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Ishi Yuya

Duration: 130 mins
Country of Origin: Japan, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ishi Yuya

Showtimes

Dec 19 08:00 pm
Dec 20 01:45 pm
Dec 21 06:30 pm
Dec 22 07:25 pm
Dec 26 05:30 pm
Dec 27 01:45 pm
Dec 29 03:15 pm
Dec 30 06:00 pm
Jan 02 01:45 pm
Jan 06 03:30 am
Jan 08 08:00 pm

Once upon a time in Vancouver, there was a baseball team called the Asahi, This was in the 1930s, when the city had a small Japantown on the downtown wharves, and the team was formed by the Canadian-born kids of immigrants. Smaller, and weaker, than the Caucasian teams, they struggled at first - but then they figured out a smarter way to win… Like a Fred Herzog exhibition brought to life, this is a lavish historical piece, a more philosophical type of sports movie than we’re used to in N America, but something that we can recognize as part and parcel of our own cultural heritage.

"From a Vancouver perspective it’s a fascinating film. Beautifully shot, it recreates a lost world in Japantown, when Powell Street was all Japanese businesses and the Powell Street Grounds (today’s Oppenheimer Park) was a baseball park filled with throngs of Asahi fans." John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

Steve James

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Steve James

Roger Ebert wasn’t just the most popular North American film critic of the late twentieth century, in part by seizing the opportunities afforded by TV, he was also one of the most insightful and articulate, a wonderful writer with an insatiable curiosity about the world, deep knowledge of cinema, and the passion to communicate it. This acclaimed film from Steve James (Hoop Dreams) captures yet another side of Roger: how he blossomed in the loving family he found late in life, despite the terrible struggle with cancer that ravaged his body and left him unable to speak.

"Life Itself is a work of deftness and delicacy, by turns a film about illness and death, about writing, about cinema and, finally, and very movingly a film about love." Geoffrey O’Brien, The New York Times

Jennifer Kent

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Australia, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jennifer Kent

Showtimes

Dec 05 10:35 pm
Dec 06 10:15 pm
Dec 12 10:40 pm
Dec 13 10:30 pm
Dec 27 09:30 pm

The most impressive debut feature of the year also happens to be the scariest. This tale of an anguished single mom (an incredible performance from Essie Davies), her monstrous six-year-old, and the storybook bogeyman who terrorizes their home is guaranteed to chill you to the bone.

"One of the strongest, most effective horror films of recent years - with awards-quality lead work from Essie Davis, and a brilliantly designed new monster who could well become the break-out spook archetype of the decade." Kim Newman, Empire

"Managing to scare an audience silly with original imagery and non-formulaic jolts is no mean feat […] Managing to move us at the same time is close to miraculous." Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

"Deeply disturbing and unusually beatiful." Variety

Kim Seong-hun

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: South Korea, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Kim Seong-hun

When a homicide detective makes the fateful decision to cover up a hit-and-run accident which kills a man, he invites karmic retribution on a grand scale in this wickedly ingenious suspense thriller.

“A masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense loaded with smart plot twists, dark humor and high-gloss visuals." Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

“A masterclass in throat-squeezing, stomach-knotting suspense loaded with smart plot twists, dark humor and high-gloss visuals. . .A Hard Day is full of smart surprises and darkly funny lurches." Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

"A total blast." Jessica Kiang, Playlist (Indiewire)

Margy Kinmonth

Duration: 83 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Art on Film
Director: Margy Kinmonth

Showtimes

Dec 28 12:00 pm

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world, holding over 3 million treasures and world class masterpieces in stunning architectural settings. To celebrate its 250th anniversary in 2014, Margy Kinmonth’s film reveals the remarkable stories that have shaped the Hermitage’s 250 year journey from Imperial Palace to State Museum.

Jonathan Kitzen

Duration: 85 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jonathan Kitzen

Two short films from the Vancouver based producer, writer, director Jonathan Kitzen, including last year’s Academy Award-winning non-fiction short subject The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life (a portrait of 109 year old Holocaust survivor Alcie Herz Sommer), and his new film, Soldiers’ Stories, a war remembrance document that draws parallels between the Battle of the Somme in WWI and today’s conflicts. The latter is presented in 3D and introduced by Jonathan Kitzen.

