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Feb 27
- Mar 20
The Poetry Of Precision: The Films Of Robert Bresson @ Lightbox
Bresson finds transcendence in the sparse and specific. A revival of Cinematheque Ontario's landmark retrospective on the occasion of the institution's 30th anniversary. This week:
Diary Of A Country Priest (1950, France, D: Robert Bresson) -- Feb 27, 6:20pm
Feb 28
- Mar 1
Toronto Irish Film Festival @ Lightbox
Cinema of the emerald isle.
Mar 4
Cinéfranco: Youth Festival
The city's yearly round-up of recent French-language cinema reaches out to the city's youth with weekday school group screenings.
Mar 11
Best Of The Decade: An Alternative View @ Lightbox
Top picks from the 2010's, with a bend towards artiness. This week:
The Master (2012, USA, D: Paul Thomas Anderson) (70mm) -- Feb 20, 6:15pm; Feb 21, 6:15pm; Feb 22, 6:30pm
The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010, Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil, D: Manoel de Oliveira) -- Feb 23, 3:10pm
The Master (2012, USA, D: Paul Thomas Anderson) (70mm) w/ Adam Nayman -- Feb 23, 6:30pm
Vitalina Varela (2019, Portugal, D: Pedro Costa) -- Feb 26, 6:30pm
Moonlight (2016, USA, D: Barry Jenkins) -- Feb 28, 3:15pm
Mar 22
Personal Journeys: Scorsese's Documentaries @ Lightbox
The great American filmmaker turns his attention towards the towering artists of our time. This week:
Shine A Light (2008, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Feb 22, 9:00pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Feb 20 Collared (2018, Canada, D: Garrick Apollon & Etienne Trepanier)
An insider trading scheme atypically nets a conviction. Part of a program of Continuing Professional Education events, so tickets are on the pricy side.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Feb 20 Paddling Film Festival
Cinema heads upstream.
@ The Royal 7:00pm
Feb 20 Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning (2012, USA, D: John Hyams)
Scott Adkins stumbles across a secret genetically-enhanced army when he pursues JCVD to avenge his murdered family.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Feb 20 Fourteen (2019, USA, D: Dan Sallitt)   MDFF Presents
Female friends weather a decade of life's adventures and crises. Plus: Sallitt's short Caterina.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Feb 21
Feb 22
Feb 25
The Color Purple (1985, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
A young girl suffers abuse at the hands of her father before gathering strength from new friendships.
@ Cineplex
Feb 21
- Mar 1
12 Monkeys (1995, USA, D: Terry Gilliam)   Flashback Film Series
Bruce Willis travels back in time to locate a virus that has detroyed civilization in Gilliam's reworking of the classic Chris Marker short La Jetee..
@ Cineplex
Feb 21 Beethoven (1992, USA, D: Brian Levant)    Free!
An escaped St. Bernard becomes a beloved family pet.
@ The Revue 12:00pm
Feb 21 The Shop Around The Corner (1940, USA, D: Ernst Lubitsch)   Call Me Jimmy: The Films Of James Stewart
Squabbling shop employees unintentionally connect as anonymous romantic correspondents.
@ Lightbox 4:00pm
Feb 21 A Slideshow And Talk By Diane Arbus (2005, USA, D: Neil Selkirk, Doon Arbus & Adam Shott)
In 1970, photographer Arbus narrates a slideshow showcasing her work in addition to items from her own collection. A taste of the upcoming Diane Arbus exhibit opening tomorrow.
@ AGO 6:00pm, 8:00pm
Feb 21 The God Of Ramen (2013, Japan, D: Takashi Innami)   Ramen Film Series    Free!
Meet ramen chef Kazuo Yamagishi, who has plied his trade for over 50 years.
@ Japan Foundation 6:30pm
Feb 21 Colour Theory: 2SQT + BIPOC Shorts Night    Free!
Round five!
@ Toronto Media Arts Centre 7:00pm
Feb 21 The Long Winter
The latest installment of Toronto's winter art party includes Pleasurdome-curated video art from Sara Bonaventura and Jeffrey Langille.
@ Workman Theatre 7:00pm
Feb 21 Killer Of Sheep (1977, USA, D: Charles Burnett)   FFF    Free!
A slaughterhouse worker's disconnection from his family is indicative of the malaise afflicting the 1970's Los Angeles ghettos in Burnett's acclaimed, lyrical gem.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Feb 21
Feb 22
Feb 23
Interstellar (70mm IMAX) (2014, USA, D: Christopher Nolan)
Explorers search for a solution to humanity's extinction.
