Category Archives: Screenings

Nov. 14: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Thursday, November 14, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Joe Talbot
USA 2019
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

Nov. 7: The Souvenir

Thursday, November 7, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Joanna Hogg
UK/USA 2019
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

Oct. 24: Mouthpiece

Thursday, October 24, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Patricia Rozema
Canada 2018
English; 91 minutes
Rating: 14A

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

Oct. 10: The Farewell

Thursday, October 10, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Lulu Wang
USA 2019
English/Mandarin; 98 minutes
Rating: PG for thematic material, brief language, and some smoking

Billi (Awkwafina), who moved to America when she was young,
travels back to China to visit her dying grandmother (Shuzhen Zhao). Billi’s family doesn’t want to darken the final days of their
matriarch so they don’t tell her of her terminal diagnosis, instead
organizing a false wedding so that everyone can come to say their goodbyes. Awkwafina is dazzling as empathetic Billi, supported by
a remarkable cast that includes Tzi Ma as her father and Diana Lin
as her mother. Based on true events, The Farewell is an
intergenerational family drama that is at once celebratory,
heart-wrenching, and life-affirming.

A funny, emotionally intricate, and deeply moving tale of severed
connections and renewed family ties
.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

This smart film deftly mixes comedy and tragedy, and manages to be heartfelt without being cloying or sentimental.
Adam Graham, Detroit News

The Farewell delivers powerful emotional blows, and we ache for Billi and what she’s going through – in large part because Awkwafina’s
p
erformance is so raw and authentic and in the moment.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

Sept. 26: MANHATTAN SHORT 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

MANHATTAN SHORT is a program of ten short films, selected from entries from around the world, shown together in a single sitting. The program is screened in venues around the globe during a single week, with Best Film and Best Actor awards determined by ballots cast by all the audiences. Each film in the festival also becomes
Oscar-qualified. The films making up the 2019 festival come from Canada, France, Iran, Germany, Finland, USA, and the UK. This year the festival is being screened in 400 venues across 6 continents and Algoma International Films is the only place to see it in Canada!

Limited number of programs available at the screening!
You can print this shortened 1-page version (print double sided, then fold in half) and bring it with you: Manhattan Short Program.

The 10 films making up MANHATTAN SHORT 2019 are: Nefta
Football Club
(France), Debris (USA), Driving Lessons (Iran), Tipped (Canada), Sylvia (UK), The Match (Finland), This Time Away (UK), Malou (Germany), A Family Affair (UK), and At The End of the World (USA).

Visit the Website: https://www.manhattanshort.com/

One of the proudest evenings of programming that we offer our patrons every year is the Manhattan Short Film Festival. It is one of our most loved and most sought after events all year long. The quality of the short films that are included in this festival is incomparable.
Christine Brown, The Bijou Theatre

Nick Mason’s perfectly programmed shorts project is nothing short of
spectacular and provides an avenue for filmmakers from around the world to connect with film lovers in hundreds of individual communities.
Loretta Miles, Salem Cinema

Sept. 12: Wild Rose

Thursday, September 12, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Tom Harper
United Kingdom 2018
English; 101 minutes
Rating: 14A for language, some sexuality, and brief drug material

For as long as anyone can remember, Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley) has dreamt of becoming a Nashville country music star, leaving dreary Glasgow far behind. Her mother (Julie Walters) knows all about abandoning dreams, but realizes that chasing dreams can also come at a cost. Nicole Taylor’s script is beautifully textured, full of authentic characters and unexpected turns. With an electrifying soundtrack performed by Buckley, Wild Rose is a joyous story about courage, family, and discovering your true voice.

