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Retrospectives, Programmes & Festivals
Feb 14 - 16
TIFF Next Wave @ Lightbox
World cinema for teens, tweens and young adults. Free for anyone under 25!
Feb 14 - 16
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International @ Hot Docs
Sharpen your imagination.
Feb 17
Toronto Black Film Festival
Discovery, from Africa to the diaspora. At: Isabel Bader, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, AGO, Carlton.
Feb 18
- Mar 4
Cinéfranco: Youth Festival
The city's yearly round-up of recent French-language cinema reaches out to the city's youth with weekday school group screenings.
Mar 11
Best Of The Decade: An Alternative View @ Lightbox
Top picks from the 2010's, with a bend towards artiness. This week:
Faces Places (2017, France, D: Agnes Varda & JR) -- Feb 13, 6:30pm
Burning (2018, South Korea, D: Lee Chang-dong) -- Feb 19, 6:30pm
The Master (2012, USA, D: Paul Thomas Anderson) (70mm) -- Feb 20, 6:15pm; Feb 21, 6:15pm; Feb 22, 6:30pm
The Strange Case Of Angelica (2010, Portugal/Spain/France/Brazil, D: Manoel de Oliveira) -- Feb 23, 3:10pm
The Master (2012, USA, D: Paul Thomas Anderson) (70mm) w/ Adam Nayman -- Feb 23, 6:30pm
Mar 22
Personal Journeys: Scorsese's Documentaries @ Lightbox
The great American filmmaker turns his attention towards the towering artists of our time. This week:
Shine A Light (2008, USA, D: Martin Scorsese) -- Feb 22, 9:00pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Feb 13 I Am The Blues (2016, Canada, D: Daniel Cross)
Head deep into the American South to find the beating hearts of the blues. Screening as a sidebar to the ongoing Curious Minds lecture series on The Blues.
@ Hot Docs 3:45pm
Feb 13 Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018, Canada, D: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier & Edward Burtynsky)    Free!
Human need to dominate the Earth creates environmental change on a massive scale. From the directors of Manufactured Landscapes and Watermark. Filmmaker in attendance. Part of the symposium Strange Weather: Cinematic Climates.
@ Innis Town Hall 6:30pm
Feb 13 In Conversation With... Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Actor Harrison - of It Comes At Night, Luce and Waves - discusses his career to date.
@ Lightbox 7:00pm
Feb 13 Microcosmos (1996, France/Switzerland/Italy, D: Claude Nuridsany & Marie Perennou)   High Minded
Bugs! Up close and personal!
@ Hot Docs 8:30pm
Feb 13 Casa de Lava (1994, Portugal/France/Germany, D: Pedro Costa)
A Portuguese nurse tends to, and probes the past of, an injured, comatose immigrant.
@ Lightbox 8:30pm
Feb 13 Shogun Assassin (1980, Japan, D: Kenji Misumi & Robert Houston)
A samurai and his son walk the path of demons on earth after being cast out by the Shogun. Culled from the first two Japanese Lone Wolf & Cub film adaptations with added voiceover from the kid's point of view!
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Feb 14
- Feb 22
The Color Purple (1985, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
A young girl suffers abuse at the hands of her father before gathering strength from new friendships.
@ Cineplex
Feb 14
Feb 15
Airplane! (1980, USA, D: David Zucker, Jerry Zucker & Jim Abrahams)   Flashback Film Series
Spoofery! Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams mock the airport disaster movie.
@ Cineplex
Feb 14
Feb 16
Paddington (2014, UK, D: Paul King)   Family Pics
A bear from darkest Peru hopes to find hospitality in modern London.
@ The Paradise
Feb 14 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018, USA, D: Barry Jenkins)   FFF    Free!
A pregnant woman draws strength from her Harlem family as she tries to prove her incarcerated husband's innocence.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Feb 14
Feb 15
Feb 16
Inception (70mm IMAX) (2010, USA, D: Christopher Nolan)
Leonardo and his crew enter the dreams of others.
