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Duration: 88 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 06 06:30 pm
Nov 07 08:10 pm
Nov 08 07:20 pm
Nov 09 06:30 pm
Nov 10 08:30 pm
Nov 11 02:45 pm
Nov 12 04:00 pm

Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Stone reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual.

Duration: 112 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Canada, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 29 04:00 pm

In 1971, a group of friends sail from Vancouver into a nuclear test zone, and their protest captures the world’s imagination. The Greenpeace story is vividly and dramatically told in Jerry Rothwell’s riveting documentary, a movie that reminds us of the central role Vancouver played in the foundation of the modern environmental movement, as well as the often difficult path that movement has followed over the years. Featuring candid interviews with Paul Watson, Patrick Moore and Rex Wyler, never-before-seen archival footage, and the music of Pink Floyd, Leonard Cohen, Jodi Mitchell, Brigitte Bardot, Country Joe Mcdonald & The Fish and Can.

USA

Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1976
Series:
Late Shows

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Aug 29 10:30 pm

Scorsese’s hallucinatory nightmare of New York at its seediest, sleaziest 70s nadir is a potent, even toxic work, but a cinematic classic all the way. In an iconic role, De Niro is Travis Bickle, a neo-noir Viet-vet trying to rise up above the scum lapping up on the streets by any means necessary.

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 12 09:15 pm

A man (played by avant garde filmmaker James Benning), father of two sons by two wives, calls his fractured family to his disheveled home. He informs them of his state of health, and requests their help in committing suicide. The film reveals the impact on the family as they confront their father/husband. The means by which this evoked is visual and poetic, expressed tonally rather than as plot.

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 12 07:00 pm

American filmmaker Jon Jost is an uncompromising artist whose work stands apart not only from the Hollywood mainstream, but also from the off-Hollywood pseudo-independent sector. Jost has been remarkably prolific since switching from 35mm film to digital video in the late 90s - his website lists 20 feature length works in as many years. Distribution of this late work has been piecemeal at best, but judging by the two films we are screening this evening it deserves to be widely seen, enjoyed, and discussed. Both are narrative features, and even if Jost employs very different storytelling strategies from those we are used to these remain direct, accessible portraits of the emotional landscape in the American heartlands, distilled and dissected with singular clarity and insight. We are delighted to welcome Jon Jost to VIFF Vancity Theatre for these shows and acknowledge the support of Cineworks.

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 11 06:30 pm
Sep 12 04:20 pm
Sep 14 06:30 pm
Sep 15 08:45 pm
Sep 16 06:30 pm
Sep 17 08:45 pm
Sep 20 05:10 pm

The most electrifying and influential American actor of the Twentieth Century, Marlon Brando never wrote an autobiography, but he recorded a vast archive of tapes: memories, ruminations, philosophy and personal observations, which have never been made public - until now.

"Listen to Me Marlon is the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film, and it’s no coincidence that it’s about film’s greatest and most searching actor." David Edelstein, New York Magazine

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 17 06:30 pm

An artist talk by filmmaker / media artist / activist Jason DaSilva. Mr. Da Silva is the director of the award-winning film When I Walk (2013), which played at VIFF two years ago. Using the chronology of the past ten years, DaSilva explains how his work shifted thematically after he was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis at the age of twenty-five. By examining his video pieces, he analyzes the relationship between disability and identity through the lens of his personal perspective and art. DaSilva will show excerpts of his past work, and a preview of AXS map project happening in Vancouver Saturday, September 19th.

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1997
Series:
Hecklevision!: Bad Movies We Love

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Sep 11 10:45 pm

For anyone who felt that the problem with Jaws was the whole shark thing: a 40 foot killer snake picking off a documentary crew as they make their way through the Amazon rainforest. There is an all-star cast to contend with the eponymous CGI villain (J-Lo, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson), but for connoisseurs of bad acting Anaconda will always be prized for the scenery chewing antics of a bugged out Jon Voight.

Copresented with Northwest Comedy, this screening will be shown in Hecklevision: allowing you, the audience, to text your running commentary, barbs, put downs and snark up there on the screen.

Vancity Theatre is licensed for the sale of alcohol.

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1954
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 20 03:00 pm

Marlon Brando’s definitive performance as Terry Malloy, a New York dockworker (and once a promising boxer) who loses faith in his union and his smarter but corrupt older brother Charlie (Rod Steiger) after a whistleblower is murdered. Directed on location with staggering fervor by Elia Kazan, On the Waterfront transcends its blunt ideological premise through the sensitivity of its playing… Without this movie we’d probably never have had Mean Streets or Raging Bull, The Godfather or The Wire.

