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Trumbo USA 2015. Directed by Jay Roach, 124 min. 14A

APR 7 @ 8PM + APR 9 @ 7PM

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo, played by Bryan Cranston in an Academy-award-nominated performance, was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (played by Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Canada 2010. Directed by Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen , 107min . 14A

APR 27 @ 8PM

This musical documentary provides an in-depth look at the Canadian rock band Rush, chronicling the band’s musical evolution from their progressive rock sound of the ‘70s to their current heavy rock style. Using behind-the-scenes footage from years of touring and interviews with musicians affected by Rush’s unmistakable style, this film provides insights into how Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and St. Catharines’ own Neil Peart became one of the biggest cult bands in the world.

The Black Stallion USA 1979. Directed by Carroll Ballard, 120 min. G

APR 9 @ 1:30PM

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks, both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), a once-successful trainer. Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world. Long considered a children’s classic, come watch the film Roger Ebert described as an “ epic.”

The American Friend West Germany, France 1977. Directed by Wim Wenders, 126 min. PG

APR 24 @ 1:30PM

Loosely based on Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game, this Wim Wenders’ film follows Tom Ripley (Dennis Hopper) as an American art forger living in France who, because of an assumed slight, offers up Jonathan Zimmerman (Bruno Ganz), an art framer with a potentially fatal blood illness, as a possible assassin for a mob boss hit. Considered a classic neo-noir film, The American Friend displays Wenders’ talents as he expresses the atmosphere of the thriller genre, while also challenging our delight in its plot-based rhythms.

Embrace of the Serpent Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina 2015. Directed by Ciro Guerra, 125 min. 14A

APR 21 @ 8PM + APR 23 @ 7PM

At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in Embrace of the Serpent, a stunning black-and-white film. Nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Embrace of the Serpent recounts the story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years as they search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

PHOBE: The Xenophobic Experiment Canada 1995. Directed by Erica Benedikty, 81 min. NR

APR 23 @ 9:30PM

If you were up late surfing through the channels on offer from our local cable provider in the mid 90s, chances are you happened on PHOBE. Produced by a small and undaunted group of Niagara filmmakers, this sci-fi thriller chronicles the search for a deadly creature known as the PHOBE. From parts of the universe unknown, one of these bad-ass critters has escaped and come to earth. Ultimate fighter, and fellow alien, Sgt. Dapp is in pursuit. A true DIY classic, PHOBE has mullets you just can’t grow anymore, bongloads of Amiga CGI and more roman candles than Parliament Hill on Canada Day. Join the filmmakers after the screening for a discussion and a toast to PHOBE!


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