It’s starting to feel like autumn out there, so take solace in a movie today. You’ve got lots to choose from with a beautiful French New Wave classic, a British double bill, a doc about the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, and so much more. Here’s what’s happening today on the scene for Monday, August 20, 2012.
TIFF Bell Lightbox is screening their run of engagement films Beasts of the Southern Wild, First Position, Compliance, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry at various times today, with an added screening from the Summer in France series, Cleo from 5 to 7 (ClÃ©o de 5 Ã 7) the French New Wave masterpiece from Agnes Varga, about a beautiful young woman who spends a wistful two hours wandering the streets of Paris while awaiting a potentially fatal diagnosis, screens tonight at 6:30 pm.
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is screening the wonderful doc Bill W. today at 6:30 pm. The film, which took eight years to make, tells the story of Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Wilson’s life is worth examining not only because of his impact on recovery as a whole, but because his own struggles with addiction created the foundation for our modern understanding of it as a disease. Don’t miss this while it’s in limited run at The Bloor.
Also screening tonight is Cabaret as part of the Back to the Bloor series at 9:30 pm.
The Projection Booth is screening Craigslist Joe at 2:30 pm, Blue Like Jazz at 4:00 pm and Battle Royale at 10:00 pm. The Revue is screening Jaws at 6:45 pm and To Rome with Love at 9:15 pm. The Fox Theatre has Moonrise Kingdom at 7:00 pm and Magic Mike at 9:00 pm.
Toronto Film Society has a double bill from their Another British Invasion series tonight at the Carlton. First up is Storm in a Teacup (1937), which stars Vivien Leigh, about a politician who tried to break a reporter who wrote a bad story about him, followed by Trouble in Store (1955), starring Norman Wisdom, about a store room clerk and his shenanigans. The evening gets started at 7:30 pm.