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 18 06:15 pm
Sep 19 04:15 pm
Sep 19 08:40 pm
Sep 20 07:10 pm

This satisfying, ingenious mystery thriller finds unexpected new notes in some old tunes. Aki (Ayako Fujitani) is a conflicted Japanese crime novelist who flees a press junket in Tokyo and hops a flight to San Francisco. She meets a handsome young man in the hotel bar, but his susden disappearance propels her into a noir-tinged murder mystery worthy of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1986
Series:
Late Shows

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Oct 30 10:30 pm
Oct 31 04:00 pm

"Feed me!" Levi Stubbs from the Four Tops provides the vocal chords for Audrey, a personable plant with vampiric tendencies in this irrepressibly dark but gleefully funny musical comedy. Steve Martin has a show-stopping turn as a sadistic dentist, but even he is upstaged by Bill Murray’s masochistic patient - while Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene are unexpectedly, genuinely, touching as the lovers caught up in mayhem. Showing here in both the darker, Director’s Cut (late show, 19+ only) and the original PG 13 theatrical release (Saturday matinee).

Duration: 118 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2000
Series:
Hecklevision!: Bad Movies We Love

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Oct 16 10:45 pm

In what could be construed as a cry for help, John Travolta made it his mission to bring Scientology leader L Ron Hubbard’s sci-fi novel to the screen. He succeeded only too well. The movie was a big budget disaster. Travolta stars as a 9 foot tall alien (a Psychlos) lording it over the humans in a Rasta wig and KISS boots. Fortunately Vancouver’s own Barry Pepper is on hand to win the world back for mankind.

Copresented with Northwest Comedy, this screening will be shown in Hecklevision: allowing you, the audience, to text your running commentary, barbs, put downs and snark up there on the screen.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2004
Series:
Hecklevision!: Bad Movies We Love

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Nov 07 10:00 pm

A furrball of a comic book movie, Catwoman was originally mooted as a spinoff for Michelle Pfeiffer after 1993’s Batman Returns. A decade, several actresses, and 28 screenwriters later, Catwoman emerged as an entirely new conception, a meek graphic designer, Patience Phillips, working at a large cosmetics company run by Lambert Wilson and Sharon Stone. Their latest product line is anti-aging cream - yep, that’s what this movie is about. As Den of Geek put it, this is a "weird mish-mash of The Crow and The Devil Wears Prada", with PG-13 friendly leather s/m trimmings. Miaow!

Duration: 80 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 14 04:00 pm
Nov 15 05:30 pm
Nov 16 06:30 pm
Nov 19 01:00 pm
Nov 19 09:00 pm

“We’ve come this evening to bring you some joy, happiness, inspiration, and some pos-i-tive vi-brations,” Mavis Staples tells concertgoers at the opening of this irresistible portrait of the irrepressible gospel/soul legend – a vow the movie delivers aplenty. Guided by her father, Pops, The Staples Singers married gospel and delta blues in the 50s; sang Freedom songs for the civil rights movement in the 60s; and topped the Billboard charts with “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There” in the 1970s. Interviewees include Bob Dylan and Jeff Tweedy but it’s Mavis’s huge voice that does the real talking. You’ll have a blast.

Duration: 87 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 29 02:00 pm

“One of the year’s best films. An urgent, illuminating dive into the headwaters of second-wave feminism. Wise, moving, upsetting, and sometimes funny. That defiant sisterhood changed the workplace, our sexual politics, our language. She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is the best filmed account of how that happened you could ever expect to see.”

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: USA,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 30 03:00 pm

Join noted curator and Prelinger Archives content editor Bill Taylor as we take a trip through the heyday of industrial films, with a special emphasis on music! The novel idea of phone colors is introduced in "Once Upon A Honeymoon", "In My Merry Oldsmobile" is a Fleischer Studios animated salute to the car, featuring many ribald ideas you couldn’t get away with today; The 1956 Motorama, Models, and Music gleefully collide in the loopy “Design For Dreaming”, The Swingin’ 6 sings about the groovy new thing called the “Zip Code”, and this salute concludes with one of the beautiful industrial short films ever made, the Jam Handy Studios salute to the American Automobile worker, “Master Hands”.

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1988
Series:
Late Shows

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Oct 31 10:00 pm

When a drifter discovers a very special pair of sunglasses, it gives him a whole new perspective on life. See, these are a kind of x-ray specs. They reveal the true nature of the world we live in: the power elite is in fact an alien race, feeding off our apathy through the promotion of rampant consumerism. Far-fetched? Tell that to Donald Trump…

Duration: 98 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 04 06:30 pm
Sep 05 05:30 pm
Sep 06 05:30 pm

"Like Breaking Bad in real life," (Newsweek), Cartel Land plunges us into the heart of darkness, the front lines of Mexico’s narco wars, where the Knights Templar wreak havoc on anyone who opposes them, and into Arizona’s "Cocaine Alley", where paramilitaries vainly attempt to bolster the border patrols.

Duration: 89 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2013
Series:
Music Mondays

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Nov 16 08:15 pm

Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 04 08:30 pm
Sep 05 07:40 pm
Sep 06 03:00 pm

Steve Jobs went from computer nerd to entrepreneur, rock star, genius, and guru, and reshaped the world we live in while he was about it. But for all his accomplishments, does he really merit his near-universal acclaim and adulation? Alex Gibney (The Armstrong Lie; Going Clear) reveals the dark side of the Apple founder: his ego, ruthlessness (even when dealing with friends and loved ones), and dubious business ethics.

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