This Week in Film: Inside Job, The Prowler, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Oath, Four Lions, Dark Crystal, Machete Maidens Unleashed
MONDAY FEBRUARY 28TH / INSIDE JOB / REVUE CINEMA / 9:15PM
Continue that Oscar-feeling by seeing the Best Documentary Feature of the year tonight at the Revue. Inside Job takes a hard look at the economic and housing crisis of 2008 and the characters who profited by ignoring the imminent crash. The result is a scathing look at the aftermath of terrible financial greed and corruption. Tickets are $13 for non members (which includes a membership card), $7 for members and can be bought at the theatre.
TUESDAY MARCH 1ST / THE PROWLER / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
Post-Oscar recovery continues on Tuesday with a newly restored print of a sexually charged Film Noir thriller. The Prowler follows a dirty cop who stumbles across a gorgeous and unhappy broad who wants her deadbeat husband, well, dead! Unfortunately for the corrupt couple, plotting his death becomes the least of their problems. Tickets cost $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the theatre or online.
WEDNESDAY MARCH 2ND / A TALE OF TWO SISTERS / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 7PM
This South Korean horror tale pits two young country girls against the watchful and menacing eye of their stepmother. But the girls may not be as sane as they seem. Directed by Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil, The Foul King) this film is not nearly as simple as an average horror tale and is decidedly more graphic. Stay afterwards for The Big Lebowski! Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the theatre.
THURSDAY MARCH 3RD / THE OATH / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 8PM
As part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, The Oath follows two men whose lives and choices are interlinked, both having connections to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaida. But while one receives a sentence to Guantanamo Bay, the other gets let off as an informant. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Best International Feature at Hot Docs, The Oath is a must-see for documentary fans. Tickets cost $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the theatre or online.
FRIDAY MARCH 4TH / FOUR LIONS / ROYAL CINEMA / 9:15PM
Four Lions is a great example of a film that just couldn't be made in most other parts of the world, a film about a group of bumbling, idiotic jihadists. A right old black comedy about what we fear most from people who we should fear the least, it follows a group of newly radicalized young men who return to the UK after a stint in a terrorist training camp who decide to blow themselves up. Unfortunately, coordinating a mass suicide bombing isn't as easy as it seems. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the theatre. More show listings for Four Lions can be found on the website.
SATURDAY MARCH 5TH / BACK TO THE 80S PRESENTS THE DARK CRYSTAL / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 2PM
The amazing 80's series that I've been lauding for over a month is finally coming to an end this weekend and with none other than the classic feature, The Dark Crystal. Featuring Jim Henson's wonderful puppet creatures, it is a dark tale about Jen, one of the last of the Gelfling race, who goes on a journey to find the mythical Dark Crystal that will eliminate the tyrannical Skeksis, a lizard-race, from the planet they've taken over and are set to destroy. Tickets cost $12 for non-members, $9 for members and can be bought at the theatre or online.
SUNDAY MARCH 6TH / MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED / BLOOR CINEMA / 2:30PM & 7:30PM
This is the second feature documentary in director Mark Hartley's explorations into the history of alternative cinemas, this time showcasing the outrageous exploitation films made by American directors in the Philippines in the 70's and 80's. I can't explain much more, watch the trailer for an idea of what you are in for.
Tickets cost $10 and include a membership, or $5 for members and can be bought at the theatre.
Still from Four Lions.
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