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MORSELS: DOWNTOWN EATS Tiffany Mayer [TM], Michael Chess [MC], Sarah Fraser [SF], Stephen Remus [SR], Annie Wilson [AW], share their favourite meals in these bite sized reviews. Dinner and a movie in downtown St. Catharines has never been better.
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Pots and Kettles The film awards season continues to ramp up and with it the anticipated political sideshow. A welcome addition to the discourse was Ricky Gervais’ evisceration of Hollywood hypocrites in his last, no-holds-barred stint as Golden Globes host. “You say you’re woke, but the companies you work for, I mean, unbelievable: Apple, Amazon, Disney. If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent, wouldn’t you? So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right? You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your God, and #*$% off.” There’s not much hope that this shrapnel blast of wit punctured the inflated egos of the self-righteous who continue to smugly reduce today’s complicated challenges to simple binary proclamations and admonishments. The self-congratulatory tone and sanctity of much of what transpires on all sizes of screens these days, and in much of the arts, often seems so deeply embedded it’s inseparable from the media and the art forms themselves. Despite all the narcissistic fingers wagging in the air, you can still be pointed in the right direction to pursue truths that foster understanding and bring change. A start, is to find a space where people tell their stories in ways that draw people together. When we act or experience on our own, we do something less than participate in the moment, we live at a distance from it. Film is one of those ever-rarer arenas where intimate experiences are empowered by the presence of others. Since the The Film House opened many in St. Catharines have re-discovered the rewards of enjoying films as they were intended to be seen. A new attendance record was set in 2019 and we want to keep audiences growing. The doors are open for you to be a part of a screening downtown. Get in here, it’s cold out there.
Stephen Remus Film Programming Group Niagara Artists Centre
The Film Programming Group is: Barry K. Grant, Joan Nicks, Sara Palmieri, Natasha Pedros, Stephen Remus, Kasia Smuga, and Annie Wilson
Sat 1 Feb 4PM / Sun 2 Feb 7PM / Tue 4 Feb 7PM Fri 7 Feb 9PM / Fri 14 Feb 9PM
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estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate.
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fresh, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his
With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a fun, witty, and stylish whodunit.
USA, 2019. Directed by Rian Johnson. 130 min. 14A
Sat 1 Feb 9PM / Thu 6 Feb 7PM / Sun 9 Feb 7PM
USA, 2019. Directed by Alma Har’el. 94 min. 14A From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood’s ascent to
stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har’el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. “Honey Boy is a fluent, heartfelt, tightly structured, and well acted personal story.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Fri 7 Feb 6:30PM / Sat 8 Feb 6:30PM / Sun 9 Feb 4PM / Tue 11 Feb 7PM
USA, 2019. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu. 103 min. R Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard). As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.
“This is screen acting of a very rare sort, and Clemency is a vital emotional powerhouse sorely deserving of being seen.” - Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com “Austere and resonant, this drama about the horrors of the death penalty roots itself in a vivid, pain-wracked, soul-tired main character and still manages to get its message across without preaching.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Thu 13 Feb 7PM / Sat 15 Feb 9PM / Sun 16 Feb 7PM Tue 18 Feb 7PM / Fri 21 Feb 9PM
Czech Republic, New Zealand, USA, 2019. Directed by Taika Waititi. 108 min. PG Writer director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, Jojo Rabbit, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis as JoJo) whose world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding
a young Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. “A work of sublime sweetness and beauty.” - Karen Gordon, Original Cin “There’s real hope, humanity, and no-bonesabout-it Nazi-bashing at a time when that’s depressingly necessary.” - Ben Travis, Empire
Fri 14 Feb 6:30PM / Sat 15 Feb 6:30PM / Thu 20 Feb 7PM Fri 21 Feb 6:30PM / Sat 22 Feb 6:30PM / Sun 23 Feb 7PM
USA, 2019. Directed by Greta Gerwig. 135 min. PG Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved
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story of the March sisters–four young women each determined to live life on her own terms– is both timeless and timely. “This beautifully acted, thoughtfully directed adaptation of Alcott’s beloved story about sisterhood is exactly the heartfelt and uplifting modern classic moviegoers need.” - Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Tues 25 Feb 7PM / Thurs 27 Feb 7PM / Fri 28 Feb 6:30PM Sat 29 Feb 4PM / Sun 1 Mar 4PM
THE GOOD LIAR
UK, 2019. Directed by Bill Condon. 109 min. 14A Career con artist Roy Courtnay can hardly believe his luck when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish online. As Betty opens her life and home to him, Roy is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into the most treacherous tightrope walk of his life.
