Aug 9-15: Cool! We have AC! Plus, Virginia Woolf; Pavarotti; Keanu, & Midnight Madness begins!

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The great news keeps coming! The Playhouse is now FULLY air-conditioned! Thanks to Wilson Air for coming up with a solution to cool this beautiful, historic theatre to keep you comfortable. Seeing movies at the Playhouse was cool before, but now it's really cool! Hope to see you soon: we have so many great movies you won't want to miss this week, including a sensual bio-pic of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville West; The Godfather Part II on the big screen; the start of our Midnight Madness series with Jake Gyllenhaal's break-out role in the cult classic, Donnie Darko; the wonderful doc on the late, great, Pavarotti; Keanu Reeves in John Wick Chapter 3 (talk about cool!) and more.

STC

"The film is a joy. A deep study of power and poise, and the long, lingering afterglow of a life-changing friendship." - HeyUGuys

“The affair between writers Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West is ripe for a cinematic version. Here are two fiercely intelligent, independent, well-known women sharing their love of language and embarking on a sexual relationship with the full knowledge of their husbands. In the 1920s.

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R

“This magnificent sequel, the centerpiece of director Francis Ford Coppola and writer Mario Puzo's 20th Century gangster saga, is still one of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, a landmark work from one of Hollywood's top cinema eras.

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R

“In 2001, 27-year-old writer-director Richard Kelly created a pop classic of American suburban paranoia in Donnie Darko. This film made Tears for Fears hip (kind of) and had a tremendous discovery in the young Jake Gyllenhaal, playing Donnie, a high-school kid on medication for the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.

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STC

“‘I envy the Japanese’  Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – Van Gogh & Japan at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam – one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art.

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PG

"If you cherish the rare opportunity to watch magnificent actors as perfect as Blythe Danner and John Lithgow giving it all they’ve got, in a film about grown-ups, then the line starts here." - Rex Reed, The Observer

"It’s never too late to fall in love. The Tomorrow Man is a charming, uplifting film about two small-town senior citizens who manage to do just that, against formidable odds. It’s not a movie for the immature. If you’re a member of the Marvel comics brigade, move along. Nothing for you here.

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PG

"Pavarotti's larger-than-life personality shines in almost every scene. The singer's optimism is contagious, and his schoolboy-like wonder is jubilant. There's a lot to smile at here." - New York Times

From the filmmaking team behind the highly-acclaimed documentary THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK — THE TOURING YEARS, this riveting film lifts the curtain on the icon who brought opera to the people. Academy Award winner Ron Howard puts audiences front row center for an exploration of the world’s best-loved tenor.

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The NY Cat Film Festival is very much its own animal. Tracie Hotchner, the festival’s founder, regards online pet videos with about as much enthusiasm as a cat might display for a week-old untended litter box. Her festival, now in its second year, features short films, ranging in length from two minutes to nearly an hour. They are made, she said, “with intelligence.”

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PG

The iconic Canadian singer/songwriter, now 80, gets candid in refreshingly complex music doc.

"From the song he refuses to perform to his admiration for Drake, a songwriting legend reflects on his lyrics and longevity with candour and humour. At 80 years young (and currently recording another album), Gordon Lightfoot continues to entertain and enlighten.

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STC

“At the beginning of 1900, Vienna became the unwitting European capital of thought and the arts, in an era destined to end with the First World War and the fall of the Hapsburg Empire.

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14A

"Buying a ticket to a John Wick movie is like signing control of your lizard brain away to the director, Chad Stahelski, for 130 minutes. Luckily, he knows what to do with it." - Film Comment

"Superior exercises in action-movie formalism, the John Wick movies evoke everything from Fritz Lang’s silent thrillers (in their imagining of vast, underground criminal networks) to Gene Kelly’s musicals (in their inventive and breathless fight choreography) to Brian De Palma’s self-aware genre pastiches (in their allusions to high art and the way they veer close to paro

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G

"The definitive portrait of Elvis the Vegas headliner follows the King through his 1970 summer engagement in Las Vegas from backstage bustle to box-office hustle to 27 stage numbers." - msn.com

Elvis Presley died 42 years ago, on Aug 16, 1977 at the age of 42. We remember him on this date with a theatrical presentation of one of his best concert films. This was his first non-dramatic film, made shortly after his return to live performances, and here he is at his best, both vocally and physically. Share the songs and the memories on the big screen! 

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"Honeyland has become one of the most talked about documentaries of the year, and it's not hard to see why." - The Gate

“The opening frames of Honeyland are so rustically sumptuous that you wonder, for a second, if they’ve somehow been art-directed.

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STC

“Director Jennie Livingston’s wildly entertaining, deeply humanitarian and fundamentally educational film, Paris is Burning, has been restored and digitally remastered by the UCLA Film and Television Archive in conjunction with the Sundance Institute and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, and though it’s nearly three decades old, it feels as vibrant and bracingly honest as it has al

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PG

"Extraordinary on every level, Lulu Wang's The Farewell starring an award-caliber Awkwafina builds a funny, touching and vital film about what makes a family in any culture, leaving you with cathartic tears." - Rolling Stone

“‘Based on an actual lie’ is writer-director Lulu Wang’s way of introducing her (actually true) story; a sly title card to qualify the bittersweet dramedy of deception that follows.

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PG

"If you want to feel joy, head straight to Yesterday. It’s a heartfelt and humorous tale from Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love, Actually) about a struggling musician (Himesh Patel) who wakes up in an alternate reality where he’s the only person aware the Beatles ever existed.

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