Jan.29: King Vidor’s War & Peace

Saturday night, we will show one of the last great examples of Hollywood megalomania of its golden age. Co-produced and shot in Italy, King Vidor’s adaptation of War and Peace, based on Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel, is huge in every way: it staged two of the greatest starts of its time, Henry Fonda and Audrey Hepburn (Audrey Hepburn’s salary of three hundred fifty thousand dollars for this movie was the highest salary an actress had ever received to that date.), it is more than 3 hours (3:28 to be exact, hence the fact that we start the film earlier than our usual schedule) and between 5,000 and 6,000 Italian soldiers played extras (including sixty-five physicians, dressed as soldiers and scattered throughout the location to take care of any extras or stuntmen who might get injured during the filming of the battle scenes).

King Vidor received the last of his five Oscar nominations for the Oscar of Best Director and Jack Cardiff, its cinematographer, won Best Cinematography from the British Society of Cinematographers

Napoleon’s tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

”The film is done on an epic scale, with great sets, wonderful costumes (it received Oscar nominations for both and they were well-earned) and large battles on a grandiose scale.” Nighthawk

”The wonder of the production is that it has maintained cohesiveness and fluidity of story and also has given fullest accent to the size and sweep of Bonaparte’s armies at Austerlitz and Borodino. Life among the Russian aristocracy with its passion for good living and innate respect for the church in time of stress is brought into sharp focus.”  Variety.

Only two movies in our Classic Film Series this week,
Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.


Jan. 27: Howl’s Moving Castle

Only two movies in our Classic Film Series this week,
Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit Eventbrite.ca for advance tickets.

Friday night and Sunday afternoon, will have two screenings of Howl’s Moving Castle, an animated film directed by Hayao Miyazak (for that, we will pause our sunday Harry Potter series, We will resume it the following Sunday, January 27, with the screening of Harry Potter And the Goblet of Fire.)

Friday it will be shown in Japanese with english subtitles and the Sunday screening will be in english.

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a indulgent yet insecure young wizard. Along for the ride are his companions in his legged, walking castle.

“Admirers of [Hayao Miyazaki’s] work, which is wildly imaginative, emotionally intense and surpassingly gentle, will find much to appreciate in this film because it demonstrates, once again, his visual ingenuity and his sensitivity as a storyteller. For newcomers to his world, “Howl’s Moving Castle” is a fitting introduction to one of modern cinema’s great enchanters.” A.O. Scott, The New York Times wrote.

Jan. 13: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Jan 13, @ 3 pm
Alfonso Cuarón, 2004, 142 min.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

City Cinema: Admission $7

The film, which is the third installment in the Harry Potter film series, was directed by mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.

The story follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban intending to kill him.

Jan. 12: The Decline of the American Empire

The Decline of the American Empire
(Le déclin de l’empire américain)
Jan 12 @ 9:10 pm
Denys Arcand, 1986
Remy Girard, Dominique Michel, Dorothée Berryman
in french with english subtitles

City Cinema; Admission: $7

Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners spend a weekend in the countryside.

The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, nine Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and it was the first Canadian film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.


We have changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Jan. 11: Strangers on a Train


Strangers on a Train
Jan 11@ 9:10 pm
Alfred Hitchcock, 1951
Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker

City Cinema; Admission: $7
Strangers on a Train will be the 100th film of our current ”classic film series” and showing Hitchcock’s best film seemed to be the perfect way to mark the occasion! (or let’s say one of his best if we do not want to create controversy)
A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder

‘On an overall scale, Strangers on a Train succeeds effortlessly & ingeniously in sustaining its suspenseful atmosphere until the very end and also exhibits the artistic side of its legendary director. It’ll find a high spot whether you put it into the genre of crime, thriller or even film-noir, and with its strong visual themes & motifs, it’ll always remain a fascinating study in the art of filmmaking around the world.” CC

We changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Jan. 9: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Jan 9 @ 9:05 pm
Steven Spielberg, 1984
Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan

City Cinema; Admission $7

It is the second installment in the Indiana Jones franchise and a prequel to the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, featuring Harrison Ford reprising his role as the title character.

In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India and is asked to find a mystical stone.

