May 18:The Secret of NIMH

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“This captivating and uplifting story centers on the suspenseful odyssey of Mrs. Brisby, a widowed mouse who is the mother of four. Timid and unsure of herself, she pursues a safe haven for her children… Eventually she enlists the help of a clan of intelligent rats that live in a phantasmagorical cavern… Bluth and his animators, bless them, chose to revive an endangered art form – classically detailed animation. They drew their characters exquisitely and gave them individual personalities. The entire ensemble – artists, actors, animals, and musicians – created something unique: the world’s first enjoyable rat race.” – Jeff Unger, Entertainment Weekly

May 16-19: Lost & Found

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“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

May 13-15: The Mustang

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“I’m not good with people,’ Roman Colman mumbles early on in The Mustang. That’s a fair understatement. Newly transferred to a Nevada state penitentiary, Roman is a seething, silent powder keg who can hardly be bothered to acknowledge other people even exist – until he explodes in sudden bursts of fury… So when a well-intentioned administrator helps get him into a program breaking the wild horses that run free in the nearby desert, it doesn’t seem promising; how can one feral animal tame another? That’s where a fellow inmate and a grizzled trainer (Bruce Dern) come in; it’s their job to draw Roman out, one painstaking paddock session at a time. Filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre brings a gorgeous, wide-open sparseness to her visual storytelling, but it’s largely Schoenaerts’ movie to carry. And the Belgian-born actor is immensely watchable.” – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

May 3, 4 & 5: Pogey Beach

May 3 and 4 at 9:05pm and May 5 at 7pm
POGEY BEACH
Directed by Jeremy Larter
Starring Celia Koughan, Robbie Carruthers and Ryan Cameron

“Pogey Beach follows the misadventures of recently arrived come-from-away Bethany Lockwood on Pogey Beach and her immersion in a world of drinking, dune screwing, crib playing, and cash jobs… Bethany quickly finds herself being courted by both the King of Pogey Beach, Gary Gallant, and Lyle MacDonald, spiritual pogey bum. Things turn sour when Bethany’s disapproving father sicks the Pogey Narcs on the beach and threatens their whole way of life… There’s a special place for this brand of over-the-top comedy that makes it exempt from all other rules. In the end, its ultimate value is in the number of belly laughs it gets, and Pogey Beach gets them. From Ryan Cameron’s sly Bricklyn roll-up and ‘hey hey hey,’ to Dennis Trainor’s shaved head, to every tiny cultural quirk that gets worked in, Pogey Beach is one ridiculous moment superseded by the next… Pogey Beach makes Prince Edward Island look like a great time. The film is likely to become a cult classic.” – Alex Cook, The East Magazine

May 1, 2, 3 & 4: Sir

May 1, 2, 3 and 4 at 7pm
SIR
Directed by Rohena Gera
Starring Tillotama, Ahmareen Anjun and Vivek Gomber
Showing in English and Hindi with English subtitles

“’Everyone has the right to follow their dreams’. It is with calm and delicacy that Rohena Gera explores this notion in Sir, a romantic tale set in the context of the immutable caste system in India… Young widow Ratna leaves her village and her younger sister for Bombay where she’s employed as a maid in a very tall and luxurious tower-block – in an apartment belonging to Ashwin, the son of a well-connected family… Ratna’s daily life revolves around work: the preparation of meals, housework in abundance, shopping for groceries… Her boss, ‘Sir’, is having a difficult time: he has broken up with his fiancée in the run up to their wedding… Developed along the ultra-classic lines of impossible love, Sir gently ushers the story along, calmly depicting the two castes and the evolution of the relationship between the two protagonists who, slowly but surely, move closer together. Theirs is a microcosm echoing Indian tradition and its slow evolution… The delicacy with which the subject is treated and the well-judged restraint shown by the film, won’t fail to delight fans of beautiful and simple love stories.” – Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

April 19 – 22: Inventing Tomorrow


April 19 at 7PM
April 20, 21 and 22 at 3PM
INVENTING TOMORROW
Directed by Laura Nix in 2018

Best Documentary Winner, Seattle International Film Festival

“I’ve seen more than a few documentaries in recent years addressing vital environmental issues, chief among them climate change, and they all have one thing in common: they’re terrifying. Not just for what they show of the damage that humankind has done and is doing to its only home, but also for the limited options (if any) that these films present to counter that damage… So it’s commendable that someone has tried to make a film about hope, and not pie-in-the-sky hope, either. Inventing Tomorrow takes a personal look at some scientists – not of the accredited adult variety but teenagers, international students working on projects to make things better. They are ‘the people who can fix it, and who are going to fix it,’ one of them says at the film’s opening. A couple of girls in Indonesia are trying to create a filtering system to reduce mining waste. Some boys in an industrial town in Mexico invent a photocatalytic paint that can make air pollutants nontoxic. A girl in Bangalore, India, once known as a ‘city of lakes,’ now not so much, is creating a water-testing app. A boy in Hilo, Hawaii, is conducting a study of arsenic in soil. They are all finalists in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Los Angeles in 2017, the year this was filmed. The movie offers an unguarded view of these smart, conscientious students… The subjects are winning and heartening, and their mission is one you just can’t take issue with.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

April 18 – 20: Spartacus

April 18 and 20 at 8:30PM
April 19 at 3PM
SPARTACUS
Directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1960
Starring Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons and Peter Ustinov

“Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning Technicolor ’Scope sandal saga – centred on a Roman slave revolt headed by Kirk Douglas’s titular folklore hero – has aged amazingly well… Needless to say, the film’s big Brit hitters – Peter Ustinov, Laurence Olivier and especially Charles Laughton – all make exceptional work of Dalton Trumbo’s reflective screenplay, while Kubrick himself handles the film’s mechanics of corruption with skill. This is widescreen, epic filmmaking on a massive scale… To see it once again on the big screen, in all its expansive glory, is a treat.” – Time Out

April 18 – 23: Gloria Bell


April 18 and 20 at 6:30PM
April 19 at 9PM
April 21, 22 and 23 at 7PM
GLORIA BELL
Directed by Sebastian Lelio in 2018
Starring Julianna Moore, Sean Astrin, Jeanne Tripplehorn and John Turturro

“Director Sebastián Lelio made history at the 2018 Academy Awards when he brought Chile its first ever Best Foreign Language Film prize… The title character in his joyful English-language remake of Gloria seems ordinary by almost any measure: A fiftysomething Los Angeles insurance agent, she drifts mostly unseen between her job and her apartment and her half-oblivious children – not so much mistreated as benignly erased by late middle age. But she still lives for the little things, like taking herself out to the dark discos where other like-minded anonymous boomers let themselves go on the dance floor. That’s where she meets Arnold (John Turturro), recently single and almost instantly smitten – though not perhaps as available, or as worthy, as he seems. Through it all, Gloria carries on: singing wildly along to her car radio, chatting amicably through a bikini wax, getting stoned alone on the living-room floor. And Moore – vulnerable but undauntable – lives every moment in her skin, fantastic to the last glorious frame.” – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

April 17th: National Canadian Film Day

Hello all, it’s a special week at the Cinema!

TODAY, this Wednesday, is NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY!

For that, it will be free admission to all three shows today!

4:55 PM
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee in 2005
Starring Michel Cote, Danielle Proulx, Marc-Andre Grondin
In French with English subtitles

This film won Best Canadian Feature, Toronto International Film Festival for People’s choice award, American Film Institute Festival for People’s Choice and Atlantic Film Festival.

“A boundlessly energetic coming-of-age story set during the Age of Aquarius, Jean-Marc Vallée C.R.A.Z.Y. lives up to its name, carving out a psychedelic swirl of period pop culture that incorporates Patsy Cline, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Bruce Lee and Charles Aznavour on the same lively canvas… Canada’s official Oscar submission for best foreign-language feature manages keep up the entertaining yet emotionally satisfying pace sufficiently to earn audience accolades… Taking place in the noisy home of a middle-class Montreal family, the picture describes the sexually confused life and times of Zachary Beaulieu, the fourth of five sons born on Christmas Day 1960 to a Patsy Cline-loving, chain-smoking father and well-meaning mother, who always seems to be pressing grilled cheese sandwiches with her trusty iron. Caught between not wanting to disappoint his parents (his mother believes he has a gift to heal the sick), feuding with his drug-dealing older brother and ultimately being true to himself, Zac finds inspiration, first in Bowie’s Space Oddity and then in the punk rock movement. In addition to boasting a uniformly winning ensemble, an agreeably propulsive tempo and a killer soundtrack, the Montreal native’s fourth film, written with Francois Boulay, is equally impressive in its scrupulous attention to period authenticity, which production designer Patrice Bricault-Vermette captures right down to the smallest crumb. Even amid all that cigarette smoke, you’d swear you could smell the Cheez Whiz.” – Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter. “An achingly emotional and funny portrait.” – The Toronto Sun. “Expect to hear plenty about this exhilarating Quebec drama, which is already being touted as the province’s most promising cinematic export since The Barbarian Invasions. Actually, it’s better…C.R.A.Z.Y. is so sure-footed it barely touches ground.” – Eye Magazine

7:30 PM
MEATBALLS
Directed by Ivan Reitman in 1979
Starring Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin and Kate Lynch

Rudy goes to summer camp full of rowdy teenagers. The head counsellor is Tripper Harrison, the prank pulling, girl seducing, fun lover, teasing both his boss and the counsellors at the nearby rich kids camp. He and everyone else are sick and tired of always losing the Camp Olympics every year, and Tripper must encourage all campers to try their hardest, and even convince young Rudy that this may be his chance to feel better about himself.
—Wallace Entertainment

9:35
DEAD RINGERS
Directed by David Cronenberg in 1988
Starring Jeremy Irons, Genevieve Bujold and Heidi von Palleske

Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.
—Shannon Patrick Sullivan

April 5th – 7th: Gbeck Future Film Screening

We are excited to announce we are hosting the Gbeck Future Film Festival! With five films Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. also Saturday and Sunday at 4pm.

Youth, future, and new films! Gbeck Future Film Festival is a large-scale competition of original films created by filmmakers from around the world. The Gbeck competition is designed to discover and support young filmmakers.

The list of winners of the fifth Gbeck Future Film Festival will be announced in Beijing in April 2019. At the same time, from April 5-7, the Gbeck Future Film Festival will present the winning films at City Cinema in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The presentation of the top films in Charlottetown will serve to promote multicultural exchanges and develop the cultural sector in Prince Edward Island.

The films are produced mainly by young Chinese filmmakers and all films have English-language subtitles. The films are categorized as drama, documentary or animation and they range in length from three minutes to two hours. Each screening will last about two hours in total and the sessions are themed, with topics such as “A feast for the eyes,” or “Family affection.”