With the embarrassment of riches being shown on Toronto’s multiple screens dedicated to repertory cinema, we decided it was high time to create a monthly guide for all of our local readers. Highlighting everything from the classic to the bizarre, from the backroom at Eyesore Cinema to the recently reopened Ontario Cinesphere, we’ve included screenings taking place all over the city. Find out which ones are FREE, which are 35mm prints, and which screenings are accompanied by special guests and other performances, from burlesque dancing and live bands, to classic monthly showcases.
See what’s playing April 15 through April 21 in Toronto!
Author and scholar Imani Perry (Looking for Lorraine) discusses the ongoing significance and relevance of Lorraine Hansberry’s most influential play — celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019 — and the lauded film adaptation, starring Sidney Poitier.
Just before he terrorized Margot Kidder in his proto-slasher BLACK CHRISTMAS, Canadian horror treasure Bob Clark tackled the ghosts of the Vietnam War in the gripping and melancholy DEATHDREAM. Presented by our friends from No Future.
John Charles, author of The Hong Kong Filmography 1977–1997 referred to the film as part of Hong Kong’s “early ’80s gross-out cycle” of horror films and that the special effects in the film “are too ambitious for the budget”.
April 17- Happy National Canadian Film Day!
The Toronto on Film series will be having a special event for Canadian film day on Wednesday April 17th to honour one of the legends of Toronto filmmaking: Don Shebib, who will be the special guest for this event. They will be showing “Between Friends” (1973), which Take One, has called one of Canada’s Top Twenty Films.
National Canadian Film Day, Avi Federgreen, and Triptych Media present a special 35mm screening of Thom Fitzgerald’s THE HANGING GARDEN!
A 100th anniversary screening of Back to God’s Country (1919). A woman (Nell Shipman) finds herself all alone in a remote harbour with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful. Shipman was the original wonder woman. A trailblazer of the silent era, she was one of the first women producers – a champion for animals and an unparalleled trainer of wildlife.
With live accompaniment by Marilyn Lerner, plus Q&A with Silent Revue curator Alicia Fletcher and Lerner.
Immediately following the death of martial arts legend Bruce Lee a mad scientist is tasked with creating clones of him, Bruce Lee 1 (Dragon Lee), Bruce Lee 2 (Bruce Le) and Bruce Lee 3 (Bruce Lai). After an intense martial arts training regime the clones are sent out to fulfill their purpose, fighting crime in Southeast Asia. Starring three of the genres biggest stars The Clones of Bruce Lee is considered the Mount Rushmore of the Brucesploitation genre.
Monsieur Hulot pays a visit to his sister and her family, but their ultramodern, mechanically-wired home the Villa Arpel soon reveals itself to be adversarial to humans.
The Laser Blast Film Society celebrates the 20th anniversary of Canauxploitation.com with a new restoration of this Canuck cult classic. Whatever you do, you better hope that you don’t get on the wrong side of Jamie, the teddy-bear clutching 12-year-old subject of Canadian horror oddity THE PIT. Because when Jamie’s around, neighbourhood bullies, local livestock and even wheelchair-ridden grannies all have a strange way of ending up at the bottom of a sunken hollow at the edge of town to be devoured by a band of hungry trolls known as the “Tra-la-logs.”
He really loves that gorilla! Scientist Karen Ross (Laura Linney) is sent by her father-in-law, mogul R.B. Travis (Joe Don Baker), to the Congo to determine the whereabouts of his son (Bruce Campbell) and the missing diamond-hunting team that he led. Expert guide Kelly (Ernie Hudson), Ross and a mismatched search party — including primatologist Dr. Peter Elliot (Dylan Walsh) and Amy the amazing talking gorilla, treasure hunter Herkermer Homolka (Tim Curry — discover a danger far more sinister than anything they expected to find, even in the heart of the jungle.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
A young musician, tormented by an abusive situation at home, must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance, and his own dissatisfied band, as his star begins to rise.
Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he’s not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother (Terry Jones), the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate (Michael Palin) and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python’s signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian’s life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.
Katharine Hepburn began her long professional (and personal) relationship with Spencer Tracy in this delightful opposites-attract romantic comedy, the first of nine films the duo made together. Intended to capitalize on Hepburn’s comeback in The Philadelphia Story — and, like that film, forcing Hepburn to be narratively and verbally “punished” onscreen for her excellence and superiority — Woman of the Year was a solid box-office hit and won the Oscar for Best Screenplay.
The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians. We could go on about how much we at The Revue love this movie, but that’s just like, our opinion, man.
White Russians will be served!
As with Hitchcock and his two versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much, in the mid-1950s Leo McCarey remade his own trim ’30s classic (the 1939 Love Affair, with Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne) in a considerably longer version, with the addition of glorious Technicolor and breathtaking CinemaScope. Cary Grant takes over the Boyer role as a playboy who meets and falls in love with a nightclub singer (Deborah Kerr) on a luxury liner heading from Europe to New York.
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy – Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises – shown back-to-back in glorious IMAX. Footage of Nolan’s Q&A from LA on March 30th will be shown prior to the screenings.
Encore presentation presented by Drunken Cinema.
KinoVortex programmer (and That Shelf contributor) Colin Geddes introduces Exorcist author William Peter Blatty’s 1980 directorial debut The Ninth Configuration.
Join Eastern Promises for a screening of the third installment of Park Chan-Wook’s Vengeance trilogy.
Presented by Mega Fun Movie Explosion. If there was any possible way to make the Looney Tunes more incredible it would be to team them up with the greatest basketball player the world has ever known, Mr. Michael Jordan. This Mega Fun Movie Explosion presentation will feature an original song by friend of The Royal, Andrew Neville, so you can enjoy an R Kelly-free experience
Jane (Anna Faris), a struggling but perpetually stoned actress, has a busy day ahead. She has several important tasks on her list, including buying more marijuana. Even though she already has a good start on the day’s planned drug use, she eats her roommate’s pot-laced cupcakes and embarks on a series of misadventures all over Los Angeles. Presented with drinking games and live commentary by Allysin Chaynes
The 1975 Sydney Pollock directed spy thriller starring Robert Redford is one of the best of the genre. After stepping out for lunch, low-level intelligence analyst Joe Turner, codename “Condor” (Robert Redford), returns to his clandestine CIA office in the heart of Manhattan to find that all his co-workers have been murdered by a hit squad. Realizing that he’s been marked for death by his own people due to a seemingly random report he had filed, the mild-mannered bookworm kidnaps a random passerby (Faye Dunaway), who naturally ends up falling into his arms and aiding him in his quixotic quest to take on the entire US industrial-military-political-intelligence complex.
Film version of the musical stage play, directed by the great Norman Jewison, presenting the last few weeks of Christ’s life told in an anachronistic manner. Featuring career-defining performances by Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene, Carl Anderson as Judas Iscariot, and Ted Neeley as Jesus. Sing along if you’d like!
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