This Week in Rep Cinema: Best in Show, Moon Point, Elegy, The Rock, The Innkeepers
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.
We're on the cusp of February, and that means that some unmentioned rep cinemas haven't uploaded their calendars for the new month yet. I can't help people see films if nobody knows what you're screening! But all hope is not lost, the Fox is screening some major films from 2011, the NFB is on cruise control and if you're looking for foreign, Cage-y, Soviet or Turkish flicks, the Lightbox has some interesting selections for everybody.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1ST / BEST IN SHOW / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7PM
TIFF'S Science in Film program seeks to educate as well as entertain you and the first lecture will be based on Christopher Guests's comedic dog-show romp, Best in Show. Part film, part science class, the screening will include a full lecture about the canine species by Pamela Reid, certified Animal Behaviorist and trainer. A good take-home for dog owners and lovers alike! For $36, it's a bit pricier than the average film, but you just might come out smarter.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2ND / MOON POINT / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
A shiftless twenty-something embarks on a road-trip to ask his elementary school crush to a family wedding. Sounds simple? It's always more complicated. Throw in a friend with a potentially life-threatening disease and a fellow (attractive female!) wanderer and first intentions are not always as clear. With a slew of recognizable Canadian faces, Moon Point is a sweet and funny take on the road-trip-turned-life-changing-adventure story, one that will hopefully resonate. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before showtime.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2ND / ELEGY / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
Screening as part of the retrospective of Kurdish director Yilmaz Guney, Elegy stars the director himself as a bandit trapped in a mountain and forced to interact with one of the villagers he terrorized. Interesting that he cast himself in the role of the outlaw; Guney was constantly on the outs with the law, jailed for revolutionary thinking several times throughout his career. While Elegy is the most recognized of his works, the series in general ends this Sunday so catch these hard to see films while you can. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4TH / THE ROCK / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 10PM
It saddens me to see what Michael Bay has become, what with Transformers 16 on the horizon. What the Nicolas Cage retrospective can do however, is help you revisit his hey-dey with his cinematic tour de force, The Rock. A group of embittered Marines have locked themselves in Alcatraz with a missile and only a nervous scientist and a slick ex-con can save the day! Complete with helicopter shots and sunsets, this is Bay at his best. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH / THE INNKEEPERS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 9PM
A favourite at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, The Innkeepers is an extremely funny and intimate portrait of a haunting. A young pair of clerks man the front desk of a spooky hotel for the last weekend before it becomes a demolition zone and it's their last chance to document the ghostly happenings onsite. It's all fun and games until the creaks and scares become a bit too real. Look out for newcomer Sara Paxton as the lead, an actor who should see her career blow up. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
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