Film Screenings Toronto 2011

This Week in Film: Sensations, Blue Valentine, Black Narcissus, Heavy Metal, The World's Best Commercials, Small Town Murder Songs, Singin' in the Dark

MONDAY FEBRUARY 14TH / SCREW VALENTINES PRESENTS SENSATIONS / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 8PM
The Toronto Underground would like to 'Screw Valentines' with you today with a special screening of Sensations, a sexy romp of debased debauchery. Loosely based on Alice in Wonderland, we follow Margaret the innocent as her trip to Amsterdam to meet up with a boyfriend becomes more than she bargained for, as her new open-minded friends mix drugs, sex and exploration into quite the journey. Rated R, for good reason.
Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the theatre.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH / BLUE VALENTINE / CARLTON CINEMA / 2PM, 4:35PM, 7:10PM, 9:35PM
Normally I don't recommend films that already have big enough marketing budgets on their own, but I just can't let Blue Valentine slip through the cracks. See the film that despite getting a Best Actress nod for Michelle Williams, got snubbed for Best Picture, Director and Actor this year at the Oscars. Blue Valentine shows us that while love can be strong, sometimes life can be stronger. Bring tissues.
Tickets are $7 for matinees and $9 for evenings and can be bought at the theatre or online.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16TH / BLACK NARCISSUS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9PM
Repression is the name of the game in Black Narcissus, which follows a group of Anglican nuns as they set up shop in the Himalayas to teach, treat and convert the locals. The only problem is that their surroundings have the opposite effect and the woman struggle with temptation both of the flesh and of the soul.
Tickets are $12 and can be bought online or at the theatre.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17TH / HEAVY METAL / TORONTO UNDEGROUND CINEMA/9:30PM
Anybody older than twenty in Toronto has seen Heavy Metal at least once before, probably late night on CityTV or the Space Channel. It was that cheaply animated Canadian film based on a comic series that featured an amazing soundtrack with Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, Journey and Devo. While in retrospect it's quite sexist, graphic, violent and bizarre, it's a lot of fun and stars the voices of Canadian actors John Candy, Eugene Levy and Jackie Burroughs (aka, Road to Avonlea's Aunt Hetty!)
Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the theatre.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18TH / THE WORLD'S BEST COMMERCIALS: THE 2010 CANNES LIONS AD AWARDS / BLOOR CINEMA / 7PM
The Cannes Lions Ad Awards only feature the best of the best for commercials in the world. Previous winners have been the Dove Evolution ad which gave Unilever the grand prize in 2007 and the Cadbury Gorilla Drummer ad the following year. While we have so many devices available to make us avoid commercials these days, head to the Bloor to see some amazing ones you might have missed.
Tickets are $10 and can be bought at the theater. This program also screens Thursday the 17th at 4:15pm, Saturday the 19th at 4:15pm and Monday the 21st at 9:10pm.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19TH / SMALL TOWN MURDER SONGS / THE ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
Small Town Murder Songs tells the unsettling story of a small-town police officer, who's small Mennonite community is thrown into upheaval over the unsolved rape and murder of an anonymous young girl. While he's trying to discover who this girl was and why people are reluctant to help him, the layers of repression and fear in the community begin to envelop him as he starts slipping back to flashes of his violent past.
Tickets are $10 and Small Town Murder Songs will be playing a short term engagement with other screenings at the Royal.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 20TH/SINGIN' IN THE DARK/TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX/11AM,12PM,1PM,2PM,3PM & 4PM
Head down to the Lightbox on Sunday as TIFF brings back Singin' in the Dark, one of the best reviewed exhibits from Nuit Blanche last year. Enjoy the hour long sing-a-long to some of the most popular and famous musical interludes of film history where you can sing anonymously or boldly through the microphones passed throughout the theatre.
Tickets are free but it's first come first served and at Nuit Blanche last year the lines were at least an hour long. If you can't come on Sunday, Singin' in the Dark returns on Family Day Monday with screenings at 11am,12pm,1pm and 2pm.


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