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Dec 14 - 21
Masterworks @ Hot Docs
Great, if under-the-radar, 2018 docs. This week:
The Silence Of Others (2018, USA/Spain, D: Robert Bahar & Almudena Carracedo) -- Dec 14, 6:15pm; Dec 16, 1:30pm
Genesis 2.0 (2018, Switzerland/China/Russia, D: Christain Frei & Maxim Arbugaev) -- Dec 15, 1:45pm; Dec 20, 9:00pm
The Waldheim Waltz (2018, Austria, D: Ruth Beckermann) -- Dec 15, 4:30pm; Dec 20, 1:45pm
306 Hollywood (2018, USA, D: Elan Bogarin & Jonathan Bogarin) -- Dec 16, 8:45pm; Dec 20, 4:00pm
Transformer (2017, Canada, D: Michael Del Monte) -- Dec 18, 2:00pm; Dec 19, 8:45pm
Of Fathers And Sons (2017, Syria/Lebanon/Germany, D: Talal Derki) -- Dec 18, 9:15pm; Dec 19, 4:00pm; Dec 21, 1:30pm
Dec 14 - 23
Hot Docs For The Holidays @ Hot Docs
Christmas favourites, most free. Please bring a food or monetary donation for The Stop. This week:
Love Actually (2003, UK/USA/France, D: Richard Curtis) -- Dec 14, 8:45pm
White Christmas (1954, USA, D: Michael Curtiz) -- Dec 15, 11:00am
A Christmas Story (1983, USA/Canada, D: Bob Clark) -- Dec 16, 4:00pm
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989, USA, D: Jeremiah S. Chechik) -- Dec 17, 8:45pm
Dec 14
Darius Khondji: 21st Century Portraits @ Lightbox
Cinematographer Khondi's images influence the visual aesthetics of modern cinema. This week:
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006, France/Iceland, D: Douglas Gordon & Philippe Parreno) w/ Kiva Reardon -- Dec 14, 9:00pm
Dec 15
Four Films By John Cassavetes @ The Royal
A quartet of seminal works from the godfather of American independent cinema. This week:
The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976, USA, D: John Cassavetes) -- Dec 14, 7:00pm
A Woman Under The Influence (1974, USA, D: John Cassavetes) -- Dec 15, 7:00pm
Dec 23
A Woman Possessed: The Films Of Joan Crawford @ Lightbox
Survey the extraordinary career of the great classic-era Hollywood actress. This week:
Strange Cargo (1940, USA, D: Frank Borzage) -- Dec 16, 1:00pm
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962, USA, D: Robert Aldrich) -- Dec 23, 1:00pm
Dec 23
Bergman 100: The Ingmar Bergman Centenary @ Lightbox
Celebrate a hundred years of Swedish angst about relationships and religion. This week:
It Rains On Our Love (1946, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 13, 6:30pm
Face To Face (1976, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 14, 6:15pm
The Touch (1971, USA, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 15, 3:45pm
A Ship Bound For India (1947, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 15, 6:15pm
Secrets Of Women (1952, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 16, 3:30pm
Port Of Call (1948, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 16, 6:05pm
Daniel (1967, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman)
    + Prison (1949, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 18, 6:30pm
Dreams (1955, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 19, 6:30pm
Brink Of Life (1958, Sweden, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 20, 6:30pm
In The Presence Of A Clown (1997, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, D: Ingmar Bergman) -- Dec 20, 8:30pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Dec 13 Metropolitan (1990, USA, D: Whit Stillman)   Designing The Movies
An outsider is pulled into the orbit of a group of upper-class Manhattanites over Christmas debutante season. Plus: a conversation with columnist Shinan Govani.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Dec 13 The Conformist (1970, Italy/France/West Germany, D: Bernardo Bertolucci)
A homosexual's desire for normalcy leads him to fascism. Screening in memory of the late Bernardo Bertolucci. Intro by Piers Handling.
@ Lightbox 6:45pm
Dec 13 Two Front Teeth (2006, USA, D: Jamie Nash & David Thomas Sckrabulis)
A tabloid journalist investigating a yuletide conspiracy is targeted by vampire Santa and his zombie elves.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Dec 13 Paid In Full (2002, USA, D: Charles Stone III)
Long-time Harlem friends find success, and danger, in the drug trade. Presented by the Boosie Fade Film Club.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Dec 13 Balboa Plays The Music Of Rocky
Musical outfit Balboa play music from the soundtracks of the Rocky movies for your enjoyment.
@ The Royal 9:30pm
Dec 14
- Dec 22
White Christmas (1954, USA, D: Michael Curtiz)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
Crosby, Kaye and Clooney bring the seasonal cheer.
