Toronto Screening Calendar: April 8-14 2019

What's on in Toronto from April 8-14?

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 8 through April 14 in Toronto!

April 8

Go (1999) FREE @ The Royal


GO Sarah Polley Katie Holmes

18-year-old Ronna (Sarah Polley, right), accompanied by reluctant partner-in-crime and fellow supermarket checkout clerk Claire (Katie Holmes), look to score some rent money before she’s evicted on Christmas Eve in the – FREE – Columbia Pictures presentation of GO. Part of NOW Magazine’s Free Flick Mondays.

April 10

Deep Red (1975) 4k Restoration @ The Royal

Deep Red 1975

Far from being Dario Argento’s first foray into the giallo—the Italian version of the anglophone murder mystery genre putatively established by Mario Bava with his Hitchcock-inspired La ragazza che sapeva troppo (The Girl Who Knew Too Much, 1963)—Profondo rosso (Deep Red, 1975) is arguably still his finest. Second screening of the series “Fear Italian Style” presented by the Italian Cultural Institute.


April 11

L’Atalante (1934) 4k Restoration @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 

Appearing in the top 10 of every recent critics’ poll of the greatest films ever made, L’Atalante fully justifies the critical hyperbole it has always elicited: “May be the greatest film ever made” (Georgia Brown, The Village Voice); “One of the indisputable masterpieces of the cinema” (British Film Institute); “A very great movie” (Vincent Canby, The New York Times). Part of the Complete Jean Vigo Restored programme.

April 12 – April 14

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Version) (2002) @ Cinesphere


The Two Towers Helm's Deep

The Extended Edition of Peter Jackson’s epic adaptation of The Two Towers – and the biggest screen possible: The Cinesphere. While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron’s new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

April 12

The Boxer’s Omen (1983) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox


The Boxer's Omen
Easily the most notorious film in the Shaw Brothers catalogue, The Boxer’s Omen is kung fu by way of Alejandro Jodorowsky, loaded with mystic martial arts, gross-out provocation, and shocking sadism. Part of TIFF’s Kung Fu Fridays: Fatal Fists and Crazy Kicks from the Shaw Brothers.

April 13

The Iron Giant (1999) @ The Royal

The Iron Giant
Baby friendly screening of this animated classic – presented with house lights on, and volume-not-too-loud.


Get Out (2017) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Described by its first-time writer-director as “The Stepford Wives meets The Help,” Jordan Peele’s slyly satirical take on the feel-good liberalism of Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner revitalized the American horror film, re-establishing the genre as a vehicle for radical social and cultural critique.

On the Waterfront (1954) 4k Restoration @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

On the Waterfront Marlon Brando

Winner of eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Director, and Actor), Elia Kazan’s blistering account of racketeering on the New Jersey waterfront was hailed as a milestone in screen realism and a bona fide American art film.

Old Boy (2003) @ The Royal



The Eastern Promises series brings the masterful revenge flick from Park Chan-Wook to The Royal.

April 14

The Wedding Party (1969) @ The Royal

The Wedding Party 1966
In 1964, a young “Robert Denero” (sic) stepped in front of a movie camera for the first time. The film was The Wedding Party – the first of 3 movies De Niro would make with Brian De Palma, kicking off both of their careers. Part of the Early films of De Palma and De Niro

Greetings (1968) @ The Royal

Greetings 1968
The first film to receive an X certificate in the United States – for adult/offensive language, mild sex/nudity, but primarily for antisocial content and a detailed breakdown of how to evade the draft – Greetings (1968) is a freewheeling satire focusing on a trio of twentysomething friends, a conspiracy theorist (Jonathan Warden), a filmmaker (Gerrit Graham), and a voyeur (Robert De Niro), as they shamble about their lives and try to avoid the Vietnam War by any means necessary. Part of the Early films of De Palma and De Niro.

Titanic (1997) @ Revue Cinema

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic. Presented by Anne T. Donahue, author of Nobody Cares! with special guest Randi Bergman, creator of the Capsule ’98 podcast.

Sense and Sensibility (1995) @ Fox Theatre

Sense and Sensibility
Are you a fan of period films featuring extravagant costumes and agonizing affairs of the heart? Do you enjoy drinking tea and nibbling on scones while listening to posh British accents? The Fox presents Sense and Sensibility – part of the “High Tea Cinema” series – with tea, treats and a Jane Austen-inspired marketplace!

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967) @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Part of “Fearless: The Films of Katharine Hepburn” retrospective, honouring the legacy of an icon who ceaselessly challenged Hollywood’s prescriptive gender roles and helped define the mid-century idea of the “modern woman.”

Alice (1988) @ Eyesore Cinema

Alice 1988

What better way than to celebrate bunny season with a twisted Alice in Wonderland film adaptation from the Czech Republic?! Alice is a 1988 dark fantasy film written and directed by Jan Švankmajer. A loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s first Alice book, the film combines live action with stop motion animation, and is distinguished by its dark and uncompromising production design.

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