to his roots to settle some of his father’s business once he falls ill. The film is really about family and belonging, but it approaches these heavy ideas with tactful comedy and ease. You can read my review here.

Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s sequel Aliens may not be new flicks, but you do have the ability to see both on the big screen courtesy of Cinéma du Parc. They’ll be screening them every day until Sept. 18.

In space no one can hear you scream…

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