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This Week in Rep Cinema: A World of Shorts, Adopted ID, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, Les Enfants du Paradis, Labyrinth,

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.

We bid an unexpected farewell to the Humber Cinema this week, the barely one-year old first-run cinema closed it's doors this past weekend. The Kingsway is still up and swinging but Jane & Bloor will yet again have a fantastic entertainment hall that is unfortunately shuttered up. Should they have changed their model from the Kingsway and had proper programming? More of a presence on-site or a website? More interactive events and fundraising? Possibly, but it's too bad there was barely time to figure out a new model before it shut down again. I'll miss the theatre, it was a Rep Cinema that never was. But worry not, there are still many cinemas doing interesting things as you'll discover this week.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18 / A WORLD OF SHORTS: FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 5PM
The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival this past June contained a strong selection of shorts in competition for awards. Many an Oscar nomination has launched at this festival and this year was no different. This screening will showcase a selection of award winners from this year's selection, such as the heartwrenching suspense film, The Factory, or The Maker, a curious animated short about renewal and identity, the love-conquers-all message in My Sweetheart and Audience Choice winner Unravel. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased at the cinema.

THURSDAY JULY 19 / ADOPTED ID / BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA / 6:30PM
Trans-racial adoption is when a family adopts a child from a race different from their own, something that we now strongly associate with families adopting children from China, India or other far-reaching parts of the globe. Adopted ID follows a Haitian-Canadian woman as she returns to her homeland to discover her roots, attempting to piece together an idea of the life she faced while there and what happened to her biological family, visiting just a few short years before the Haiti earthquake. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.

FRIDAY JULY 20 / THE REDEMPTION OF GENERAL BUTT NAKED / ROYAL CINEMA / 7PM
One of the strongest documentaries at Hot Docs 2011 returns to Toronto for a limited run at the Royal Cinema. As Liberians heal after a civil war that lasted over 14 years, a strange infamy surrounds criminal warlord-turned-evangelist General Butt Naked (Joshua Milton Blahyi). Recruited as a high priest as a young child, Blahyi would go on to lead one of the most feared and lethal troops in the conflict, killing thousands of those who stood in his way. Now as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission pulls charges against him, he claims conversion, but is it genuine? Tickets can be purchased at the cinema.

SATURDAY JULY 21 / LES ENFANTS DU PARADIS / TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX / 1PM
Even if you've seen Michael Carne's Les Enfants du Paradis before, you've never seen it like this. TIFF will be screening a new digital restoration of the film which has been voted as one of the best, if not the best, French film of all time. A sweeping love story about a beautiful performer Garance and the four men (an actor, a mime, a criminal and an aristocrat) who come to obsess, woo and love her during the height of the decadent theatre culture in Paris during the July Monarchy. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the cinema.

SUNDAY JULY 22 / LABYRINTH / REVUE CINEMA / 2PM
It may have been hard to believe 26 years ago, but I have it under good authority that Jim Henson & David Bowie's muppet-filled fantasy romp Labyrinth, still inspires many a teenage girl to don peasant tops and pretend to be Jennifer Connelly all in the hope of attracting the attention of the Goblin King. Or maybe it's just me, but this cult classic still remains relevant today for it's use of creative practical effects as much as Bowie's dulcet pop-studded tones. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the cinema.

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