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Retrospectives, Programmes & Festivals
Oct 11 - 17
Black Star @ Lightbox
Celebrating the biggest Black screen personas, examining Black screen roles and providing a platform for homegrown efforts at Black representation. This week:
Love Jones (1997, USA, D: Theodore Witcher) -- Oct 11, 6:15pm
Pariah (2011, USA, D: Dee Rees) w/ Dee Rees -- Oct 12, 6:15pm
Devil In A Blue Dress (1995, USA, D: Carl Franklin) w/ Sarah-Tai Black -- Oct 13, 6:05pm
Lionheart (2018, Nigeria, D: Genevieve Nnaji) -- Oct 14, 7:30pm
Territories (1984, UK, D: Isaac Julien)
    + The Attendant (1993, UK, D: Isaac Julien)
    + Looking For Langston (1989, UK, D: Isaac Julien) w/ Rinaldo Walcott -- Oct 16, 6:30pm
Tell Me Sweet Something (2015, South Africa, D: Akin Omotoso) -- Oct 17, 6:00pm
Oct 11 - 19
Toronto After Dark @ Scotiabank
Nine nights of new horror, fantasy and action cinema.
Oct 12 - 15
Bringing communities together through film.
Oct 13 - 14
Toronto South African Film Festival @ Lightbox
The culture, history and politics of South Africa.
Oct 13
Cinéfranco @ Carlton
Recent French-language cinema.
Oct 13
Nollywood Travel Film Festival @ Innis Town Hall
From Nigeria to Toronto.
Oct 14
100 Words @ Hot Docs
One movie, a mere hundred words.
Oct 14
Reel World Film Festival
Celebrating cultural diversity through film. At: Glenn Gould Studio, Canada Square.
Oct 17 - 21
Aboriginal film and video. At: Hot Docs, Lightbox.
Oct 18
Toronto Vanguard Film Fest @ The Fox
Leading in new directions..
Oct 19 - 21
Macedonian Film Festival @ Carlton
Broadening awareness of Macedonian talent.
Oct 19 - 23
Estdocs @ Hot Docs
The Estonian documentary film festival.
Oct 21
Rendezvous With Madness
Illuminating mental illness and addiction with both screenings and panel discussions. At: Hot Docs, AGO, Workman Theatre.
Oct 24
Toronto Spanish Film Festival
New films from Spain, doled out one title per week. At: The Revue. This week:
Lots Of Kids, A Monkey And A Castle (2017, Spain, D: Gustavo Salmeron) -- Oct 17, 6:45pm
Oct 27
Muggle Movie Marathon @ Carlton
Calling all Muggles! All the Potter, all momth long. This week:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, USA/UK, D: David Yates)
    + Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009, USA/UK, D: David Yates) -- Oct 13, 4:00pm
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010, USA/UK, D: David Yates)
    + Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011, USA/UK, D: David Yates) -- Oct 20, 4:00pm
Oct 27
Toronto Latin American Film Festival
Hispanic cinema.
Dec 12
Existence Is Song: The Films Of Stan Brakhage @ Lightbox
A year-long tribute to the avant-garde legend. This week:
Mystical Affinities: Female Perspectives On Brakhage -- Oct 14, 1:00pm   Free!
Dec 23
A Woman Possessed: The Films Of Joan Crawford @ Lightbox
Survey the extraordinary career of the great classic-era Hollywood actress. This week:
Johnny Guitar (1954, USA, D: Nicholas Ray) -- Oct 12, 3:15pm; Oct 13, 1:00pm
The Women (1939, USA, D: George Cukor) -- Oct 14, 4:15pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Oct 11 Bad Banks (2018, Germany, D: Olivier Kienie)
An ambitious young woman enters the high-pressure, macho world of international finance. The entire television series screens over three evenings.
@ Lightbox 6:30pm
Oct 11 Ganja & Hess (1973, USA, D: Bill Gunn)   Black Gold
An African-American anthropologist begins to crave the taste of blood. Restored director's cut!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Oct 11 Grape Witches At The Movies
Movie + wine! Natural wine! But which movie? That's not so clear.
