This Week in Rep Cinema: To Kill a Mockingbird, A World of Shorts, Slumber Party Massacre, Con Air, Age of Innocence
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.
A progressive and moving filmic adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize winning book? Check. Short cynical films about love? Check. A feminist satire of the slasher genre? Check. A sexy re-imagining of a book about propriety and infidelity? Check. A movie with Nicolas Cage in it? Check. This week we have movies to make you think, movies to make you watch and movies for you to eat popcorn. Bonus points if you can identify just which is which. Whether it's an adaptation of a book or a Hollywood blockbuster, we've got thrills and chills, love and hate, sex and violence â this week has it all.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH / TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD / CINEPLEX / 7PM
Cineplex's ever-popular Classic Film series hits gold this week with the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Lawyer Atticus Finch finds his career in jeopardy and his family threatened as he defends a black client against an outrageous rape charge in the deep south. Gregory Peck plays Finch, in one of the strongest roles of his career. His portrayal was so moving that the American Film Institute declared his Atticus Finch to be the greatest hero in cinema. Tickets are $5 and the film repeats on Sunday February 19th at 1pm.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15TH / A WORLD OF SHORTS: ROMANCE IN RUINS / NFB MEDIATHEQUE / 6PM & 8PM
CFC's monthly shorts screening, Romance in Ruins, is an "antidote" to Valentine's Day this month, with a selection of screenings that highlight the tragedy and comedy found in relationship or romantic misfires. A kissing game with unintended consequences, a webcam experience goes awry, an aging Don Juan details his encounters and a man receives an unexpected guest when he attempts to hire a call girl. All of these and more for the low, low price of $6. Tickets can be purchased at the Mediatheque.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16TH / SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE / TORONTO UNDERGROUND CINEMA / 9:30PM
One part parody, one part serious slasher flick, Slumber Party Massacre embodies the classic cinema conundrum of the right hand not speaking to the left. Written as a satire of sexist slasher flicks by writer Rita Mae Brown (of Rubyfruit Jungle fame) but shot as a straight horror film, it's funnier, slightly more subversive but also a familiar cinema experience about a bunch of co-eds being stalked during a sleepover (while scantily clad) by a mysterious murderer. The best part? The weapon of choice is a large, phallic drill. Very fitting. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the cinema.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18TH / CON AIR / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 10PM
Yet another gem from the Nicholas Cage retrospective, Con Air is a loud, brash and totally unrealistic film about a group of convicts taking over an airplane while being transported from one prison to another. Of course, Cage plays a guy "almost ready for release" who decides to defy the rebelling prisoners to try to protect the innocent crew on the plane. Featuring a motley crew of criminals like Dave Chappelle, Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi, Con Air is definitely one of the more ridiculous films of Cage's career.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema. Nope! they're free for Family Day â because Con Air is all about family.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH / AGE OF INNOCENCE / REVUE CINEMA / 3:30PM
Screening as part of the Book Revue is the second adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize book this week, The Age of Innocence is a tale of a gentleman, Newland Archer who, to impress fiancee, decides to help integrate her scandalous cousin into society. This would all have been fine and good if he hadn't found himself falling in love with the woman while in the process. And the more Newland falls in love with this mysterious beauty, the less his poor fiancee appears to be his ideal mate. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema
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Still from Con Air
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