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Rich Hill

(2014, 91 mins, DCP)
Directors:
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Aug 29 06:20 pm
Aug 30 05:40 pm
Sep 03 08:30 pm
Sep 04 04:00 pm

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1393). O! the highway, next to the railroad track. Andrew, 14, works on his bike, talks dreams with his dad, practices dance moves with his twin sister. He’s just like a lot of American teenagers, except that his days are often also about survival. Harley, 15, lives with his grandma and eight other members of his extended family because his mom is in prison for attempted murder. Still, Harley is the "first guy in the room to crack a joke and make you laugh when you least expect it." Appachey, 12, dreams of becoming an art teacher in China and finds solace in skateboards – and, despite his smarts, has had to repeat the 6th grade, which doesn’t fix all the things that are broken in his life.

These boys can be tough – they know how to walk with a clenched-jaw stare, like they have nothing to lose. But when you get to know them up-close, you see their insight, their humor, and their determination to survive. And despite the isolation and brutality of their circumstances, their hope for a brighter future persists. They imagine that their hard work will be rewarded, and that, although there is no road map or role model, even they can live the American dream.

Reminiscent of a non-fiction film by Terrence Malick, Rich Hill draws on more than 400 hours of footage the filmmakers shot with the boys. The result is intimate, authentic and unexpectedly transcendent.

"A truly moving and edifying film, Rich Hill is the type of media object that could and should be put in a time capsule for future generations." Katie Walsh, The Playlist (Indiewire)

"Open-hearted….deeply empathetic." Peter Debruge, Variety

"Often heartbreaking." Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter

The Double

(2013, 93 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, James Fox
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Aug 22 06:45 pm
Aug 23 06:45 pm
Aug 24 05:45 pm
Aug 25 06:45 pm
Aug 26 06:45 pm
Aug 27 06:45 pm
Aug 28 06:45 pm
Sep 06 04:45 pm
Sep 08 06:30 pm

Jesse Eisenberg take 2: here he’s timid office worker Simon James, a non-person to most, including the lovely Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), a co-worker who is also the apple of his eye. Enter charismatic young hotshot James Simon (Eisenberg again). No one seems to notice he’s the spitting image of Simon, and though at first he feigns a certain friendliness to his near-namesake, it’s not long before the new man has begun to take over his job, his apartment, his girl, his entire life…

A tour-de-force from Eisenberg, who has great fun playing up and against his nerdball image, the film is also a virtuoso exercise in existential black comedy from the supremely talented comic actor-turned-director Richard Ayoade (more familiar, probably, from The IT Crowd, than his directorial debut Submarine), who riffs cheekily on Kafka according to Welles and Gilliam, with a side order of Jeunet’s Delicatessen thrown in. Co-written by Harmony Korine’s brother Avi from the Dostoevsky novella, The Double has style to spare - but it’s at least as chilling as it is funny, and all parts in-between.

"As a pure head-trip visual and auditory experience it feels like one of the biggest discoveries, and biggest surprises, of 2014." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

"Daring, hilarious and wickedly clever." The Playist (Indiewire)

Night Moves

(2013, 112 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Alia Shawkat, Logan Miller
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Aug 22 08:30 pm
Aug 23 08:30 pm
Aug 24 07:45 pm
Aug 26 08:30 pm
Aug 27 08:30 pm
Aug 28 08:30 pm
Sep 06 02:30 pm

"Josh (Jesse Eisenberg) is one of three eco-terrorists who plan to blow up a local hydroelectric dam. His fellow-conspirators are Dena (Dakota Fanning), a shrewd rich girl who works at a health spa, and Harmon (Peter Sarsgaard), a cynical ex-marine who has taken part in such capers before. Their ideas are rather simple and not that far from despair. They know that they can’t stop the degradation of the environment and the overconsumption of power, yet they are outraged that the dam is providing electricity and water for luxuries like the myriad local golf courses."