@ Hot Docs 8:30pm
Oct 11 Interchange (2018, Canada, D: Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky)   MDFF Presents
Visit a Montreal community ringed by highways.
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Oct 12
- Oct 18
Ghostbusters (1984, USA, D: Ivan Reitman)
Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd fight ghosts, Zuul, government and giant candy monsters.
@ Cineplex
Oct 12
- Oct 18
Halloween (1978, USA, D: John Carpenter)
Disturbed Michael Myers takes out his issues on the teenagers of his hometown. Essential prep work for the upcoming 40-years-later sequel.
@ Cineplex
Oct 12
- Oct 17
Psycho (1960, USA, D: Alfred Hitchcock)
"A boy's best friend is his mother."
@ Cineplex
Oct 12 The Apartment (1960, USA, D: Billy Wilder)
Office worker Jack Lemmon tries to get in good with the higher-ups at work by lending them his bachelor pad for evenings with their mistresses.
@ Lightbox 12:30pm
Oct 12 Bad Reputation: A Joan Jett Documentary (2018, USA, D: Kevin Kerslake)   This Film Should Be Played Loud
Jett bcomes a rock and roll legend.
@ Hot Docs 6:15pm
Oct 12 West Side Story (1961, USA, D: Robert Wise & Jerome Robbins)   FFF    Free!
The Jets and the Sharks dance-fight in NYC.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Oct 12
Oct 13
Oct 14
Top Gun (IMAX 3D) (1986, USA, D: Tony Scott)
"That was some of the best flying I've seen to date - right up to the part where you got killed." Flyboys reach for the sky.
@ Cinesphere
Oct 12 Twisted Pair - A Neil Breen Film (2018, USA, D: Neil Breen)
Twins become divergent A.I.s. The latest WTF outing from the director of Fateful Findings and Pass Thru.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Oct 12 Creature (1985, USA, D: William Malone)   Fear Is Free Fridays    Free!
Q: The Winged Serpent (1982, USA, D: Larry Cohen)
Forbidden World (1982, USA, D: Allan Holzman)
Creature features!
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Oct 12 Fargo (1996, USA, D: Joel Coen)
Kidnapping and murder mar the midwestern American dream. Introduced by Adam Nayman, author of the new Coen Brothers tome This Book Really Ties The Films Together.
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Oct 12 Holy Ghost People (1967, USA, D: Peter Adair)   Trash Palace
Cult Explosion (1980, USA, D: Brooks Alexander, Rabi Maharaj & Walter Martin)
Religion! Pentecostal parishoners are put under the ethnographic lens; religious organizations from the Hare Krishna to the Mormons are branded as cults.
@ Cinecycle 9:30pm
Oct 13 Ready Player One (2018, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Family Favourites
Virtual reality denizens hunt for a secret implanted by the world's creator.
@ Cineplex 11:00am
Oct 13 Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948, USA, D: Charles Barton)   Baby Friendly
Bud and Lou chance upon a cache of real monsters.
@ The Royal 3:00pm
Oct 13 Les Parents Terribles (1948, France, D: Jean Cocteau)
A couple fight back against their son's growing independence.
@ Lightbox 3:20pm
Oct 13 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
Outdoor films come down from the mountain.
@ Hot Docs 8:00pm
Oct 13 Creepers (aka Phenomena) (1985, Italy, D: Dario Argento)   No Future
Jennifer Connelly's supernatural way with insects follows her to a boarding school plagued by murder. The 82-minute American cut, on 35mm.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Oct 13 L'Intrus (2004, France, D: Claire Denis)
A man withdrawn from family and society undertakes a globe-spanning trip to secure a heart transplant.
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Oct 13 Night Of The Demons (1988, USA, D: Kevin S. Tenney)   Drunken Cinema
A funeral parlor proves to be a bad location for a party when it awakens malevolent spirits. Plus: drinking games!
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Oct 14
- Oct 19
Salvador Dali: In Search Of Immortality (2018, D: David Pujol)   In The Gallery
Dali's artistic journey takes him around the world.
@ Cineplex
Oct 14 Finding Vivian Maier (2013, USA, D: John Maloof & Charlie Siskel)   The Great Photographers
A cache of nearly lost street photography reveals an unknown woman obsessed with capturing urban America.
