March 30 April 2
(USA, 2016 76 min.) STC
“It’s a glibly-told, almost Shakespearean betrayal tale. It’s about the obsessive dedication (and moral relativism) that accompanies the lucky breaks of the rich and famous. It’s about how one man changed the world (for better or worse). In the early ‘50s, a struggling milkshake-maker salesman named Ray Kroc encountered two inventive-but-naïve guys named Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman, two terrific comic actors who bring a heart-breaking lovability to their portrayals). With failed Hollywood dreams behind them, the brothers had put their enthusiasm behind rethinking the drive-in restaurant in a kind of zero-based flash of genius…What Kroc did was take the gimmick behind the most popular burger joint in San Bernardino and globalize it – the invention of fast food culture.”Toronto Sun
March 30 April 2
(USA, 2016 162 min.) STC
In German, English and Romanian with English subtitles
Winfried doesn’t see much of his working daughter Ines. He pays her a surprise visit in Bucharest, where she’s busy as a corporate strategist. Practical joker Winfried annoys his daughter with corny pranks and jabs at her routine lifestyle of meetings and paperwork. Father and daughter reach an impasse, and Winfried agrees to go home to Germany. Enter Toni Erdmann: Winfried’s flashy alter ego. Disguised in a tacky suit, weird wig and fake teeth, Toni barges into Ines’ work circle, claiming to be her CEO’s life coach. In all the madness, Ines begins to see that her eccentric father deserves a place in her life.
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Director in Attendance – 16mm expanded cinema performance by Alex MacKenzie This cinematic presentation by Vancouver filmmaker Alex MacKenzie uses colour gels, masking, lens interference and projector movement to explore the transitional space between image and abstraction, nature and culture. Alex MacKenzie is a media artist working primarily with 16mm analog film equipment and hand processed imagery. Introduction and performance is followed by a Q&A.
April 5 Wednesday, 6:45pm (2007, 111 min.) PG WEDNESDAY PLUS – FREE ADMISSION FROM THE RPL DVD COLLECTION A complex relationship develops between Leonard (Frank Langella), an academic novelist of advancing years, and Heather (Lauren Ambrose), a determined, fresh-faced graduate student doing her master’s thesis on Leonard’s career.
(USA, 2016 111 min.) STC
Featuring a trio of gifted actors (Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes) inhabiting a single character during three phases of his life, the astonishing Moonlight tells the story of one young man’s coming of age in a tough Miami neighborhood. As Chiron grows from an uncertain and tentative boy into a bullied teenager grappling with his sexuality and finally into a grown man, Barry Jenkins skillfully shows through three distinct chapters, revealing how the powerful moments in each of our lives coalesce to shape our identities and define our fates. Moonlight is a groundbreaking exploration of masculinity, uncovering deep truths about the moments that define us.
(IRAN/FRANCE, 2016 125 min.) 14A
In Persian with English subtitles
“This gripping Iranian melodrama by writer-director Asghar Farhadi (the Oscar-winning A Separation) focuses on a couple acting in a Tehran production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. One should probably resist the temptation to read some subtle message into this exotic premise, because Farhadi (unlike Abbas Kiarostami) is neither a modernist nor a postmodernist but something closer to Elia Kazan: topical, sharp with actors, mildly sensationalist (this is about the consequences of a woman being attacked by a stranger while taking a shower), alert to moral nuances, but lacking a full-blown vision of his own. As in A Separation, Farhadi privileges a woman’s viewpoint without either sharing or exploring it.”Chicago Reader