@ Cinesphere
2:30pm, 7:30pm
Feb 21 La Bamba (1987, USA, D: Luis Valdez)
Don't Knock The Rock (1956, USA, D: Fred F. Sears)
'50 rock night! 1: Ritchie Valens hits the big time before the music dies. 2: A DJ preaches the virtues of rock'n'roll. Canada's own Buddy Holly impersonator Jeff Giles plays before each film.
@ The Revue 7:30pm
Feb 21 Assault On Precinct 13 (1976, USA, D: John Carpenter)   Neon Dreams
Cops and prisoners reluctantly join forces when their precinct is attacked by a street gang. 35mm!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 21 Spellbinder (1988, USA, D: Janet Greek)   Fear Is Free Fridays    Free!
13 Sins (2014, USA, D: Daniel Stamm)
Fear x 2.
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Feb 21 Virtual Combat (1995, USA, D: Andrew Stevens)   Almost Asian
A cop attempts to prevent virtual reality characters made flesh from bringing their brethren into this world.
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm
Feb 21 Sisters (1972, USA, D: Brian De Palma)   The New American Nightmare
A journalist's investigation of a murder she witnessed puts her in danger from a pair of sisters. Featuring the late, great Margot Kidder. Programmer Peter Kuplowsky intros.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Feb 21 Stop Making Sense (1984, USA, D: Jonathan Demme)   This Film Should Be Played Loud
David Byrne and his big white suit lead Talking Heads through an immensely enjoyable performance.
@ Hot Docs 9:30pm
Feb 22 'Rameaux's Nephew' by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (1974, Canada, D: Michael Snow)
Avant-garde legend Snow explores the formal properties of cinematic sound. Presented by the University of Toronto Art Museum's Listening To Snow exhibit.
@ Innis Town Hall 1:00pm
Feb 22 Rosita (1923, USA, D: Ernst Lubitsch)   From Noir To New Wave: A Tribute To The Film Foundation
Street performer Mary Pickford attracts royal romantic attention even though her heart lies elsewhere.
@ Lightbox 1:30pm
Feb 22
Feb 23
Cat Video Fest 2020 (2018, USA, D: Various)
The internet is full of cats.
@ Hot Docs
Feb 22 Purple Noon (1960, France/Italy, D: Rene Clement)
An amoral grifter latches onto a young, rich American enjoing the good life in Europe.
@ Lightbox 3:40pm
Feb 22 It (1927, USA, D: Clarence G. Badger)
Clara Bow puts her "it" factor to work in wooing her employer. Presented by the Toronto Silent Film Festival.
@ The Fox 4:30pm
Feb 22 Muriel's Wedding (1994, Australia, D: P.J. Hogan)
Toni Collette puts family issues behind her for a move to the big city, all the while dreaming of a glorious wedding.
@ The Royal 5:30pm
Feb 22 A Close Eye (2020, Canada, D: Kelvin Omori)
House arrest prompts a young to man to reevaluate his choices even as it negatively affects his mental health. Short. Premiere!
@ The Fox 7:00pm
Feb 22 That 70s Show   Anime Hell
Vintage Japanese animation from the 1970's, featuring "plucky schoolgirls, devil-men, super robots, and the slipperiest thief in the whole world!"
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Feb 22 Wild At Heart (1990, USA, D: David Lynch)
Cage and Dern are "hotter than Georgia asphalt" in Lynch's celebration of youth, romance and rebellion.
@ The Royal 8:30pm
Feb 23 Ride Your Wave (2019, Japan, D: Masaaki Yuasa)
A surfer girl's new romance with a firefighter takes a tragic turn.
@ Cineplex
Feb 23 Paddington 2 (2017, UK, D: Paul King)   Family Pics
The good-hearted bear makes new friends in prison when he is framed for a crime he did not commit. The second screening is 'relaxed'.
@ The Paradise 10:00am, 1:00pm
Feb 23 Incitement (2019, Israel, D: Yaron Zilberman)   Chai Tea
A law student is radicalized into becoming an assassin in the time leading up to the killing of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
@ Empress Walk 12:00pm, 4:00pm
Feb 23 The Naked Spur (1953, USA, D: Anthony Mann)   Call Me Jimmy: The Films Of James Stewart
Bounty hunter Jimmy Stewart must guide his target Robert Ryan and three other persons of questionable trustworthiness out of the mountains.
@ Lightbox 1:00pm
Feb 23 The Rape Of Europa (2006, USA, D: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen & Nicole Newnham)   TJFS
Curators and art historians recover European art plundered by the Nazis during WWII.