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“Delectably clever and civilized entertainment that invites us to be as invested in the game as we are in the characters.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety “For their first appearance together onscreen, [Condon] distills from the McKellen-Mirren team an energy that is devastating.” - Rex Reed, Observer
Fri 28 Feb 9PM / Sat 29 Feb 9PM / Fri 6 Mar 9PM
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Canada, 2019. Directed by Mathew Rankin. 90 min. 14A Presented in English and French with English subtitles.
The Twentieth Century transports us to Toronto, in 1899. A young politician in training, W.L. Mackenzie King hesitates in love between a Quebec nurse and a British
soldier, while maintaining a secret link with a shoe. “A killer ensemble featuring Sean Cullen, Sarianne Cormier, and Louis Negin rounds out this bizarrely beautiful biopic for a history lesson you’ll never forget.” - Chandler Levack, The Globe and Mail
Tue 3 Mar 7PM / Thu 5 Mar 7PM / Fri 6 Mar 6:30PM / Sat 7 Mar 6:30PM
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE France, 2019. Directed by Céline Sciamma. 119 min. 14A
Presented in French, Italian with English subtitles.
France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young woman who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be, and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day, to paint her secretly.
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire is primarily a romance. But it’s also a film about the deeply personal process of creativity—the pain and joy of making one’s emotions and memories into a work of art.” - David Sims, The Atlantic “Sciamma’s transfixing film, about the heady experience of an impossible first love, is a timeless work of art.” - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
Tue 10 Mar 7PM / Thu 12 Mar 7PM / Fri 13 Mar 6:30PM Sat 14 Mar 6:30PM / Sun 15 Mar 4PM
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD USA, 2019. Directed by Marielle Heller. 103 min. PG
Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist
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Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America’s most beloved neighbour. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood brings that essential essence of Fred Rogers to life.” - Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle
Fri 13 Mar 9PM / Sat 14 Mar 9PM / Sun 15 Mar 7PM
DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL
Canada, 2019. Directed by Albert Shin. 100 min. 14A After several years away, Abby (Tuppence Middleton) returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls when her mother passes away, leaving Abby and her younger sister Laure (Hannah Gross) the family business, The Rainbow Motel. Abby has a memory of a day their family spent on the river, when she saw an injured boy being
kidnapped. Terrified by what she witnessed, Abby told Laure, but no one else. Because Abby has a habit of making up tales, no one believes her when she tries to report the kidnapping many years later. However, as she begins to delve into the mystery, she uncovers evidence that may convince the skeptics that a crime actually has been committed. “Clifton Hill becomes just as thrilling and disturbing as its titular strip of haunted houses and fading-fast motels.” - Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail
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Tue 17 Mar 7PM / Fri 20 Mar 9:30PM / Sat 21 Mar 9:30 PM / Sun 22 Mar 7PM
Ireland, Belgium, 2019. Directed by Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman. 94 min. R Rose, a mostly sweet and mostly lonely Irish small-town driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.
“Extra Ordinary is a kind of tea-cosy Ghostbusters that’s consistently funny in a pleasingly off-kilter way.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety “A cracking debut feature from Irish writerdirectors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Thu 19 Mar 7PM / Fri 20 Mar 6PM / Sat 21 Mar 6PM Sun 22 Mar 3:30PM / Tue 24 Mar 7PM
A HIDDEN LIFE
Germany, USA, 2019. Directed by Terrence Malick. 174 min. PG
Presented in English, German and Italian with English subtitles.
