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This Week in Rep Cinema: Pink Ribbons, Special Flight, T24 Project Screening, Battle Royale, Face/Off

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.

So the 84th Oscars are over, while not a hosting train wreck like last year, there are definitely some sound technicians who have some 'splaining to do, unless that dull high-pitched whine was coming from Billy Crystal's ego. Of all the nothing that happened last night, Canadian legend Christopher Plummer finally took home an Oscar and is the oldest actor to do so. On the agenda this week is the Human Rights Watch 2012 screenings at the Lightbox, showcasing important pieces of film that highlight injustices from multiple points on the globe. Some are documentary style, while others are fictional but from a real-world perspective, situation or problem. We also have some great documentaries, the results of a 24 hour film challenge, action and some Japanese horror.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28TH / PINK RIBBONS / PROJECTION BOOTH / 5PM & 9PM

This controversial documentary hits on a subject that I've been quietly critical for quite some time. The capitalism of the 'Breast Cancer Industry' has been a sore spot for me due to the focus on consumption to support the cause. Purchase your pink towels, bras, iPods, air fresheners all to support the idea of a cure. This documentary takes on that topic and even more by exposing some of the darker sides of these charitable organizations. The most jarring fact that they explore? How those with terminal breast cancer are marginalized because they don't fit into some charities 'breast cancer survivor' image. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the cinema.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29TH / SPECIAL FLIGHT / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 8PM
Screening as part of the Human Rights Watch 2012, Special Flight is a multi-part documentary about the plight of refugees in a Swiss detention centre as they sweat bullets until their cases are decided upon. The 'special flight' occurs when a person's claim is denied and they're sent back home. The next part of filmmaker Fernand Melgar's project will include short films made by the deportees sent back home, to document their return to the country they were attempting to escape. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.

THURSDAY MARCH 1ST / T24 PROJECT SCREENING / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
On Friday Feb 10, fifteen teams of young filmmakers were sent on a mission for the T24 Project to create a short film in 24 hours to showcase how film could deconstruct the myths surrounding the urban cityscape of a city like Toronto. That said, they produced several completely different pieces, which all show a strong vision of the city from our emerging talent all of whom were 18-28 years old. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 and can be purchased at Innis Town Hall before the screening.

FRIDAY MARCH 2ND / BATTLE ROYALE / PROJECTION BOOTH / 9PM
The newest tween-trilogy, The Hunger Games debuts in late March but you could skip the pretender and see the real thing this Saturday. Battle Royale is set in a dystopic future where Germans won WWII and Japan's super-villain ways cultivate a system of oppression and fear. Each year a school is chosen to be broadcast in a reality tv show that shows them all killing each other. Only one student can survive. Sound familiar? What results is a no-holds-barred slaughter, as kids with homicidal tendencies flourish while other quieter ones succumb to their fear and friends turn to foes. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased in advance or at the cinema.

SATURDAY MARCH 3RD / FACE/OFF / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 10PM

In stark contrast to the other recommendations of the week is one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures, the pure rubber-faced charm of Nicolas Cage in John Woo's Face/Off. Also starring a similarly goofy John Travolta, the film gives us a super-villain and his angelic pursuer in a misguided attempt to put the good cop into the bad guys shoes. Obviously it fails horribly and leads to a film full of confused misunderstandings and creepy situations. Look for the horrifying way 'Papa's got a brand new bag' is used in the scene with Travolta and his daughter in the film, it's outrageously creepy. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema or online.

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