Last Monday at the Movies

The Arts Council of New Westminster has made the difficult decision to postpone the start of our 19th season of Last Monday at the Movies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations from the BC government to cancel public gatherings over 50 people we will push back our September 2020 start date to January 2021. The public health and safety of our audience, volunteers and staff is our top priority.

For those who purchased a 2019/2020 Last Monday at the Movies Season Pass, the March-June 2020 cancelled film dates will be credited and applied to your 2021 Season Pass.

We look forward to seeing you again at the Massey Theatre in January 2021.

For questions or concerns please email programs@acnw.ca

Last Monday at the Movies Season - Postponed

The Arts Council of New Westminster has made the difficult decision to postpone the start of our 19th season of Last Monday at the Movies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recommendations from the BC government to cancel public gatherings over 50 people we will push back our September 2020 start date to January 2021. The public health and safety of our audience, volunteers and staff is our top priority.

For those who purchased a 2019/2020 Last Monday at the Movies Season Pass, the March-June 2020 cancelled film dates will be credited and applied to your 2021 Season Pass.
We look forward to seeing you again at the Massey Theatre in January 2021.

For questions or concerns please email programs@acnw.ca

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this event has been cancelled. The ACNW will be announcing credits for Last Monday at the Movies Seasons Pass holders in the coming weeks.

Drama/Romance
1h 40min

Director:  William Nicholson
Writers: William Nicholson
Stars:  Josh O’ConnorBill NighyAnnette Bening 
When: Monday, March 30, 2020, 7pm at Massey Theatre (doors open at 6:30pm).
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother after 33 years of marriage.

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Drama/Romance
1h 23min

Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Writers: Wanuri Kahiu, Jenna Cato Bass
Stars: Samantha MugatsiaNeville MisatiNice Githinji
When: Monday, February 24, 2020 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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SYNOPSIS:
Kena and Ziki long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety. Inspried by Monica Arac de Nyeko’s “Jambula Tree”, which chronicles a story of two girls in love in Uganda, “Rafiki” challenges deep rooted cynicism about same sex relationships among actors, crew, friends, and family in Kenya.

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Biography/Drama/History
101 Minutes

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Writers: Ben Elton
Stars: Kenneth BranaghJudi DenchIan McKellen 
When: Monday, January 27, 2020 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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SYNOPSIS:
The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. Haunted by the death of his only son, Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationship with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as a husband and father.

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Director: Sebastián Lelio    
Writers:   Alice Johnson Boher (adapted screenplay), Sebastián Lelio 
Stars: Julianne MooreJohn TurturroCaren Pistorius 
When: Monday, November 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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SYNOPSIS:
A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. She soon finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with the joys of budding love and the complications of dating.

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Director: Wash Westmoreland
Writers:  Richard Glatzer Wash Westmoreland (screenplay by) 
Stars:  Keira KnightleyFiona ShawDominic West 
When: Monday, October 28, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
After moving to Paris, author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette agrees to ghostwrite a semi-autobiographical novel for her husband. Its success soon inspires her to fight for creative ownership and overcome the societal constraints of the early 20th century.

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Drama, Romance
1h 34 min

Director:  Noble Jones
Writers: Noble Jones
Stars:John LithgowBlythe DannerDerek Cecil 
When: Monday, September 20, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synoposis:
Ed Hemsler spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff.

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(Documentary)
1hr 24

Director:  Moss Mossanen

Stars: Beverley BassReg BatsonBeulah Cooper |
When: Monday, June 24, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:   
You Are Here – A Come From Away Story is an intimate feature documentary that goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The film pulls back the emotional layers surrounding the five days during which the community housed, fed and cared for the dislocated passengers (or the “come from aways” in Newfoundland parlance). While their stories were the inspiration for the extraordinary Broadway hit musical, Come From Away, the documentary, You Are Here, reveals first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness the community showed their unexpected guests.


The Arts Council of New Westminster along with the Massey Theatre Society, New West Film Fest, and the N Dub Film Club is proud to present:

The N Dub Film Club Screening

on Monday May 27th from 5:00-6:30pm on the big screen at the Massey Theatre. Screening a series of short films created during the current school by New Westminster Secondary Students from grades 10 through 12, the films will cover topics including climate change, mortality, friendship, and a humorous take on student life. Emceed by local author and former CBC personality, JJ Lee, the screening will include a Q&A session with the filmmakers. The event is free to the public to attend, however tax-deductible donations to the Arts Council of New Westminster are welcomed.

The Last Monday at the Movies film series will take place following the screening at 7:00pm, screening ‘Wild Rose’, a story of a musician from Glasgow with dreams of becoming a Nashville star.

Last Monday at the Movies movie series that takes place at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster, B.C. on the last Monday of each month. Last Monday at the Movies is a celebration of independent film showing the best of the Toronto International Film Festival Film Circuit. Now in it’s 17th season, films take place between September through June, excluding December. The films start at 7:00pm and are followed by Last Word, a post-film talk discussing the film’s topic, taking place directly after the film in the Plaskett Gallery.