"[…] The physical action in the movie is detailed, weighted, palpable. You watch with amazement and dread as the conspirators mix ammonium-nitrate fertilizer with fuel, load it into a boat, and steer the boat to the edge of the dam. The ambivalence grows as you gaze at the natural Oregonian magnificence that surrounds them (photographed with sombre beauty by Christopher Blauvelt): they are both protectors and violators of the environment, both righteous and criminal. What happens at the dam, filmed at night, with only shimmering light, is the most nerve-racking sequence in recent movies." David Denby, The New Yorker

Kelly Reichardt Filmography:

River of Grass (1994); Old Joy (2006); Wendy and Lucy (2008); Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

"Night Moves is a film of deliberate, gnawing intensity and focus." Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Sharp and haunting." AO Scott, New York Times

Peter Gabriel: Back to Front (Live in London, October 2012)

(2013, 97 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Peter Gabriel, David Rhodes, Tony Levin, David Sancious, Manu Katche, Linnea Olsson
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Aug 25 08:30 pm

Peter Gabriel has always been at the forefront of innovative ways to meld his music with film, video and stage craft (Robert Lepage is a frequent collaborator). Filmed at London’s O2 in October 2012, this film captures the stunning Back to Front live show - primarily showcasing the best selling album So - but also contains interviews with the man himself and all the touring band to give the viewer an intimate portrait of Peter and a not-to-be-missed cinematic experience.

Set list includes: Red Rain, Sledgehammer, Don’t GIve Up, Big Time, In Your Eyes, Solsbury Hill and Biko.

Don Giovanni, from The Royal Opera House

(2014, 190 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Mailn Bystrom, Dawid Kimberg, Véronique Gens, Antonio Poli, Elizabeth Watts, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Classification:
Tickets $22. This theatre is a popcorn free zone for the opera!

Showtimes

Sep 21 02:30 pm
Oct 15 07:00 pm

Kasper Holten, ROH Director of Opera, presents a mesmerizing new production of Mozart’s sublime tragicomedy. The impulsive and charismatic Don Giovanni travels through Europe seducing women, accompanied by his long-suffering servant Leporello. When he commits murder, he unleashes vengeance from beyond the grave.

190 minute running time includes one intermission.

La Boheme, from The Royal Opera House

(2014, 160 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Dmytro Popov, Maija Kovalevska, Stefania Dovhan, Audun Iversen. Conductor Mark Elder.
Classification:
Tickets $22. Popcorn is not permitted in the theatre for opera shows.

Showtimes

Aug 24 02:30 pm
Sep 10 07:00 pm

A lost key and an accidental touch of cold hands in the dark – so begins one of the great romances of all opera. Teeming with period detail, John Copley’s definitive production of this much-loved opera is traditional opera at its best. From a shabby garret to the bustling Café Momus to a snowy courtyard at dawn, this minutely observed panorama of 1830s Parisian life, beautifully designed by Julia Trevelyan Oman, conjures emotions and atmosphere ranging from joy to tragedy, in large-scale crowd scenes and intimate tableaux.

Puccini no doubt drew on his own student escapades – which anticipated his later reputation as a legendary bon viveur – for the robust humour of the comic scenes. And in his depiction of the tender and ultimately tragic love between Mimì and Rodolfo, Puccini achieved an immediacy, warmth and humanity that have rarely been equalled.

160 minute running time includes two intermissions

Nabucco, from The Royal Opera House

(2014, 170 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Plácido Domingo, Andrea Caré, Vitalij Kowaljow, Liudmyla Monastyrska.
Classification:
170 minute running time includes one intermission.
Tickets $22. Popcorn is not permitted in the theatre for opera shows.

Showtimes

Jul 27 02:30 pm
Aug 13 07:00 pm

Daniele Abbado explores themes of identity, exile and religion in a powerful staging of Verdi’s epic opera. War has broken out between the Babylonians and Israelites. The Israelites have captured Fenena, younger daughter of the Babylonian King, Nabucco. In revenge, Nabucco vows to destroy Jerusalem, aided by the vengeful Abigaille.

170 minute running time includes two intermissions

“Domingo’s career, 42 years at Covent Garden and counting, continues to be a wonder of the age.” The Guardian

En Route film festival

Program Running Time 120 min.

Jul 29 07:30 pm

Films in Program

(120 mins)

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

The enRoute Film Festival is free. Doors open to the public at 7pm, and seating is limited - first come, first served.

This year’s jury includes filmmakers Louise Archambault, Jennifer Baichwal, Guy Maddin and Don McKeller.

For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.

2014 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival

(120 mins)
Classification: 19+

Showtimes

Jul 29 07:30 pm

The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival will showcase emerging Canadian short film talent on Air Canada flights around the world from August 1 to December 31, 2014. All 20 selected shorts will be announced at a free public screening and after-party at Vancity Theatre on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. PT. The event will be hosted by ETALK anchor Tanya Kim.

The enRoute Film Festival is free. Doors open to the public at 7pm, and seating is limited — first come, first served.

This year’s jury includes filmmakers Louise Archambault, Jennifer Baichwal, Guy Maddin and Don McKeller.

For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.

This is a non-ticketed event and the film screenings are free. No reservations.

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