Based on real events, from visionary writerdirector Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World
War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive. “A Hidden Life is less a story than an experience, a spiritual journey made accessible through light and sound. Malick doesn’t transcend cinema. He sanctifies it.” - Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
Thu 26 Mar 7PM / Sat 28 Mar 9PM / Sun 29 Mar 7PM / Tue 31 Mar 7PM
USA, 2019. Directed by Todd Haynes. 100 min. 14A Inspired by a shocking true story, a tenacious attorney (Mark Ruffalo) uncovers a dark secret that connects a growing number of unexplained deaths due to one of the world’s largest corporations. In the process, he risks everything – his future, his family, and his own life - to expose the truth.
“Dark Waters, in its stunningly real and intricately crafted way, restores some of the original shock and awe to the journalistic genre of The Conspiracies Around Us That Are Truly Happening.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety “Issue-oriented movies aren’t uncommon, but this essential drama feels starker and truer than most; it’s patient, unafraid, and stripped of any kind of hollow self-congratulations.” - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
COMING SOON 1917
UK, USA, 2019. Directed by Sam Mendes. 119 min. R Presented in English, French, German with English subtitles. Two young British privates during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier's brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.
UK, 2020. Directed by Autumn de Wilde. 14A Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.
doc spotlight THE CAVE
Syria, Denmark, Germany, USA, Qatar, 2019. Directed by Feras Fayyad. 95 min. R Presented in Arabic with English subtitles. Oscar nominee Feras Fayyad (Last Men in Aleppo) delivers an unflinching story of the Syrian war with his powerful new documentary. For besieged civilians, hope and safety lie underground inside the subterranean hospital known as the Cave, where pediatrician and managing physician Dr. Amani Ballour and her colleagues Samaher and Dr. Alaa have claimed their right to work as equals alongside their male counterparts, doing their jobs in a way that would be unthinkable in the oppressively patriarchal culture that exists above. Following the women as they contend with daily bombardments, chronic supply shortages, and the ever-present threat of chemical attacks, The Cave paints a stirring portrait of courage, resilience, and female solidarity. “A moving, beautifully humanistic story whose inevitable hardships are laced with real hope and levity. “ - Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly Sun 2 Feb 4PM / Wed 5 Feb 7PM / Sat 8 Feb 4PM
RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE
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Canada, 2010. Directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen. 107 min. NR A documentary about the Canadian rock band Rush relates the group’s 40-year history and examines its continuing popularity. Using extensive archival footage, it follows the resilient rockers, lead guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, and singer/bassist Geddy Lee, from their earliest days in the 1960s. A diverse group of interviewees, such as musician Billy Corgan, actor Jack Black, and South Park creator Matt Stone, shares what makes the band so special. “Endearing documentary, winner of Tribeca’s audience award, should delight devotees and intrigue nonbelievers. “ -Ronnie Scheib, Variety Sat 8 Feb 9PM - ONE NIGHT ONLY IN MEMORY OF NEIL PEART.
WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?
