Toronto Rep Cinema

This Week in Rep Cinema: Tabloid, Act of Dishonour, Bad Lieutenant, Another Earth, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

This Week in Rep Cinema features second run and classic film selections from cinemas such as the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, The Fox, The Revue, The Royal, Toronto Underground Cinema, the Projection Booth, TIFF Bell Lightbox and more.

Now I know where all the cinephiles in Toronto were last weekend. There's only one of three options. Either you were contributing to the phenomenal opening weekend box office success of dystopian-teen flick The Hunger Games or watching/revisiting the martial arts gore fest that is The Raid, or you were watching the Ghibli retrospective at the Lightbox. Regardless of what you saw, this week unloads a bunch of contemporary classics that only reach back a few years but are already in the must-see category.

TUESDAY MARCH 27 / TABLOID / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 9PM

My favourite documentary at TIFF in 2010 is still making the cinema rounds. Errol Morris's journey to the heart of obsession is a fascinating tale of a gorgeous girl done wrong — or it it? The story of Joyce McKinney was a 70's tabloid dream, the charismatic all-American girl who flew to the U.K. to win back her former boyfriend, a man perhaps trapped by the Mormon church. To give anything else away ruins the fun of the film. Great story-telling as usual by Morris in a more quirky direction. Tickets are $11.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 28 / ACT OF DISHONOUR / NFB MEDIATHEQUE / 4PM

Screening as part of the Free Favourites at Four is a challenging film about a young Afghan bride-to-be whose world is altered when a Canadian film crew comes to her small village to shoot a film. As she begins to bond with the translator, a fellow female Afghani who acts and talks like a foreigner, and is persuaded to join their film, her world seems smaller than it did before. Unfortunately, her family and her fiance's also take note of this change in her behaviour and do not like it. The screening is free but space is limited.

THURSDAY MARCH 29 / TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY / REVUE CINEMA / 9:30PM
British Intelligence never looked this good. Forget the Bond films, Tinker Tailor is a better look at corruption within the British spy agencies in the 70's. Everything from the cut of the cloth and the furniture immerses you in the era in this slow-burning spy thriller that causes you to doubt every character's move. It's a giant chess board that only reveals itself near the end of the last act, and it's worth every minute. Also? Gary Oldman was horribly robbed of that Oscar. Robbed. Tickets are $10.

FRIDAY MARCH 30 / ANOTHER EARTH / INNIS TOWN HALL / 7PM
In Another World, science fiction meets melodrama as two strangers find themselves connected through a traumatic and preventable accident. In the film, a second Earth has been discovered, a planet where people seem to have doubles of themselves in different life situations possibly parallel to their own. A house maid Rhoda, endlessly dreams of this other Earth while she selfishly builds a relationship with the person on Earth she's hurt the most. The last CINSSU - Free Friday Film of the season, admission is free.

SATURDAY MARCH 31 / BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 10PM

Fear and Loathing, Werner Herzog style. Bad Lieutenant follows the comings and goings of Lieutenant Terence McDonagh, a drug addict, gambler and all around corrupt cop with a girlfriend who is a prostitute and equally addicted to drugs in the precarious town of New Orleans. When he gets caught up with gangsters while investigating the deaths of Senegalese immigrants, our bad Lieutenant somehow goes from being bad to worse. And yes, there is a bizarre iguana scene. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the cinema.

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