@ Cinesphere
Feb 14
Feb 15
Poison Ivy (1992, USA, D: Katt Shea)
Wicked (1998, USA, D: Michael Steinberg)
Fear (1996, USA, D: James Foley)
Teen erotic thrillers mix danger and skeezy sex to potent effect. 1: Drew Barrymore worms her way into new friend Sara Gilbert's life. 2: Julia Stiles takes the opportunity of her mother's murder to seduce her dad. 3: wrong-side-of-the-tracks Mark Wahlberg dazzles Reese Witherspoon and her family before his true personality emerges.
@ The Royal
Feb 14 Ms. 45 (1981, USA, D: Abel Ferrara)   Fear Is Free Fridays
Vengeance is hers. Plus: a pre-movie program of exploitation film trailers.
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Feb 14 A Night To Dismember (1989, USA, D: Doris Wishman)   Trashterpiece Theatre
A mental patient's release precedes a rise in the murder rate. For Women In Horror Month.
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm
Feb 14 Valentine (2001, USA, D: Jamie Blanks)   Drunken Cinema
Women are targeted for murder rather than romance as Feb 14th approaches. Plus: drinking games!
@ The Revue 9:30pm
Feb 14 Pajama Party (1964, USA, D: Don Weis)   Trash Palace
While tensions build between motorcyclists and volleyballers, a Martian teenager becomes smitten with the local talent. Featuring Elsa Lanchester, Buster Keaton and Don Rickles! 16mm!
@ Cinecycle 9:30pm
Feb 14 My Bloody Valentine (1981, Canada, D: George Mihalka)
A pickaxe-wielding maniac attacks those who would dare celebrate Valentine's Day in this bloody Canuck classic. Uncut!
@ The Fox 11:45pm
Feb 15 Unfold. Contemporary Artists Of Mexico (2020, D: Ximena Berecochea & Salvador Alanis)
20 Mexican creators arrive at international success today by breaking from past modes of artmaking in the 1990s.
@ Innis Town Hall 11:00am
Feb 15 Playing With Fire (2019, USA, D: Andy Fickman)   Family Favourites
Comedy ensures when firefighters rescue children trapped by a wildfire.
@ Cineplex 11:00am
Feb 15 Labyrinth (1986, UK/USA, D: Jim Henson)   Throwback Cinema
Goblin King David Bowie stands between a girl and the brother she wished away.
@ The Revue 1:30pm
Feb 15 Monty Python's Life Of Brian (1979, UK, D: Terry Jones)
R.I.P. Terry Jones. "Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true." The Pythons send up the messiah. At one time busted on charges of blasphemy!
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Feb 16
Feb 18
Lucian Freud: A Self Portrait (2020, UK, D: David Bickerstaff)   In The Gallery
Freud's self-portraits provide a record of his progression as a painter.
@ Cineplex
Feb 16 The Addams Family (1991, USA, D: Barry Sonnenfeld)    Free!
Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Chrstina Ricci and Christopher Lloyd bring television's creepy clan to the big screen. Free courtesy Meridian Credit Union.
@ The Revue 1:00pm
Feb 16 The Wizard Of Oz (1939, USA, D: Victor Fleming)   TFS
"Birds fly Over The Rainbow. Why then, oh why can't I?"
@ The Kingsway 1:15pm
Feb 16 The Hottest August (2019, Canada/USA, D: Brett Story)   A Woman's Work
New Yorkers hold forth on their city and society as 2018's record-breaking heat wave bears down.
@ The Paradise 4:00pm
Feb 16 Lost In Translation (2003, USA, D: Sofia Coppola)   Odd Couples
Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray feel emotionally disconnected in bustling Tokyo.
