Cries and Whispers

This Week in Film: January 10th 2008

Tomorrow evening the Cinema Studies Student Union's Free Friday Films marks its return with a screening of Cries and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman. The film starts at 7pm at Innis Town Hall, will be screened on 35mm and is indeed free for everybody to attend. In case you're not in the loop, Innis Town Hall is located inside Innis College. For more information, visit their facebook event listing.

Film screenings and releases are finally starting to pick up this week, so here are some that are worthy of mention!

While it seems that every week this city has a great classic film screening or two, this week certainly doesn't disappoint. The Revue Cinema has a match-up of Touch of Evil by Orson Wells and Hitchcock's Rear Window on January 16th & 17th. So what does this mean? A perfect mid-week night at the movies!

In wide-release this week is the highly anticipated adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel, Persepolis. Following the life of a young girl growing up in Iran during the Iranian Revolution, the film received the Jury Prize at Cannes, won over audiences at TIFF and is premiering at the Varsity this weekend. But if that isn't your thing, Uwe Boll's In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Seige Tale is also opening in wide release this weekend. Normally I wouldn't recommend something so massive, but I saw this at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and it definitely became a guilty pleasure. It's hard to ignore Ray Liotta as a lecherous wizard, lusting after the soft-focus Leelee Sobieski. But not only that, the film includes some fantastic performances by Burt Reynolds, Ron Perlman, John Rhys-Davies, Claire Forlani (the chick from Mallrats) and many, many, more.

And in case you missed the two sold out screenings of For the Bible Tells Me So at the Bloor last night, you can catch it this weekend at the Royal. They have a 9pm screening from Friday to Sunday, with an additional matinee screening on Sunday at 1:30. For more details, visit the Royal's myspace.

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