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Today - Saturday April 25, 2015

2:00pm

3D Screening

The Spongebob Movie: Fish Out of Water 3D

2015, USA, 93 MINS, G

Dir: Paul Tibbitt
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny

A framing device introduces live-action Antonio Banderas as a pirate snatching a book about SpongeBob’s home village of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob, you may recall, works for Mr Krabs at Krusty Krab making Krabby Patties. Plankton, a tiny bad guy, has long wanted the secret formula for the Krabby Patties, and he’s finally cooked up a way to snatch it from the Krusty Krab vault. An unforeseen development causes the recipe to disappear, and now SpongeBob and Plankton must join forces to find it, because the lack of Krabby Patties has sent Bikini Bottom into chaos. 

 

The Guardian, Jordan Hoffman



4:00pm

Mr. Turner

2014, UK, 149 MINS, 14A

Dir: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson

Keen observer Mike Leigh brings his hawk’s eye to a vibrant rendering of J.M.W. Turner, the celebrated British “painter of light.” The artist is played to perfection by Timothy Spall, who spent two years preparing for the role and who won Best Actor for his efforts at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Spall portrays Turner as a grunting vulgarian. That dismissive grunt is key to his portrayal of a man whose appreciation of life lies entirely on the canvas, which he assaults with a fury of colour and brush strokes.

The film covers the last 25 of Turner’s adult years, finding him restless in London upon his return from overseas travels (including a painterly sojourn to Holland gloriously glimpsed at the outset). It’s only when he travels to the seaside town of Margate, where he roamed as a lad, that his perpetual distemper lifts. There he meets Mrs. Booth (Marion Bailey), the keeper of the inn where he stays, who is curious about this odd and obsessive man. Mrs. Booth finds the man within the ogre.


Peter Howell, The Star



6:45pm

Mr. Turner

2014, UK, 149 MINS, 14A

Dir: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson

Keen observer Mike Leigh brings his hawk’s eye to a vibrant rendering of J.M.W. Turner, the celebrated British “painter of light.” The artist is played to perfection by Timothy Spall, who spent two years preparing for the role and who won Best Actor for his efforts at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Spall portrays Turner as a grunting vulgarian. That dismissive grunt is key to his portrayal of a man whose appreciation of life lies entirely on the canvas, which he assaults with a fury of colour and brush strokes.

The film covers the last 25 of Turner’s adult years, finding him restless in London upon his return from overseas travels (including a painterly sojourn to Holland gloriously glimpsed at the outset). It’s only when he travels to the seaside town of Margate, where he roamed as a lad, that his perpetual distemper lifts. There he meets Mrs. Booth (Marion Bailey), the keeper of the inn where he stays, who is curious about this odd and obsessive man. Mrs. Booth finds the man within the ogre.


Peter Howell, The Star



9:40pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Sunday April 26, 2015

2:00pm

3D Screening

The Spongebob Movie: Fish Out of Water 3D

2015, USA, 93 MINS, G

Dir: Paul Tibbitt
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny

A framing device introduces live-action Antonio Banderas as a pirate snatching a book about SpongeBob’s home village of Bikini Bottom. SpongeBob, you may recall, works for Mr Krabs at Krusty Krab making Krabby Patties. Plankton, a tiny bad guy, has long wanted the secret formula for the Krabby Patties, and he’s finally cooked up a way to snatch it from the Krusty Krab vault. An unforeseen development causes the recipe to disappear, and now SpongeBob and Plankton must join forces to find it, because the lack of Krabby Patties has sent Bikini Bottom into chaos. 

 

The Guardian, Jordan Hoffman



4:00pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

6:40pm

Mr. Turner

2014, UK, 149 MINS, 14A

Dir: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson

Keen observer Mike Leigh brings his hawk’s eye to a vibrant rendering of J.M.W. Turner, the celebrated British “painter of light.” The artist is played to perfection by Timothy Spall, who spent two years preparing for the role and who won Best Actor for his efforts at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Spall portrays Turner as a grunting vulgarian. That dismissive grunt is key to his portrayal of a man whose appreciation of life lies entirely on the canvas, which he assaults with a fury of colour and brush strokes.

