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Why you should see it: In a review, The Hollywood Reporter calls Love, Marilyn "one of the year's most engaging documentaries" for the way it "morphs (Marilyn) back from an icon to human." In a four star review, the Globe and Mail also highlights the film's "unusual, highly effective" technique for telling its story. Even if you're not a Marilyn fan, the idea of pulling away the veil of celebrity sounds fascinating.

Who's in it: There are a ton of stars including Glenn Close, Uma Thurman, Lindsay Lohan, Marisa Tomei and Adrien Brody, to name just a few.

Fun fact: Through connections she made while shooting another documentary, Garbus learned that two virtually untouched boxes that belonged to Marilyn's estate had been unearthed. Pouring through the documents within, she discovered enough new insight to spark the documentary. "I think the exploitation of Marylin's image should be set in the context of a human being Marilyn and it shouldn't be seen simply as an accident that Marilyn is so famous," she said in a video interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "We should understand what she did to create that."

When/where: Dec. 1, 9:30 p.m. Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Anna Karenina

What's it about: If you don't know that the film is based on the Leo Tolstoy classic novel, it might be a sign that the public school system (or Oprah, who gave the book her club stamp of approval a few years ago) is failing us. Anna Karenina, who married her government official husband young and for reasons other than love, falls hard for Count Vronsky, despite her wedding vows and 8-year-old son. When the affair becomes public, she's forced to choose between fleeing and leaving her child behind, or ending the extramarital affair.

Why you should see it: The crew managed to make the stunning Jude Law look drab. Isn't that enough to pique your curiosity? Besides the fine make-up crew, director Joe Wright made the unusual decision to film the production almost entirely in a large, crumbling theatre. According to the L.A. Times, the effect is "both brilliant and baffling" with "action unfolding in odd nooks and crannies of the ancient structure, much of it on catwalks and along backstage corridors."  

Who's in it: Well, we already mentioned the magically transformed Jude Law. Keira Knightley, however, remains lovely as ever as Anna Karenina. Her love interest, meanwhile, is played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who most recently acted in the Oliver Stone drug film Savages.

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