USA, 2019. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer. 97 min. PG Where’s My Roy Cohn? unearths the origins of a master manipulator’s ascent, revealing how an enigmatic and disturbed man shaped our current political world. This shocking film exposes Cohn’s malign influence and contextualizes him as a modern Machiavelli, tracing his rise to national prominence-first as prosecutor of the Rosenbergs, then as handmaiden to Joseph McCarthy. “Fascinating film, the corrupt hate figure and his association with Donald Trump is brought to light.” - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian Wed 19 Feb 7PM + Sat 22 Feb 9PM
UK, 2019. Directed by Michael Apted. 144 min. 14A In this latest entry in the UP documentary series, director Michael Apted revisits the same group of British-born adults–followed since their childhoods, beginning in 1964–after another seven-year wait. The subjects are interviewed as to the changes that have occurred in their lives during the last seven years. “One of the boldest experiments in world cinema.” – Chris Willmen, Variety “Cherish 63 Up, like you cherish life.” - Stephen Rodrick, Globe and Mail Wed 26 Feb 7PM / Sat 29 Feb 6PM / Sun 1 Mar 7PM
USA, 2019. Directed by Alla Kovgan. 93 min. PG Cunningham traces Merce Cunningham’s artistic evolution over three decades of risk and discovery (1944–1972), from his early years as a struggling dancer in postwar New York to his emergence as one of the world’s most visionary choreographers. The 3D technology weaves together Merce’s philosophies and stories, creating a visceral journey into his innovative work. A breathtaking explosion of dance, music, and never-before-seen archival material, Cunningham is a timely tribute to one of the world’s greatest modern dance artists. “Jarringly beautiful. Cunningham succeeds in a way that most dance documentaries do not: as an art object in and of itself.” - Marina Harss, The New Yorker Wed 4 Mar 7PM / Sat 7 Mar 4PM / Sun 8 Mar 7PM
Canada, 2019. Directed by Roger Frappier & Justin Kingsley. 126 min. PG Original version in French, English, Inuktitut, Cree and Innu, subtitled in English. L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and its famous conductor Kent Nagano tour Northern Quebec to visit Cree, Innu and Inuit communities, and share with them an Aboriginal chamber opera whose mission is to teach the white men how to laugh again and, by therefore love others more. Chaakapesh the Trickster- written by Tomson Highway, composed by Matthew Ricketts and performed by the OSM – is the most evocative and modern example of intercultural collaboration. Wed 25 Mar 7PM + Fri 27 Mar 6:30PM Celebration of Nations featured programming.
SAT 15 FEB 4PM
USA, UK, India, 2019. Directed by Neelu Bhuman. 70 mins. NR Presented in English, Spanish, Swahili, and Navajo with English subtitles. Transfinite is a somewhat dark and funny, visually and musically expressive sci-fi feature length film made up of seven standalone stories that are connected by the common thread of powerâ€“power to protect, power to love, power to teach, fight, and thrive. All the seven stories, NAJMA, ASURA, SHAYLA, BAHARI, NOVA, MAYA, VIVA, written by seven trans and queer writers with myriad backgrounds reflect this singular vision and the cohesive sensibility is designed by the filmmaker using exquisite poetry, subtle VFX, sublime animation, and enveloping music. Presented by OPIRG Brock, Brock Student Justice Centre, and Niagara Artist Centre.
SAT 21 MAR 4PM
DYKES IN THE STREETS
Canada, 2019. Directed by Almerinda Travassos. 38 min. NR This project chronicles the expansion of the Toronto Lesbian and LGBTQ communities over the past 35 years through the voices of some of the original 300 participants/organizers.
Canada, 2019. Directed by Jesi Jordan. 10 min. NR Farah is considered to be the mother of the transgender community in Havana, Cuba. Having lived a tremendous life full of adventure and heartbreak, and losing all of her teeth after being thrown off a 4th story building, she carries on in her 50s as the most popular and well loved woman in the neighbourhood. Previously named Lulu, then revived at the morgue and reborn as Farah, her existence alone is a miracle. Presented by OPIRG Brock, Brock Student Justice Centre, and Niagara Artist Centre.
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WED 18 MAR 7PM
Sweden, Canada, UK, 2019. Directed by Fredrik Gertten, Gabriel Henrique Gonzalez. 92 min. NR Presented in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Korean, French with English Subtitles. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues? The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s travelling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. Presented by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and the Niagara Artists Centre with post-screening discussion.