For more information about films and how to purchase tickets, visit the website: acnw.ca/movies

(Drama. Music)
1hr 40

Director:  Tom Harper
Writers: Nicole Taylor
Stars: Julie WaltersJessie BuckleyCraig Parkinson 
When: Monday, May 27, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:   
Fresh out of prison, a Scottish woman juggles her job and two children while pursuing her dream of becoming a country music star. She soon gets her chance when she travels to Nashville, Tenn., on a life-changing journey to discover her true voice.

Trailer: 

The N Dub Film Club, Massey Theatrem and the Arts Council of New Westminster present:

The N Dub Film Club Screening

May 27, 2019
Massey Theatre
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Free!

Join us for a screening of works created by students of the N Dub Film Club from New Westminster Secondary School. Interviews with the film makers will share the meaning and intent behind their work. Come support the filmmakers of tomorrow!

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

(Documentary)
1hr 23

Director:  Allison Reid
Writers: Allison Reid
Stars: Fred BercovitchDavid ChinchillaLisa Clifton-Bumpass 
When: Monday, April 27, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:   
In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas — in fact, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip — 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behavior in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES retraces the steps of Anne’s ground-breaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild — and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become.

Trailer:

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8901942/videoplayer/vi3978541593

Puzzle
(Drama)
1hr43

Director:  Marc Turtletaub
Writers: Polly Mann (screenplay by), Oren Moverman (screenplay by) 
Stars:  Kelly MacdonaldIrrfan KhanDavid Denman  
When: Monday, March 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
A woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX-TxPEXmJI



I Am Not Your Negro
(Documentary)
1hr 33

Director:  Raoul Peck
Writers: James Baldwin, Raoul Peck
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King 
When: Monday, February 25, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, “Remember This House.” The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

  

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNUYdgIyaPM



Tea With The Dames   
(Documentary)
1hr 24

Director: Roger Michell
Stars: Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith
When: Monday, January 28, 2019 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Together, they’re 342 years old. They’re in their seventh decade of cutting-edge, epoch-defining performances on stage and on screen. Funny, smart, sharp, competitive, tearful, hilarious, savage, clever, caustic, cool, gorgeous, poignant, irreverent, iconic, old, and unbelievably young. Special friends, special women and special dames: a chance to hang out with them all, at the same table, at the same time, and enjoy sparkling and unguarded conversation spliced with a raft of archive.

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Leave No Trace 
(Drama)
1hr 49

Writer: Debra Granik (screenplay by), Anne Rosellini (screenplay by)
Director: Debra Granik
Stars:  Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeffery Rifflard
When: Monday, November 19, 2018 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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 Synopsis:
A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

 

The Children Act  
(Drama)   
1hr 45min

Writer: Ian McEwan (screenplay by), Ian McEwan (based on the novel by)
Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin 
When: Monday, October 29, 2018 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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 Synopsis:
In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons.

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Meditation Park 
(Comedy, Drama)   
1hr 34min

Writer: Mina Shum
Director: Mina Shum
Stars:  Pei-Pei Cheng, Tzi Ma, Sandra Oh 
When: Monday, September 24, 2018 – 7:00 pm at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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 Synopsis:
Devoted wife and mother, 60-year-old Maria Wang’s life is altered when she discovers an orange thong in her husband’s pants pocket, forcing her to confront how powerless she truly is. Her efforts to find out the truth send her on an unexpected journey of liberation.

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Finding Your Feet
(Romance, Comedy, Drama)   
1hr 51min

WriterMeg LeonardNick Moorcroft
Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars:  Joanna LumleyTimothy SpallCelia Imrie 
When: Monday, June 25, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

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The Leisure Seeker    
(Adventure, Comedy, Drama)   
1hr 52min

Writer:  Michael Zadoorian (novel), Stephen Amidon (screenplay)
Director: Paolo Virzì
Stars:  Helen MirrenDonald SutherlandChristian McKay
When: Monday, May 28, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
The film stars Academy Award winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

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The Florida Project    
(Drama)   
1hr 51min

Writer:  Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Director:  Sean Baker
Stars: Brooklynn PrinceBria VinaiteWillem Dafoe 
When: Monday, April 30, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

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Novitiate     
(Drama)   
2hr 4min

Writer:  Margaret Betts 
Director:   Margaret Betts 
Stars: Dianna AgronLiana LiberatoJulianne Nicholson
When: Monday, March 26, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl’s first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God.

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Loving Vincent   
(Animation, Biograghy)   
1hr 34min

Writer:  Dorota KobielaHugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel
Director:  Dorota KobielaHugh Welchman
Stars:  Douglas BoothJerome FlynnRobert Gulaczyk 
When: Monday, February 26, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by professional oil-painters who travelled from all across Europe to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings, is his passionate and ill-fated life, and mysterious death.

 Trailer:

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World    
(Documentary, Music)   
1hr 42min

Writer: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Director: Catherine Bainbridge Co-Director: Alfonso Maiorana
Stars: Mildred Bailey, Randy Castillo, George Clinton 
When: Monday, January 29, 2018 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
This powerful documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history-featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time-exposes a critical missing chapter, revealing how indigenous musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives and, through their contributions, influenced popular culture.