Jonathan Kitzen will be in attendance and introduce the films

Julia Kwan

Duration: 86 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Julia Kwan

Showtimes

Nov 28 08:45 pm
Nov 29 04:15 pm
Nov 30 04:30 pm
Dec 01 04:15 pm

Award winning Vancouver filmmaker Julia Kwan trains her eye on our own backyard, Chinatown, Pender, Hastings and Main St, and no matter how well you think you know this area, you’re bound to come away with new insights into the people and businesses that make up this once vibrant community. It’s a neighbourhood in transition, a culture in decline - or on the cusp of gentrification. This isn’t an advocacy doc, but a wise, ruminative portrait, an elegy perhaps, but also a celebration of entrepreneurial energy, resilience and creativity.

Stephane Lafleur

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Stephane Lafleur

Showtimes

Jan 02 07:50 pm
Jan 03 07:00 pm
Jan 04 08:00 pm
Jan 08 06:15 pm

Remember that summer when you were 22, a young adult, but too young to know the difference? Responsibility was still something your parents talked about. There was work but nothing you cared about. Same thing with sex. And mostly, that summer, there was time on your hands. Time to dream, time to think, time to do nothing much at all… That’s where Nicole is at, in Stephane Lafleur’s droll comedy, a black and white Canadian gem that captures a moment of transition with easy poetic grace and just a touch of absurdist genius.

"An affecting, funny, eccentric and gorgeously shot coming-of-age film." Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

"Wonderfully droll… the kind of film dream from which you feel reluctant to wake." Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

"Delightful… the hidden gem of Cannes." Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist (Indiewire)

Stephen Langridge

Duration: 345 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2013
Series:
The Royal Opera House presents...
Director: Stephen Langridge

In the first of our series bringing you opera productions from London’s Royal Opera House, a chance to enjoy the company’s new staging of Richard Wagner’s epic, his final masterpiece. A young man ignorant of everything, including his own name, arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he the ‘pure fool, enlightened by compassion’, who, it has been prophesied, will purify the kingdom?

Running time includes two intermissions.

An unforgettable experience!

Jalil Lespert

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jalil Lespert

Thanks to an astonishing performance by Pierre Niney that masterfully mimics the iconic designer’s impish bearing and aura of genius, Yves Saint Laurent is reborn in this suitably stylish, well-tailored biopic. Lespert doesn’t hesitate in giving this great life and grand love affair the operatic treatment it deserves.

Richard Linklater

Duration: 165 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Richard Linklater

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Jan 01 03:50 pm

A dozen years in the making, Richard Linklater’s masterpiece chronicles the evolution of a boy into a young man, from six to 18. It is the ultimate coming-of-age movie, and one of the most audacious cinematic feats of the decade.

Phyllida Lloyd

Duration: 108 mins
Country of Origin: GB,USA,Germany, 2008
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Showtimes

Jan 05 08:20 pm

Escape the winter-time blues with this sunny, funny musical romp, a tongue in cheek tribute to the catchy disco pop of ABBA.

"I went to see Mamma Mia! in Stockholm expecting clichés and thin characters—and found them. What I wasn’t expecting was a dazzling piece of cinema." Mark Cousins, Prospect

"I went to see Mamma Mia! in Stockholm expecting clichés and thin characters—and found them. What I wasn’t expecting was a dazzling piece of cinema." Mark Cousins, Prospect

Daniele Luchetti

(Anni felici)
Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Daniele Luchetti

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Jan 10 06:00 pm

Genuine affection is paired with trenchant reflection in Daniele Luchetti’s subtle, sharply perceptive and partially autobiographical look back at (what could be) his parents’ marriage. An avant garde artist (Kim Rossi Stuart) is not above dallying with his frequently nude models, but expects a more conventional loyalty from his wife (Micaela Ramazzotti). But on a feminist retreat she begins to have other ideas…

David Mackenzie

Duration: 106 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: David Mackenzie

The title is a prison term for the graduation from a youth offenders’ detention centre to an adult correctional facility, which happens to be the journey taken by 19 year old Eric (Jack O’Connell) in this explosive British drama. The prison also happens to be home to Eric’s estranged father (Ben Mendelsohn), though the reunion is not a happy one…