SAT 28 MAR 6:30PM
USA, 2019. Directed by Barbara Miller. 101 min. NR Barbara Miller’s feature documentary #FEMALE PLEASURE portrays five courageous, smart, and selfdetermined women, fighting for sexual liberation and autonomy for women and breaking the silence imposed by their archaic-patriarch societies and religious communities. But their victory comes at a high price: they all have experienced public defamation, threats, and prosecutions, have been excommunicated by the society they grew up in and even received death threats by religious leaders and fanatics. In solidarity with International Women’s Day our community partners at Positive Living Niagara will host further discussion following the film. #EachforEqual #IWD2020 “An empowering statement for women, no matter their cultural or religious background, to reclaim their bodies and celebrate their sexuality without shame or suffering.” - Candice Frederick, The Wrap
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DEEDS NOT WORDS: CONVERSATIONS WITH ROBERT P. MADISON USA, 2018. Directed by Derek E. Morton. 58 min. G Wed 12 Feb 7PM
A documentary film chronicling the life story of Robert P. Madison, preeminent architect, orator & patron of arts and humanities. This is a story about a man who has been instrumental in building Clevelandâ€™s new waterfront yet at one time was denied an opportunity to even apply to one of the cityâ€™s schools of architecture.
Canada, USA, 2018. Directed by Joseph Hillel. 81 min. PG Wed 11 Mar 7PM City Dreamers is a film about our changing urban environment and four trailblazing women architects who have been working, observing, and thinking about the transformations shaping the cities of today and tomorrow for over 70 years. Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown may not be household names, but architecture and urban planning aficionados likely know that these women have worked with some of the greatest architects of our time, including the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi. In the course of their inspiring careers, they have left an indelible mark on several cities across North America and Europe.
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FRIDA. VIVA LA VIDA
USA, 2019. Directed by Giovanni Troilo. 98 min, NR Sat 22 Feb 4PM + Sun 23 Feb 4PM The film highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo’s spirit: the revolutionary, pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and the human being, victim of her tortured body and a tormented relationship. With Asia Argento as narrator, the two faces of the artist are revealed, pursuing a common thread consisting of Frida’s own words: letters, diaries, and private confessions. The film alternates interviews, with original documents, captivating reconstructions, and Frida Kahlo’s own paintings.
LUCIAN FREUD: A SELF PORTRAIT
UK, 2019. Directed by David Bickerstaff. 80 min. NR Sat 28 Mar 4PM + Sun 29 Mar 4PM For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few twentieth century artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S
USA, 1961. Directed by Blake Edwards. 115 min. G One of the screen’s best-loved romances, this dazzling romantic comedy stars Aurdrey Hepburn as a free-spirited gold digger and George Peppard as a frustrated young writer. They fall in love and each exerts a positive influence on the other in this delightful early movie directed by Blake Edwards. “Audrey Hepburn is delicious as Holly and the Henry Mancini score is in the class of elite soundtracks.” - Emma Cochrane, Empire “An unusual love story, glamorous, sophisticated, with more than a touch of the bizarre.” -James Powers, Hollywood Reporter
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“The movie still looks very good, and you’d need a heart of stone not to love the cat.” - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
USA, 1990. Directed by Martin Scorsese. 146 min. R The story of Henry Hill and his life in the mob, covering his relationship with his wife Karen Hill and his mob partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito in the Italian-American crime syndicate. Based on the bestselling book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, Scorsese’s film profiles nearly 30 years of mob life in New York City. “Ferocious brutality is presented without commentary or judgment, yet with unmistakable moral understanding and vision.” - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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“Complex, volatile, ironic, and disquieting, Scorsese’s Goodfellas is a masterly achievement in intense observation.” - Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
LATE NIGHT SCREENIN G
USA, 1981. Directed by John Waters. 86 min. 14A Francine Fishpaw is an upper middle class suburban housewife in Baltimore. Unfortunately for this “good Christian woman,” the money to support her lifestyle comes from her husband’s porno theatre, the neighbours are protesting, her son is the notorious “Baltimore Stomper,” her daughter is knocked up by a local hoodlum, and her husband is having an affair with his secretary. “Polyester is a movie that can get laughs out of a dinette set simply because it is a dinette set. The props, all through the movie but particularly in Francine’s lovely home, are priceless.” - Janet Maslin, NYTimes
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CLEO FROM 5 TO 7
France, 1962. Directed by Agnès Varda. 89 min. NR Presented in French with English subtitles. Agnès Varda eloquently captures Paris in the 60s with this real-time portrait of a singer (Corinne Marchand) set adrift in the city as she awaits test results of a biopsy. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she finally finds comfort talking with a soldier in a park. On leave from the Algerian War, his troubles put hers in perspective. As they talk and walk, Cléo comes to terms with her selfishness, finding peace before the results come back.