@ Hot Docs 3:00pm
Feb 23 The Hands Of Orlac (1924, Austria/Germany, D: Robert Wiene)   Silent Revue
A maimed pianist's new hands possibly contain the will to commit murder.
@ The Revue 4:00pm
Feb 23 Mr. Gaga (2015, Israel/Sweden/Germany, D: Tomer Heymann)
Visionary choreographer Ohad Naharin pushes the boundaries of modern dance. Intro by The National Ballet's Skylar Campbell.
@ Hot Docs 6:00pm
Feb 23 Black Orpheus (1959, Brazil/France, D: Marcel Camus)
Musician Orfeo falls hard for Eurydice during Rio's Carnival. On 16mm. Presented by Jazzcast.
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Feb 23 God's Own Country (2017, UK, D: Francis Lee)   Odd Couples
A lonely Yorkshire farmer develops unexpected feelings for the new farmhand.
@ The Paradise 7:00pm
Feb 23 Uninvited (1987, USA, D: Greydon Clark)
A virus-infected cat leaves a trail of death in its wake. A benefit for Annex Cat Rescue!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 24 Pride And Prejudice (2005, UK, D: Joe Wright)
Keira Knightley plays Elizabeth Bennet to Matthew Mcfadyen's Mr. Darcy. At Cineplex VIP locations only.
@ Cineplex 7:00pm
Feb 24 Star Kid (1997, USA, D: Manny Coto)   Laserblast
A boy finds a cybernetic battle suit in a fallen meteor. 35mm!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 25
Feb 26
Mar 1
Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (2020, UK, D: David Bickerstaff)   In The Gallery
Freud's self-portraits provide a record of his progression as a painter.
@ Cineplex
Feb 25 Arth (Meaning) (1982, India, D: Mahesh Bhatt)   Sanghum
A housewife comes to terms with being left for another woman.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 25 Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, Japan, D: Hayao Miyazaki)   Rewind\\Redesign
A young witch takes a chance on independent living. Prints of a new poster designed by Jackie Lee will be for sale.
@ The Paradise 8:45pm
Feb 26 Playtime (1967, France, D: Jacques Tati)   Food In Film
Tati's masterpiece comedically critiques modernity. Plus: food from The Tempered Room.
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Feb 26 The Passion Of Joan Of Arc (1928, France, D: Carl Theodor Dreyer)
Joan of Arc is tried for heresy. Live score performed by George Sarah!
@ The Paradise 7:00pm
Feb 26 Cats (2019, UK/USA, D: Tom Hooper)
Relive this season's cinematic disaster with caricatures, photos, karaoke and, yes, Hooper's failure in all of its cgi-fur-clad glory.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 26 Harold And Maude (1971, USA, D: Hal Ashby)   Odd Couples
"A lot of people enjoy being dead. But they are not dead, really. They're just backing away from life." A suicidal young man hooks up with a vivacious senior citizen.
@ The Paradise 9:30pm
Feb 27 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, UK, D: Terry Gillam & Terry Jones)
"And there was much rejoicing." The Pythons send up King Arthur and Camelot with extreme silliness. A sing-along! First 200 attendees receive complimentary coconut shells.
@ The Fox 7:00pm
Feb 27 Brewster McCloud (1970, USA, D: Robert Altman)   Ladies Of Burlesque
Astrodrome-dwelling Bud Cort builds mechanical wings that will allow him to fly. Plus: a burlesque performance by Dolly Berlin.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 27 Winnipeg Film Group presents "The 48": A Six-Year Retrospective   See The North    Free!
The fertile creativity of Winnipeg Film Group members is on display in this collection of entries from the organization's annual 48-Hour Film contest.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Feb 27 Starman (1984, USA, D: John Carpenter)   Odd Couples
Alien Jeff Bridges takes the form of Karen Allen's dead husband before the two embark on a cross-country roadtrip.
@ The Paradise 9:00pm
Feb 27 The Big Lebowski (1998, USA, D: Joel & Ethan Coen)
The Coens give film noir an absurdist spin. White Russians will be served!
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Feb 28 Bend Of The River (1952, USA, D: Anthony Mann)   Call Me Jimmy: The Films Of James Stewart
Reformed raider Jimmy Stewart suffers treachery as he leads homesteaders to Oregon.
@ Lightbox 11:00am
Mar 1 Kiki's Delivery Service (1989, Japan, D: Hayao Miyazaki)   Family Pics
A young witch takes a chance on independent living.
@ The Paradise 10:00am

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