 Trailer:

 

 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  
(Documentary, History, Biography)
1hr 26min

Writer: Alexandra Dean
Director: Alexandra Dean
Stars:  Nino AmarenoCharles AmirkhanianJeanine Basinger 
When: Monday November 27, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr fled an oppressive marriage to create a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1940s. Behind the glamour and sex appeal, though, was a talented and inquisitive inventor who created a radio system that is now considered the basis of Bluetooth technology.

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A Quiet Passion   
(Biography, Drama)
2hr 5min

Writer: Terence Davies
Director: Terence Davies
Stars:  Cynthia Nixon, Emma BellSara Vertongen,
Rose Williams 
When: Monday October 30, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
A Quiet Passion is Terence Davies’ biographical drama about the celebrated American poet Emily Dickinson, starring Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive Emily, with Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine taking on the roles of Emily’s sister and father respectively. 

The film charts Emily’s life, from her youth as a strong-willed schoolgirl through to her increasingly isolated adulthood. It features Emily’s beautiful poetry as an accompaniment to her life story

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The Sense of an Ending   
(Drama, Mystery) 
1hr 48min

Writer: Julian Barnes (novel), Nick Payne (adaptation)
Director: Ritesh Batra
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter
When: Monday September 25, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Charlotte Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.

Trailer:

Maudie–Monday, June 26

Maudie   
(Biography, Drama, Romance)  
1hr 55 mins

Writer: Sherry White
Director: Aisling Walsh
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett
When: Monday June 26, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Academy Award® nominees Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky, Blue Jasmine) and Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) star in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Trailer:

 

Their Finest    
(Comedy, Drama, Romance) 
1hr 57 mins

Writer: Gaby Chiappe (screenplay), Lissa Evans (based on the novel “Their Finest Hour and a Half”)
Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
When: Monday May 29, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use “a woman’s touch,” the ministry hires Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin’s natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley (Sam Claflin). Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy). As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

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Denial   
(Biography, Drama) 
1hr 49 mins

Writer: David Hare (screenplay), Deborah Lipstadt
(based on the book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier”
Director: Mick Jackson
Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
When: Monday April 24, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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 Synopsis:
Based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier,” DENIAL recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s (Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz) legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Cannes Award winner Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system in Defamation, the burden of proof is on the accused, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Also starring two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson, the film is directed by Emmy Award winner Mick Jackson (“Temple Grandin”) and adapted for the screen by BAFTA and Academy Award nominated writer David Hare (THE READER).

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Love & Friendship   
(Comedy, Drama, Romance)

Director: Whit Stillman
Writer: Jane Austen (based on her novella “Lady Susan”), Whit Stillman
Stars:  Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
When: Monday March 27, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Set in the 1790s, earlier than most Austen tales, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP concerns beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who has come to Churchill, the estate of her in-laws, to wait out colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst ensconced there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and for her daughter, Frederica, played by Morfydd Clark.

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The Meddler  meddler-poster
(Comedy)

Director: Lorene Scafaria
Writer: Lorene Scafaria
Stars:  Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
When: Monday February 27, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others – as well as her own – and find a new purpose in life.

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The Dressmaker lmatm-dressmaker
(Drama)

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse
Writer: Rosalie Ham (novel), P.J. Hogan
Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth
When: Monday January 30, 2017 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $9 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
In early 1950s Australia, after working for many years as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, returns home to the tiny middle-of-nowhere town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past.

Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis), and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, Tilly sets out to right the wrongs of the past and transform the women of the town.

Based on Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel.

Preview:




 

A Tale of Love and Darkness   tale_of_love_and_darkness_ver3_xlg
(Biography, Drama)

Director: Natalie Portman
WriterNatalie Portman (screenplay), Amos Oz (memoir)
Stars: Natalie Portman, Shira Haas, Tomer Kapon
When: Monday October 31, 2016 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Based on the international best-seller by Amos Oz, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is the story of his youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man’s relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell, become the stories we live.

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Into the Forest   into-the-forest
(Sci-Fi, Drama; 1 hr 41 min)

Director: Patricia Rozema
Writer: Patricia Rozema and Jean Hegland
Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella
When: Monday October 31, 2016 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Set in the near future, this riveting and suspenseful apocalyptic drama follows two sisters, Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood) who live in the Pacific Northwest with their kindly father, Robert. Nell is focused on her studies and Eva is training to be a dancer, but their peaceful lives are disrupted one day by what turns out to be a continent-wide blackout. Whereas at first the family bond together and try to make the most of their difficult circumstances, as time goes on, the challenges become more serious. In the wake of a shocking and violent confrontation that Robert has with a menacing passerby, the sisters must work together in order to survive in their increasingly treacherous new world.

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The Man Who Knew Infinity
(Biography, Drama; 1 hr 48 min)

Director: Matthew Brown
Writer: Matthew Brown
Stars: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair
When: Monday September 26, 2016 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
Written and directed by Matthew Brown, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. The film also stars Devika Bhise, Stephen Fry and Toby Jones. This is Ramanujan’s story as seen through Hardy’s eyes.

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a-brilliant-young-mind - webjpgA Brilliant Young Mind
(Drama, Thriller; 95 min)

Director: Morgan Matthews
Writer: James Graham
Stars: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins
When: Monday June 27, 2016 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:

A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.

This heart-warming and life-affirming story follows the unconventional and hilarious relationship between student and teacher – whose roles are often reversed – and the unfathomable experience of first love – even when you don’t understand what love is.

