It will be mid-July by the end of this upcoming week, so air-conditioned theatres featuring excellent entertainment become more important than ever. The selection at Toronto’s indie cinemas this week includes the latest work from auteurs David Cronenberg and Wes Anderson, a Jonathan Demme weekend celebration, the Shinsedai Cinema Festival and continuing events at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Read below to plan your week in film!
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
The week at The Bloor kicks off with Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, a recovered interview from 1995 featuring the late founder of Apple. It’s screening twice this week, on Monday at 6:45 pm and Tuesday at 9:15 pm. The Toronto After Dark Summer Series features its second week of double bills this Wednesday. Detention, a fun sci-fi horror in which students are caught in detention and on the run from a serial killer, screens at 7:00 pm and is followed at 9:45 pm by the Canadian premiere of V/H/S.
There is plenty offered for Jonathan Demme fans coming up this weekend. Friday night begins with the premiere of Neil Young Journeys, a Demme directed documentary that chronicles a recent Neil Young road trip from his hometown in northern Ontario to a concert at Toronto’s Massey Hall. Right after that at 11:00 pm, is the much celebrated Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, also, of course, directed by Demme. To finish off the musical weekend, Gimme Shelter (not directed by Demme) plays on Sunday at 1:00 pm. This documentary features the tragedy of the Rolling Stone’s free 1969 concert in northern California.
For tickets and details, visit the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema website.
Moonrise Kingdom is available every day this week at various times, including a Wednesday screening at 1:30 pm as part of Movies for Mommies. Wes Anderson’s seventh feature film details a budding romance between two young people in the 1960s set in the fictional New Penzance. Screening Monday through Thursday is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which features everybody’s favourite older British actors: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson.
For tickets and details, visit the Fox Theatre’s website.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World starts the second week of its run on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm and has several other showings until Wednesday. The picture stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly as they journey the country during the apocalypse. Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg’s film starring Robert Pattinson as a billionaire on the way to a haircut, also plays at The Revue Monday through Wednesday. (Check out our interview with Cronenberg and Pattinson here.)
The Shinsedai Cinema Festival takes over Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15, 2012. There is plenty of quality entertainment from this cinema celebration, which showcases the best in innovative and independent Japanese filmmaking.
For tickets and details, visit The Revue’s website.
There is plenty of selection for those who want to see Cosmopolis. It’s also playing at The Royal Tuesday through Thursday at 9:00 pm. Sasha Baron Cohen’s latest outlandish character picture The Dictator, in which he is the outspoken dictator of a fictional country, can be seen Monday through Thursday. The Royal has yet to announce their programming for the weekend, so be sure to check their website for upcoming showtimes.
Toronto Underground Cinema
The Underground will be closed for July for renovations.
Portrait of Wally, Battle Royale, Patang and Fat Kid Rules the World all continue this week at Projection Booth. They are joined by To Make a Farm, a documentary about farming, the people who do it and its importance to our world today. On Friday, July 13, 2012 My First Wedding opens.
For tickets and details, visit Projection Booth’s website.
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Jaws, Steven Spielberg’s first blockbuster, returns to the big screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox all week, having been digitally remastered for its upcoming Blu-Ray release. Also available at various times is Jiro Dreams of Sushi, about an old man who is claimed to make the worlds best sushi. Dark Horse, Todd Solandz’s latest dark comedy, this time featuring Christopher Walken and Selma Blair, has multiple screenings all week.
TIFF In the Park continues this week with a free showing of The Palm Beach Story. The film, featuring Claudette Colbert hunting for a marriage to a wealthy man, screens in David Pecault Park on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm.
The Summer in France series begins this coming weekend. Films playing this week include a digital restoration of Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion on Friday, July 13 at 6:00 pm. Another film by Renoir, The Rules of the Game, will screen Friday, July 13, 2012 at 9:00 pm with an introduction from NOW Magazine’s Norm Wilner.
First People’s Cinema also continues on with its summer programme. Films available this week include Bedevil, an Australian aboriginal film directed by Tracey Moffatt. Several more films from Canada, Australia, the United States and New Zealand are offered with this great programme, so don’t miss the chance to see this diverse selection of Indigenous filmmaking.
For tickets and details, visit TIFF’s website.
Original artwork of TIFF Bell Lightbox by Bennett O’Brian.
Jordan Moffatt is a person living in Toronto. He is an improviser, actor, writer and graduate of the University of Ottawa. His favourite Indiana Jones film is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. He was the third string point guard of his high school basketball team.
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