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Retrospectives, Programmes & Festivals
Dec 6 - 10
Jayu Human Rights Film Festival @ Hot Docs
Taking stock of human rights abuses in North Korea and beyond.
Dec 7 - 8
Filmi @ Harbourfront
South Asian cinema culture.
Dec 7 - 20
Best Of 2019 @ Hot Docs
The cream of the 2019 doc crop, for your edification and entertainment. This week:
Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool (2019, USA, D: Stanley Nelson) -- Dec 7, 9:30pm; Dec 9, 3:30pm
Midnight Traveler (2019, UK/Canada/Qatar, D: Hassan Fazili) -- Dec 8, 1:15pm
Echo In The Canyon (2018, USA, D: Andrew Slater) -- Dec 10, 4:00pm
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (2019, Canada, D: Martha Kehoe & Joan Tosoni) -- Dec 11, 4:00pm
Amazing Grace (2018, USA, D: Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack) -- Dec 12, 11:45am
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice (2019, USA, D: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) -- Dec 12, 2:15pm
Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019, USA, D: Matt Tyrnauer) -- Dec 12, 4:45pm
Dec 7
In The Realm Of Oshima: The Best of Japanese Master Nagisa Oshima @ Lightbox
A selection of the rebel filmmaker's greatest hits. This week:
Pleasures Of The Flesh (1965, Japan, D: Nagisa Oshima) -- Dec 7, 4:00pm
Dec 14
News From Home: The Films Of Chantal Akerman @ Lightbox
The late feminist and formalist filmmaker is remembered. This week:
From The Other Side (2002, Belgium/France/Australia/Finland, D: Chantal Akerman) -- Dec 5, 6:20pm
Tomorrow We Move (2004, France/Belgium, D: Chantal Akerman) -- Dec 7, 6:15pm
La-Bas (2006, France/Belgium, D: Chantal Akerman)
    + Saute Ma Ville (1968, France, D: Chantal Akerman) -- Dec 8, 6:45pm
Almayer's Folly (2011, Belgium/France, D: Chantal Akerman) -- Dec 11, 6:30pm
Jan 4
Scorsese: A Retrospective @ Lightbox
Scorsese's all-encompassing love of cinema produces an equally wide-ranging body of work: religious-themed dramas, literary adaptations and, of course, the gangster films that made his reputation This week:
Taxi Driver (1976, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Dec 5, 9:55pm
The Age Of Innocence (1993, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Dec 6, 11:00am; Dec 12, 6:15pm
Goodfellas (1990, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Dec 6, 3:30pm
Raging Bull (1980, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Dec 6, 6:30pm; Dec 7, 12:50pm; Dec 8, 9:10pm; Dec 9, 8:45pm; Dec 10, 8:45pm; Dec 11, 3:20pm; Dec 12, 3:30pm
The Hustler (1961, USA, D: Robert Rossen) -- Dec 6, 9:15pm
The Color Of Money (1986, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Dec 8, 4:00pm
After Hours (1985, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Dec 10, 6:30pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Dec 5
Dec 9
Sonatine (1993, Japan, D: Takeshi Kitano)    Free!
Tokyo Yakuza hide out at the Okinawa beach following an outbreak of gang warfare.
@ Japan Foundation
Dec 5 Raise Hell: The Life & Times Of Molly Ivins (2019, USA, D: Janice Engel)   Doc Soup
Journalist Ivins takes on Texas corruption with force and wit.
@ Hot Docs 6:45pm
Dec 5 First Love (2019, Japan, D: Takashi Miike)
A boxer and an addict meet-cute against the backdrop of a gang war.
@ JCCC 7:00pm
Dec 5 CKY: Landspeed (1999, USA, D: Bam Margera)   Lobotomy Films
CKY2K (2000, USA, D: Bam Margera)
CKY3 (2001, USA, D: Brandon DiCamillo & Bam Margera)
Skateboarding and outrageous stunts provide the seeds for future Jackass-es. Plus: live music.
