The Watch List: 10 Movies You Can’t Miss

Find out which classic and current films writer John Semley recommends making some time for this month.

The Watch List: 10 Movies You Can't Miss

The Artist

This massively charming Cannes and TIFF hit-a French love letter to silent-era Hollywood-gets screen time in a handful of cinemas across the country. Watch for this witty filmic bonbon come Oscar season. Now in theatres.

Café de Flore

Jean-Marc Vallée’s much-awaited follow-up to 2005’s C.R.A.Z.Y tracks two fractured romances-one in present-day Montreal, the other in 1960s Paris. Now in theatres.


Controversial Danish director Lars von Trier’s latest is an epic apocalyptic melodrama starring Kirsten Dunst-in a tortured, deeply affecting performance. Now in theatres.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay’s drama about a school massacre, based on the popular 2003 novel by Lionel Shriver, features another star turn by Tilda Swinton. In theatres December 2.

Lie My Father Told Me

The TIFF Bell Lightbox opens its vaults to screen Ján Kadár’s Academy Award-nominated 1975 drama about a Jewish boy in 1920s Montreal. In Toronto December 19.


After last season’s emotional cliffhanger, David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel’s popular forensic crime procedural is back. Tune in for all the sexual tension, black humour and poking and prodding of human remains. Thursday nights on Global.

The Quon Dynasty

Buzz has been building online for this sweetly funny, fly-on-the-wall documentary series about the Quon family, operators of Edmonton’s popular Chinese resto, The Lingnan. Sunday nights on CityTV.

A Christmas Story

It’s an unavoidable holiday classic and always-reliable cable staple. Less known fact: Director Bob Clark had an integral role in 1980s Canadian cinema-he helmed the peephole comedy Porky’s. On DVD now.


Mike Mills’s gentle coming-out story-about the main character’s 75-year-old father bursting out of the closet-is a heartbreaker. A must for Christopher Plummer fans. On DVD now.

Trailer Park Boys X-Mas Special

Foul-mouthed and big-hearted, the Nova Scotia mockumentary’s Christmas episode is a holiday tradition for families who don’t mind cussing. This special is a standby on Showcase during the yuletide season. On DVD now.


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