This Week in Rep Cinema: Meet John Doe, The Country Girl, The Sound of Music Sing-a-long, To Catch a Thief, High Society
This Week in Rep Cinema features second run and classic film selections from cinemas such as The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox and more.
The Royal Cinema in a rare, hopefully seasonal turn has become a regular old second-run cinema, screening Puss in Boots, Drive, Moneyball and The Immortals. But they aren't alone. The Revue and the Fox are bare as well, with the former screening Puss in Boots, J. Edgar and Ides of March while the Fox throws in Like Crazy. Yawn. So what it comes down to, is this week will just be selections from the Projection Booth and the Lightbox, as the latter continues to show everybody just what a dedicated movie-plex can do, flexing it's muscles with some amazing holiday programming.
For example, they've got the sing-a-long Sound of Music, the 70mm 2001: A Space Odyssey and kids-friendly films at 2pm every day such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Antz, Babe and Ghostbusters!
Psst, not a rep cinema selection, but one of my favourite movies from 2011, Cafe de Flore is playing at the Cumberland all week if you haven't already seen it!
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 28TH / MEET JOHN DOE / THE PROJECTION BOOTH / 9PM
Husky femme fatale Barbara Stanwyck takes a turn for the literary in Frank Capra's film about a newspaper writer who prints a fictional letter about a man down on his luck and threatening to commit suicide. While one of Capra's lesser known films, it was still a hit and is remembered today on the American Film Institutes 100 Years 100 Cheers list. The film also screens Tuesday at 7pm and Thursday at 5pm.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 29TH / THE COUNTRY GIRL / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 5PM
Grace Kelly's Oscar-winning performance in The Country Girl is often diminished in comparison to the popular winner, Judy Garland in A Star is Born. But while one film may have transcended the test of time, it doesn't make Kelly's performance any less interesting. The Country Girl follows Kelly as the modest Georgie, a quiet woman who spends most of her time supporting her husband Frank, a washed-up actor as he gets one more chance at success. For her role, Kelly plays against type in this film, as the humble, doting wife of a difficult husband, rather than the sultry, icy blond her Hitchcockian roles required her to be. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 30TH / THE SOUND OF MUSIC SING-A-LONG / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 1PM & 7PM
The hills are alive with the sound of karaoke! Sing your do, re, mi, fa, so's along with the Von Trapp family at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the fully sanctioned sing-a-long. Imagined, I'm sure, by the outrageous popularity of TIFF's Singing in the Dark nights during Nuit Blanche, they've turned the tables and made the entire movie fair game. The tickets are a bit more expensive than usual TIFF fare ($18.75) but it's going to be a huge night, each guest will receive a gift bag with props to use throughout the evening and costuming is encouraged, so purchase your tickets early!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 31ST / TO CATCH A THIEF / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
The sultry comedy-caper that each and every heist film with a romance has aped on since, To Catch a Thief is full of blatantly overt innuendo and wit as Cary Grant and Grace Kelly try to out-charm each other. A retired cat-burglar finds himself back in the game when thefts occur that have his marks all over it, but has he really quit for good? Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
SUNDAY JANUARY 1ST / HIGH SOCIETY / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 5PM
And last but not least, Grace Kelly's final film role in the musical-comedy High Society. Also playing opposite Bing Crosby, this re-imagining of The Philadelphia Story has Kelly as the lucky lass with three star-studded suitors all vying for her hand. Bing Crosby plays Cary Grant's role, Kelly in Katharine Hepburn's and Frank Sinatra slips into James Stewarts shoes, with a bombastic jazz soundtrack scored by Cole Porter in his first film score in almost a decade. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.
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