Dir: Adam Perry, PEI, Canada, 2022. Stephen Oates, Liane Balaban, Andrea Bang, Joel Thomas Hynes, Matt Cooke, Bill McFadden. Manchester Film Festival Winner, Best Screenplay, Canadian Film Festival Winner, Best Screenplay. "Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Prince Edward Islander Adam Perry’s first feature imagines that a couple of bags of money wash ashore on the coast... Moss harvester Kevin Doucette starts finding loose twenties and fifties in the carrageen moss he pulls from the sea. Money may not grow on trees, but finding it in a mass of moss is the next best thing… This is arguably the first of a great many mistakes that will be made. Kevin thinks his windfall will help keep him from leaving the island to find work, but it isn’t long until a stranger drifts into town, looking for the loot. The local sheriff seems to think that if he ignores any evidence of wrongdoing it’ll just go away, and orders his gung-ho new recruit to do likewise. 'We just keep the peace,' he tells her. 'We don’t disturb it.' A Small Fortune carries with it appealing echoes of the Coen brothers’ classic No Country For Old Men. But it’s no copycat. This is a tightly written, expertly shot and well crafted story. It hails from the nation’s tiniest province, but it’s no small potatoes." - Chris Knight, National Post
Dir: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, US, 2022. Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan. In English and Mandarin and Cantonese with English Subtitles. "A bonkers and bizarrely wonderful genre mashup, Everything Everywhere All at Once is finally the multiverse movie that we can all relate to. It stars Michelle Yeoh as a reluctant hero who just wants to get her taxes done but is instead sent off on a wild and emotional sci-fi family kung fu adventure." - USA Today. "A deceptively thoughtful movie, one that mixes the lowest of low humor with startling wit, raw and stylish action with heady science fiction ideas, surreal running gags about the Pixar movie 'Ratatouille' with a harrowing examination of embracing oblivion because there's seemingly nothing else left... A spiraling, sweeping, stunning descent into madness followed by a stirring call for healing, and for kindness... It's unlike anything you've ever seen. It's the best American movie in years." - Jacob Hall, Slash Film. "Strange, surreal and unexpectedly sentimental... genuinely and wildly original - the kung fu/science fiction/metaphysical action comedy that you didn't know you needed, but just might love." - CNN
Dir: Frank Marshall, Ryan Suffern, US, 2022. Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Buffett, Katy Perry, Earth, Wind & Fire. “A lively and captivating documentary about The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival which held its 50th Anniversary in 2019. Co-directors Frank Marshall and Ryan Suffern capture the culture, history, food and music that are all celebrated in the annual festival… If you're unfamiliar with it, don't worry because Jazz Fest makes you feel like you're there to experience it all… Hearing and seeing Earth, Wind, and Fire, Jimmy Buffett, Herbie Hancock among many others is pure joy to behold… Jazz Fest is an electrifying, illuminating and enormously entertaining documentary.” Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru. “Jazz Fest captures it all, while weaving a deeper narrative about a city whose rhythms are animated by a history of resilience. Featuring performances by Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry, Al Green, and many others, the good vibes are as palpable as the crawfish jambalaya wafting across the screen. You’ll be left soulfully satisfied.” - HotDocs
Presented by Classics at City Cinema and Le Carrefour de L’isle Saint-Jean. Dir: François Truffaut, France 1962, Jean Moreau, Oskar Werner, and Henri Serre. In French with English Subtitles The flagship film of the French New Wave celebrates its 60th anniversary and it’s presented as part of the French Cineclub host by Classics at City Cinema (and The Carrefour de L’Isle Saint-Jean.) Set around the time of World War I, it describes a tragic love triangle involving French Bohemian Jim (Henri Serre), his shy Austrian friend Jules (Oskar Werner), and Jules's girlfriend and later wife Catherine (Jeanne Moreau). Classics at City Cinema is produced and presented by Laurent Gariépy.
Presented by Classics at City Cinema. Dir: Jean Renoir, France, 1937. Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay Erich von Stroheim. Part of our French ciné-club in collaboration with Le Carrefour de L'Isle-Saint-Jean. During WWI, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are eventually sent to a seemingly inescapable fortress. Best Overall Artistic Contribution at the Venice Film Festival. At the 11th Academy Awards held on 23 February 1939, La Grande Illusion became the first foreign language film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Classics at City Cinema is produced and presented by Laurent Gariépy.
PG- coarse language
Dir: Nadine Pequeneza, Canada, 2022. Charles ‘Stormy’ Mayo, Moira Brown, Kim Davies. These gentle giants no longer die of natural causes. Instead, they are run over by ships or suffer lethal injuries from fishing gear, and over the past decade, they’ve been dying at a rate of 24 per year. This staggering death toll is fueling a movement to save the first great whale to face extinction. Last of the Right Whales is the story of a disparate group of people - a wildlife photographer, a marine biologist, a whale rescuer, and a crab fisher - united in their cause to save the North Atlantic right whale. By joining forces these formidable allies are determined to stop the world’s first great whale extinction. With unprecedented access to the migration of the North Atlantic right whales from their calving ground off the coast of Florida to their new feeding area in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Last of the Right Whales brings a message of hope about the most at-risk great whale on the planet.
PGfor some thematic elements and brief language.
Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021, International, 136 min. Tilda Swinton, Elkin Díaz, Jeanne Balibar. "Thai writer/director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year for this his first movie set outside his home country. Tilda Swinton stars as Jessica, who is visiting her sister in Bogotá when she is awoken by a loud sound that she, and she alone, keeps hearing. She’s so affected by it that, as she goes about her daily life, she tries to find the source of it. Memoria is Weerasethakul’s most character-driven movie to date, but even still, this is a director who does not adhere to conventional narrative structure, and who overlaps the ordinary, the supernatural, and the mystical in movies that are mysterious and meditative. If you relax and go with the flow, his movies have a way of getting under your skin" - Karen Gordon, Original Cin.
Presented by Classics at City Cinema. Dir: David Lynch, USA, 2001. Naomi Watts, Laura Elena Harring, Ann Miller, Robert Forster, Justin Theroux. Best Director Award at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. A love story in the city of dreams... Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other. Classics at City Cinema is produced and presented by Laurent Gariépy.
Dir: Céline Sciamma, France, 2022. Joséphine Sanz, Gabrielle Sanz, Nina Meurisse. In French with English subtitles "The death of a grandmother, the grief of a parent, the acquisition of a new friend - these ordinary experiences, occurring over a few weeks in the life of an 8-year-old girl, provide the basic narrative structure of this spare, perfect film." - The New York Times. "Céline Sciamma is at the point of her career when directors often seek to make grand cine-landmarks. With Petite Maman, Sciamma does something like that, just in perfect miniature... We begin with a goodbye, eight-year-old Nelly sad at the death of her grandmother, joining her mother to clear the older woman’s house... Being young is evoked with such arc-light clarity as to pause the breath... Her mother soon vanishes. Instead, the film turns to Nelly and another girl her own age, met playing in woodland. A friendship takes root, in the half-haphazard way of children... There are fun afternoons of badly tossed crêpes, make-believe, 'music from the future'. Thus far it would add up to something sweet and meticulous. But then a revelation - a mind-bender that Sciamma simply, gracefully sets down in the centre of the story. Is the film a shivery gothic? Sci-fi? A fairytale? A little of each and entirely itself, a brief masterpiece of parents and childhood, past and future. With 72 minutes up, roll credits. When a film is this flawless, stop there." - Danny Leigh, The Financial Times
Dir: Lisa Hurwitz, US, 2022. Mel Brooks, Elliot Gould, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner, Wilson Goode, Howard Schultz. Featuring an original new song written and performed by Mel Brooks, THE AUTOMAT tells the 100-year story of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, the inspiration for Starbucks, where generations of Americans ate and drank coffee together at communal tables. From the perspective of former customers entertainer Mel Brooks, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Horns, the Hardarts, and key employees - we watch a business climb to its peak success and then grapple with fast food in a forever changed America. “In a whirlwind 78 minutes we learn the history of the Automat, its glory days through the 1930s and ’40s, and its eventual decline. (The last one closed in 1991.) It survives in songs, old cartoons and movies, including this wonderful documentary. The memories are so vivid you can almost taste them.” - National Post “an interesting doc about an almost forgotten phenomenon” - Cultural Mining “Horn & Hardart is dead and buried, but Hurwitz lovingly brings it back to life in The Automat.” - Sheldon Kirshner Journal “Pure fun and olde timey food!” - What She Said “Documentary waxes nostalgic about iconic Automat restaurant chain“ (Interview with director Lisa Hurwitz) - Montreal Gazette “A Warm Memory of a Dining Concept that Defined a Century of American Culture” - Original Cin
Presented by Classics at City Cinema. Dir: by Lo Wei, Hong Kong, 1971. Bruce Lee, Maria Yi & James Tien. In Mandarin with English Subtitles. Enter a legend. Bruce Lee’s return to the Hong Kong film industry after a decade in America proved to be his big breakthrough, launching him to instant superstardom and setting a new standard for kung fu heroics. He commands the screen with his gravitas and explosive physicality in the role of a Chinese immigrant working at a Thai ice factory and sworn to an oath of nonviolence. When he discovers that the factory’s ruthless higher-ups are running a secret heroin ring and offing their own workers, his commitment to pacifism is put to the test. With his undeniable charisma and fluid, lightning-fast martial arts style, Lee is a revelation, streaking across the screen with a speed and power the likes of which had never been seen before. Classics at City Cinema is produced and presented by Laurent Gariépy.
Dir: Tom Gormican, US, 2022. Nicolas Cage, Pedro Pascal, Tiffany Haddish. “The most fun you’ve had at a movie in years…The meta-comedy sees the fictional movie star Nick Cage working with the CIA to solve a political kidnapping by the Spanish mafia, all while having a cinephile bromance with a mega-fan played by Pedro Pascal… there’s something for everyone in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent… Toggling between Hollywood insider comedy to spy thriller to bromance, at times it feels like the movie is threading the world’s most ridiculous needle. What begins as a highbrow episode of Entourage quickly turns into a hilarious spy spoof grounded by a genuine friendship love story between adult men. It works not only because Cage and Pascal are truly brilliant together, but because the movie conjures a world that, however ridiculous, makes its own rules and follows them.” - Jude Dry, Indiewire
Presented by the Edmonton Movie Club. $17 for ages 14 and above with $1 service fee. $12 for ages 5 - 13 with $1 service fee. Dir: Lokesh Kanagaraj, India, 2022. Kamal Haasan, Suriya, Vijay Sethupathi. In Tamil with English Subtitles. Vikram is an upcoming Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and produced by Raaj Kamal Films International. The film features Kamal Haasan in the lead role.