We changed the price for the film in the ‘classic film series’ to $7 for a regular ticket or $5 for children under 14.
(Tickets are available at the door or on Eventbrite.ca)

Dec. 26 – Jan. 6: Holiday Lineup

Then for the holidays we are presenting a family film every day at 3PM. The prices for these films will be $7 for adults and $5 for children under 14.
– Tickets available at the door or on eventbrite.ca

City Cinema

The Princess Bride
Wednesday, Dec 26 (Rob Reiner, 1987)
with Robin Wright & Peter Falk

In this enchantingly cracked fairy tale, the beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, Sicilians and rodents of unusual size.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Thursday, Dec 27 (Mel Stuart, 1971)
with Gene Wilder

Eccentric candy man Willy Wonka prompts a worldwide frenzy when he announces that golden tickets hidden inside five of his delicious candy bars will admit their lucky holders into his top-secret confectionary. But does Wonka have an agenda hidden amid a world of Oompa Loompas and chocolate rivers?
The Goonies
Friday, Dec. 28 (Richard Donner, 1985)
Sean Austin, Corey Feldman, Josh Brolin

A young teenager named Mikey Walsh finds an old treasure map in his father’s attic. Hoping to save their homes from demolition, Mikey and his friends Data Wang, Chunk Cohen, and Mouth Devereaux run off on a big quest to find the secret stash of Pirate One-Eyed Willie.
The Iron Giant
Saturday, Dec. 29 (Brad Bird, 87 min.)

In the small town of Rockwell, Maine in October 1957, a giant metal machine befriends a nine-year-old boy and ultimately finds its humanity by unselfishly saving people from their own fears and prejudices.
The Never Ending Story
Sunday, Dec. 30 (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981)
with Barret Oliver & Noah Hathaway

While hiding from bullies in his school’s attic, a young boy discovers the extraordinary land of Fantasia, through a magical book called The NeverEnding Story. The book tells the tale of Atreyu, a young warrior who, with the help of a luck dragon named Falkor, must save Fantasia from the destruction of The Nothing.
Monday, Dec 31 (Penny Marshall, 1988)
with Tom Hanks & Elizabeth Perkins

A young boy, Josh Baskin, makes a wish at a carnival machine to be big. He wakes up the following morning to find that it has been granted and his body has grown older overnight. But he is still the same 13-year-old boy inside.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (A.k.a Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Wednesday, Jan 2 (Chris Columbus, 2001)
with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint & Emma Watson

An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Sunday, Jan 6 (Chris Columbus, 2002)
with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint & Emma Watson

An ancient prophecy seems to be coming true when a mysterious presence begins stalking the corridors of a school of magic and leaving its victims paralyzed.

Dec. 19: Castle in the Sky

This week, we only have one movie, Castle in the Sky, a superb animated film by Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki. And since this is our last presentation before Christmas, all the tickets for this projection will be $ 5.
– Tickets available at the door or on eventbrite.ca

Castle in the Sky
Wednesday Dec 19, 8:15 p.m.
in Japanese with English Subtitles
Hayao Miyazaki, 1986.

City Cinema; Admission $5.00

Dec. 16: Castle in the Sky

Castle in the Sky
Dec 16, 3 p.m., in English
Dec. 16, 9:10 p.m., in Japanese with Sub.
Dec 19, 8:15 p.m. in Japanese with Sub.
Hayao Miyazaki, 1986.

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. ‘’Castle in the Sky is Hayao Miyazaki’s second greatest achievement as a director and the first film to be released by Studio Ghibli. It is a culmination of everything he learned from Castle of Cagliostro and Nausicaa and merged into a rollicking adventure story full of wonderful characters and unforgettable set pieces.’’ Adam Cook

Special for the end of the semester for the Miyazaki film. Only $ 5 for UPEI and Holland College students (upon presentation of their student card.

Dec. 15: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Dec. 15, 9:10 p.m.
Steven Spielberg, 1981

City Cinema; Admission $10
The year is 1936 and the intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones sets out in search of the fabled Lost Ark of the Covenant, racing a bitter rival and his Nazi cohorts to the prize. Over the course of a hair-raising adventure, Indy endures explosions, spiders, snakes, booby traps, and bad guys in his quest to save the holy relic. Originally released in 1981 as a collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Raiders redefined the possibilities of adventure cinema.