@ Grand Gerrard 8:00pm
Dec 5
Dec 6
If You Love Me (Se Mi Vuoi Bene) (2019, Italy, D: Fausto Brizzi)   L'Altra Italia
A man's urge to help out causes only disaster ... until it doesn't.
@ Vaughan
@ Lightbox
Dec 5 The Rebirth Of Mothra (1996, Japan, D: Okhiro Yoneda)   Trashterpiece Theatre
When Ghidora reawakens to unleash devastation, can the planet's protector Mothra be far behind?
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm
Dec 5 Ivan Ladislav Galeta: End Art   Wavelengths    Free!
Galeta finds inspiration in symmetry.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Dec 6
- Dec 12
Gremlins (1984, USA, D: Joe Dante)   Flashback Film Series
Cute little creatures destroy a small town's Christmas when they are fed after midnight.
@ Cineplex
Dec 6
Dec 11
Almost Famous (2000, USA, D: Cameron Crowe)
A teen is given the opportunity to tour with a rising rock band and write about the experience for Rolling Stone.
@ Cineplex
Dec 6
White Christmas (1954, USA, D: Michael Curtiz)
Black Christmas (1974, Canada, D: Bob Clark)
Christmas contrast! Crosby, Kaye and Clooney bring the seasonal cheer; Canada gifts the slasher flick to the world. A Royal Christmas tradition.
@ The Royal
Dec 6 The Apartment (1960, USA, D: Billy Wilder)   FFF    Free!
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004, USA, D: Raja Gosnell)
Viewer's choice! 1: Office worker Jack Lemmon tries to get in good with the higher-ups by lending them his bachelor pad for rendezvous with their mistresses. 2: The Mystery Inc. gang are threatened by someone recreating villains from their past.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Dec 6
Christmas Sucks (2019, Canada, D: Paul Bellini)   Paul Bellini Film Festival
The Eplet Triplet (2019, Canada, D: Paul Bellini)
Paul Bellini touches back with "Christmas movies for grinches".
@ Eyesore Cinema
Dec 6
Dec 7
Dec 8
Apocalypse Now (Final Cut) IMAX (1979, USA, D: Francis Ford Coppola)
Martin Sheen goes upriver to find the heart of darkness. New 4K restoration and cut!
@ Cinesphere
Dec 6 Lost And Found In Late Capitalism   Pleasure Dome
Found-footage videos put the products of capitalism to use in telling of life under its thumb. At the Small World Music Centre (180 Shaw).
Dec 6 Manborg (2011, Canada, D: Steven Kostanski)
"I am man ... I am borg ... I am Manborg." A cyborg and his misfit commandos take on Count Draculon and the armies of Hell. From Winnipeg cult film collective Astron 6. Plus: live music afterparty with Joe Cash.
@ Grand Gerrard 8:00pm
Dec 6 Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972, USA, D: Theodore Gershuny)   Killer B Cinema
Murders ensue after a man inherits an old asylum for the mentally insane.
@ Imperial Pub 8:30pm
Dec 6 Nightmare (1981, USA, D: Romano Scavolini)   Fear Is Free Fridays    Free!
Phantasm (1979, USA, D: Don Coscarelli)
Fear x 2.
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Dec 7
Dec 11
A Christmas Story (1983, USA/Canada, D: Bob Clark)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
Little Ralphie would love nothing more than for Santa to bring him a Red Ryder BB gun.
@ Cineplex
Dec 7 A Christmas Story (1983, USA/Canada, D: Bob Clark)
Elf (2003, USA, D: Jon Favreau)
Gremlins (1984, USA, D: Joe Dante)
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, USA, D: Jeremiah S. Chechik)
The Polar Express (2004, USA, D: Robert Zemeckis)
Community Day! Free Christmas-y movies & cheap concessions raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.
@ Cineplex 9:00am
Dec 7 The Awful Truth (1937, USA, D: Leo McCarey)   7 From '37
Marriage begets divorce begets the possibility of reconciliation between Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. One of the great screwball comedies.