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Barney Thompson -Poster -webThe Legend of Barney Thomson
(Comedy, Crime; 96 min)

Director: Robert Carlyle
Writer: Richard Cowan, Colin McLaren
Stars: Emma Thompson, Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone
When: Monday May 30, 2016 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:

Barney Thomson, awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber, lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from 0 to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer.

Barney is a hapless barber, devoid of charm and ‘patter’ as his fellow barbering brethren mockingly remind him. Barney’s mediocre, mundane life of plotting for a way up is about to be transformed, following a typically incompetent fit of pique, when he inadvertently stumbles into serial murder, and with it headlong into the trail of a grotesque series of killings gripping Glasgow. As he makes ham-fisted attempts to cover his tracks, he finds himself on the run from the bearish Detective Inspector Holdall and a testosterone-driven local Police task force at each others throats over the ongoing crimes. With his sanity threatening to unravel, Barney fatefully turns to his domineering, emasculating mother, the formidable Glaswegian ‘good-time girl’, Cemolina. There’s no turning back now and the path that lies ahead for Barney may yet be littered with more murderous consequences than he could have ever anticipated.

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Jimmy's Hall_OnesheetFINAL4915.inddJimmy’s Hall
(Drama; 109 min)

Director: Ken Loach
Writer: Paul Laverty
Stars:  Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry
When: Monday April 25, 2016  – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:

During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of Civil War. The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream…but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

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REMEMBER Poster-page-001 - webRemember
(Drama, Thriller; 95 min)

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer: Benjamin August
Stars: Christopher Plummer, Dean Norris, Martin Landau
When: Monday March 30 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person responsible for the death of his family.

Remember tells the story of Zev Guttman (Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer), a 90-year-old struggling with memory loss who is living out his final years in a serene retirement home. A week following the death of his beloved wife Ruth, he suddenly gets a mysterious package from his close friend Max (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau), containing a stack of money and a letter detailing a shocking plan. Both Zev and Max were prisoners in Auschwitz, and the same sadistic guard was responsible for the death of both their families-a guard who, immediately after the war, escaped Germany and has been living in the U.S. ever since under an assumed identity. Max is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.

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Grandma - Movie PosterGrandma
(Comedy, Drama, Family; 79 min)

Director: Paul Weitz
Writer: Paul Weitz
Stars: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden
When: Monday February 29 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter.

Lily Tomlin stars as Elle who has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when [her] granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing 600 bucks before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.

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Learning to Drive
(Comedy, Drama, Romance; 90 min)

Director: Isabel Coixet
Writer: Sarah Kernochan
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Grace Gummer
When: Monday January 26 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: General Admission $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Synopsis:
As her marriage dissolves, a Manhattan writer takes driving lessons from a Sikh instructor with marriage troubles of his own. In each other’s company they find the courage to get back on the road and the strength to take the wheel.


 

Director Isabel Coixet’s considerable body of cinematic work doesn’t fit easily into categories, but it is clearly unified by the theme of communication, our infinitely nuanced decisions about what we do and don’t say to each other. In her latest film, Learning to Drive, Coixet reunites with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley (with whom she worked on her 2008 film Elegy) to tell a story of two people who must reconfigure their emotional language in order to move forward into new lives.

Wendy (Clarkson), a successful and self-obsessed book editor, comes home to her New York City brownstone one day to find her husband Ted (Jake Weber, also appearing at the Festival in Hungry Hearts) leaving her — again. But this time it’s for good, and Wendy’s initial denial turns into grief, anger, and a hard determination to become self-sufficient. That means learning to drive so she can visit her daughter Tasha (Grace Gummer) at college in Vermont. Wendy’s determination wavers when she’s faced with the confusing reality of an automobile dashboard, but fortunately she has Darwan (Kingsley), the world’s most conscientious driving instructor. As Darwan guides Wendy through her automotive education, his patience invites her to open up about her problems. In turn, Wendy’s volatile feelings about her changing marital status serve to highlight Darwan’s deeply private concerns about his own impending marriage, and their relationship evolves in unexpected and touching ways.

Learning to Drive is a tender reminder that two people can achieve intimacy even in the unlikeliest of situations. In this highly observant and often sweetly funny film, Coixet allows her brilliant cast a great emotional expanse within which to move, and they take advantage of every mile.

Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet was born in Barcelona. Since her debut feature, Too Old to Die Young (89), she has directed Things I Never Told You (96), My Life Without Me (03), which played at the Festival, The Secret Life of Words(05), Elegy (08), Map of the Sounds of Tokyo (09), Another Me (13), and a segment of Paris, je t’aime (06). Learning to Drive (14) is her latest feature.

 

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What We Did On Our Holiday PosterWhat We Did on Our Holiday
(Comedy, Drama; 95 min)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
Stars: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter
When: Monday November 30 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: Adults $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Review:
Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It’s soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

Doug and Abi are taking their three children on a trip to Scotland for a big family gathering. They are in the midst of a difficult divorce, and have asked the kids to keep it a secret from their extended family. But as the inevitable feuds kick in, a completely unexpected turn of events involving the children causes further tensions to rise to the surface. And with the repercussions that ensue – hilarious and emotional in equal measure – the family are forced to put aside their differences and work together or else risk losing what they hold most dear.