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“That intimate look at a woman’s life and heart set Varda’s work apart from that of her male contemporaries. Playful, charming, and haunting. Cléo is also the very definition of a masterpiece.” - Caryn James, BBC Culture
UK, 2019. Directed by Tony Grech-Smith, Vicky Jones. 80 min. NR / Fri 27 Mar 9PM See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag. Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some sort of woman living her sort of life. Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered, and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose. “Fleabag stage version shows off fabulous Phoebe Waller-Bridge. She’s a fabulous actor and a true stage animal, with a wonderfully expressive voice. ” - Michael Phillips, The Chicago Tribune Please note: this is a re-broadcast of the original live performance. Contains strong language.
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54 CHURCH STREET / 905-324-1022 EGG SALAD SANDWICH $4 (CASH ONLY) Crisp crunch of lettuce and a generous layer of smooth creamy bright yellow yolks with diced egg whites are a very satisfying balance of contrasting textures. A pinch of pepper make this protein filled sandwich flavour perfection. At the cafe in the sunshinebasked oasis atrium of the Central Library Branchyou can customize the familiar favourite with the addition of tomato on a kaiser b un or white or brown bread. An eggsquisite delight! [SF]
233 ST. PAUL STREET / 289-362-4440 LE ROYALE WITH CHEESE $14 Unlike “le” Big Mac, this bad mf is delicious anytime; not just at 3am. As always, no matter which brgr you go with here, the buns are always fresh and paddies cooked to medium-well perfection. This time, it’s tastily topped with “French” sautéed onions, melted Havarti, crispy potato sticks, white truffle and black pepper aioli and the pièce de résistance; smoked bacon jam! That’s one charming burger. [MC]
Family Day at The Film House - Mon 17 Feb NFB SHORT FILMS
Various Directors Mon 17 Feb 10AM - 12:30PM
Featuring an assortment of new and classic Canadian short narratives from the National Film Board’s collection. Fun for the whole family!
Australia, USA, 1995. Directed by Chris Noonan. 91 min. G / Mon 17 Feb 1PM Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett wins a piglet named Babe at a county fair. Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly’s jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn’t conform to the farm’s social hierarchy? $2 entry fee with proceeds going to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue.
A Family Classic - Sat 14 Mar CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG UK, USA, 1968. Directed by Ken Hughes. 144 min. G / Sat 14 Mar 3:30PM
Caractacus Potts (Dick Van Dyke) is an eccentric inventor, widower, and family man who invents a magical car that can float and fly in addition to the usual road travel. The evil Baron Bombast (Gert Frobe) tries to steal the car and the inventor, but he grabs Potts’ eccentric father (Lionel Jeffries) by mistake. Soon the family and candy heir Totally Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes) are off to rescue Grandpa, who still believes he is in the British Army fighting in India. They fly to a fantasy land where all children are jailed, and the adults must rescue the children to insure a safe family reunion. British comedy legend Benny Hill plays the role of the Toymaker. “It’s the stuff of children’s wildest fantasies.” - Common Sense Media
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Here's the latest Film + Dining Guide for February and March 2020. It contains all you need to know about downtown St. Catharines' only lice...
Published on Jan 28, 2020
Here's the latest Film + Dining Guide for February and March 2020. It contains all you need to know about downtown St. Catharines' only lice...