@ Hot Docs 11:00am
Oct 14 Mary & The Witch's Flower (2017, Japan, D: Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
A girl is granted magical powers for a single night. From the director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World Of Arietty.
@ JCCC 2:00pm
Oct 14 Shakespeare Wallah (1965, USA/India, D: James Ivory)   Shakespeare Wallah
Traveling English actors performing Shakespeare to the Indian citizenry witness the changing face of the country and the rise of its film industry in this early Merchant-Ivory production. With Felicity Kendall and Shashi Kapoor.
@ Aga Khan 3:00pm
Oct 14 Girlfriends (1978, USA, D: Claudia Weill)   TJFS
A single woman prepares for solitude when her roommate moves out to get married.
@ Al Green Theatre 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Oct 14 A Raisin In The Sun (1961, USA, D: Daniel Petrie)   Bechdel Tested
An African-American family living in cramped quarters quarrels over an unexpected financial windfall. Adapted from Lorraine Hansberry's play. A panel on women in theatre precedes the film.
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Oct 14 SLC Punk! (1998, USA, D: James Merendino)
Two punks eke out a lonely existence in Reagan-era Salt Lake City. Plus: live music from WLMRT!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Oct 14 The Video Dead (1987, USA, D: Robert Scott)   Hollow Moon Movie Club
A cursed television brings zombies into this world.
@ Handlebar 8:00pm
Oct 15 NYsferatu: Symphony Of A Century (2017, USA, D: Andrea Mastrovito)    Free!
Murnau's Nosferatu is rotoscoped into modern-day NYC. Live score by Goblin's Maurizio Guarini.
@ Innis Town Hall 6:30pm
Oct 15 Shaun Of The Dead (2004, UK, D: Edgar Wright)   Now Free Flick    Free!
Simon Pegg finds maturity by fighting zombies.
@ The Royal 7:30pm
Oct 16 The Human Scale (2012, Denmark, D: Andreas M. Dalsgaard)    Free!
City planner Jan Gehl rethinks world cities on a smaller, more human-oriented scale. Free w/ RSVP!
@ Innis Town Hall 6:30pm
Oct 16 Wall (2017, Canada, D: Cam Chrsitiansen)
Playwright/screenwriter David Hare investigates the mental effects of the Israel-Palestine security wall.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Oct 16 Also Known As Jihadi (France, France, D: Eric Baudelaire)   Vertical Features
Baudelaire documents the places passed through by a French man who traveled abroad to fight for Daesh.
@ AGO 7:00pm
Oct 16 Beetlejuice (1988, USA, D: Tim Burton)   Band And A Movie    Free!
On screen: ghosts enlist an anarchic spirit to haunt the new residents of their home. On stage: The Darcys perform. Free tickets are available beginning at 5:30pm.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Oct 16 Stalker (1979, USSR, D: Andrei Tarkovsky)
Men travel into an uninhabitable 'Zone' in hopes it will fulfill their desires.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Oct 17 Eyes Without A Face (1960, France, D: Georges Franju)   Fox Film Canon
A mad scientist attempts to repair the damage to his daughter's beautiful face by performing face transplants from abducted young women.
@ The Fox 7:00pm
Oct 17 Short Film MARathon
New films from local filmmakers William Vitoria, Ryan Couldrey, Peter Conrad, Prasanna Paul and Eric Bizarri.
@ Carlton 7:00pm
Oct 17
- Oct 20
Ghostbusters (1984, USA, D: Ivan Reitman)   Secret Sessions
Strap on your proton pack and immerse yourself in a hybrid theatrical/cinematic experience as a team of parasychologists take on a veritable ghostpocalypse. Showtimes: Oct 17, 7:00pm; Oct 18, 7:00pm; Oct 19, 7:00pm; Oct 20, 2:00pm, 7:00pm.
Oct 17 Bostyn 'n' Dobsyn (2018)
New Zealand musician Connan Mockasin screens the first part of his absurdist-comedy-in-the-making. Plus: a set of live music.
@ The Royal 7:30pm
Oct 17 Sorry Angel (2018, France, D: Christophe Honore)   Inside Out
An aging HIV-positive writer strikes up a romance with a much-younger university student.