 

I'll See You in my DreamsI’ll See You in My Dreams
(Comedy, Drama; 92 min)

Director: Brett Haley
Writer: Marc Basch, Brett Haley
Stars:Blythe Danner, Martin Starr, Sam Elliott
When: Monday October 26 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: Adults $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Review:
A widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age.

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. After the death of her beloved dog, Carol finds the everyday activities that have given her life structure – her regular bridge game, gardening, a glass of wine or two – have lost their luster. With the support of three loyal girlfriends, Carol decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man, pursuing a new love interest, and reconnecting with her daughter.

 

Boychoir Poster-page-001Boy Choir
(Drama; 103 min)

Director: François Girard
Writer: Ben Ripley
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Kevin McHale, Josh Lucas
When: Monday September 28 – 7:30 at Massey Theatre
Tickets: Adults $10 – Seniors/Students $8
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Review:
Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.

Stet is struggling to get by in a tough neighborhood with an overwhelmed single mom. His school principal is convinced his angelic singing voice is worth championing, but Stet has no idea how it might help him face his dark realities. A sudden accident lands Stet at one of the most elite private boychoir schools in the country. It may be his only hope, but he doesn’t fit in. He has never studied music and is filled with a rage he cannot express. Yet, Stet’s inner grit brings forth an astonishing sound. And the more he sings, the more his passion grows and he begins to catch everyone’s attention. At the same time, no boy singer’s voice can last – or survive adolescence. Change is coming, but with it, a lesson that endures: to make the absolute most of what you’ve got in the moment.

 

Boychoir Poster-page-001Summer is almost gone, sad to say. The good news is that our new Monday at the Movies season is here. And we have some interesting movies lined up.

Mark your calendar for the following:

September 28th – Boy Choir
October 26th – I’ll See You in My Dreams
November 30th – What We Did On Our Holiday

Note – these titles have been confirmed but are still subject to change…

Early Bird Movie Passes

Season passes for 2015/16 are still available for early bird price of $60 until September the 28th.Reservation for the passes can be made by phone (6o4-525-3244) or email and then you can pick up the pass at the September Movie.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
(Action, Adventure, Drama; 105 min)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
Stars: Kyle Catlett, Helena Bonham Carter
When: Monday June 29 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review:
A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

T.S. Spivet is a 10-year-old prodigy with a passion for cartography and scientific inventions. He lives on a ranch in Montana with his mother who is obsessed with the morphology of beetles, his father (a cowboy born a hundred years too late), and his 14-year-old sister who dreams of becoming Miss America. His twin brother Layton died in an accident involving a firearm in the family’s barn, which no one ever speaks of. T.S. was with him, measuring the scale of the gunshots for an experiment, and he doesn’t understand what happened. One day, T.S. receives an unexpected call from the Smithsonian museum telling him that he is the winner of the very prestigious Baird prize for his invention of a perpetual motion machine and that he is invited to a reception in his honor where he is expected to give a speech. Without telling anyone, he sets out on a freight train across the United States to reach Washington, D.C.

 

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Mr Turner
(Biography, Drama, History; 150 min)

Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Stars: Timothy Spall
When: Monday May 25 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review:
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner’s life.

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.

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The Imitation Game
(Biography, Drama, Thriller; 114 min)

Director: Morten Tyldum
Writer: Graham Moore
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
When: Monday Apr 27 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review:
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

 

 

 

 

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Grace of Monaco (Drama, biography 103 min)

Director: Olivier Dahan
Writer: Arash Amel (screenplay)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, André Penvern
When: Monday Mar 30 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review

Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated Wedding of the Century.

GRACE OF MONACO is an intimate snapshot of a year in the life of the twentieth century`s most iconic Princess – Grace Kelly – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III.

Official Trailer

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My Old Lady (Comedy 107 min)

Director: Israel Horovitz
Writers:  Israel Horovitz (screenplay), Israel Horovitz (play)
Stars: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith
When: Monday Feb 23 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review
Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge.

His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard (Maggie Smith), who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas) Click for Full Review.

Official Trailer

The Trip To Italy (Comedy 108 min)

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writer:  Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner
When: Monday Jan 26 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review
When London’s Observer commissions Coogan to write a series of restaurant reviews the egotistical  would-be superstar rounds up his cheerful friend Brydon to set out for La Bella Italia. Retracing the steps of the great romantic poets Percy Shelley and Lord Byron the pals pile into a quintessentially Italian Mini and take off from Piermonte to the son-dappled Amalfi Coast.

A savory mixture of character comedy, spectacular landscapes, the interaction with the surroundings, using ancient history as rich comedy fodder. The Trip to Italy is marvelous, witty fun and something for everyone.

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The Railway Man PosterDirector: Jonathan Teplitzky
Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay), Andy Paterson (screenplay)
Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård
When: Monday 24 7:30 at Massey Theatre – tickets at the door $9.

Review
On an afternoon in 1983, Eric Lomax (Colin Firth), a quiet, middle-aged radio and railway enthusiast meets bubbly Patti (Nicole Kidman) on a Scottish train. Their courtship is quick and a wedding soon follow, but on their wedding night, Patti finds that her groom has terrible nightmares that almost immobilize him and he won’t explain why.