@ The Paradise 6:45pm
Feb 16 Girly (aka Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly) (1970, UK, D: Freddie Francis)   Squishy Freak Frolic Film Nite
Wealthy siblings lure hippies to their home to enact family role-playing games.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Feb 16 My Best Friend's Wedding (2016, China, D: Alexi Tan)   Allysin Chaynes Presents
A woman tries to put a stop to her best friend's wedding when she realizes she's in love with him. Boozy drag queen commentary provided by Allysin Chaynes.
@ The Royal 8:30pm
Feb 16 Queen & Slim (2019, USA/Canada, D: Melina Matsoukas)   Odd Couples
A Black couple's interaction with a traffic officer leads to an explosion of violence and flight from the aftermath.
@ The Paradise 9:15pm
Feb 17 The Neverending Story (1984, Germany/USA, D: Wolfgang Petersen)   Family Pics
A strange book is a boy's gateway to fantastic adventure.
@ The Paradise 10:00am, 5:45pm
Feb 17
The Elephant Queen (2019, UK/Kenya, D: Mark Deeble & Victoria Stone)
Life Without Basketball (2019, USA/Switzerlan/UAE, D: Tom O'Donnell & Jon Mercer)
Youth Unstoppable (2018, Canada, D: Slater Jewell-Kemker)
Family-friendly films for Family Day. Free for under 16s! 1: a clan of elephants leave their waterhole home. (Relaxed screening.) 2: a hijab-wearing basketball sensation runs up against a band on religious headgear. 3: the case for climate action is taken up by teens.
@ Hot Docs
Feb 17 E.T.: The Extra-Terrestial (1982, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)
A young boy finds an alien hiding in his garden shed.
@ The Revue 1:00pm
Feb 18 Lost In Translation (2003, USA, D: Sofia Coppola)   Babes In Paradise
Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray feel emotionally disconnected in bustling Tokyo.
@ The Paradise 11:00am
Feb 18 Out Of Sight (1998, USA, D: Steven Soderbergh)   Odd Couples
"You wanted to tussle. We tussled." George Clooney clicks with US Marshall Jennfier Lopez while busting out of jail.
@ The Paradise 6:00pm
Feb 18 Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste (2017, USA, D: Anna Chai & Nari Kye)
Chefs turn scraps into delicacies. A panel discussion follows the film.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Feb 18 Tribute To Barbara Hammer   Pleasure Dome
Pleasuredome and CFMDC remember the late experimental filmmaker with a collection of work spanning 3 decades plus Deborah Stratman's short Vever (For Barbara).
@ Toronto Media Arts Centre 7:00pm
Feb 18 Ravenous (1999, USA/UK, D: Antonia Bird)
A soldier newly posted at a remote fort encounters a survivor of a cannibal attack. For Women in Horror Month.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Feb 18 Lolita (1962, UK, D: Stanley Kubrick)   No Future
Visiting professor James Mason is consumed by desire for his landlady's 14-year-old daughter.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 19 Losing Ground (1982, USA, D: Kathleen Collins)
An African American couple experience martial woes during a summer country retreat. Newly restored. Intro by Kenneth Montague and post-film discussion hosted by Sarah Tai-Black. Presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects in conjunction with their ongoing Handle With Care exhibit.
@ The Paradise 6:30pm
Feb 19 Rafiki (2018, Kenya/South Africa/France, D: Wanuri Kahiu)
Two Nairobi women fall in love in defiance of their country's laws against homosexuality. Presented by the Caribbean Tales Festival. Plus: shorts Judgement Day and Please See Attached from Trinidad & Tobago.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 19 Beavis And Butt-Head Do America (1993, USA, D: Mike Judge)   Lowlife Cinema
Cartoon metalhead tv addicts find themselves chased across the country by federal agents.
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm
Feb 20 Collared (2018, Canada, D: Garrick Apollon & Etienne Trepanier)
An insider trading scheme atypically nets a conviction. Part of a program of Continuing Professional Education events, so tickets are on the pricy side.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Feb 20 Paddling Film Festival
Cinema heads upstream.
