This Week in Rep Cinema: Moonrise Kingdom, Dial M for Murder, Old School, Animal House, Brilliant Mistakes, Soft Gun
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.
We're down to just a few days before TIFF comes and sweeps up the attention from the rest of the city, but there's still a few screenings kicking around. But, before we begin, there's a little housekeeping. Lest we forget, the NFB Mediatheque closed its doors this week, a victim of CBC cuts earlier this year. May we always remember the tiny cinema that was. And also leaving us next week is the Toronto Underground Cinema, plagued by issues with the condominium board they were governed by. It was a sad summer for rep cinema, but with the upcoming Metro change-up, it could get a little...exciting.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5 / MOONRISE KINGDOM / REVUE CINEMA / 9:15PM
Wes Anderson's recent film received enthusiastic reviews from critics and audiences alike but somehow swiftly left the first-run circuit. Moonrise Kingdom, a whimsical story of Blue Lagoon-aged romance in a time of beatniks and free love (albeit, in as far-away a locale as Anderson could muster) is arguably his most solid work since The Royal Tenenbaums. Anderson has great skill with his young stars, and uses fantastic performances by adult actors like Frances McDormand and Edward Norton to highlight their story. Screening all week at the Revue, catch it once or catch it again.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6 / DIAL M FOR MURDER / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9:15PM
Start out the Toronto International Film Festival in style, with a free screening of Dial M for Murder...in 3D! Hitchcock's thriller about infidelity and vengeance was originally shot in 3D but screened in 2D due to the loss of interest by the time of release in 1954 and has undergone remastering to make it compatible with digital systems. Watch the story of a complicated murder plot gone awry starring the diabolical Ray Milland and an icy Grace Kelly as his two-timing wife. Tickets are free and will be handed out two hours before the screening.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6 / OLD SCHOOL & NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 7PM & 9:30PM
School's back in session and before TIFF starts, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema is welcoming all incoming frosh, undergrads, post-grads and nostalgic grads to a double header of post-secondary partying. Watch Will Ferrell's breakout (supporting) role which transforms an uninspired Vince Vaughn comedy about middle-aged fraternity boys into something much more sublime! But nothing compares with Animal House, a frat-comedy inspired by dubious (if not, highly exaggerated) stories from Dartmouth College, Washington University and Ivan Reitman's experiences at McMaster. The school year cometh!
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8 / BRILLIANT MISTAKES / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 5:30PM
A young man suffers a devastating loss when his girlfriend is in an accident and left in a vegetative state. To the surprise of his family and friends, he vows to stick by her. But as he transitions through the stages of loss while watching her deteriorate, he takes up with the absolute wrong person as a coping mechanism to sate his grief. Screening as part of the Toronto Independent Film Festival, all tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9 / SOFT GUN / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9PM
Filmed in 2011 and funded by Kickstarter, this Canadian film follows a twenty-something Montrealer who heads south to reconnect with her cousin in Atlanta. The two, close as children but distant as adults, travel across the southern states together to learn more about what it is to be family--and what it is to be themselves. Featuring music by The Luyas, Evening Hymns and The Feelies, the film was shot over a distance of 7,000km from Montreal to Atlanta, New York and places in between. Screening as part of the Toronto Independent Film Festival, all tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.