Patti turns to Eric’s friend Finlay (Stellan Skarsgård), who tells her Eric’s secret: during WWII, along with thousands of other British soldiers captured by the Japanese, Eric was forced to work on the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway—the so-called Death Railway. When a secret radio he built was discovered, he was brutally tortured by a Japanese officer.

Though it’s decades later, Eric discovers the Japanese interpreter who tormented him is still alive and sets out to confront him in an effort to put closure on his haunted past.

Based on the bestselling memoir by Eric Lomax.

The Trailer

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The Grand Seduction
Director: Don McKellar
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Liane Balaban

Massey Theatre 7:30pm
tickets at the door $9.

120 terrible liars seeking one experienced doctor. The Grand Seduction a charming comedy in a jaw-dropping setting. A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract.

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Season passes for 2014/15  are still available for early bird price of $60 until September the 15th.

Reservation for the passes can be made by phone (6o4-525-3244) or email and then you can pick up the pass at the September Movie (Our Man in Teheran).

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Summer is almost gone, sad to say. The good news is that our new Monday at the Movies season is here. And we have some interesting movies lined up.

Mark your calendar for the following:

Note – these titles have been confirmed but are still subject to change…

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Our Man in Tehran
Directors: Drew Taylor, Larry Weinstein
Stars: Bob Anders, Joe Clark, William Daugherty
September 29

Review
Canadian filmmakers set the record straight with the help of real-life Canadian hero Ken Taylor, former ambassador to Iran, who was actually responsible for the high risk rescue of six U.S. citizens trapped in Iran.

Trailer

Tim’s Vermeer
 June 30 at 7:30 Massey Theatre
Directed by Teller
Starring: Tim Jenison, David Hockney

Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically – 150 years before the invention of photography?

Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces, to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen’s Vermeer.

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Philomena PosterPhilomena
May 26 at 7:30 Massey Theatre
Directed by Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), along with many other unwed women, was forced by Catholic authorities in 1950s Ireland to give up her child for adoption.

After 50 years of searching for her son without any luck, Philomena convinced a recently unemployed and unapologetically cynical journalist named Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) to help her.

Based on the celebrated book by Martin Sixsmith

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the invisible woman posterThe Invisible Woman
April 28th at 7:30 Massey Theatre
Directed by Ralph Fiennes
with actors: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

Based on Claire Tomalin’s nonfiction book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens

Nelly (Felicity Jones) is  haunted by the past. At 18, she met Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), then 45 and at the height of his career.

Nelly was a budding actress who had appeared in a play he’d adapted – and the two embarked on a relationship that had to be kept secret, given that he was married with 10 children.

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Twenty Feet from Stardom
March 31 7:30pm at the Massey Theatre
(tickets $9 at the door)

The oscar nominated Movie Twenty Feet from Stardom was on Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and shines the spotlight on the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the lat 20th century.

Twenty Minutes from Stardom is a tribute to the unsung voices that changed the sound of popular music, and a reflection on the sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others and standing next to the spotlight.

DIRECTOR – Morgan Neville
PRODUCER – Gil Friesen

Read the full synopsis…

Trailer

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Note: The schedule has changed since we put this post up (no matter how carefully we try and plan…)

We showed our first movie of the new season last night. It was “Before Midnight” – an interesting movie that requires some reflection afterwards.

Many of you asked what is coming next. So this is what we have so far – reviews for each will be posted closer to the time:

February 24th The Reluctant Fundamentalist
After graduating from Princeton a young Pakistani man named Changez (Riz Ahmed) tries to find success on Wall Street. However, he instead finds himself caught between the conflict of his American dream, a hostage crisis, and the call of his family’s homeland.

Based on Mohsin Hamid’s 2007 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the story centers around struggling between success in a new way of life and the ties to an old one.

March 31st –  Twenty Feet from Stardom
The oscar nominated Movie Twenty Feet from Stardom was on Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival and shines the spotlight on the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the lat 20th century. Twenty Minutes from Stardom is a tribute to the unsung voices that changed the sound of popular music, and a reflection on the sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others and standing next to the spotlight.

April 28th The Invisible Woman
In 1885 the newly reinvented Nelly (Felicity Jones) is a happily married mother and school teacher. Yet, she’s haunted by the past. At 18, she met Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), then 45 and at the height of his career. Nelly was a budding actress who had appeared in a play he’d adapted – and the two embarked on a relationship that had to be kept secret, given that he was married with 10 children.

Based on Claire Tomalin’s nonfiction book The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens.

May 26th – Philomena
Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), along with many other unwed women, was forced by Catholic authorities in 1950s Ireland to give up her child for adoption.

After 50 years of searching for her son without any luck, Philomena convinced a recently unemployed and unapologetically cynical journalist named Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) to help her. Based on the celebrated book by Martin Sixsmith.

 

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Before Midnight PosterBefore Midnight
January 26 at Massey Theatre

Building on the first two installments in Richard Linklater’s well-crafted Before trilogy, Before Midnight offers intelligent, powerfully acted perspectives on love, marriage, and long-term commitment.