@ Cineplex
Dec 14
Dec 17
Dec 19
Degas: Passion For Perfection (2018, UK, D: David Bickerstaff)   In The Gallery
A streak of perfectionism leads Degas into new territory even as he reamins unsatisfied.
@ Cineplex
Dec 14
Dec 17
Almost Almost Famous (2018, Canada/USA, D: Barry Lank)
Tribute artists make a living from the one-time fame of artists like Elvis, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis. Documentary.
@ Hot Docs
2:00pm, 4:00pm
2:00pm, 4:00pm
Dec 14 It's A Wonderful Life (1946, USA, D: Frank Capra)
"Bert? Do you know me?" Jimmy Stewart experiences the gloom of Christmas season.
@ Lightbox 3:00pm
Dec 14 Like Father, Like Son (2013, Japan, D: Hirokazu Kore-Eda)    Free!
Families across class lines discover that their sons were switched at birth. Screening in memory of the great Japanese actress Kirin Kiki. Free w/ RSVP!
@ Japan Foundation 6:30pm
Dec 14 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018, Canada, D: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier & Edward Burtynsky)
Human need to dominate the Earth creates environmental change on a massive scale. From the directors of Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark.
@ AGO 7:00pm
Dec 14 Suspiria (1977, Italy, D: Dario Argento)   FFF    Free!
A new student at a girls' ballet school uncovers shocking goings-on.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Dec 14
Dec 15
Dec 16
The Fifth Element (1997, France, D: Luc Besson)
Cab driver Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich join forces to stop the destruction of all human life in Besson's nutty sci-fi romp.
@ Cinesphere
Dec 14 Black Christmas (1974, Canada, D: Bob Clark)   Fear Is Free Fridays    Free!
Black Christmas (2006, USA, D: Glen Morgan)
The Signalman (1976, UK, D: Lawrence Gordon Clark)
Fear x 3, Christmas-style!
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Dec 14 Kuffs (1992, USA, D: Bruce A. Evans)   Trashterpiece Theatre
High school dropout Christian Slater finds work with his brother's special police force.
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm
Dec 14 Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993, USA, D: Eric Radomski & Bruce Timm)   Dumpster Racoon
A new vigilante makes the (animated) Dark Knight seem capable of murder.
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Dec 14 Wrath Of God (1972, USA, D: Ralph Nelson)   Trash Palace
Three men are spared death by firing squad if they assassinate a despotic madman. With Robert Mitchum, Frank Langella and Rita Hayworth.
@ Cinecycle 9:30pm
Dec 15 Balto (1995, USA, D: Simon Wells)   Baby Friendly
A wolf-husky mix becomes an essential player in getting medicine to Alaskan kids suffering from diptheria.
@ The Royal 1:00pm
Dec 15 Elf (2003, USA, D: Jon Favreau)    Free!
An adopted elf leaves the North Pole in search of his true family. With Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Parkdale Community Food Bank.
@ The Revue 1:30pm
Dec 15 Vagabond (1985, France, D: Agnes Varda)
A teen hobo drifts through rural France.
@ Lightbox 1:30pm
Dec 15 Home Alone (1990, USA, D: Chris Columbus)
An accidentally abandoned boy protects his Christmas from a pair of bumbling crooks. Plus: cheese pizza!
@ The Fox 1:30pm
Dec 15
Dec 16
The Polar Express (IMAX 3D) (2004, USA, D: Robert Zemeckis)
'Tis the season for motion capture creep-out.
@ Cinesphere
Dec 15 Tuition (2018, Canada, D: Kelvin Omori)
A finance student looks to unorthodox methods to fund her next term. Premiere!
@ The Fox 7:00pm
Dec 15 Wizard People, Dear Reader (2004, USA, D: Brad Neely)   Movies From The Web
Harry Potter gets remixed as a witty character handbook.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Dec 15 The Silent Partner (1978, Canada, D: Daryl Duke)   Colin Geddes' Kinovortex
Bank teller Elliott Gould finds himself in danger when he stymies Christopher Plummer's Christmas bank heist to feather his own nest. A Toronto neo-noir classic!
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Dec 15 Die Hard (1988, USA, D: John McTiernan)   Drunk Feminist Films
The DFF crew take down the grand romantic gestures and masculine charms of Bruce Willis' Christmas with terrorists.
@ Hot Docs 9:00pm
Dec 15
Dec 21
Dec 22
Die Hard (1988, USA, D: John McTiernan)   Drunken Cinema
Spend Christmas with Willis and the terrorists ... and some drinking games.
@ The Revue
Dec 16
- Dec 21
It's A Wonderful Life (1946, USA, D: Frank Capra)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
"Bert? Do you know me?" Jimmy Stewart wallows in the gloom of Christmas season.
