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Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

The charismatic Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. A competitive cyclist in Italy in his youth, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a World Record for distance cycled in one hour for his age group. Giuseppe’s determination and perseverance lead him back to his native Italy for his training and, ultimately, his attempt at the record. This is a film not only for the spandex-and-helmet crowd but for anyone who believes that a man’s reach should exceed his grasp.

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: 89 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 31 06:30 pm
Sep 01 08:40 pm
Sep 02 06:30 pm
Sep 03 06:30 pm

Estranged brothers Toph and Cooper take a road trip to their remote cabin to evict a squatter. Buried resentment and bruised egos derail the plan, and with their lives at stake, they must work together to survive.

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: 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: 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: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 15 07:15 pm

Back by popular demand, the City of Vancouver Archives returns to the big screen with an archival presentation originally screened in 2013. Experience Vancouver’s outdoor pastimes in the 1940s. Flash back to the 1960s with a rain dance in Kitsilano. Take a bicycle ride though Vancouver in the 1970s. Witness the city’s transition leading up to Expo ’86.

With commentary provided by historian Michael Kluckner, this screening includes home movies, City-commissioned films, television shows produced by local stations and the community, and local advertisements. Those movies originally produced without sound will be accompanied live by pianist Wayne Stewart.

Duration: 180 mins
Country of Origin: Various, 2015
Series:
Special Presentation

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Nov 06 08:00 pm
Nov 07 02:00 pm

Render’s focus is on innovative and cutting-edge music videos that push the creative boundaries of the art form. Check renderfestival.com for program updates.

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.

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Taiwan, 2015
Series:
Late Shows

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Sep 05 10:30 pm

The first feature from Scott Weatherall, a Canadian-born filmmaker who now lives and works in Taipei, Formosa Boulevard is a brash, snappy black comedy - The Hangover meets Snatch. Otis (Andy Gourley) is an unapologetic, alcoholic, freeloading foreigner, who lives for himself and he does what he wants. Danny (Mark Nielsen) is his opposite: he has played by the rules and lived his life to please everyone else… But on the day of his wedding, something in him snaps and he runs. On this particular night, Otis’s past will catch up with him and Danny will get caught up in the crossfire.

Introduced by writer-director Scott Weatherall.

Duration: 117 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 2014
Series:
Music Mondays

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Sep 21 08:40 pm

In one of the year’s best, but underseen, music docs, James D Cooper tells the story of The Who through the eyes of the men who discovered, mentored and managed them: Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.

"Illuminates the glory and tumult of the band’s rise with unexpected candor.. it’s the rare truthful and beautiful film about the rock ’n’ roll life." Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: GB,Qatar,Jordan,United Arab Emirates, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 06 04:30 pm
Nov 07 06:10 pm
Nov 08 05:15 pm
Nov 10 06:30 pm
Nov 11 12:30 pm
Nov 12 02:00 pm

A kind of reverse angle on Lawrence of Arabia, this 1916 desert adventure epic takes the perspective of a young Bedouin boy (Theeb, or "Wolf") who tags along when his older brother is compelled to guide a British army officer through dangerous terrain to the next oasis.

"A classic adventure film of the best kind." Variety

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: 93 mins
Country of Origin: GB, 1996
Series:
Late Shows

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Sep 04 10:50 pm

Danny Boyle’s adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel about Edinburgh’s squalid heroin scene in the 1980s is an audacious black comedy, shot through with verve and vehemence. Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle head an exceptional cast in one of the defining movies of the 90s.

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: 180 mins
Country of Origin: Mexico, 1952/54
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Sep 07 06:30 pm

During the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, Canadian-born cinematographer Alex Phillips (Ontario, 1900) and Spanish-born film director Luis Buñuel (Aragón, 1900), became symbols for Mexican cinema. They worked together twice: on Ascent to Heaven (1952, screens at 6.30pm) and Robinson Crusoe (1954, 8.15pm).

Tickets for this co-presentation are available exclusively through www.vlaff.org and on the door. Vancity Theatre memberships do apply.

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Nov 15 03:00 pm
Nov 29 03:00 pm

The latest screening from the City of Vancouver Archives features newly digitized films that focus on the city’s transportation, landmarks, industry, and domestic and public spheres. From Vancouver’s last interurban streetcar ride to its first Grey Cup Parade, from Obon in Oppenheimer Park to barrelmaking on False Creek, spend a Sunday afternoon reliving Vancouver’s past from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Local historian and artist Michael Kluckner will provide commentary during the projection. The silent films will be accompanied live by renowned jazz pianist, Wayne Stewart.

Duration: 104 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Vancity Theatre Screening

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Aug 31 08:30 pm
Sep 01 06:30 pm
Sep 02 08:30 pm
Sep 03 08:30 pm

Winner of the awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC film at VIFF 2014, and subsequently named the Best BC Film by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle and at the LEO awards, Violent is the debut feature from Andrew Huculiak, drummer for the Vancouver-based band We Are the City. In Bergen, Norway, Dagny (the incandescent Dagny Backer Johnsen), sets out on her life’s journey, and feelings of togetherness and isolation, love and solitude rise to the surface.

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