A happy-sad drama of starstruck fever that lifts you up and sweeps you along, touching you down in a puddle of well-earned tears.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety

Buckley [is] an incandescent onscreen presence with a set of killer pipes who imbues every song with undeniable heart.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star

Buckley is terrific, giving her character layers upon layers, and the music by Jack Arnold is toe-tappingly good, even if you are normally allergic to C&W. All in all, you’d be Patsy Cline crazy to miss this one.
Alison Rowat, The Herald (Scotland)

Apr. 4: Woman at War

Thursday, April 4, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Iceland/France/Ukraine 2018
Icelandic; 101 minutes
Rating: PG

Halla ((Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a choirmaster who loves her job, has just been approved to adopt a child from a war-torn area in Ukraine. But Halla is also an eco-terrorist, defending Iceland’s
rugged landscape from unscrupulous politicians and the aluminum industry. She’s committed to her cause, but can’t help wondering whether it’s more fulfilling to save many hypothetical future lives or the life of the daughter she may never meet. With a postmodernist sense of humour that suggests vintage Makavejev and Godard, Woman at War is a timely film that speaks to social issues with wit and warmth.

Is there anything rarer than an intelligent feel-good film that knows how to tackle urgent global issues with humor as well as a satisfying sense of justice? Look no further than Woman at War. Jay Weissberg, Variety

A wry, idiosyncratic comedy that communicates important topical
messages while never being less than a joy to watch.

Brad Wheeler, Globe and Mail

Offbeat, poignant and visually exquisite.
Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Mar. 28: Capernaum

Thursday, March 28, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Nadine Labaki
Lebanon/USA 2018
Arabic; 121 minutes
Rating: 14a for language and some drug material

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is only 12, but he’s seen enough of life to
resent his very existence. Life with his family is hard, but when his
parents sell his younger sister, he runs away. Although he meets
kindred spirits, living on the streets is equally difficult. Encouraged
by a current affairs program seeking to draw attention to child
poverty, Zain files a lawsuit against his parents for giving birth to
him. Capernaum reveals a world of constant desperation where the
innocent appear forsaken. But our hope lies in resourceful kids like
Zain, whose story Labaki relays with empathy and bold cinematic
vision.

Capernaum is an absolute heartbreaker about children in peril and
the plight of undocumented people.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Labaki chose the title “Capernaum” because the word was often
used to mean “chaos” in French literature. That’s precisely what
she presents to us, with precious little relief in sight.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

While this is unquestionably an issue film, it tackles its subject with
intelligence and heart.
Jay Weissberg, Variety

Mar. 21: Non-Fiction

Thursday, March 21, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Olivier Assayas
France  2019
French; 108 minutes
Rating: R for some language and sexuality/nudity

Successful and self-assured book publisher Alain (Guillaume Canet) is busy coping with the ins and outs of both his private and
professional lives. His relationship with his wife (Juliette Binoche) has gone stale, he has to deal delicately with one of his long-time
authors (Vincent Macaigne), and in his enthusiastic embrace of
digital and social media Alain has hired an ambitious young woman as the “head of digital transition”. A delicious comedy of manners, Non-Fiction probes at what lies behind the actions of its ensemble
of characters and how they are affected by the hyperconnectivity
of today.

A new treasure from one of France’s most vital filmmakers.
Jon Frosch, The Hollywood Reporter

The frame holds steadier here; it’s the churning dialogue – funny,
seductive, always carving out fresh tributaries – that propels you
forward.
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Canet and Macaigne are eminently watchable, but Juliette Binoche
quietly steals every scene.
Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

Feb. 28: The Grizzlies

Presented in partnership with Shadows of the Mind Film Festival
Feb. 23 – Mar. 3, 2019
http://www.shadowsfilmfest.com/

Thursday, February 28, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Miranda de Pencier
Canada 2018
English; 102 minutes
Rating: PG

When first-time teacher Russ Sheppard (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job in Kugluktuk, a town struggling with one of the
highest suicide rates in North America, he’s shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous social issues facing the youth. The
lacrosse program Russ introduces is met with skepticism and
resistance, but Russ’ commitment wins his students’ trust, and
together they form the Grizzlies lacrosse team. With stunning breakout performances by Nunavut-based actors Paul Nutarariaq and Emerald MacDonald, The Grizzlies is a testament to the spirit,
tenacity, and leadership of Inuit youth.

Bracingly unsentimental and transcendently moving at the same time. Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

Working with Inuit producers and a cast studded with locals whose
confidence and spirit belie their lack of experience (…), first-time
feature director Miranda de Pencier delivers a crowd-pleasing
(if sometimes clunky) drama.
Simon Houpt, Globe and Mail