Archive for January, 2019

VICE Fri-Thurs (Jan 18-24) 7pm plus Tues*/Wed (Jan 22*/23) 2pm

* Tues matinee features onscreen captions and a little less volume for those with hearing issues or just think that movies are too loud these days.
Genre: Drama  
Rated: 14A with violence
Runtime: 133 min
Stars: Christian Bale, Am,y Adams, Steve Carell

Director: Adam McKay

Synopsis: Vice explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

THE PARTY (SC Film Soc) Sat (Jan 19) 2pm

Genre: Comedy/Drama 
Rated: PG with coarse language, drug use and violence
Runtime: 71 min
Country: UK 2017
Trailer: The Party

Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Emily Mortimer, Bruno Ganz, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson.
Director:  Sally Potter

Synopsis: Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.  From this night forward, nothing will be the same.  

JONI 75 – A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Thurs (Feb 7) 2pm & 7pm

Genre: Music/Documentary
Runtime: 2 hrs
Rated: PG

Synopsis: Audiences will join an incredible array of singers and musicians who came together to honor one of the world’s most remarkable artists, Joni Mitchell, on her 75th birthday.  The hand-selected group of peers and protégés including Brandi Carlile, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos with La Marisoul, Cesar Castro & Xochi Flores, Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Rufus Wainwright and more paid tribute to the iconic artist, performing songs from all stages of Mitchell’s life and career, across her entire catalog of 19 studio albums.  Captured over two nights in November 2018 by The Music Center at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, the entire concert, along with special behind-the-scenes interviews with the artists, will be shown in movie theaters for one night.

Tickets: $15 each ($10 for 17yrs and under)

To have yours held, contact the theatre at or 604.885.4597. Please leave name, contact info and number of tickets you want held and a staffer will call you back to confirm.


Genre: Animated/Comedy/Family  
Rated: G with no advisory
Runtime: 114 min
Stars: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot
Director: Phil Johnston, Rich Moore
Synopsis: In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet–the Netizens–to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces–so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had.


Genre: Documentary 
Rated: PG with coarse language
Runtime: 96 min
Country: UK 2018
Trailer: Three Identical Strangers

Director:  Tim Wardle

Synopsis: Set in 1980s New York, this incredible true story is evidence that there might actually be a Twilight Zone. Three young strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and raised by three curiously different families. Their story brings them together and attracts international fame. But as they delve into their pasts, an extraordinary and disturbing secret is unwillingly revealed — one that eclipses their own lives and challenges our understanding of the human condition.

UNARMED VERSES (SC Film Soc) Sat (Feb 16) 2pm

Genre: Documentary 
Runtime: 86 min
Country: Canada 2017
Trailer: Unarmed Verses

SCFS Annual General Meeting follows film

Toronto’s Villaways neighbourhood is viewed by some as a slum, but for 12-year-old Francine Valentine it is home. With the area facing a massive redevelopment that will displace most of its residents, Francine finds an outlet in her writing. She may lack self-confidence, but her style and candid commentary speak to a deep humanity that flows within the community. This cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging is a two-time winner of Best Canadian Documentary awards.

GIFTED (SC Film Soc) Sun (Mar 24) 2pm

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG with coarse and sexual language
Runtime: 101 min
Country: USA 2017
Trailer: Gifted

Director:  Marc Webb

Frank Adler, a Florida boat mechanic, is a single man raising his spirited young niece, Mary, a child prodigy. Respecting his deceased sister’s wishes, Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are challenged when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of his formidable mother. She wants to place her granddaughter in a special school for gifted children and initiates a child custody battle, threatening to separate Frank and his niece.

ASH IS PUREST WHITE (SC Film Soc) Sat (Apr 13) 2pm

Genre: Drama
Rated: PG with violence and coarse language
Runtime: 137 min
Country: China 2018
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Trailer: Ash is Purest White

Director: Zhangke Jia

Synopsis: China’s preeminent filmmaker presents us with a wonderfully acted epic romance between a low-level gangster and a woman from an impoverished mining town who goes to prison for him. Upon her release she goes searching for him, embarking on a journey of discovery, disillusionment, and her own development,  all unfolding against the backdrop of a country modernizing at a dizzying pace.

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