@ The Royal 7:00pm
Feb 20 Universal Soldier: Day Of Reckoning (2012, USA, D: John Hyams)
Scott Adkins stumbles across a secret genetically-enhanced army when he pursues JCVD to avenge his murdered family.
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Feb 20 Fourteen (2019, USA, D: Dan Sallitt)   MDFF Presents
Female friends weather a decade of life's adventures and crises. Plus: Sallitt's short Caterina.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Feb 21 The Shop Around The Corner (1940, USA, D: Ernst Lubitsch)   Call Me Jimmy: The Films Of James Stewart
Squabbling shop employees unintentionally connect as anonymous romantic correspondents.
@ Lightbox 4:00pm
Feb 21 A Slideshow And Talk By Diane Arbus (2005, USA, D: Neil Selkirk, Doon Arbus & Adam Shott)
In 1970, photographer Arbus narrates a slideshow showcasing her work in addition to items from her own collection. A taste of the upcoming Diane Arbus exhibit opening tomorrow.
@ AGO 6:00pm, 8:00pm
Feb 21 The God Of Ramen (2013, Japan, D: Takashi Innami)   Ramen Film Series    Free!
Meet ramen chef Kazuo Yamagishi, who has plied his trade for over 50 years.
@ Japan Foundation 6:30pm
Feb 21 Colour Theory: 2SQT + BIPOC Shorts Night    Free!
Round five!
@ Toronto Media Arts Centre 7:00pm
Feb 21 The Long Winter
The latest installment of Toronto's winter art party includes Pleasurdome-curated video art from Sara Bonaventura and Jeffrey Langille.
@ Workman Theatre 7:00pm
Feb 21 Killer Of Sheep (1977, USA, D: Charles Burnett)   FFF    Free!
A slaughterhouse worker's disconnection from his family is indicative of the malaise afflicting the 1970's Los Angeles ghettos in Burnett's acclaimed, lyrical gem.
@ Innis Town Hall 7:00pm
Feb 21
Feb 22
Feb 23
Interstellar (70mm IMAX) (2014, USA, D: Christopher Nolan)
Explorers search for a solution to humanity's extinction.
@ Cinesphere
Feb 21 La Bamba (1987, USA, D: Luis Valdez)
Don't Knock The Rock (1956, USA, D: Fred F. Sears)
'50 rock night! 1: Ritchie Valens hits the big time before the music dies. 2: A DJ preaches the virtues of rock'n'roll. Canada's own Buddy Holly impersonator Jeff Giles plays before each film.
@ The Revue 7:30pm
Feb 21 Assault On Precinct 13 (1976, USA, D: John Carpenter)   Neon Dreams
Cops and prisoners reluctantly join forces when their precinct is attacked by a street gang. 35mm!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Feb 21 Spellbinder (1988, USA, D: Janet Greek)   Fear Is Free Fridays    Free!
13 Sins (2014, USA, D: Daniel Stamm)
Fear x 2.
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Feb 21 Virtual Combat (1995, USA, D: Andrew Stevens)   Almost Asian
A cop attempts to prevent virtual reality characters made flesh from bringing their brethren into this world.
@ Eyesore Cinema 9:00pm
Feb 21 Sisters (1972, USA, D: Brian De Palma)   The New American Nightmare
A journalist's investigation of a murder she witnessed puts her in danger from a pair of sisters. Featuring the late, great Margot Kidder. Programmer Peter Kuplowsky intros.
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Feb 21 Stop Making Sense (1984, USA, D: Jonathan Demme)   This Film Should Be Played Loud
David Byrne and his big white suit lead Talking Heads through an immensely enjoyable performance.
@ Hot Docs 9:30pm
Feb 22 'Rameaux's Nephew' by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (1974, Canada, D: Michael Snow)
Avant-garde legend Snow explores the formal properties of cinematic sound. Presented by the University of Toronto Art Museum's Listening To Snow exhibit.
