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Retrospectives, Programmes & Festivals
Aug 10 - 12
Habari Africa Festival @ Harbourfront
Harbourfront's weekend-long celebration of all things Africa is enhanced by several films showcasing the continent's culture. This week:
Burkinabe Rising (2018, D: Iara Lee) -- Aug 11, 4:00pm   Free!
Felicite (2017, France/Belgium/Senegal, D: Alain Gomis) -- Aug 11, 7:00pm   Free!
Mama Africa (2011, Finland/France/Germany/South Africa, D: Mika Kaurismaki) -- Aug 12, 3:00pm   Free!
Mukanya: Conversations With Our Fathers (2017, D: Siza Mukwedini) (director in attendance) -- Aug 12, 5:00pm   Free!
Aug 10 - 12
Toronto Anime Matsuri @ JCCC
Pop-culture Japan in Toronto - anime, J-Rock, fashion and more!
Aug 10 - 17
Mulan International Film Festival
From China to Toronto. At: Isabel Bader, Innis Town Hall.
Aug 14
Existence Is Song: The Films Of Stan Brakhage @ Lightbox
A year-long tribute to the avant-garde legend. This week:
Visions In Meditation (1989, USA, D: Stan Brakhage) -- Aug 14, 8:45pm
Aug 16 - 18
The State Of Things: The Films Of Nadav Lipid @ Lightbox
Dispatches from Israel. This week:
Policeman (2011, Israel/France, D: Nadav Lapid) w/ Nadav Lapid -- Aug 16, 6:30pm
Je Tu Il Elle (1974, France/Belgium, D: Chantal Akerman) w/ Nadav Lapid -- Aug 16, 9:30pm
Aug 19
Maestro! The Films Of Luchino Visconti @ Lightbox
The Italian master charts a course from neorealism to lavish artifice. This week:
Senso (1954, Italy, D: Luchino Visconti) -- Aug 10, 3:00pm
Death In Venice (1971, Italy/France, D: Luchino Visconti) -- Aug 10, 6:30pm
Bellissima (1951, Italy, D: Luchino Visconti) -- Aug 11, 3:45pm
The Innocent (1976, Italy/France, D: Luchino Visconti) -- Aug 12, 6:15pm
The Leopard (1963, Italy/France, D: Luchino Visconti) -- Aug 13, 6:30pm
The Stranger (1967, Italy/France/Algeria, D: Luchino Visconti) -- Aug 14, 6:00pm
Aug 31
Vice And Versa: The Films Of Donald Cammell And Nicolas Roeg @ Lightbox
Cammel and Roeg collaborate on their debut and then spend their careers echoing each other in their solo work. This week:
Bad Timing (1980, UK, D: Nicolas Roeg) -- Aug 10, 10:00pm
Sep 1
Summer In Japan @ Lightbox
Spend summer vacation out east. This week:
Enjo (1958, Japan, D: Kon Ichikawa) -- Aug 9, 6:30pm
Night And Fog In Japan (1960, Japan, D: Nagisa Oshima) -- Aug 12, 3:45pm
Ugetsu (1953, Japan, D: Kenji Mizoguchi) w/ Linda Ehrlich -- Aug 14, 3:00pm
The Makioka Sisters (1983, Japan, D: Kon Ichikawa) -- Aug 16, 3:00pm
Sep 2
Dark Passages: The Films Of Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall @ Lightbox
Classic-era Hollywood's steamiest on/off-screen couple usher in the summer heat. This week:
Written On The Wind (1956, USA, D: Douglas Sirk) -- Aug 11, 1:00pm
The African Queen (1951, USA, D: John Huston) -- Aug 12, 1:00pm; Aug 17, 3:00pm
One-Offs And Short Runs
Aug 9
- Aug 19
Under The Sea (2009, USA/Canada, D: Howard Hall)
Dive headfirst into the stunning underwater vistas of the Indian and Pacific oceans. Showtimes: Aug 9, 1:30pm; Aug 10, 1:30pm; Aug 11, 1:30pm; Aug 12, 1:30pm; Aug 13, 1:30pm; Aug 14, 1:30pm; Aug 15, 1:30pm; Aug 16, 1:30pm; Aug 17, 1:30pm; Aug 18, 1:30pm; Aug 19, 1:30pm.
@ Cinesphere
Aug 9
- Aug 19
Aircraft Carrier (2016, Canada, D: Stephen Low)
War grames provide the opportunity to examine the workings of the USS Ronald Reagan. Showtimes: Aug 9, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 10, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 11, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 12, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 13, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 14, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 15, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 16, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 17, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 18, 3:00pm, 6:00pm; Aug 19, 3:00pm, 6:00pm.
@ Cinesphere
Aug 9
- Aug 19
The Trolley (2018, Canada, D: Stephen Low)
Ride the humble streetcar into the future. Showtimes: Aug 9, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 10, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 11, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 12, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 13, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 14, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 15, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 16, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 17, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 18, 4:30pm, 7:30pm; Aug 19, 4:30pm, 7:30pm.