@ The Paradise 2:00pm
Dec 7
Dec 8
The Tokyo Night Is Always The Densest Shade Of Blue (2017, Japan, D: Yuya Ishii)
Three Stories Of Love (2015, Japan, D: Ryosuke Hashiguchi)
Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016, Japan, D: Ryota Nakano)
Tales of modern love, Japanese-style. 1: a nurse moonlighting at a bar meets an anxious construction worker. 2: three people from different walks of life grapple with change. 3: a single mom with a terminal illness resets family fortunes before time runs out.
@ The Revue
Dec 7 Solaris (1972, USSR, D: Andrei Tarkovsky)
Scientists manning a planetary outpost contend with materialized thoughts and memories. A high-art, sci-fi classic.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 7 The Stunt Man (1980, USA, D: Richard Rush)   Colin Geddes' Kinovortex
A Vietnam vet on the run finds refuge as a stunt man on the set of a war epic.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Dec 7 Code 8 (2019, Canada, D: Jeff Chan)
A man marginalized by his special powers turns to the criminal underworld to make a living.
@ Yonge & Dundas 9:20pm
Dec 7 The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996, USA, D: Renny Harlin)   Drunken Cinema
A suburban Mom joins forces with a private detective to evade killers from her former life as a secret agent. Plus: drinking games!
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Dec 8
Dec 9
Dec 10
Promare (2019, Japan, D: Hiroyuki Imaishi)
Firefighting mechas fight fire-lighting mutants. Screening both subbed and dubbed.
@ Cineplex
Dec 8 The Land Before Time (1988, USA, D: Don Bluth)   Family Pics
Cute little dinosaurs try to outrun both a T-Rex and the coming ice age.
@ The Paradise 10:00am
Dec 8
Trouble In Paradise (1932, USA, D: Ernst Lubitsch)
Cinema Paradiso (1988, Italy/France, D: Giuseppe Tornatore)
Phantom Of The Paradise (1974, USA, D: Brian De Palma)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984, USA, D: Jim Jarmusch)
Paradise Day! Four films inspired by the notion embodied by the cinema's name. 1: a thief, a pickpocket and an heiress form an unlikely threesome. 2: a boy in a small village falls hard for cinema. 3: De Palma crosses Phantom Of The Opera with Faust. 4: a New York hipster takes a road trip to Florida with his friend and visiting Hungarian cousin.
@ The Paradise
Dec 8 Golda (2019, Israel/Germany, D: Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir & Shani Rozanes)   Chai Tea
The story of the pioneering female prime minister of Israel is told.
@ Empress Walk 1:00pm, 4:00pm
Dec 8 Metropolitan (1935, USA, D: Richard Boleslawski)   TFS
They Shall Have Music (1939, USA, D: Archie Mayo)
Music! Opera stars strike out on their own; a runaway puts a violinist on the job of saving a music school for poor kids.
@ Innis Town Hall 1:30pm
Dec 8 The Pyx (1973, Canada, D: Harvey Hart)   Toronto Film Review Presents
An investigation into the murder of a prostitute uncovers evidence of a satanic cult. Plus: producer Julian (The Mask, The Bloody Brood) Roffman's son Peter will be present to introduce a filmed interview with his father.
@ Media Commons 2:00pm
Dec 8 Amazing Grace (2018, USA, D: Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack)    Free!
Aretha Franklin wows a Watts church circa 1972.
@ Aga Khan 3:00pm
Dec 8
This Means War (2012, USA, D: McG)   Menstruation Nation
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014, USA, D: Sean Anders)
Chris-mas Pine-fest!
@ Eyesore Cinema
Dec 8 The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978, USA, D: Steve Binder)   Hollow Moon Movie Club
Christmas, Wookie-style.
@ Handlebar 7:30pm
Dec 8 School Daze (1988, USA, D: Spike Lee)   Black Gold
Students at a historically black college clash over a protest. With Laurence Fishburne and Giancarlo Esposito.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 9 Bend It Like Beckham (2002, UK, D: Gurinder Chadha)
The daughter of Sikh immigrants runs up against her parents' traditonalism when all she wants to do is play a little footie. Director Gurinder Chadha in attendance!
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Dec 9 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, USA, D: Jeremiah S. Chechik)
Chevy Chase and company indulge in a little holiday mayhem. At Cineplex VIP locations only.