@ Innis Town Hall 1:00pm
Feb 22 Rosita (1923, USA, D: Ernst Lubitsch)   From Noir To New Wave: A Tribute To The Film Foundation
Street performer Mary Pickford attracts royal romantic attention even though her heart lies elsewhere.
@ Lightbox 1:30pm
Feb 22
Feb 23
Cat Video Fest 2020 (2018, USA, D: Various)
The internet is full of cats.
@ Hot Docs
Feb 22 Purple Noon (1960, France/Italy, D: Rene Clement)
An amoral grifter latches onto a young, rich American enjoing the good life in Europe.
@ Lightbox 3:40pm
Feb 22 It (1927, USA, D: Clarence G. Badger)
Clara Bow puts her "it" factor to work in wooing her employer. Presented by the Toronto Silent Film Festival.
@ The Fox 4:30pm
Feb 22 Muriel's Wedding (1994, Australia, D: P.J. Hogan)
Toni Collette puts family issues behind her for a move to the big city, all the while dreaming of a glorious wedding.
@ The Royal 5:30pm
Feb 22 A Close Eye (2020, Canada, D: Kelvin Omori)
House arrest prompts a young to man to reevaluate his choices even as it negatively affects his mental health. Short. Premiere!
@ The Fox 7:00pm
Feb 22 That 70s Show   Anime Hell
Vintage Japanese animation from the 1970's, featuring "plucky schoolgirls, devil-men, super robots, and the slipperiest thief in the whole world!"
@ Eyesore Cinema 8:00pm
Feb 22 Wild At Heart (1990, USA, D: David Lynch)
Cage and Dern are "hotter than Georgia asphalt" in Lynch's celebration of youth, romance and rebellion.
@ The Royal 8:30pm
Feb 23 Paddington 2 (2017, UK, D: Paul King)   Family Pics
The good-hearted bear makes new friends in prison when he is framed for a crime he did not commit. The second screening is 'relaxed'.
@ The Paradise 10:00am, 1:00pm
Feb 23 Incitement (2019, Israel, D: Yaron Zilberman)   Chai Tea
A law student is radicalized into becoming an assassin in the time leading up to the killing of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
@ Empress Walk 12:00pm, 4:00pm
Feb 23 The Naked Spur (1953, USA, D: Anthony Mann)   Call Me Jimmy: The Films Of James Stewart
Bounty hunter Jimmy Stewart must guide his target Robert Ryan and three other persons of questionable trustworthiness out of the mountains.
@ Lightbox 1:00pm
Feb 23 The Rape Of Europa (2006, USA, D: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen & Nicole Newnham)   TJFS
Curators and art historians recover European art plundered by the Nazis during WWII.
@ Hot Docs 3:00pm
Feb 23 The Hands Of Orlac (1924, Austria/Germany, D: Robert Wiene)   Silent Revue
A maimed pianist's new hands possibly contain the will to commit murder.
@ The Revue 4:00pm
Feb 23 Mr. Gaga (2015, Israel/Sweden/Germany, D: Tomer Heymann)
Visionary choreographer Ohad Naharin pushes the boundaries of modern dance. Intro by The National Ballet's Skylar Campbell.
@ Hot Docs 6:00pm
Feb 23 Black Orpheus (1959, Brazil/France, D: Marcel Camus)
Musician Orfeo falls hard for Eurydice during Rio's Carnival. On 16mm. Presented by Jazzcast.
@ The Revue 7:00pm
Feb 23 God's Own Country (2017, UK, D: Francis Lee)   Odd Couples
A lonely Yorkshire farmer develops unexpected feelings for the new farmhand.
@ The Paradise 7:00pm
Feb 23 Uninvited (1987, USA, D: Greydon Clark)
A virus-infected cat leaves a trail of death in its wake. A benefit for Annex Cat Rescue!
@ The Royal 8:00pm

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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