"An edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting." New York Magazine

"Starred Up is an edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting, making strange a world we thought we knew, at least from other movies." David Edelstein, New York Magazine

"O’Connell bristles with terrifying hair-trigger unpredictability. Watching him, you feel like you’re witnessing the arrival of a new movie star." Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

"Brutal and boisterous… Turns the complicated dynamic between a young prisoner and his problematic mentor into a ferocious psychodrama that locks you in and refuses to let you go." AO Scott, The New York Times

Albert Magnoli

Duration: 111 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1984
Series:
Music Mondays
Director: Albert Magnoli

Showtimes

Dec 15 08:45 pm

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the breakout debut movie from the Minneapolis maestro, Prince Nelson Rogers. Purple Rain is everything you could want from a rock film, and more - it’s sexy, sassy, slick and it captures the young Prince in the raw.

Antonio Manetti

(Song 'e Napule)
Duration: 113 mins
Country of Origin: Italy, 2013
Series:
Italian Film Festival
Director: Antonio Manetti

Showtimes

Jan 12 06:30 pm

Set in modern-day Naples, Song’e Napule (Neapolitan dialect for “I am from Napoli”) is a hugely entertaining comedy with an endearing cast that will leave audiences whistling the catchy award-winning tunes with a silly grin on their face.

"A tuneful, genre parody casting a loving glance on Naples and its criminal underworld." Screen Daily

Jim Mickle

Duration: 99 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Crime Fest
Director: Jim Mickle

A slippery Texan corkscrew thriller in the tradition of the Coens’ Blood Simple and No Country for Old Men, this has Michael C Hall shooting a burglar and then dealing with the fall out when the victim’s father (Sam Shepard) shows up in town. Don Johnson is also on hand with a scene stealing turn as private eye.

"One of those movies that arrives every now and then with no fanfare but a canny sense of how to grab our attention and hold it in a tightening grip." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"A character-driven thriller with more twists than an off-the-map dirt road, awards-quality performances from the three leads, a rare sensitivity to the after-effects of horror and a sure directorial hand." Kim Newman, Empire

"It is a brutal, beautifully shot movie that starts out to be about revenge but then becomes something more, something even more primal and disturbing." Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

Lukas Moodysson

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: Sweden, 2013
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Lukas Moodysson

Showtimes

Dec 28 01:45 pm

Lukas Moodysson (Together; Show Me Love) adapts his wife Coco’s graphic novel about three 13-year-old girls growing up in early ’80s Stockholm and forming their own punk band - the best band in the world!

"A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Daily Telegraph

"A joyous, heart-swelling tale of youthful rebellion." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"A joyous time capsule. Captures the DIY empowerment of punk rock and the bond of female friendships in one blissful swoop. For those of us who’ve been hoping that Lukas Moodysson would return to the tender touch of early movies like Show Me Love and Together, the wait is over." David Fear, The Village Voice

" A gloriously funny coming-of-age comedy – although age itself is squeezed almost entirely into the margins, crowded out by the film’s raucous, window-rattling love of being young." Robbie Colin, Daily Telegraph

Jesse Moss

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Jesse Moss

Showtimes

Dec 12 08:45 pm
Dec 13 04:30 pm
Dec 17 04:15 pm
Dec 17 08:45 pm

It is not often that a documentary merits comparison with The Grapes of Wrath, but The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota to grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - whose Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Best of 2014
Director: Jesse Moss

Showtimes

Dec 30 03:45 pm

The Overnighters evokes Steinbeck (and John Ford) in its compassionate portrait of economic migrants flooding into North Dakota fto grasp their slice of the oil boom. Shunned as interlopers by most, these newcomers are welcomed into the Concordia Lutheran Church by a remarkable Pastor - who Christian charity affronts his congregation and community.

"One could draw numerous lessons from this moving and almost operatic documentary… Jesse Moss spins a gripping saga that seems to capture the American zeitgeist in uncanny fashion, and it’s all true." Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com

At first galvanizing in its depiction of survival amid dire circumstances, The Overnighters transforms into a devastating portrait of communal unrest." Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"Starkly bleak and devastatingly humane… an indelible American documentary." Katie Walsh, The Playlist

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