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Feb 15
Dev (India, D: Rajath Ravishankar, site)
Desire spurs action.
Suburbs: Woodside
Everybody Knows (Spain/France/Italy, D: Asghar Farhadi, site)
Tensions simmer when a married woman returns to her hometown to attend a wedding. With Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. From the director of A Separation.
City: Lightbox
  Fall In Love At First Kiss (China, D: Chen Yu Shan, site)
A bad student develops a crush on a smart, handsome boy.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Markham
  Gully Boy (India, D: Zoya Akhtar, site)
Street rap expresses the class frustrations of the poor and disenfranchised.
City: Fairview    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Albion    Eglinton Town Centre    Mississauga    Vaughan    Winston Churchill    Woodside
  Hit And Run Squad (South Korea, D: Han Jun-hee, site)
Officers assigned to a hit-and-run task force track down a former racer who has turned to crime.
City: Empress Walk
  Kala Shah Kala (India, D: Amarjit Singh, site)
A man has difficulties in romance because of his darker complexion.
Suburbs: Albion    Eglinton Town Centre
  Trouble In The Garden (Canada, D: Roz Owen, site)
A jailed activist is bailed out by her brother, who happens to be involved with the very land development she was protesting.
City: Carlton
Feb 13
Beautiful Boy (USA, D: Felix Van Groeningen, site)
Timothee Chalamet struggles with addiction.
City: Kingsway (one show Sat,Mon,Wed)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening (USA, D: RaMell Ross, site)
Life unfolds for a pair of Black families living in the American South.
City: Mt. Pleasant (one show Sat,Sun,Wed)
  Widows (UK/USA, D: Steve McQueen, site)
Four widows left in dire straits by their criminal husbands forge their own way forwards.
City: Kingsway (one show Sat,Mon,Wed)
Feb 14
Boy Erased (USA, D: Joel Edgerton, site)
Lucas Hedges enters gay conversion therapy after being outed to his Baptist preacher father (Russell Crowe).
City: Kingsway (one show Fri,Sun,Tue,Thu)
The Dawn Wall (Austria, D: Josh Lowell & Peter Mortimer, site)
Free climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen attempt to scale a nearly impossible cliff.
City: Hot Docs
  Destroyer (USA, D: Karyn Kusama, site)
Former undercover cop Nicole Kidman reckons with the re-appearance of the gang leader she was tasked with bringing down.
City: Varsity
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre (until Wed)
  The Final Wish (USA, D: Timothy Woodward Jr., site)
A grieving family find a strange keepsake in their deceased patriarch's belongings.
City: Carlton
  Oscar Shorts: Documentary (Various Countries, D: Various, site)
This year's nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film.
City: Lightbox
  Racetime (Canada, D: Benoit Godbout, site)
Stakes are raised when accusations of cheating prompt a sled race rematch.
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
  Wonders Of The Sea (UK/France, D: Jean-Michel Cousteau & Jean-Jacques Mantello, site)
Cousteau Jr. explores the ocean. In 3D.
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
Feb 15
Arctic (Iceland, D: Joe Penna, site)
A plane crash strands Mads Mikkelsen in the Arctic.
City: Varsity
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (USA, D: Marielle Heller, site)
A writer out of fashion turns to faking and forging celebrity letters. With Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant.
City: Carlton    Kingsway (one show Fri,Sun,Tue,Thu)
  Capernaum (Lebanon/USA, D: Nadine Labaki, site)
A pre-teen boy living on the streets sues his neglectful parents for bringing him into this world.
City: Canada Square    Lightbox
  Cold War (Poland, D: Pawel Pawlikowski, site)
A tempestuous romance plays out across the Iron Curtain and over several iterations of a signuature song.
City: Lightbox    Regent    Varsity
  Dhilluku Dhuddu 2 (India, D: Rambala, site)
A curse kills those who fall in love with a particular woman.
Suburbs: York
  Dragon Ball Super: Broly (Japan, D: Tatsuya Nagamine, site)
New challenges test the Dragon Ball crew.
City: Yonge & Dundas (Fri,Tue-Thu)
  Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (India, D: Shelly Chopra Dhar, site)
A young woman contends with pressure to marry, an unwanted suitor and a true love that may not be acceptable to her family.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Vaughan    Winston Churchill    York
  Extreme Job (South Korea, D: Lee Byeong-heon, site)
Detectives on a stakeout accidentally create a successful restaurant.
City: Empress Walk    Yonge & Dundas
  The Favourite (UK/Ireland/USA, D: Yorgos Lanthimos, site)
Frail Queen Anne's close friend tends to her health and governs in her place until a new arrival connives to win the same favour. From the director of Dogtooth and The Lobster.
City: Canada Square    Empress Walk    Varsity    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Queensway
  Free Solo (USA, D: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, site)
Rock climber Alex Honnold scales Yosemite's El Capitan Wall.
