March 23rd – 26th: Lost and Found

March 23, 9:10 pm \ March 24 at 7pm \ March 25 at 7pm \ March 26 at 7PM
Directed by Ireland’s Liam O Machain
Starring Liam O Machain, Norma Sheahan and Brendan Conray

Another great movie for the whole family!
“In the irresistibly sweet Lost & Found, seven stories interweave with the common factor being the lost and found office of an Irish train station… It all begins when Daniel starts a new job there… His first day sees a wide array of unusual items being handed in or picked up. From wallets to babies, he’ll see it all. But the stories mostly come from the people that own the items, including a heartfelt tale involving Daniel himself and a bracelet his grandmother used to own… There’s a healthy dose of humour among the personal drama too… A spectacularly botched proposal will be easy to relate to for anyone whose ever tried to plan a surprise, and the grand opening of a refurbished pub takes an unusual turn. Lost & Found is an intimate celebration of life and the fragile nature of it all… Even if they don’t always work out the way you want it to, things will be alright in the end.” Sean Burton, Review Avenue.

Winner, Best Foreign Feature, Arizona International Film Festival

March 23: How to Talk to Girls at Parties

March 23 at 7pm
Directed by John Cameron Mitchell
Starring Alex Sharp, Elle Fanning and Ruth Wilson

“Since it’s set in 1977, when punk met the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, I thought I knew exactly where How To Talk To Girls At Parties was heading as three band-loving schoolboys try to gatecrash a post-gig after-party. But their hosts are… well, a little odd. Are they fashion students, conceptual artists, a cult? Or something altogether stranger? Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman, this is gloriously bonkers, with a charming central performance from Elle Fanning.” – Matthew Bond, the Daily Mail

March 8: International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8th, for International Women’s Day, we have prepared a special program of two films directed by women. First at 6:30 PM, we will screen Capernaum, a Lebanese film directed by Nadine Labaki. Ms. Labaki won the Jury Prize this year at the Cannes Film Festival and her film was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film.

And then, at 9:05 PM, we will present Wonder Woman directed by Patty Jenkins. This is the first female-directed live-action film to have a $100 million+ budget and with is worldwide box office of $821.8 million, it became the highest-grossing movies directed by a Woman.

All the tickets for the classic movies and the newer releases, can now be bought online on the City Cinema website (
Online tickets are available until 12 noon the day of any given showing, after that, purchases should be made at the door!

Feb. 6: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Wednesday, February 6, at 8:35, we are screening Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. We had to cancel the screening of this film back in January due to a storm. Let’s hope that this time, the weather will allow it.

    In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

” This movie is one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It’s a roller-coaster ride, a visual extravaganza, a technical triumph, and a whole lot of fun. ”   Chicago Sun-Times – Roger Ebert

Feb. 3: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

As part of the Harry Potter series you can catch Harry Potter and Order of the Pheonix, Sunday, February 3, at 3pm.
Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix marks the arrival of David Yates in the director’s seat and since then, he directed all the films of the series of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts

With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts.

”For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.”  New York Magazine, David Edelstein

Jan. 27: 3 pm Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; 9:10 pm Pale Rider

This week we are presenting two films and both will be shown in the same one day!

Sunday afternoon, at three o’clock, we resume our Harry Potter series with the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It’s the only film in the series directed by Mike Newell, the director of Four Weddings and a Funeral.

A young wizard finds himself competing in a dangerous tournament between rival schools of magic, but he is distracted by recurring nightmares.

Starting with a frightening gallery of skulls out of which emerges a menacing snake, the first shots of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire“, directed by Mike Newell, are already tainting the atmosphere with an unusually disturbing darkness. Yes even by Hogwarts’ standards, there’s something quite unsettling in the opening flashback.” Sed. Dine

At 9:10, we will present Clint Eastwood’s third western as a director and his first film to be shown in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Pale Rider is a tribute from Clint Eastwood to one of his favourite movies, George Stevens’ Shane.

A mysterious preacher protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

”Clint Eastwood has by now become an actor whose moods and silences are so well known that the slightest suggestion will do to convey an emotion. No actor is more aware of his own instruments, and Eastwood demonstrates that in “Pale Rider,” Clint Eastwood is the director, and having directed himself in nine previous films, he understands so well how he works on the screen that the movie has a resonance that probably was not even there in the screenplay. ”Roger Ebert

” “Pale Rider” is a Western with such an aura, such an attitude and such a stance over the Western myth that it’s almost a miracle it could flirt with self-consciousness while never sinning by it. Clint Eastwood might be the only director still capable of such miracles. ” Sed. Dine

Tickets at the door, cash only, $7, or visit for advance tickets.
(children’s tickets are $ 5 at the door only)

Charlottetown Film Society fundraising campaign

The Charlottetown Film Society was established in 2012 with a primary objective to purchase City Cinema in downtown Charlottetown and to continue to operate it as a non-profit. The Society hopes to complete the purchase and assume the operation of the Cinema by early 2019. A fundraising campaign has been launched to support the final step of that journey.

In 2018 the Society was approved as an official registered charity by Canada Revenue Agency, so can now provide receipts for your income tax filing. All donations will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes. A donation of $1000 will be acknowledged on a wall plaque in the cinema foyer.

To all who are not yet members of the Charlottetown Film Society, it is never too late to become one.

For more information about the Charlottetown Film Society, its mandate, and the fundraising campaign,

To donate visit

The Buzz, Jan. 2019

The Buzz, Jan. 2019: Charlottetown Film Festival goes forward

The annual Charlottetown Film Festival (ChFF) operates under the auspices of The Charlottetown Film Society. The event showcases and celebrates remarkable works by filmmakers from PEI and Atlantic Canada. The Festival is typically held in October and most recently showcased 65 regional films over three days.

Since its inception four years ago, Executive Director Cheryl Wagner has brought her extensive experience to organizing this event. She began her career as a performer in both theatre and on screen and her resume includes roles as a puppeteer on both Mr. Dressup and Fraggle Rock, as creator and show runner of The Big Comfy Couch, as well as writer for Gemini Award and Emmy Award-winning television programs.

Wagner noted that “opening night this year featured three Island documentaries which included the popular The Song and the Sorrow. These three wonderful documentaries were all directed by Island women and, in fact, it was an unexpected surprise to realize that there was gender parity among all participating directors in this year’s Festival.”

The Free Family Matinee on Sunday at noon was another favourite aspect of this year’s Festival. Presented by The City of Charlottetown, the matinee featured three Eckhart episodes produced by Charlottetown’s Cellar Door Productions. “Children can follow Eckhart the mouse artwalk around Charlottetown. He is full of curiosity and wonder and who isn’t! I would like to see the Eckhart episodes as a standard so that children on PEI can see their world on the big screen,” said Wagner.

Categories of the films shown included: PEI’s Emerging Filmmakers, Atlantic Shorts, Atlantic Shorts for Grownups, and Doc Here. Winner of the people’s choice award was Prince’s Tale by Nfld director Jamie Miller.

Wagner is currently preparing for the upcoming fifth Festival and says that sponsorship opportunities will be available for each category. She added that “there is now a program available through Film PEI called Film 4Ward and four short films will be made. I am looking forward to our celebrating them at the 5th annual Charlottetown Film Festival!” She is also looking forward to those lively receptions for film fans and filmmakers at The Merchantman’s Next Door, now a tradition.

For information about the Festival as well as sponsorship opportunities, visit Cheryl Wagner can be contacted directly through the website.

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 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 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.