@ Cineplex
Dec 16 Water Lilies By Monet - The Magic Of Water And Light (2018, Italy, D: Giovanni Troilo)   In The Gallery
Monet transmutes light into magic.
@ Cineplex
Dec 16 Home Alone (1990, USA, D: Chris Columbus)    Free!
An accidentally abandoned boy protects his Christmas from a pair of bumbling crooks. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Parkdale Community Food Bank.
@ The Revue 1:30pm
Dec 16 It's A Wonderful Life (1946, USA, D: Frank Capra)    Free!
An angel gets his wings, but not before holiday season depression is writ large. Free for members, children and seniors!
@ The Fox 1:30pm
Dec 16 Jingle All The Way (1996, USA, D: Brian Levant)   Mega Fun Movie Explosion!
Arnold Schwarzenegger attempts to secure this year's hot toy before Christmas Day.
@ The Royal 2:00pm
Dec 16 Hal Roach Comedies   TFS
The Conquerors (1932, USA, D: William A. Wellman)
Pre-code! Chase away the depression blues with a quartet of Hal Roach short comedies; a bank clerk follows the American Dream to success.
@ The Kingsway 2:00pm
Dec 16 Spielberg Edition f/ Dj Grump   Soundtrack Sundays
DJ Grump spins a Spielberg-inspired set. Plus: retro arcade games and an interactive photo booh!
@ Lightbox 3:30pm
Dec 16 Father's Footsteps (2007, France, D: Marco Carmel)   TJFS
The father of a newly arrived family in 1970's Paris turns to crime to make ends meet.
@ Al Green Theatre 4:00pm, 7:30pm
Dec 16 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Finland/Norway/Sweden, D: Jalmari Helander)
Archaeologists unleash chaos when they unearth Santa Claus.
@ Eyesore Cinema 6:00pm
Dec 16 Batman Returns (1992, USA, D: Tim Burton)   Screen Queens
"It's the so-called 'normal' guys who always let you down. Sickos never scare me. Least they're committed." The big man bat takes on The Penguin at Christmas time. Allysin Chaynes hosts. Expect booze, drunk commentary and surprises.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 17 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018, UK/New Zealand, D: Peter Jackson)
World War 1, and its participants, come to vivid life like never before.
@ Cineplex
Dec 18 After Life (1998, Japan, D: Hirokazu Koreeda)    Free!
During the week following their deaths, the recently departed sift through their past to choose the one memory that will accompany them to the afterlife. Free w/ RSVP!
@ Japan Foundation 6:30pm
Dec 18 Dreaming Of A Jewish Christmas (2017, Canada, D: Larry Weinstein)    Free!
Jewish songwriters contribute to the secularization of Christmas. Free thanks to the Documentary Channel.
@ Hot Docs 7:00pm
Dec 18 Pin (1988, Canada, D: Sandor Stern)   Cinemacabre
A medical dummy becomes more than a simple imaginary friend for David Hewlett.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 18 3 Women (1977, USA, D: Robert Altman)
Established power dynamics shift when the recipient of verbal abuse can stand no more.
@ Lightbox 8:30pm
Dec 19 Gremlins (1984, USA, D: Joe Dante)    Free!
Cute little creatures destroy a small town's Christmas when they are fed after midnight. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Parkdale Community Food Bank.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Dec 19 A Cosmic Christmas (1977, Canada, D: Clive Smith)   Waybackbacon Playback
Care Bears Nutcracker Suite (1988, Canada, D: Laura Shepherd & Joseph Sherman)
Discover the true meaning of Christmas with classic (?) Nelvana animated specials.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Dec 19 Three Days Of The Condor (1975, USA, D: Sydney Pollack)   Neon Dreams
Intelligence researcher Robert Redford plays cat and mouse with assassin Max Von Sydow.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 20 The Atomic Cafe (1982, USA, D: Kevin Fafferty, Jayne Loader & Pierce Rafferty)
Propanda, newsreels, educational films and ads paint an alternately comedic and horrific portrait of the Atomic Age. New restoration!
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Dec 20 Dial Code Santa Claus (1989, France, D: Rene Manzor)   Laserblast
The Home Alone scenario is given a much darker makeover when a psychotic Santa finds himself up against a kid with hand grenades. A Laserblast Christmas favourite, returning in a 2K restoration from AGFA. Also known as Deadly Games and Game Over.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Dec 21
Dec 22
Dec 23
Die Hard (1988, USA, D: John McTiernan)
Christmas with Willis and the terrorists.
@ Cinesphere
Dec 21 Little Terrors Vol. 64 - Horrific Holiday (Xmas Edition)   Little Terrors
The monthly program of short, sharp shocks pulls together a selection of holiday fear featuring Santa, gifts, nightmares, monsters and, the gift that keeps on giving, Treevenge. Presented by Rue Morgue and Unstable Ground.
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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