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Dec 14
Ben Is Back (USA, D: Peter Hedges, site)
Prodigal, drug-addicted Lucas Hedges returns home at Christmas time. With Julia Roberts.
City: Varsity
Bhajjo Veero Ve (India, D: Amberdeep Singh, site)
Possible marriage prompts a man to unearth the unknown maternal side of his family.
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre    Mississauga
  Blaze (USA, D: Ethan Hawke, site)
Songwriter Blaze Foley carves out a space for himself in Texas' legendary outlaw country music scene.
City: Yonge & Dundas
  Mary Queen Of Scots (UK, D: Josie Rourke, site)
An attempted royal coup leads to imprisonment.
City: Varsity
  Odiyan (India, D: V.a. Shrikumar Menon, site)
A shape-shifting clan rule rural India before the advent of electricity.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
  Supergrid (Canada, D: Lowell Dean, site)
A smuggler in a plague-infected world looks to his estranged brother for help in making s run to Canada.
City: Carlton
  The Quake (Norway, D: John Andreas Andersen, site)
An earthquake shakes Oslo. Sequel to The Wave.
City: Carlton
Dec 16
You Are Here: A Come From Away Story (Canada, D: Moze Mossanen, site)
Gander, Newfoundland becomes temporary home to diverted airline passengers from around the world following the 9/11 attscks.
City: Hot Docs (no show Tue)
Dec 14
Sarkar (India, D: A.R. Murugadoss, site)
An internationally-known CEO fights back against political corruption.
Suburbs: York
Dec 12
Clara (Canada/USA, D: Akash Sherman, site)
Astronomy + art = discovery.
Suburbs: Queensway
Debi (Bangladesh, D: Anam Biswas, site)
A woman seeks answers about the source of her paranormal abilities.
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre
  The Old Man & The Gun (USA, D: David Lowery, site)
An aging bank robber escapes from prison to renew his life of crime. With Robert Redford.
City: Kingsway (one show Mon,Wed only)
Dec 13
Banjara (India/Canada, D: Mushtaq Pasha, site)
The truckin' life crosses generations.
Suburbs: Albion
Divide And Conquer: The Story Of Roger Ailes (USA, D: Alexis Bloom, site)
Roger Ailes life in right-wing American politics takes him from the Nixon administration to Fox News.
City: Hot Docs
  The Go-Getters (Canada, D: Jeremy LaLonde, site)
A drunk and a junkie try to scrape up enough money for bus tickets out of town.
City: Carlton
  Henchmen (Canada, D: Adam Wood, site)
A comic book fan enters the ranks of villainy as an apprentice henchman. Animated.
City: Carlton
  Mowgli: Legend Of The Juungle (UK/USA, D: Andy Serkis, site)
An orphan boy is raised by jungle animals in this latest adaptation of Kipling's The Jungle Book.
City: Lightbox
  Nothing Like A Dame (UK, D: Roger Michell, site)
Grand Dames of the British theatre - Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith - sit and have a chat about their careers on stage and screen.
City: Hot Docs
  Rams (USA, D: Gary Hustwit, site)
Designer Dieter Rams puts a back-to-basics philosophy into practice.
City: Hot Docs (one show Fri-Sun,Thu)
  Tag Along: The Devil Fish (Taiwan, D: David Chuang, site)
Kids accidentally unleash evil spirits trapped inside a fish.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Markham
  Tiger (USA/Canada, D: Alister Grierson, site)
A Sikh contests his ban from the boxing ring.
City: Yonge & Dundas
  TwiceLand (South Korea, D: Park Jin-young, site)
Girl group Twice tour the world.
Suburbs: Richmond Hill    Winston Churchill
  Unstoppable (South Korea, D: Kim Min-Ho, site)
A gangster trying to go straight contends with the kidnapping of his wife.
City: Empress Walk
  The Wild Pear Tree (Turkey/France/Germany/Bulgaria, D: Nuri Bilge Ceylan, site)
A college grad deals with family dynamics as he returns home to write and prepare for his future.
City: Lightbox (one show Tue,Thu only)
Dec 14
Almost Almost Famous (Canada/USA, D: Barry Lank, site)
Tribute artists make a living from the one-time fame of artists like Elvis, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis. Documentary.
City: Hot Docs (matinees Fri,Mon only)
Anna And The Apocalypse (UK, D: John McPhail, site)
Zombies attack at Christmas time.
City: Yonge & Dundas (Thu only)
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre (no show Mon)    Winston Churchill (no show Mon)
  Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (Canada, D: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier & Edward Burtynsky, site)
Human need to dominate the Earth creates environmental change on a massive scale. From the directors of Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.
City: Lightbox
  At Eternity's Gate (UK/France, D: Julian Schnabel, site)
Vincent Van Gogh considers his relationship to painting and the future as he nears the end of his life. With Willen Dafoe.
City: Canada Square    Lightbox
  Beautiful Boy (USA, D: Felix Van Groeningen, site)
Timothee Chalamet struggles with addiction.
City: Kingsway (one show daily)
  Border (Sweden/Denmark, D: Ali Abbasi, site)
A border guard with sensory/empathic abilities meets a traveler with striking similarities to herself.
City: Lightbox
  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    Varsity
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
  Burning (South Korea, D: Lee Chang-dong, site)
A young man's affections for a girl from his hometown are complicated by the appearance of a rich rival with an unsettling hobby.