@ Lightbox 7:30pm
Oct 17 Stepping Razor: Red X (1992, Canada, D: Nicholas Campbell)   Canadian Open Vault    Free!
Reggae legend Peter Tosh, in recordings made before his death, talks race, politics and oppression in between performances of his beloved songs. Director Nichaolas Campbell will be in attendance.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Oct 18 Moonstruck (1987, USA, D: Norman Jewison)   Food In Film
Widowed Cher falls for young Nicolas Cage.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Oct 18 Stefano Canapa In Person
From Paris to Toronto. Stefano Canapa presents 16mm and 35mm films of his own in addition to selections from France's artist-run lab L'abominable. Presented by PIX.
@ Cinecycle 7:00pm
Oct 18 Little Italy (2018, Canada/USA, D: Donald Petrie)   L'Altra Italia
A new couple play out a Romeo & Juliet scenario between feuding pizzeria families in Toronto's Italian neighbourhood.
@ Vaughan 8:00pm
Oct 19
Oct 20
Oct 21
The Shining (1980, USA/UK, D: Stanley Kubrick)
"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."
@ Carlton
6:30pm, 9:00pm
6:30pm, 9:00pm
6:30pm, 9:00pm
Oct 19 Cry-Baby (1990, USA, D: John Waters)   FFF    Free!
Greaser Johnny Depp, sporting a single soulful tear, falls for the square girl.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Oct 19
Oct 20
Oct 21
Back To The Future (1985, USA, D: Robert Zemeckis)
Marty McFly's time travel adventure threatens to erase his own existence.
@ Cinesphere
Oct 20 Howl's Moving Castle (2004, Japan, D: Hayao Miyazaki)
Kubo & The Two Strings (2016, USA, D: Travis Knight)
Culture Toronto goes Ghoulish For Ghibli (and beyond) with two animated favourites, cosplay perormances, activities, dessert and more.
@ The Fox 9:30am
Oct 20 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018, USA, D: Genndy Tartakovsky)   Family Favourites
Dracula and friends take a vacation cruise.
@ Cineplex 11:00am
Oct 20 Leave Her To Heaven (1945, USA, D: John M. Stahl)   Designing The Movies
Obsessive love threatens a new marriage. Plus: a discussion with Hollywood makeup artist Julie Hewett.
@ The Revue 3:30pm
Oct 20 Death Becomes Her (1992, USA, D: Robert Zemeckis)   Dumpster Racoon
Rivals up the ante when they discover they've become immortal. Plus: a pre-show drag performance.
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Oct 21 Who Will Write Our History? (2018, USA, D: Roberta Grossman)   Chai Tea
Journalists, scholars and community leaders ensure the truth of the Jewish experience survives WWII.
@ Empress Walk 12:30pm, 4:00pm
Oct 21 The Monster Squad (1987, USA, D: Fred Dekker)   Mega Fun Movie Explosion!
Misfits fight the monster apocalypse. Come early for games and activities.
@ The Royal 1:00pm
Oct 21 The Blue Dahlia (1946, USA, D: George Marshall)   TFS
Side Street (1950, USA, D: Anthony Mann)
Noir! Alan Ladd is the prime suspect in the murder of his unfaithful wife; Fariley Granger's small theft turns out to be a much bigger deal than expected.
@ Innis Town Hall 1:30pm
Oct 21 Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988, India, D: Mansoor Khan)   Shakespeare Wallah
Romeo & Juliet go Bollywood.
@ Aga Khan 3:00pm
Oct 21 The Lodger (1927, UK, D: Alfred Hitchcock)   Silent Revue
A landlady suspects her new tenant of being Jack The Ripper.
@ The Revue 4:15pm
Oct 21 The Hound Of The Baskervilles (1959, UK, D: Terence Fisher)   Hammer-Time
Peter Cushing's Sherlock Holmes investigates a family curse.
@ The Fox 4:15pm
Oct 21 Life Above All (2010, South Africa/Germany, D: Oliver Schmitz)
A young girl is left to care for her family when tragedy strikes. A benefit for Starfish Greathearts Foundation.
@ The Revue 7:00pm

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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