Thursday, November 14, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Joe Talbot
English; 120 minutes
Rating: 14A for language, brief nudity, and drug use
Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) spends his time hanging out with his
best friend Montgomery (Jonathan Majors), haunting the
neighbourhoods they knew as children and watching old
black-and-white movies at the small house they share with
Montgomery’s grandfather (Danny Glover). He also visits and
fixes up the house his grandfather built, much to the annoyance
of its current owners. Rooted in the real-life experiences of his
childhood best friend, who plays himself in a genuine and heartfelt
performance, Talbot’s debut feature is a gorgeous ode to the city
of San Francisco.
An indelibly beautiful story of love, family, and loss in America
from two childhood friends turned filmmakers. Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
There is something irrepressibly original and exciting in the
collaboration that results between Talbot, Fails and co-writer
Rob Richert – a cinematic vision that feels as fresh as it does
necessary. Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a poetic and picturesque ode to the title city, to friendship, and to the universal urge to find
a place to call home. Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Thursday, November 7, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Director: Joanna Hogg
English; 119 minutes
Rating: 14A for some sexuality, graphic nudity, drug material, and language
Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) is finding her place as an artist in 1980s west London, trying to shed her sheltered and privileged upbringing and immerse herself in the real world for the sake of her art. Her journey is derailed by Anthony (Tom Burke), whose charm is equalled by his depravity, but whom she cannot help but love — much to the dismay of her friends and her mother (played by
Swinton Byrne’s real-life mother, Tilda Swinton). Capturing the
intensity and naiveté of a first adult love, The Souvenir is a time
capsule of our collective bad decisions and tormented relationships.
A work of memoir shattered and reassembled into a universally moving, truthful fiction. Guy Lodge, Variety
Swinton Byrne and Burke make for one of the year’s most intriguing screen couples, although this is a romance based on anxiety, narcissism and opportunism rather than anything resembling genuine affection. Peter Howell, Toronto Star
An extraordinary rumination on memory and privilege while also being one of the most incisive movies ever to directly address – in moral,
philosophical and personal terms – what it means to be a filmmaker. Oliver Jones, Observer
Following her mother’s sudden death, aspiring writer Cassandra struggles to compose a fitting eulogy. Standing in brazen opposition to her mother’s embodiment of feminine grace, she disdains her mother’s failed career and incessant need for approval from others. The conflicting dialogue in Cassandra’s head is brilliantly expressed by two performers: the original play’s creators, Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava. Their striking physicality and stirring a cappella harmonies create a compelling portrayal of the opposing voices that exist inside the modern woman’s head.
In revealing Cassandra’s interior life, Rozema lays bare the modern
female condition in an epic battle that is by turns lacerating, soothing, and heartbreaking. Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail
A haunting, self-reflective dream that looks at the pressures and
expectations women place on themselves and particularly on each other. Carly Maga, Toronto Star
A thoughtful interrogation of modern womanhood, leavened
by gallows humor. Scott Tobias, Variety
Sylvia, written and directed by Richard Prendergast (United
Kingdom), is the Gold Medal Winner of the 2019 Manhattan Short Film Festival. Sylvia is the fact-based story of the deep meaning
one car had to a family, a tale that resonated with viewers around the world.
Nefta Football Club, directed by Yves Piat of France, won the Silver Medal for its hilarious depiction of a cocaine smuggling operation gone wrong. This Time Away, written and directed Magali Barbe, also of the UK, wins the Bronze Medal for its story of an aging man whose spirits are raised by a robotic companion.
The Best Actor Award goes to veteran thespian John Standing for his performance in A Family Affair.
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