@ Cinesphere
Aug 9 Belle De Jour (1967, France, D: Luis Bunuel)
Housewife Catherine Deneuve takes a secret job as a prostitute. New 4K restoration!
@ Lightbox 6:00pm
Aug 9 Dirty Dancing (1987, USA, D: Emile Ardolino)   Heat Wave
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Jennifer Grey has a time-of-her-life dance romance with Patrick Swayze.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Aug 9 Paris, Texas (1984, USA, D: Wim Wenders)
Harry Dean Stanton drifts out of the desert on a mission to reconnect with his family.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 9 Ghostbusters (2016, USA, D: Paul Feig)   T.O. Picture Show    Free!
Four female paranormal experts fight a ghost invasion of Manhattan. Outdoors!
@ Parkway Forest Park 8:45pm
Aug 9 Thirst Street (2017, France/USA, D: Nathan Silver)   MDFF Presents
A grieving flight attendant develops an unhealthy fixation on a strip-club bartender. Director in attendance!
@ Lightbox 9:00pm
Aug 10 Jaws (1975, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)
The Shallows (2016, USA, D: Jaume Collet-Serra)
These sharks, swallow you whole.
@ Carlton 4:00pm
Aug 10 Nicanor Parra: Portrait Of An Anti-Poet (Chile, D: Victor Jimenez Atkin)   LATAFF Cineforum
The Chilean cult figure and winner of international literary prizes is profiled.
@ Ryerson 7:00pm
Aug 10 Labyrinth (1986, UK/USA, D: Jim Henson)    Free!
David Bowie's Goblin King stands between a girl and the brother she wished away. Outdoors!
@ Sail-In Cinema 7:30pm
Aug 10
Aug 11
Found Footage Film Festival - Cherished Gems
Other people's garbage is your treat.
@ The Royal
Aug 10 Planet Of The Vampires (1965, Italy, D: Mario Bava)   Fear Is Free Fridays    Free!
Demons (1985, Italy, D: Lamberto Bava)
Autopsy (1975, Italy, D: Armando Crispino)
Viva Italia!
@ The Kingsway 8:45pm
Aug 10 Tulipani, Love, Honour And A Bicycle (2017, Italy, D: Mike van Diem)   L'Altra Italia
A Canadian woman returning the ashes of her mother to her native land discovers a family history involving the Mafia and tulips. Outdoors at 5300 Dundas W.
Aug 10 Carry On Screaming! (1966, UK, D: Gerald Thomas)   Trash Palace
The Carry On gang take the piss out of horror.
@ Cinecycle 9:30pm
Aug 11
Aug 15
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017, USA, D: Jake Kasdan)   Family Favourites
Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and friends are transported into a video game.
@ Cineplex
Aug 11 The Land Before Time (1988, USA, D: Don Bluth)   Baby Friendly
Cute little dinosaurs try to outrun both a T-Rex and the coming ice age.
@ The Royal 12:30pm
Aug 11 Love, Marilyn (2012, USA/France, D: Liz Garbus)   Game Changers
The Hollywood starlet is revealed through her own writing and those of others.
@ Hot Docs 1:15pm
Aug 11 Grave Of The Fireflies (1988, Japan, D: Isao Takahata)
Kids struggle to survive during WWII. Legendarily heartbreaking. Screening to mark director Isao Takahata's recent passing.
@ Lightbox 6:30pm
Aug 11 Slave To The Grind (2018, Canada/Australia/Finland/Japan/Sweden/USA/UK, D: Doug Robert Brown)
Politics yields to (presumably ironic) offensive content in music's fastest, most agressive genre.
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Aug 11 The Kinochrome Sessions No. 1
Avante-garde/experimental shorts, selected by Nick Kovats and Mikel Guillen.
@ Cinecycle 7:00pm
Aug 11 Space Jam (1996, USA, D: Joe Pytka)    Free!
Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes gang take on alien slavers in a game of hoops.
@ Sail-In Cinema 7:30pm
Aug 11 Cold Skin (2017, Spain/France, D: Xavier Gens)   Colin Geddes' Kinovortex
The two inhabitants of a remote island have their own ways of dealing with deadly sea creatures.
@ Lightbox 9:15pm
Aug 11 Grace Jones: Bloodlight And Bami (2017, UK/Ireland, D: Sophie Fiennes)   This Film Should Be Played Loud
Go behind the performance mask of New Wave diva Jones as she relaxes at home and records in the studio. Come early for the DJ set!
@ Hot Docs 9:30pm
Aug 11 The Secret World Of Arietty (2010, Japan, D: Hiromasa Yonebayashi)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006, Japan, D: Mamoru Hosoda)
Culture Toronto goes Foolish For Ghibli (and beyond) with two anime favourites, cosplay perormances, activities, dessert and more.
@ The Fox 9:30pm
Aug 12 Hook (1991, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Fox Flashback
Grown-up Peter Pan returns to the adventures of his childhood.
@ The Fox 1:00pm
Aug 12 The Times Of Harvey Milk (1984, USA, D: Rob Epstein)   Game Changers
San Francisco's first openly gay counsellor represents queer culture in city politics.
