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A look at some Canuck films expected in 2014

Comedian Brent Butt entertains the crowd between acts at the Alberta Flood Aid concert in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. New big screen offerings are expected from several Canuck heavyweights in 2014, including "Corner Gas" star Brent Butt with his long-awaited comedy "No Clue." THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
December 29, 2013 - 6:00 AM

TORONTO - New big screen offerings are expected from several Canuck heavyweights in 2014, including "Corner Gas" star Brent Butt with his long-awaited comedy "No Clue," director Michael Dowse's buzz-laden Daniel Radcliffe romantic comedy "The F Word" and another booze-fuelled caper from East Coast hooligans Ricky, Julian and Bubbles in "Trailer Park Boys 3: Don't Legalize It."

Then there's Quebec phenom Xavier Dolan, who returns with the thriller "Tom at the Farm"; Louise Archambault, whose "Gabrielle" is Canada's submission for the foreign-language film category at the Oscars; French director Laurent Cantet, who adapts the writing of Joyce Carol Oates for the New York-set, Canadian co-production "Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang"; and director Wiebke von Carolsfeld, who releases her relationship drama "Stay" starring Taylor Schilling and Aidan Quinn.

Here's a look at some other Canuck-flavoured titles headed to theatres next year:

"Cas & Dylan"

Expected release date: Spring 2014

Director: Jason Priestley (in his feature film directorial debut)

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Tatiana Maslany

The story: The Canadian-shot story stars Richard Dreyfuss as a dying man who winds up on the lam with a 22-year-old woman, played by "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany.

Priestley on helming a road movie: "Road movies are a big challenge for a lot of reasons and this one was no exception. It was difficult and also difficult because we didn't have a lot of time and we didn't have a lot of money and I really wanted to make sure that I took the audience on that whole journey. I really had to make sure that the audience felt like they were in Winnipeg and felt like they drove across the Prairies for three days and then felt like they were in the Rocky Mountains and then were in Vancouver and got on the ferry and then were on Vancouver Island."


"Devil's Knot"

Expected release date: Jan. 24, 2014

Director: Atom Egoyan

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood

The story: This U.S.-backed feature offers Egoyan's unique take on the real-life mystery surrounding the savage killings of three young boys, and the three teenagers accused of committing the murders as part of a satanic ritual.

Egoyan on examining a decades-old crime: "The film is dealing with the notion of doubt — how do we live with doubt? ... This is almost a supernatural event where it's a calculated and horrifying crime, three young boys are murdered and mutilated, but there's absolutely no blood evidence, there's no disturbance. It felt very almost unbelievable.... Ultimately, it's an examination of how we live with something that is not resolved."



Expected release date: March 2014

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini

The story: Based on the novel "The Double" by Jose Saramago, this psychological puzzle centres on a university lecturer named Adam who becomes obsessed with learning all he can about a minor actor who appears to be his exact doppelganger.

Villeneuve on tackling Saramago: "It's quite arrogant, I must say, I'm aware of that. The only thing that comforted me is that nobody knows this novel, nobody knows 'The Double.' Everybody knows his masterpiece but this one is a little hidden book somewhere, which is a beautiful book, don't get me wrong, but it's just that I have that pressure and my big, big sadness is that ... before we wrote the screenplay Saramago passed away and I will never know if yes or no if he would have liked the movie."


"The Grand Seduction"

Expected release date: May 30, 2014

Director: Don McKellar

Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban

The story: The survival of a tiny fishing village hinges on its ability to attract a prospective factory, but residents need a town doctor in order to land the contract. They set their sights on a big-city candidate, and proceed to concoct an elaborate plan to make sure he never wants to leave.

McKellar on filming in Newfoundland: "We were quite remote. We were shooting 2 1/2 hours outside of St. John's and you can feel that, too. It's really beautiful. We shot in really beautiful areas, so beautiful that every turn you took in the road you said, 'There! Let's shoot that!' The hard thing was choosing, editing down the locations."


"Maps to the Stars"

Expected release date: TBA

Director: David Cronenberg

Cast: Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams

The story: This satirical look at shallow, selfish celebrities and their hangers-on is anchored by "the loathsome yet funny and touching" child star Benjie, and his "tormented, apparently psychotic sister" Agatha.

Cronenberg on skewering Hollywood: "I've never really been obsessed with making a movie about moviemaking, you know, and a lot of filmmakers feel at one point they have to comment on their own profession.... But Bruce Wagner is a novelist who writes very much about Hollywood and he's a friend, we got together many years ago and I love his work. Really beautiful writing, fantastic. And he wrote a script about Hollywood and I couldn't resist, I mean it was just too good."

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