Today on the Scene: screenings and film fun for Friday, November 23, 2012

Michael Caine in The Ipcress File

Well, we made it. It’s Friday, and the weekend has arrived. Looking to go out and catch a film? There’s no shortage of awesome film fun in Toronto tonight. Here’s what is happening on the scene for Friday, November 23, 2012.

TIFF Bell Lightbox continues multiple screenings today of Samsara , Chasing Ice , Holy Motors , and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel . Also beginning this week is the politically charged film, Inch’Allah , about a Quebec doctor in the West Bank, from director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette. Also on tonight, at 6:30 pm, is Perpetuum Mobile , a film from TIFF’s latest retrospective, Where Are the Films of Nicolás Pereda?. Director Pereda will be on hand to introduce this Mexican slacker comedy. And at 9:00 pm, as part of the whole Bond related theme TIFF has going on, this one part of “Beyond Bond: The Other Secret Agents,” they’ll have a screening of The Ipcress File with the wonderful Michael Caine. TIFF’s exhibit Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is also on, and will continue into January 2013.

Today at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, it’s another screening of I Am Not A Rock Star at 4:30 pm, a profile of Canadian musical prodigy,  Marika Bournaki. At 6:45 pm, Ping Pong , the UK documentary about the over-80’s table tennis championships is up. And at 8:45 pm, The Fruit Hunters opens, an adaptation of Adam Gollner’s book of the same name, and directed by Canada’s own Yung Chang ( Up The Yangtze ). It’s all about biodiversity and rare and exotic fruit. Yum. And a special treat: producer Mark Slutsky and author Adam Gollner will be in attendance at tonight’s screening for a Q&A.

The  Revue Cinema will have a 7:00 pm showing of Sarah Polley’s new autobiographical documentary, Stories We Tell , and at 9:15 pm, it’s the time-travel action thriller from Rian Johnson, Looper , starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.

The  Fox Theatre is screening Arbitrage with Richard Gere at 7:00 pm, and Seven Psychopaths at 9:15 pm, the new darkly comic film from the man who brought us In Bruges . It stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken.

The Royal continues screenings from the European Union Film Festival, which runs until November 27. Up today are the Lithuanian film, Fireheart: The Legend of Tadas Blinda at 6:00 pm, and at 9:00 pm, it’s Granny’s Funeral , from France. Also up tonight, at 11:30 pm, is the cult classic The Room .

Projection Booth East continues screening Shut Up and Play the Hits today at 4:30 pm, a concert chronicling the last concert of LCD Soundsystem at Madison Square Gardens. And today marks the beginning of a week-long run of Irvine Welsh’s Ecstacy , screening at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.

Image from The Ipcress File.

Obsessed with watching movies as far back as she can remember, Pam loves film enough to have two university degrees in the subject. When not focused on a movie screen, she can usually be found reading, cooking, touring vineyards, or planning where to spend her vacation time.

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