This Week in Rep Cinema: Inside Lara Roxx, The Ponzi Scheme, A Man Escaped, Run Tiger Run, Oscar shorts
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 Christmas releases are finally making their way to the small(er) screen this week, look for Tintin at the Fox and The Muppets at the Royal, as well as a little Dragon Tattoo at both. Also, remember that little indie movie I mentioned last week? Moon Point is in full release at the AMC Yonge & Dundas this week, from Monday to Thursday for now, give it a look! And last but not lease, PADDLING ENTHUSIASTS (yes you, the one with the canoe) take heart, the Reel Paddling Film Festival takes place on Thursday at the Royal Cinema.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 6TH / INSIDE LARA ROXX / ROYAL CINEMA / 9PM
In 2004, a young Montrealer, Lara, travelled to L.A. to work in the lucrative adult entertainment industry and quickly found herself diagnosed with a fierce case of HIV from one of her first scenes. The media quickly picked up this story and exploited the issue, abandoning Lara and the others once public interest waned. Inside Lara Roxx picks up where the news cameras left, with a woman desperately trying to keep afloat in a mental institution while struggling to manage her life-threatening disease. Tickets will be available 30 minutes before the screening and the film also screens at 9pm on Feb 7 and Feb 8.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7TH / THE PONZI SCHEME / THE PROJECTION BOOTH / 9PM
There's no doubt in my mind that the recent influx of bank/financial related thrillers in the past few years are created to soothe the public into believing how slick these criminals are, to make people feel better about being swindled. I much prefer the documentary method, which is to get very angry and confront the thieves where they live. That is exactly what happens in The Ponzi Scheme. After an artist loses $20,000 to a fraudulent company, he connects the dots to figure out how he got there in the first place. The Ponzi Scheme plays every night at 9pm until Feb 9.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9TH / A MAN ESCAPED / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 6:30PM
The Robert Bresson retrospective, A Poetry of Precision begins with A Man Escaped featuring an introduction by film scholar Bart Testa. The film retells the story of a man's escape from his Nazi captors during WWII and his memories of the hours before his attempt, but it becomes transformed through Robert Bresson's personal experience as a prisoner of war during that same time. With this film, Bresson used routine and memory to create a poetic understanding of the violence of confinement. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10TH / RUN TIGER, RUN / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
To lull you into the weekend before Valentine's, CINSSU is showcasing a double bill of slapstick Hong Kong comedy from the mid 80's, promising tastelessness and debauchery. Run Tiger, Run features a Prince and the Pauper-like tale, of a young heir who goes into hiding to escape his evil uncle and the doppleganger who takes his place. Also? It's by John Woo. The film will be followed by bizarre horror comedy Til Death Do We Scare. Both films will be shown in 35mm with accompanying HK trailers to start the evening off right. Screening is free.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11TH / OSCAR SHORTS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 7:30PM & 9PM
To gear up for the 84th annual Academy Awards, take the opportunity to see the nominees for best short film this week at the Lightbox. This may be a good investment for those who bid on Oscar pools, or just a way to see some amazing films that don't generally see the light of day. For Canadian content, look for Wild Life, an NFB short about an Englishman coming to homestead on the wild, wild western Canadian plains only to realize it's not the picnic he had envisioned. The Live Action showcase is at 7pm and Animated at 9:30pm, tickets are $12.
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