City: Lightbox    Regent (one show daily, no show Mon)
  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: Canada Square    Carlton    Kingsway (one show daily)
  A Cool Fish (Hong Kong, D: Rao Xiaozhi, site)
A security guard contends with a missing boss and kidnapping arms dealers.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Markham
  Default (South Korea, D: Choi Kook-hee, site)
A banking crisis sweeps up speculators, saviours and people just trying to get by.
City: Empress Walk
  The Favourite (UK/Ireland/USA, D: Yorgos Lanthimos, site)
A frail queen's close friend tends to her health and governs in her place. From the director of Dogtooth and The Lobster.
City: Varsity    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Queensway
  First Man (USA, D: Damien Chazelle, site)
Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.
City: Kingsway (one show Mon,Wed only)    Scotiabank
  Free Solo (USA, D: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, site)
Rock climber Alex Honnold scales Yosemite's El Capitan Wall.
City: Carlton
  The Front Runner (USA, D: Jason Reitman, site)
The story of Gary Hart's scandal-plagued 1988 presidential campaign.
City: Kingsway (one show Mon,Thu only)
  Green Book (USA, D: Peter Farrelly, site)
Viggo Mortensen chauffeurs an African-American pianist through the 1960's deep South.
City: Empress Walk    Varsity    Yonge & Dundas    Yonge & Eglinton
Suburbs: Beach    Eglinton Town Centre    Elgin Mills    Queensway    Richmond Hill    Vaughan    Winston Churchill
  The Hate U Give (USA, D: George Tillman Jr., site)
A high school student must bridge the divide between the poor Black neighbourhood she lives in and the affluent White community she goes to school with.
City: Kingsway (one show Fri,Tue only)    Yonge & Dundas
  Hospitality (USA, D: Nick Chakwin & Dsvid Guglielmo, site)
A one-time brothel turned B&B is revealed as the hiding place for an ex-con's stashed loot.
City: Yonge & Dundas (Sat,Tue only)
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre (Sat,Tue only)    Winston Churchill (Sat,Tue only)
  Kedarnath (India, D: Abhishek Kapoor, site)
A Hindu-Muslim romance faces both familial disapproval and raging floods.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Albion    Eglinton Town Centre    Winston Churchill    Woodside    York
  Love Jacked (Canada, D: Alfons Adetuyi, site)
An aspiring artist returns from Africa with an unexpected fiancee.
City: Yonge & Dundas
  Maria By Callas (France, D: Tom Volf, site)
Through archival footage, the famed soprano tells her story.
City: Mt. Pleasant (Sat,Sun,Tue,Thu)
  Mid90s (USA, D: Jonah Hill, site)
A young teen makes friends with a group of L.A. skateboarders.
City: Kingsway (one show Sat,Wed only)
  The Price Of Everything (USA, D: Nathaniel Kahn, site)
An investigation into the dynamics of pricing art.
City: Mt. Pleasant (one show Fri,Sun only)
  A Private War (UK/USA, D: Matthew Heineman, site)
Marie Colvin reports from the frontlines.
City: Canada Square    Regent (one show daily, no show Mon)
  Project Gutenberg (China/Hong Kong, D: Felix Chong, site)
An artist faces legal pressure to reveal the identity of the counterfeiter he has worked for. With Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok.
Suburbs: Markham
  Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World Of Ben Ferencz (Canada, D: Barry Avrich, site)
The final surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor continues to crusade for justice.
City: Carlton
  Roma (Mexico/USA, D: Alfonso Cuaron, site)
Servants watch a bourgeois family disintegrate against a backdrop of political turmoil.
City: Lightbox
  Searching For Ingmar Bergman (German/France, D: Margarethe Von Trotta, site)
Family, colleagues and fellow artists render a multi-faceted portrait of the arthouse giant.
City: Lightbox
  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: Canada Square    Carlton    Don Mills VIP    Kingsway    Scotiabank    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Vaughan    Winston Churchill
  Suspiria (Italy/USA, D: Luca Guadagnino, site)
A young dancer gets swept up in the nightmare emanating from a famous dance company.
City: Carlton    Kingsway (no show Fri, added late show Sat)
  Three Words To Forever (Phillipines, D: Cathy Garcia-Molina, site)
A broken-up couple maintain the charade of their marriage to please their family.
City: Canada Square
Suburbs: Mississauga    Scarborough
  Transit (Germany, D: Christian Petzold, site)
A refugee gains much-needed travel papers out of occupied France when he is mistaken for a renowned writer, only to have his situation complicated by the arrival of his identity's estranged wife. From the director of Phoenix and Barbara.
City: Mt. Pleasant (one show Fri,Sat,Wed)
  2.0 (India, D: S. Shankar, site)
A robot saviour is rebuilt to take on a new threat to humanity. Sequel to 2010's Enthiran.
Suburbs: Albion    Woodside    York
  Widows (UK/USA, D: Steve McQueen, site)
Four widows left in dire straits by their criminal husbands forge their own way forwards.
City: Canada Square    Carlton    Don Mills VIP    Market Square    (until Tue)    Scotiabank    Yonge & Dundas    Yorkdale
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre    Mississauga    Morningside    Queensway    Richmond Hill    Scarborough    Vaughan    Winston Churchill
  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:    Regent (one show Fri-Sun,Tue,Thu)

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