The film covers the last 25 of Turner’s adult years, finding him restless in London upon his return from overseas travels (including a painterly sojourn to Holland gloriously glimpsed at the outset). It’s only when he travels to the seaside town of Margate, where he roamed as a lad, that his perpetual distemper lifts. There he meets Mrs. Booth (Marion Bailey), the keeper of the inn where he stays, who is curious about this odd and obsessive man. Mrs. Booth finds the man within the ogre.


Peter Howell, The Star



9:30pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Monday April 27, 2015

6:40pm

Mr. Turner

2014, UK, 149 MINS, 14A

Dir: Mike Leigh
Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson

Keen observer Mike Leigh brings his hawk’s eye to a vibrant rendering of J.M.W. Turner, the celebrated British “painter of light.” The artist is played to perfection by Timothy Spall, who spent two years preparing for the role and who won Best Actor for his efforts at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Spall portrays Turner as a grunting vulgarian. That dismissive grunt is key to his portrayal of a man whose appreciation of life lies entirely on the canvas, which he assaults with a fury of colour and brush strokes.

The film covers the last 25 of Turner’s adult years, finding him restless in London upon his return from overseas travels (including a painterly sojourn to Holland gloriously glimpsed at the outset). It’s only when he travels to the seaside town of Margate, where he roamed as a lad, that his perpetual distemper lifts. There he meets Mrs. Booth (Marion Bailey), the keeper of the inn where he stays, who is curious about this odd and obsessive man. Mrs. Booth finds the man within the ogre.


Peter Howell, The Star



9:30pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Tuesday April 28, 2015

7:00pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

9:30pm

Seymour: An Introduction

2014, USA, 82 MINS, G

Dir: Ethan Hawke
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Seymour Bernstein

The great classical pianist Seymour Bernstein is as graceful a speaker as he is a musician, and his voice rings out with wondrous depth and clarity in “Seymour: An Introduction.” Although clearly designed as a reverent tribute from one artist to another, this first documentary directed by Ethan Hawke happily sidesteps any vanity-project pitfalls, granting full expression to Bernstein’s wise and witty commentary on a craft that he’s spent decades honing — as well as the proper application of that craft when the demands of art are often outweighed by the pressures of commerce. 

Justin Chang, Variety

Wednesday April 29, 2015

7:00pm

Seymour: An Introduction

2014, USA, 82 MINS, G

Dir: Ethan Hawke
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Seymour Bernstein

The great classical pianist Seymour Bernstein is as graceful a speaker as he is a musician, and his voice rings out with wondrous depth and clarity in “Seymour: An Introduction.” Although clearly designed as a reverent tribute from one artist to another, this first documentary directed by Ethan Hawke happily sidesteps any vanity-project pitfalls, granting full expression to Bernstein’s wise and witty commentary on a craft that he’s spent decades honing — as well as the proper application of that craft when the demands of art are often outweighed by the pressures of commerce. 

Justin Chang, Variety

9:00pm

Kingsman: The Secret Service

2014, UK/USA, 129 MINS, 14A

Dir: Adam Facey
Starring: Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson

The movie follows Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Egerton), a troubled British youth whose life seems to been headed nowhere fast. This changes when Harry “Agent Galahad” (Firth) recruits and trains him to be a member of an international intelligence organization called the Kingsman.  Together they must stop a world domination plot by insane billionaire Richmond Valentine (Jackson).

The action, cinematography, and design all help this film stand out both as a love letter and as a solo film. The action is fast paced and memorable, with the camera following closely behind the actors as they pull off extremely complex, long, and gleefully over the top fight scenes. The addition of numerous spy gadgets, like grenade cigarette lighters and shotgun umbrellas serve as the final piece needed to make this film feel like a true spy movie. It’s also an unbelievably and genuinely funny film.

 

Adam Facey, The Muse

Thursday April 30, 2015

7:00pm

Big Trouble In Little China

1986, USA, 99 MINS, 14A

Dir: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Kim Catrall

The film stars long time Carpenter cohort Kurt Russell as Jack Burton, a mullet wearing, big talking truck driver who is drawn into a mystical, centuries old war underneath San Francisco’s Chinatown, after he agrees to help his best friend Wang Chi (Dennis Dun) rescue his fiancée from the clutches of a cursed evil sorcerer named Lo Pan (James Hong). Along the way Burton and Wang must battle against supernatural warriors and demons, with help from motor mouth lawyer Gracie Law (Kim Catrrall) and sorcerer Egg Shen (Victor Wong).- Matthew Pejkovic

