This Week in Film: Another Earth, Queen of the Sun, The Goonies, Lawrence of Arabia
This week in film rounds up the most noteworthy independent screenings and cinema-related events happening in Toronto.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3RD / ANOTHER EARTH / VARSITY CINEMA / 7:05PM
A sleepy summer sci-fi film of choices and hard decisions is how Another Earth has been promoted, released the same weekend as Cowboys vs. Aliens, this movie instead offers a more subtle experience, a glimpse of dual lives and not-quite parallel universes. Rhoda is an astrophysics student who has been accepted to MIT's program, one night when she's driving home she spots what she believes to be a duplicate of Earth in the sky. That night, her life would change forever, but what if she was able to visit that planet and see how things may have happened in another life? An interesting indie film that premiered at Sundance by a rookie director, Another Earth may just be the film for this week. Tickets are $13.50 and can be bought online or at the cinema.
FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH / QUEEN OF THE SUN / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 7PM
The Toronto Underground Cinema has made its name playing cult classics and horror films, but this week will be starting an engagement with a film that is truly terrifying. Queen of the Sun is just that film, a moving documentary about the global bee crisis, an environmental disaster that we cannot afford not to pay attention to as our shift from rural to urban affects even the smallest of creatures. And not only does Toronto like documentaries, but we definitely like bees, as several downtown buildings such as the Four Seasons Centre and the Fairmont Royal York have offered their rooftops to beekeepers to help stimulate colonies in the last few years. Tickets are $8 and can be bought at the cinema.
SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH / THE GOONIES / REVUE CINEMA / 2PM
The Goonies, also known as, the Greatest Adventure You Never Had, comes to us as another awesome part of the Revue's stellar Spielberg Summer series. Starring Samwise Gamgee, Jonah Hex, the one from Stand By Me, the woman who still does tv and the rest, as a group of rag-tag kids whose summer plans just got a heck of a lot more interesting. When a real estate developer buys out a residential neighbourhood to expand a local country club, this self proclaimed group of 'Goonies' attempt to have one last hurrah before moving from their homes and each other and somehow get caught up in an adventure to find pirate treasure. Yeah, it's pretty much the story line you'd imagine a 12 year old would think up, but that doesn't stop it from being a lot of fun. Matinee tickets are $7 and can be bought at the cinema.
SUNDAY AUGUST 7TH / LAWRENCE OF ARABIA / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:45PM
Summer in 70mm which opened in July with West Side Story, continues in August with Lawrence of Arabia, the nearly FOUR hour epic film based on the life of T.E Lawrence, a British soldier sent to act as a liason during World War I in the revolt against the Ottoman Turks. The film follows T.E Lawrence through his triumphs, as a conflicted man whose eccentric methods and experiences cause him to relate more to his new-found home than Britain. This film has been called one of the best films of all time, a classic film hard to pin down, a biography that has become more than just about a man, altogether a legendary film. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the cinema, there are many other screening times so be sure to check the website.
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