@ Cineplex 7:00pm
Dec 9 Punch Drunk Love (2002, USA, D: Paul Thomas Anderson)
Adam Sandler struggles with anxiety, rage and romance (not to mention a bright blue suit). 35mm!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 10 Freaked (1993, USA, D: Tom Stern & Alex Winter)   Laughsploitation
A chemical company's spokesman finds out for himself the freaky side efects of his employer's poisons. Plus: live comedy!
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Dec 10 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, USA, D: Jeremiah S. Chechik)   Band And A Movie
On screen: Chevy Chase's holiday mayhem. On stage: Dwayne Gretsky performs! Free tickets are available beginning at 5:30pm.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 11 Stage Door (1937, USA, D: Gregory La Cava)   7 From '37
Young actresses hustle for their big break in New York showbiz. With Kathrine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers and Lucille Ball!
@ The Paradise 6:00pm
Dec 11 Tokyo Godfathers (2003, Japan, D: Satoshi Kon)   Anime @ The Revue
A trio of people living on the street search for an abandoned baby's parents on Christmas Eve.
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Dec 11 In Conversation With... Andre Aciman
The author of Call Me By Your Name discusses the novel's sequel. Plus: classical pianist Darren Creech plays selections from the Call Me By Your Name Soundtrack. A book signing follows the event.
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Dec 11 The Elephant Man (1980, USA, D: David Lynch)
Sideshow attraction John Merrick becomes a Victorian celebrity.
@ Grand Gerrard 8:00pm
Dec 11 Lost In The Pacific (2016, China/Malaysia, D: Vincent Zhou)   2Bad4U
Wealthy passengers are marooned by an air crash.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Dec 11 Days Of Heaven (1978, USA, D: Terrence Malick)
A farm worker and his girlfriend scheme to grab of piece of a dying landowner's fortune.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 11 Love, Actually (2003, UK, D: Richard Curtis)   Drunk Feminist Films
The DFF crew take on Curtis' epic holiday romantic comedy.
@ Hot Docs 8:30pm
Dec 12 Kitanaka Sketch (2018, Japan, D: Tsukasa Kishimoto)    Free!
A manga artist struggles with representing her hometown.
@ Japan Foundation 2:00pm
Dec 12 Holiday Video Chuck
BYOC! The members of Charles Street Video showcase their latest.
@ Toronto Media Arts Centre 6:30pm
Dec 12 Marie Antoinette (2006, USA/France, D: Sofia Coppola)   Designing The Movies
France's doomed queen revels in decadence. Plus: a presentation on Coppola's visual reference points.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Dec 12 Crossroads (1976, USA, D: Bruce Conner)    Free!
The Exploding Digital Inevitable (2017, D: Ross Lipman)
Conner's classic found footage compilation of atomic bomb tests is paired with Lipman's live documentary essay sharing the story of Crossroads' creation.
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Dec 12 Love Actually (2003, UK, D: Richard Curtis)
Love, love and more love - at Christmas. With Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Laura Linney.
@ The Fox 7:00pm
Dec 12 Puppet Killer (2019, Canada, D: Lisa Ovies)
You know the drill: students, cabin, killer ... puppet? Presented by Toronto Indie Horror Fest.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Dec 12 You've Got Mail (1998, USA, D: Nora Ephron)   Drunk Feminist Films
The DFF crew take on Ephron's internet-era update of The Shop Around The Corner.
@ Hot Docs 8:30pm
Dec 12 Movements Of A Nearby Mountain (2019, Austria/France/Nigeria, D: Sebastian Brameshuber)   MDFF Presents
A Nigerian mechanic fixes and exports cars from his workplace in Austria to his homeland. Director in attendance!
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Dec 15 Strange Brew (2010, Canada/USA, D: Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas)   The Second City At 60
"Fleshy-headed mutant, are you friendly?" "No way, eh? Radition has, like, made me an enemy of society!" Hosers Bob & Doug get mixed up in a Hamlet pastiche at a sinister brewery. With Max Von Sydow as the evil Brewmeister!
@ The Paradise 9:30pm

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