9:10pm

Big Lebowski, The

1998, USA/UK, 117 MINS, 14A

Dir: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour-Hoffman

Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, alias "The Dude." Lost permanently in the 1970s, he wanders around Venice, Calif., in a pot-suffused haze. He likes drinking White Russians, and he loves to hurl balls with his regular pals, Walter (Goodman), the loudmouthed owner of a security store, and Donny (Buscemi), a laid-back former surfer. In their screenplay for this movie, Ethan (also the producer) and Joel Coen (who directed) describe the Dude as "a man in whom casualness runs deep." They couldn't have put it better.
The Dude's life is rudely interrupted when two bruisers rough him up, supposedly to threaten him for his wife's gambling excesses. But the Dude isn't even married. It seems the thugs, who work for a mysterious man called Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara), have mistaken him for another Jeff Lebowski (David Huddleston), an old Pasadena millionaire whose wife racked up all that debt. To add insult to injury, one of them urinates on Dude's favorite rug. With their inspired, absurdist taste for weird, peculiar Americana-but a sort of neo-Americana that is entirely invented-the Coens have defined and mastered their own bizarre subgenre. No one does it like them and, it almost goes without saying, no one does it better. Desson Howe- Washington Post

Friday May 1, 2015

4:30pm

Hot Docs: The Cult of JT LeRoy

2014, USA, 90 MINS, 14A

Dir: Marjorie Sturm

After publishing his first novel at 19, JT LeRoy began a meteoric rise to literary fame, captivating readers with heartbreaking and traumatic stories that defied belief. An extraordinarily reclusive writer at the start, LeRoy began to shyly emerge from his cocoon to rub elbows with a fiercely devoted celebrity following, which included Gus Van Sant, Nancy Sinatra, Lou Reed and Sandra Bernhard, among others. But even LeRoy’s closest friends could sense something was amiss as his life story changed from one conversation to the next. Director Marjorie Sturm was present at the dawn of LeRoy’s unlikely ascent, capturing the carnage that followed his hunger for fame and recognition. Unfolding like a mystery, The Cult of JT LeRoy is a deeply absorbing tale of hubris that mines the landscape of cultural celebrity and thirst for novelty and shock that lies behind one of the most significant literary scandals of the century. Eli Horwatt

7:00pm

Hot Docs: Southern Rites

2015, USA, 87 MINS, PG

Dir: Gillian Laub

In 2009, The New York Times Magazine published filmmaker and acclaimed photographer Gillian Laub’s controversial images of Montgomery County High School’s racially segregated proms. A media furor ensued and under extreme pressure, the Georgian town was forced to finally integrate its teenagers in 2010. Laub returned camera in hand to document the changes, only to stumble upon a series of events far more indicative of race relations in the Deep South. The current chief of police was running to be the county’s first African American sheriff, while an older white resident stood trial for shooting a black youth. Intimate conversations with both the defendant, the victim’s family and the would-be sheriff are cut together with locals whose opinions about the town’s “dirty laundry” map a nuanced, deeply complex look at tradition and the push for change. Disturbing and delicately layered, Southern Rites reveals the truly glacial pace of progress. Myrocia Watamaniuk

9:30pm

Hot Docs: Love Between the Covers

2015, USA, 84 MINS, PG

Dir: Laurie Kahn

Move over Grisham and King, it turns out that the true titans of publishing are women. Romance fiction outsells all other genres of writing—from crime to science fiction—combined. Yet its largely female authors and readers are dismissed as hobbyists or fantasists. But if women-centric stories written by best-selling women writers are carrying the costs for all other publishing, where is the due respect? This funny and inspiring look into a billion-dollar industry turns up the trailblazers who have not only found fortunes and fulfillment in romance, but who are also at the front lines of the biggest power shift in publishing. Creating online empires and inventing new markets are authors like Beverly Jenkins, a pioneer of African American romance, Len Barot (aka Radclyffe, L.L. Raand), a surgeon and lesbian-romance legend who started her own publishing house, and the incomparable Nora Roberts. Loosen your corsets, let your tresses down and open your eyes to a powerful female world of big business and even bigger talent. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Saturday May 2, 2015