@ Hot Docs 4:00pm
Aug 12 Cool As Ice (1991, USA, D: David Kellogg)   Hollow Moon Movie Club
Then-rap star Vanilla Ice is a rebel on a motorbike.
@ Handlebar 8:00pm
Aug 12 Open Screening   Pleasure Dome    Free!
BYO (Bring Your Own) short-form Cinema. Preceded by dinner at 6:30pm in the courtyard.
@ Cinecycle 8:00pm
Aug 12 Before Sunrise (1995, USA, D: Richard Linklater)   Christie Pits Film Festival    Free!
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy's meeting on a train to Austria unwittingly spawns a trilogy. Outdoors!
@ Christie Pits 8:45pm
Aug 13 This Is Congo (2017, USA/Congo, D: Daniel McCabe)
Four individuals give an on-the-ground view of a nation continually in conflict.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Aug 13 Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)
"Lightning. Fire. The power of God or something." Exclusively at Cineplex VIP locations.
@ Cineplex 7:00pm
Aug 13 Murder By Contract (1958, USA, D: Irving Lerner)   TFS
Midnight Lace (1960, USA, D: David Miller)
Killers! A hit-man balks at taking on a job involving a woman; Doris Day is marked for murder by a mysterious stalker.
@ Carlton 7:00pm
Aug 13 Deep Blue Sea (1999, USA, D: Renny Harlin)   Now Free Flick    Free!
DNA-altered sharks attack!
@ The Royal 7:30pm
Aug 14 The Hottest Shorts From Hot Docs 2018    Free!
Cream rising. Members only!
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Aug 14 Blood Fest (2018, USA, D: Owen Egerton)
Horror fans find themselves the victims as a convention turns uncoventional.
@ Cineplex 7:00pm
Aug 14 Shine A Light (2008, USA, D: Martin Scorsese)   City Cinema: Rockumentariea
The Rolling Stones keep on rockin'. Outdoors!
@ Yonge-Dundas Square 8:00pm
Aug 14 Superbad (2007, USA, D: Greg Mottola)   Band And A Movie    Free!
On screen: teens try to score alcohol to impress girls. On stage: Birds Of Bellwoods perform.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 15 Heart Of A Dog (2015, USA, D: Laurie Anderson)   Game Changers
Multimedia legend Laurie Anderson reflects on loss.
@ Hot Docs 6:30pm
Aug 15
Aug 19
Planet Of The Apes (1968, USA, D: Franklin J. Schaffner)   Cineplex Classic Film Series
"Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!" Astronaut Charlton Heston finds himself one of the oppressed when he lands on a planet run by talking apes.
@ Cineplex
Aug 15 Motorama (1991, USA, D: Barry Shils)   Laserblast
A young boy hits the road in a stolen car in a foolhardy attempt to win a gas station contest. A Midnight Madness alumnus! 35mm! Come early for the pre-show!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 15 Isle Of Dogs (2018, USA, D: Wes Anderson)   Open Roof Festival
Dogs band together to overcome their politically-motivated excommunication from society. Preceded by a live music performance by Goosebump. Outdoors!
Aug 15 Sister Act (1992, USA, D: Emile Ardolino)   Under The Stars    Free!
A witness to a crime hides out amongst the nuns. With Whoopi Goldberg. Outdoors!
@ Regent Park 8:30pm
Aug 15
Aug 19
U2 3D (2007, USA, D: Catherine Owens & Mark Pellington)
The Irish rock band take its Vertigo tour into the third dimension.
@ Cinesphere
Aug 15
Aug 16
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001, Japan, D: Shinichiro Watanabe)
Bounty hunters track down the culprit responsible for unleashing a virus on Mars. Subbed or dubbed depending on the day.
@ Cineplex
Aug 16 Jaws (1975, USA, D: Steven Spielberg)   Heat Wave
"This shark, swallow you whole."
@ The Revue 6:45pm
Aug 16 Grease 2 (1982, USA, D: Patricia Birch)   Stompbox
Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield lead a new cohort of high-schoolers in sex-fueled shenanigans.
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 16 The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle   The Black Museum    Free!
Alexandra West launches her new book about the youth subcultutres of the 1990s and their intersection with films sich as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Scream and Cherry Falls.
@ Dundas Video 8:00pm
Aug 16 Unarmed Verses (2017, Canada, D: Charles Officer)   T.O. Picture Show    Free!
Children facing eviction from soon-to-be-demolished public housing turn to music and poetry to expresa their feelings about their community.
@ Parkway Forest Park 8:40pm
Aug 17 Fantastic Planet (1973, France, D: Rene Laloux)
Oppressed humanoids rebel against their alien keepers in this trippy animated science fiction curio. 35mm!
@ The Royal 8:00pm
Aug 18 Peter Rabbit (2018, Australia/USA, D: Will Gluck)   Family Favourites
A rabbit with attitude feuds with a farmer. Meanwhile, Beatrix Potter rolls over in her grave.
@ Cineplex 11:00am

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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