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Mac and Me

Mac and Me

November 25
Tuesday 9-11 pm
(1998, 95 min.) PG

A “Mysterious Alien Creature” (MAC) escapes from nefarious NASA agents and is befriended by a boy who uses a wheelchair. Together, they try to find his family, from whom he has been separated.

Jayden Pfeifer is a Regina-based improviser and comedian. He is the creator and host of the monthly comedy variety show Red Hot Riot, a core member of General Fools Improvisational Theatre, and has been nominated for four Canadian Comedy Awards. He also really loves movies, and talking.

Talkies is live commentary for less-than-excellent movies. The show features comedian and movie-lover Jayden Pfeifer, joyfully watching B-movies with an audience and commenting on their failings, plot-holes, performances and general eccentricities. Basically, we make fun of bad movies. It’s a lot of fun and free with a donation to the Regina Food Bank. Join us!

The Decent One

The-Decent-One

November 27-30
Thursday/Saturday, 9-11 pm
Friday/Sunday, 7-9 pm
(Israel/Austria/Germany 2014, 96 min.) STC
In German with English subtitles

The chilling banality of a monster’s letters home, The Decent One exposes an uncomfortable access to the mind of Heinrich Himmler, known as the “Architect of the Final Solution”. “Himmler’s human attributes-his love affairs, his affection for his daughter, his diligence, his prissiness, his (misplaced) sense of loyalty-these were not one side of a split personality, the reverse of which was the deranged monomania of which was the deranged monomania that sent millions to their death. They were in fact different expressions of the same sensibility. And that is the challenging, deeply troubling moral that “The Decent One” all too briefly brings home to us, and for which it is worth your time: that it is possible to be a deeply ordinary, insignificant, petty and unremarkable man, and to be a genocidal mass murder at the very same time. “I’m off to Auschwitz,” wrote Himmler cheerfully to his wife at one point, “Kisses, your Heini.” Indiewire

Rome: Open City

rome open city

November 27-30
Thursday/Saturday, 7-9 pm
Friday/Sunday, 9-11 pm
(Italy 1945, 103 min.) STC
In Italian with English subtitles

RPL Film Theatre is thrilled to present this special treat for all generations of cinephiles and film students-the digital restoration of Roberto Rossellini’s Rome, Open City.
“A legendary cinematic achievement, Rome, Open City betrays more than a hint of melodrama in its valorization of the Italian resistance to the Nazi occupation. Like many films of the Italian neorealist movement, Roberto Rossellini’s classic relies heavily on a binary moral structure and recognizable social types, masquerading battle-tested literary tropes as gritty realism to cinematize the brutalities of war for an audience living through its aftermath. Nevertheless, its justly celebrated documentary aesthetic and naturalistic performances, aided by the filmmakers’ budgetary restrictions and the ruinous state of postwar Italian film industry, help the work achieve moments of devastating, near miraculous beauty. Rome, Open City owes part of its emotional power to its mixture of politico-religious symbolism and quotidian humor, which manages to be both vaudevillian in its depiction of the Chaplinesque proletariat and understated in the script’s witty dialogue and subtle dramatic irony.” Slant Magazine

Life of Pi

life of pi

November 26
Wednesday, 6:45 pm
(2012, 123 min.) PG
Show starts at 6:45 pm

Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.