It’s supposed to be hot all this week, so why not take a break from the heat in a nice, air-conditioned rep theatre? There’s loads to see, from award winning documentaries to the latest in independent films and Hollywood blockbusters. The Revue and the Fox have Rep Revival events going on, bringing back classics and cult favourites. With film openings, benefit screenings, movie marathons, and a festival featuring films from emerging women filmmakers – there’s something for everyone!
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Continuing this week, with screenings on Monday and Tuesday, is Kivalina Vs. Exxon, about an Alaskan village on the verge of vanishing in the rising water levels. The Island President, a People’s Choice Award winner at last year’s TIFF, also continues, with shows from Tuesday through Sunday. On Wednesday and Thursday, it’s Senna, the documentary about race car driver Aryton Senna. The Sundance award winning film about non-violent resistance in the West Bank, 5 Broken Cameras, starts on Friday, June 22, 2012 and runs until the following Monday. Also screening is Pink Floyd The Wall on Friday at 11:30 pm, Darwin’s Nightmare on Saturday at 3:30 pm, and 2001: A Space Odyssey on Sunday at 3:15 pm. Check their website for all the details and showtimes.
Continuing this week are screenings of the latest Whit Stillman film, Damsels in Distress, The Dictator, the new Sasha Baron Cohen satirical comedy, and Headhunters, the new German/Norwegian thriller about a corporate headhunter who doubles as a part-time art thief. The Fox’s Rep Revival begins on Friday, June 22 and runs until June 28, offering up some of the best in classics and cult favourites for the entire week – from Friday through Sunday, they’re offering up Hitchcock classics Rear Window and North by Northwest, fabulous gritty 1970s films The Sting and Chinatown, and some fun adventure with Back to the Future and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Head on over to their website to check for details and showtimes for this week’s offerings.
The Projection Booth will have multiple screenings of Battle Royale, A Place Called Los Pereyra and Portrait of Wally throughout the week. On Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm, it’s another edition of Little Terrors, bringing you some of the best in horror shorts. Patang (The Kite), a film that’s been raising buzz at the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals, opens on Friday, June 22, 2012 and runs until June 28. On opening night, director Prashant Bhargava will be on hand. And at 7:00 pm on Saturday, June 23, it’s the Breakthroughs Film Festival from Octavia Films, featuring shorts from emerging Canadian women directors. For all the details and showtimes, check the theatre website.
This week the Revue, from Monday through Thursday, they’ll be continuing with their special Rep Revival, screening a variety of classics and cult favourites, from Eraserhead and The Breakfast Club, to Dr. Strangelove and Dirty Dancing. Friday through Saturday features screenings of the latest Whit Stillman film, Damsels in Distress, and The Dictator, the new Sasha Baron Cohen satirical comedy. For Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm, it’s the quite charming animated comedy, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. Saturday, June 23, 2012 starting at 11:30 pm, is a special all night movie marathon – Shock and Awe: The All Night Grindhouse Experience, featuring six films that will run until 10:00 am the next day. Sunday, June 24 at 4:00 pm, it’s another edition of Silent Sundays, featuring The Cameraman (1928) starring Buster Keaton. This rare screening (the 16mm print is on loan from a private collector) will be introduced by John Sebert, who directed Keaton in his final film, The Scribe. Please check out the Revue website for all the details and showtimes.
This week at the Royal will feature multiple screenings of Ingrid Veninger’s i am a good person/i am a bad person, from Monday through Thursday. Also on Tuesday, Veninger’s film will be paired with her earlier film, Only (2008). Both director and cast will be in attendance for screenings all week! Wednesday features the World premiere of The Ballad of Hugh, a from director Marco DiFelice about an 82-year-old singer-songwriter trying to make it in the music industry. The documentary To Make a Farm, which explores the lives of five small-scale farmers, makes its Toronto premiere on Thursday evening, and will be followed by a panel discussion. And on Friday, June 22 at 11:30 pm, there’ll be a late night screening of cult favourite The Room. Please check out the Royal’s website for all the details and showtimes.
Toronto Underground Cinema
This week at the Underground, they’ll feature a screening of The Gate (1986) on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm. On Saturday night, there’s a special midnight screening of Joss Whedon’s fantastic sci-fi film Serenity (2005), based on the characters from his (sadly) short-lived television series, Firefly. Better yet, proceeds from the evening will go to Equality Now to help in the fight to end violence against women around the world. The evening includes door prizes and an auction following the screening. Tickets at the door (cash only) are $15, but only $12 if you purchase them in advance. Check their website for all the details and showtimes.
Original Artwork of the Revue Cinema by Bennett O’Brian.
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