2:00pm

Hot Docs: T-Rex

2014, USA, 86 MINS, PG

Dir: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper

Just 17 years old, Claressa “T-Rex” Shields is a boxing phenomenon. With an unbeaten record, she trains hard on the equally hard streets of Flint, Michigan. Whether to escape her family’s crazy daily dramas or the dim prospects of life in a dead-end town, she is banking on one plan: the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Her coach—an obvious father-figure—gives her everything she needs to make it happen, from a second home to intensely focused training. Now she just has to win. But will even this potentially historic moment of fame be enough to change what the future often holds for a poor, African American girl in a recession-state? Filmmakers Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper combine a slick visual style with unexpectedly candid observations of a vulnerable young woman, crafting a smart critique of the truly unequal opportunities of sports fame in America. Myrocia Watamaniuk

4:15pm

Hot Docs: For Grace

2015, USA, 93 MINS, PG

Dir: Kevin Pang, Mark Helenowski

Curtis Duffy is one of the most renowned chefs in the United States, and is about to embark on his biggest challenge to date: the building and opening of his new restaurant, Grace. But he finds himself amidst one of the worst times in his personal life as he tries to achieve this dream. His dedication and focus on his career have cost him both his marriage and his relationship with his two young daughters. As Duffy tries to figure out the balance between the happiness of his career and home life, he finds himself looking back to his turbulent childhood, where a devastating tragedy led him to find refuge in his quest for excellency in the kitchen, and where the help of a kind economics teacher enabled him to move on from his tragic past and into his current success. From Chicago Tribune dining reporter Kevin Pang and filmmaker Mark Helenowski, For Grace is an insightful look into one man’s search for happiness and excellency. Charlotte Cook

6:45pm

Hot Docs: Beyond the Fear

2014, Latvia, Israel, Russia, 80 MINS, G

Dir: Maria Kravchenko, Herz Frank

For decades, filmmakers Herz Frank and Maria Kravchenko have been chasing the complicated story of Yigal Amir, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin. Since being incarcerated, Amir has found love with a woman, who divorced her husband so they could be together, and now has a child. Today, Amir’s morality is intimately revealed through bedtime stories he shares with his son over the phone from jail. Holy tales about the miracle messiah and a man who slept for 70 years that relate directly to his personal life, and raise incredibly unexpected oppositions: biblical/tabloid, providence/politics and propaganda/publicity. A riveting highbrow meets lowbrow parable that blends romance and religion, crime and consequence, murder and life’s eternal mysteries, Beyond the Fearpushes past the sensational headlines to probe the human motivations behind the ultimate act of sin. Frank's final film is an achievement in storytelling that shows not only one man’s capacity for good and evil, but mankind’s. Angie Driscoll

9:00pm

Hot Docs: Monty Python - The Meaning of Live

2014, UK, 92 MINS, PG

Dir: Roger Graef, James Rogan

In 2013, the incomparable comedy group Monty Python announced that they would be performing live for the first time in 34 years, performing 10 shows at the 15,000-seat O2 Arena, London. The first show sold out in 43.5 seconds. With a history of documenting the Pythons and its members on stage with films that include Pleasure at Her Majesty's and other instalments of The Secret Policeman's Ballseries, award-winning director Roger Graef teamed up with acclaimed director James Rogan and producer Holly Gilliam to document the Python's process of creating the show. The filmmakers’ unique access allowed them to capture candid interviews and fascinating insights with the legendary group as they rediscover the magic of their unique brand of comedy live with thousands of old and new fans. Combining never before seen archive footage, new versions of old favourites and some provocative new musical numbers, this is a wonderful celebration of the Pythons and their immense contribution to comedy. Sarafina DiFelice

Thursday May 7, 2015

6:00pm

The Future of Film Showcase

2015, Canada, 0 MINS, PG

The Future of Film Showcase is an independent film festival designed to showcase, support and highlight independent Toronto, and overall Canadian filmmakers and their films. They hope people will be inspired and enlightened by the pieces they see. The festival began from a conversation had by founders Eric Bizzarri and Shant Joshi a year and a half ago. They wanted to give independent filmmakers, like themselves, the opportunity to share their imagination with spectators and to celebrate film, not compete against each other.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the door 30 minutes before showtime or online at https://www.universe.com/events/future-of-film-showcase-tickets-toronto-H8S3Y

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