This Week in Rep Cinema: It Should Happen to You, Singing in the Rain, Jesus Camp, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Cabaret
This Week in Rep Cinema features second-run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and more.
Sassy classic Hollywood women pop up at the cinemas this week, from Judy Holliday as the confident Gladys Glover in It Should Happen to You to aspiring upstart Kathy Selden in Singing in the Rain. But cult classics are also in abundance, with films like Labyrinth and The Princess Bride at Yonge/Dundas Square and Creature from the Black Lagoon at Sugar Beach. And to top it all off, we have a little Sally Bowles strutting around with some Cabaret.
TUESDAY AUGUST 14 / IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
I spent way too long trying to think of a contemporary equivalent to Judy Holliday's small-town aspiring starlet in It Should Happen to You. What would an opportunistic actress do NOW to cement her name in the eyes, ears and brains of talent scouts? Bomb a red carpet? Release a sex tape? Create a fake starring role in a film? Either way, the story of the power of publicity was perfected in Cukor's vehicle for the versatile blonde. Also? Baby-faced Jack Lemmon as her suffering beau. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15 / SINGING IN THE RAIN / CINEPLEX THEATRES / 7PM
Tap-dancing, singing, seduction and deception. Not entirely the four words you'd expect to describe this movie but really, it is. All three leads (Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds) tap-dance and sing, Gene Kelly seduces Debbie Reynolds and all three of them conspire to pass Reynolds' voice off as somebody else. With some of the most memorable songs of all time, Singing in the Rain is mandatory viewing for anybody who claims they dislike musicals. Tickets are $5 at participating cinemas.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15 / JESUS CAMP / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 6:30 PM
Rewind to 2006; George Bush was in the White House, the war in Iraq was in full swing, same-sex marriage was completely illegal in the USA and Jesus Camp was released. The documentary focused on evangelical Bible camps geared towards creating the next generation of intolerant, aggressive Evangelical Christians, starting with kids as young as five. The film is a sombre, contemplative and horrifying look at some of the more extreme camps known to offer such programming. This film is screening as a special Doc Soup event, only 100 tickets are available and can be purchased over the phone, in person or online.
FRIDAY AUGUST 17 / CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON / SUGAR BEACH / DUSK
From the depths of the Amazon, he rose and now from Lake Ontario, he will rise again! Watch the classic fifties aquatic monster film that introduced Gill-man to the world, but do it while lakeside! Creature from the Black Lagoon is screening as part of the Sail-In Cinema festival this weekend, a unique floating cinematic adventure where landlubbers and sailors can watch the same film projected on a dual-sided floating barge. The festival starts Thursday with The Poseidon Adventure and concludes on Saturday with Hook. Admission is free but space is limited and you need to RSVP in advance.
SUNDAY AUGUST 19 / CABARET / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 3:30PM
End your weekend with a song and visit Back to the Bloor to see Liza Minnelli strutting her stuff as the confident Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Minnelli's portrayal of the independent, cynical and vulnerable performer earned her an Oscar and a Golden Globe. (To this day she is still the only ever Oscar winner who had Oscar winning parents.) With a fantastic cast rounded out by the overly talented Joel Grey and Michael York, Fosse's cinematic adaptation still stands the test of time. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.
- Princess Bride/Labyrinth - City Cinema: Yonge/Dundas Square - Tues Aug 14 - 7:30 & 9:15pm
- Jaws - Revue Cinema - Aug 17- 20 - Various times
- Movie Matinee for Mental Health - Revue Cinema - Sat Aug 18 - 11 am
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