ALONG CAME POLLY
(John Hamburg) stars Ben Stiller as a man terrified of risk who enters a risky romance with Jennifer Aniston. See review online at www.nowtoronto.com. 90 min.
Opens Jan 16 at 401 & Morningside, Beach Cinemas, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Elgin Mills, First Markham Place, Grande - Steeles, Grande - Yonge, Kennedy Commons, Paramount, Queens way, Rainbow Fairview, Rainbow Market Square, Rainbow Promenade, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Mississauga, SilverCity Newmarket, SilverCity Richmond Hill, Silver City Yorkdale, Silvercity Yonge, Varsity.
(Wayne Kramer) - See cover story and review. 101 min. NNN (JH) Opens Jan 16 at Paramount.
(Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Joel Bakan) - See interview and review, page 59. 165 min. NNNN (CB)
Opens Jan 16 at Canada Square.
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
(Peter Webber) confirms Scarlett Johansson as the dewiest thing in movies right now. With her tresses covered and her lips parted, she enters the household of Johannes Vermeer, a mopey Dutch painter who'd have to wait two centuries to be hailed as a genius. Colin Firth plays Vermeer as a painstaking introvert who naturally prefers his sensitive servant girl to the scheming riot of his bourgeois household. Based on Tracy Chevalier's best-seller, this is mainly a triumph of subtle light and great casting. Watching it is almost obscenely sensual, though there's nothing racier here than pigment and human faces. 99 min. NNN (CB)
Opens Jan 16 at Kennedy Commons, Varsity, Winston Churchill.
(Patty Jenkins) - See review, page 60. 114 min. NNN (JH) Opens Jan 16 at Cumberland, Grande - Yonge, Interchange 30, Kennedy Commons, Winston Churchill.
(Timothy Björklund) is an oddity. It's based on the award-winning kids' show designed by artist Gary Baseman, whose creepy-cute stylings will look familiar to fans of alternative comics and Labatt's ads alike. A dog who goes off on a quest to be transformed into a human being by a mad scientist, and a bizarre cocktail of platitudes, mediocre musical numbers and eye-popping artwork in Baseman's trademark sickly palette ensues. It's funny in spots but patchy overall, and probably won't appeal to kids who aren't diehard fans of the show. However, as one of Disney's final forays into classical animation and a radical experiment in visual style, it's an interesting artifact. 68 min. NN (Wendy Banks)
Opens Jan 16 at 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Scarborough, Colossus, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Grande - Yonge, Queensway, Rainbow Fairview, Rainbow Promenade, SilverCity Newmarket, Silver City Richmond Hill, SilverCity Yorkdale, Winston Churchill.
(Joseph Kahn) puts Ice Cube in the middle of biker gang warfare. See review online at www.nowtoronto.com. 81 min.
Opens Jan 16 at 401 & Morningside, Coliseum Scarborough, Courtney Park 16, Eglinton Town Centre, Elgin Mills, First Markham Place, Grande - Steeles, Interchange 30, Paramount, Queensway, Rainbow Woodbine, SilverCity Newmarket, SilverCity North York, SilverCity Richmond Hill, SilverCity Yorkdale, Silvercity Yonge, Winston Churchill.