June 28-July 4: School's Out! 6 new movies + 4 cult classics = A+

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We start the School's Out week with The Breakfast Club, The Blues Brothers and Booksmart. In there we have a great documentary by a great filmmaker (Werner Herzog) about a great politician (they exist! Gorbachev). We have a new film from India, Photograph (from the director of the delightful The Lunchbox); Dame Judi Dench plays an old communist in Red Joan; a rare chance to see The Who's bombastic & brilliant rock opera Tommy on the big screen; earlier that day, July 2nd--"Extra, Extra, read all about it!"-- we start our daily Summer Family $5 Matinees with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. All seats $5! (These titles will be updated weekly on our website; they are not in our printed Guide). There are two chances to see the new doc, Invisible Essence: The Little Prince. We wrap up the booking week with the new biopic Tolkien (about the early days of The Lord of the Rings author); followed by Dazed and Confused as a nightcap. Alright, alright, alright! See you there.

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TONIGHT! (June 27) Catch Tom Wilson introduce one of his favourite films, the Coen Brothers' 1984 debut, BLOOD SIMPLE. Tom has good taste: It's a stunning, gritty and very funny film. Pure Coen Brothers. Don't miss it! It's the prototype. 7pm

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"Gorbachev turns out to be one of the most fascinating political figures of our time. All thanks to Herzog's keen eye." - The Wrap

Werner Herzog and André Singer's riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world's greatest living politician. Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down.

No screenings currently scheduled.

STC

Writer-director Ritesh Batra heads back to Mumbai, the setting of his 2014 debut The Lunchbox, for another story about two lonely people who become bewitched with one another after a chance encounter.

"In writer-director Ritesh Batra’s latest work, Photograph, Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays Rafi, a transplant from a poor village in northern India. In an attempt to repay an old family debt, Rafi works doggedly as a street photographer at Mumbai’s famed waterfront landmark and busy tourist attraction, Gateway of India.

No screenings currently scheduled.

14A

“In 1985 The Breakfast Club dressed differently from all the other teen comedies. John Hughes constructed a simple, one-location talkie that brought a generation’s submerged angst to the surface. The result was a movie that’s confused, impatient, indulgent, naive, clumsy, unintentionally funny and prone to random outbursts of energy.

No screenings currently scheduled.

STC

"Booksmart is a love letter for any young woman who has ever stayed home on a Friday night to watch a Ken Burns documentary. 4/4 stars" - Globe & Mail

“Written by Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman, and directed in a stunning debut by actress Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is the kind of feel-good teen movie young women plan their sleepovers around.

No screenings currently scheduled.

14A

Music Mondays (encore Saturdays!)

Joliet Jake Blues (Belushi) is released from Joliet Penitentiary, and he and brother Elwood (Aykroyd) attempt to raise money to save their alma mater orphanage by re-forming their old band.

No screenings currently scheduled.

14A

"While Joan's early years are absolutely fascinating, it is the refreshing concept of Dench's elderly communist agent that gives this drama its real bite and edge." - Daily Mirror

“A good old-fashioned British spy thriller with a bewitching female heroine (or anti-heroine, if you will) played by the excellent actresses Judi Dench and (as her younger self) Sophie Cookson, Red Joan revisits the incredible real-life spy case of Melita Norwood. It is directed with a strong sense for character by Trevor Nunn, the former director of the Royal Shakespeare Co.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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Summer Family Matinees. All seats $5!

July 3 - 7. Summer Family Matinees. All seats $5. "Dazzling animation, light-on-its-feet humor and a ton of heart..." - Rolling Stone.

No screenings currently scheduled.

PG

Digital remaster. Unbelievable surround sound!

“Ken Russell makes movies the way others might design a ride through a funhouse. He deals in headlong but harmless plunges from giddy heights, abrupt changes of pace, joke turns, anachronistic visual effects, ghouls that pop out of the dark, all accompanied by the sound of a force to loosen one's most firmly rooted back teeth.

No screenings currently scheduled.

G

"There's a compelling mystery at the core of Invisible Essence: The Little Prince. But more than anything, it will inspire you to pick up that dog-eared copy of the novella you've had since childhood." - Globe & Mail

“Charles Officer’s Invisible Essence: The Little Prince is a gentle, loving consideration of the legacy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved book.

No screenings currently scheduled.

PG

"Lord of the Rings allusions are the hook. Fans will enjoy spotting the references, but the real story is about a generation scythed down by war." - CNET

The Lord of the Rings continues to be one of the most-read, most beloved book series of all time, and with good reason. The level of thought and detail imbued in its pages gives it an air of authenticity that can make it easy to forget that someone actually had to make it all up. But what drove the man who devoted his life to the creation of this fictional world?

No screenings currently scheduled.

14A

“It's the last day of the school year in 1976, and everyone's ready
for a party. Characterised in some quarters as the American Graffiti
for the slacker generation, this is in fact a very clever piece of retro
70s anti-nostalgia which scrupulously avoids sentimentality.
“Tracking 18 hours in the lives of a bunch of high school juniors

No screenings currently scheduled.

NR

"As always, such intelligent (French) talk comes with unabashed infidelity among most of the worldly players, including a wife and TV actress agreeably inhabited by Juliette Binoche." - News Herald

“For a particular cohort of the moviegoing population, there are few pleasures more sublime than watching a group of good-looking Parisians chattering over wine, coffee and the occasional cigarette about intellectual subjects, against attractive backdrops of cozy cafes and well-appointed living rooms.

No screenings currently scheduled.

STC

“Man's best friend receives a cinematic pat on the head in Buddy, the latest documentary by veteran Peru-born Dutch director Heddy Honigmann. Observing how six service dogs provide crucial daily help and companionship for their grateful owners, the ruminative, accessible affair proves as soothing to the viewer as the faithful pets are to their humans.

No screenings currently scheduled.

STC

“A smart, exhilarating look at an influential label...This tidy, thoughtful film gets at jazz’s joy and pain.” - The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)

“This near immaculate music documentary by Swiss film-maker Sophie Huber pays tribute to Blue Note Records, the iconic label most associated with mid-20th-century bebop jazz.

No screenings currently scheduled.

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