Before Midnight is an upcoming American romance drama film and the sequel to Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004). Like its predecessors, the film was directed by Richard Linklater. As with the previous film, Linklater shares screenplay credit with both actors from the movies, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.(c)

Review by Rotten Tomatoes

Drama, Romance, Comedy R,  1 hr. 48 min.
Directed By: Richard Linklater
Actors: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy

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This month, come and watch Unfinished Song! For details…

Unfinished Song PosterUnfinished Song
November 25th 7:30
Principal Cast: Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, Christopher Eccleston

Official Selection, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®

The joyful and heartwarming Unfinished Song (formerly Song for Marion) brings together two icons of British cinema, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End, Julia) and Terence Stamp (The Limey, Billy Budd), as well as a new generation of talent represented by the always impressive Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe, Quantum of Solace).

Arthur (Stamp) is not an easy man to warm to. Grumpy and awkward at the best of times, he’s reached a point in his life so grim there seems little reason to smile anymore: his beloved wife Marion (Redgrave) is terminally ill. The indomitable Marion, however, refuses to let her condition get her down, and she continues to take great pleasure in singing with the local seniors’ choir. One rainy morning, while Arthur and Marion are still in bed, choir mistress Elizabeth (Arterton) brings the group out to serenade the couple with a rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.” Marion is delighted, but Arthur’s scowls send the singers scurrying away.

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Love Is All You Need PosterLove Is All You Need
October 28th 7:30pm
Principal Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Trine Dyrholm, Paprika Steen, Kim Bodnia, Molly Blixt Egelind

Official Selection, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Bier’s films have always been marked by their outstanding ensemble casts, and Love Is All You Need is no exception.

Dyrholm invests Ida with a nervous energy as well as warmth and humour. Brosnan delivers a delightful straight-man performance as the staid Philip, while Paprika Steen is simply uproarious as Philip’s lustful sister-in-law.

Hilarious, touching and inspiring, Love Is All You Need is a rousing toast to those who have the courage to transform their lives. It’s the rare love story that avoids excessive sentimentality.

 

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Still Mine Official PosterStill Mine
September 30th 7:30pm
Principal Cast: James Cromwell, Geneviève Bujold
Official Selection, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival®

Nominated for seven Canadian Screen Awards Cromwell, who won a Canadian Screen Award for this role, has never been more powerful or sincere than in his portrayal of Craig, a man of integrity and gentle determination.

Irene, Geneviève Bujold, creates an endearing woman who is both fragile and steadfastly willful. Driven by these deep performances, the story unfolds slowly and methodically as the camera sweeps from graceful landscapes to intimate interiors. The aesthetic is understated and beautiful, much like everything else about this moving film.

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The Arts Council presents  “Quartet”
by Dustin Hoffman
Massey Theatre June 24 at 7:30pm

Review:
Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it’s a star.

For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they’re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith)

For full review…

Stars:
Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly

 

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Midnight's Children PosterThe Arts Council presents Oscar nominated “Midnight’s Children”
by Canadian Producer Deepa Mehta
Massey Theatre May 27th at 7:30pm

Just as India has proclaimed independence from Great Britain on August 15, 1947 at the stroke of midnight, Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor Hindu woman, is born in a Bombay Hospital.

At the same time, in the same hospital, Shiva, the son of wealthy Muslims, is also born.

Knowing that she was condemning the rich born boy to a life of poverty, a nurse switches the two newborn babies. As Saleem grows up, he discovers he has telepathic powers, as do all of India’s other 1,000 “midnight’s children”. They can all speak to each other, but only Saleem has the power to bring them all together.

Saleem and Shiva lives wind up mysteriously intertwined as they grow up in an India far different than the one their parents grew up in.

The official movie trailer:

 

 

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The Arts Council Presents: “Picture Day”
Written & Directed By Kate Melville.
Massey Theatre April 29th 7:30pm

Kate Melville will be introducing her much acclaimed movie at the Massey and will be on hand for a Q & A session.

Award winner at Whistler, Toronto, Calgary, Victoria, Riverrun, Sudbury and Windsor Film Festival.

A rebellious teenager (Tatiana Maslany, Grown Up Movie Star) forced to repeat her last year of high school is caught between adolescence and adulthood — and between two very different male admirers — in this charming and vibrant debut feature from writer-director Kate Melville.

One of the most charming and vibrant debut features by a Canadian filmmaker in recent memory, Kate Melville’s Picture Day features rising star Tatiana Maslany as Claire Paxton, a teenage girl who has all the freedoms of adulthood but none of the responsibilities. Forced to repeat her last year of high school due to bad grades and absenteeism, Claire still prefers to cut class whenever feasible and spends her nights clubbing, living on the fringes of the adult world she’s almost part of.

Smoothly directed by Melville, Picture Day sketches a scruffier, less upscale version of the world inhabited by Noah Baumbach’s lost adolescents. The film is anchored by an extraordinary performance by Maslany, who more than delivers on the promise evident in Grown Up Movie Star. Together, Maslany and Melville have created a protagonist as unique, infuriating, complex and memorable as the heroines of New Waterford Girl, Emporte-moi or Double Happiness.

All pass holders are entitled to bring one guest for FREE! Meet Kate at Last Monday at the Movies, an event not to be missed!

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Anna Karenina
March 25

Jacqueline Durran won an Oscar for best Costume Design for Anna Kerenina.

Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s timeless novel, the story powerfully explores the capacity for love that surges through the human heart. As Anna questions her happiness and marriage, change comes all around her.

Anchored by Keira Knightley’s commanding performance and featuring an impressive supporting cast that includes Emily Watson Anna Kerenina is a dynamic and gorgeously rendered adaptation of the literary classic.

Monday, March 25th, Massey Theatre, 7:30pm , 130 minutes

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Beasts of the Southern Wild
Monday, Feb 25

“For once, you can believe the hype. Sundance narrative jury prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild was surely one of the best films at 2012’s (mostly mediocre) Sundance fest, and it’s an added feather in the Sundance cap that the project was nurtured for over three years in the Institute’s labs before filming began…”
Ray Greene – Box Office (full review…)

 

The Trailer:

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To Rome with Love
R, 1 hr. 52 min.
Comedy
Directed By:Woody Allen
Written By:Woody Allen

Monday, January 28
Massey Theatre

To Rome with Love is a kaleidoscopic comedy movie set in one of the world’s most enchanting cities. The film brings us into contact with a well-known American architect reliving his youth; an average middle-class Roman who suddenly finds himself Rome’s biggest celebrity; a young provincial couple drawn into separate romantic encounters; and an American opera director endeavoring to put a singing mortician on stage. (www.rottentomatoes.com)

First Position

November 26th. Massey Theatre 7:30pm
Docudrama
Director: Bess Kargman
Actors: Aran Bell, Michaela Deprince, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Rebecca Houseknecht.

Every year, thousands of aspiring dancers enter one of the world’s most prestigious ballet competitions, the Youth America Grand Prix, where lifelong dreams are at stake. In the final round, with hundreds competing for only a handful of elite scholarships and contracts, practice and discipline are paramount, and nothing short of perfection is expected

For full review click here

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Beginners

October 29th. Massey Theatre 7:30pm
Comedy
Director: Mike Mills
Actors: Christopher Plummer, Ewan McGregor,  Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic.

Beginners imaginatively explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (Ewan McGregor). Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Christopher Plummer) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. For full review clck here:

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Starting our new season we will be screening:  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Monday September 24th at 7:30pm at the Massey Theatre

A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.

Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Amr Waked

 

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TThe Artisthe Artist, screening on Monday June 25th at 7:30pm at the Massey Theatre.

Summary
In the 1920s, actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and, what’s more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress.

The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George’s career begins to fade while Peppy’s star rises.

Rating PG-13

The Artist, 10 Oscar nominations, Oscar for: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director. Three Golden Globes Awards

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My Week with Marilyn PosterMay 28

Starring Michelle Williams as the blond bombshell, this is as mercurial a film as its subject Marilyn Monroe, was a star.

Whatever the flaws, nothing else much matters since Williams is Marilyn, and Marilyn had a way of outshining everything around her. It is magnetic to watch the actress move seamlessly between the many faces of Monroe, the movie star she became, the wounded girl she was growing up.

Capturing those changing moods was challenging. But it is in revealing the complicated enigma of Monroe’s character, the intelligence that was always lurking behind the sexy pouts and poses, the unquenchable need for reassurance, that Williams is divine. The story is a true one, based on the diaries of the late arts documentary filmmaker Colin Clark. Directed by Simon Curtis, a veteran of U.K Films.

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Iron Lady PosterApril 30

Framing Mrs. Thatcher’s story the film depicts the once-commanding leader in the midst of senility, contrasting it with her historic rise through the ranks of Britain’s Conservative Party.

Like Ronald Reagan on our side of the pond, Mrs. Thatcher remains a polarizing figure, worshipped by the right and reviled by the left. Here, her fight against left-wing orthodoxy is depicted as ferocious and honorable. Much is made on-screen of Mrs. Thatcher’s smashing of the glass ceiling that kept British politics a virtual boy’s club.

Ms Streep and Mr. Broadbent’s moving performances of the eventful times of her political prime depicting her battles with unions and conduct of the Falklands War play well. In the title role, Miss Streep satisfies the three A’s required for an Academy Award: accent, affliction and appearance

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March 26th

“I’m helping horses with people problems.” Buck Brannaman

For those who love horses and if you don’t love them, this movie will make you love Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for the novel The Horse Whisperer and technical adviser to Robert Redford on the film of the same name. His results with horses, even with the feistiest and most deadly horses, are remarkably successful. Buck is a soft song of praise to a wrangler psychologist whose gift with horses defies analysis, so unassuming is he, so gentle that he appears not to be working at all. His interaction with humans is just as successful with clinics all over the West to show owners and trainers how to tame the liveliest colts. His loving relationship with his wife and daughter, who performs at rodeos with him, is a testimony to his belief that humans are key to the happiness of the animals.

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A quick reminder of our Monday Movie tomorrow (Feb 27) – The Way. For more information click here…

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January 30th, 2012

Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen and Adrian Brody.

The opening film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival “Midnight in Paris” is Woody Allen’s unapologetic love letter to the City of Light!

In Allen’s beguiling and then bedazzling new comedy, nostalgia isn’t all what it used to be…it’s smarter, sweeter, fizzier and ever so much funnier

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February 27th 2012, Starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez

“The Way” is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.

 Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.

Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life.”

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