City: Carlton
  Green Book (USA, D: Peter Farrelly, site)
Viggo Mortensen chauffeurs an African-American pianist through the 1960's deep South.
City: Don Mills VIP    Empress Walk    Market Square    Varsity    Yonge & Dundas    Yonge & Eglinton
Suburbs: Beach    Morningside    Queensway    Richmond Hill    Winston Churchill
  If Beale Street Could Talk (USA, D: Barry Jenkins, site)
A pregnant woman draws strength from her Harlem family as she tries to prove her incarcerated husband's innocence. From the director of Moonlight.
City: Regent    Varsity
  Integrity (Hong Kong, D: Alan Mak, site)
The fate of a long-running investigation rests on an agent returning a witness back to Hong Kong. With Lau Ching-Wan. From the director of the Infernal Affairs trilogy.
Suburbs: Markham
  Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi (India, D: Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi &l Kangana Ranaut, site)
Rani Lakshmibai takes part in the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Suburbs: Winston Churchill    York
  Mary Queen Of Scots (UK, D: Josie Rourke, site)
An attempted royal coup leads to imprisonment.
City: Kingsway (one show Fri,Sun,Tue,Thu)
  Mary, Marry Me (Philippines, D: RC Delos Reyes, site)
Sisters clash over one's proposed marriage to the other's ex.
Suburbs: Scarborough
  Miss Behaviour (Hong Kong, D: Pang Ho-Cheung, site)
A lost bottle of breast milk brings former friends back together.
Suburbs: Richmond Hill
  On The Basis Of Sex (USA, D: Mimi Leder, site)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg encounters entrenched sexism on her way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
City: Canada Square    Kingsway
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
  Oscar Shorts: Animation (Various Countries, D: Various, site)
This year's nominees for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
City: Lightbox
  Oscar Shorts: Live Action (Various Countries, D: Various, site)
This year's nominees for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
City: Lightbox
  Pegasus (China, D: Han Han, site)
A former champ returns to the race track.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Markham    Mississauga    Richmond Hill    Scarborough
  Peranbu (India, D: Ram, site)
A special needs daughter sets a father on the path to becoming a better man.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
  Petta (India, D: Karthik Subbaraj, site)
A hostel worker's attempt to keep the peace draws the attention of a gangster with a grudge.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
  Roma (Mexico/USA, D: Alfonso Cuaron, site)
Servants watch a bourgeois family disintegrate against a backdrop of political turmoil.
City: Lightbox (Sun-Thu)
  Sarvam Thaala Mayam (India, D: Rajiv Menon, site)
Tamil musical drama.
Suburbs: York
  Shoplifters (India, D: Hirokazu Koreeda, site)
Petty criminals form a makeshift family, incorporating a young child found wandering in the cold. Winner of the Palme D'or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.
City: Canada Square    Lightbox
  Stan & Ollie (UK/Canada/USA, D: Jon S. Baird, site)
Laurel & Hardy undertake a tour of post-war Britain in the fading years of their comedy career.
City: Regent    Varsity
  A Star Is Born (USA, D: Bradley Cooper, site)
A veteran musician watches a young talent's star rise as his own begins to fall. With Lady Gaga.
City: Kingsway    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Morningside
  They Shall Not Grow Old (UK/New Zealand, D: Peter Jackson, site)
World War 1, and its participants, are brought to vivid life.
City: Kingsway (one show Sat,Mon,Wed)    Yonge & Dundas (Mon,Tue,Thu)
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre    Winston Churchill
  Uda Aida (India, D: Ksshitij Chaudhary, site)
A couple's desire to have their son attend a good school strains the relationship between the three.
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre
  Uri: The Surgical Strike (India, D: Aditya Dhar, site)
The Indian army fights back against terrorism.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre
  Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven (India, D: Sundar C., site)
The heir to a fortune tries to bring his family back together.
Suburbs: York
  Village Rockstars (India, D: Rima Das, site)
A young girl growing up in a rural Indian village has dreams of rock and roll glory.
City: Lightbox (Mon-Thu only)
  Viswasam (India, D: Siva, site)
A village chieftain is beloved by his people and hated by outsiders.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
  The Wandering Earth (China, D: Fwant Gwo, site)
Humanity's salvation rests on moving the Earth away from a dying Sun.
City: Fairview    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Markham    Mississauga    Richmond Hill    Scarborough
  The Wife (UK/Sweden/USA, D: Bjorn Runge, site)
Glenn Close begins to question her role playing the good wife to acclaimed novelist Jonathan Pryce.
City: Lightbox (Tue,Thu only)    Mt. Pleasant
  The World Before Your Feet (USA, D: Jeremy Workman, site)
A New Yorker attempts to walk every street in his city.
City: Mt. Pleasant

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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