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With warmer weather on the rise, we’re in the mood for a song! Not only do we have a great selection of films such as Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, Phantom of the Paradise and Cabaret,  but we are also launching Saturdayz with Miss T: interactive afternoon sing-alongs for kids, of all ages. 

Ian Thomas will be back this month on May 16th with the second in the Creative Soul Series featuring the legendary Murray McLauchlan. Be sure to get your tickets in advance as this popular new talk series is selling fast! 

This month is the start of our biweekly Cult and Classic Series on Monday Nights. You are in for a real treat! So grab a snack, some popcorn, and pop and see what we are up to. 

AMAZING GRACE 
A documentary film about the First Lady of R&B, Aretha Franklin. The film presents her landmark 1972 performance at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, backed by the Southern California Community Choir. The film was almost lost forever due to technical problems and legal issues. However, with new digital technology and a committed team, the film was mastered and released.

Runtime:  87 minutes Rated: G

INSTANT DREAMS
Runtime: 91 minutes  Rated: NR
Instant Dreams is a feature documentary by Willem Baptist (Wild boar, I’m Never Afraid!) about the fascination and love for Polaroids.

Raffle for a Digital Camera on the evening of the film. Come early & take a photo home with you. 

HER SMELL
Runtime: 134 minutes  Rated: 14A
A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

WONDER PARK
Runtime: 86 minutes     Rated: PG
Wonder Park tells the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

THE INVISIBLES
Runtime: 110 minutes  Rated: 18A  English Subtitles
While Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital. Claus Räfle’s gripping docudrama traces the stories of four real-life survivors who learned to hide in plain sight.

HOTEL MUMBAI
Runtime: 123 minutes   Rated: R
A gripping true story of humanity and heroism, HOTEL MUMBAI vividly recounts the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel by a group of terrorists in Mumbai, India.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
Runtime: 110 minutes  Rated: G
In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced–as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury–will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.

HIGH LIFE
Runtime: 110 minutes  Rated: R
A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis. In the near future, a spaceship proceeds on a mission to find a new energy source. Its destination: the black hole within closest reach of Earth.

MAD MAX
Runtime: 93 minutes  Rated: R
This film was shot in twelve weeks, on a meager three hundred and fifty thousand dollar budget. Director George Miller’s own vehicle was used in the opening chase scene, and filmmakers are said to have paid most of the extras in beer. This film, no matter how small the budget, went on to get rave reviews and multiple sequels.  Starring Mel Gibson as “Mad” Max Rockatansky.

THE ROAD WARRIOR (MAD MAX 2)
Runtime:  96 minutes    Rated: R
In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD
Runtime: 133 minutes   Rating: R
On the centenary of the end of First World War, Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) presents the World Premiere of an extraordinary new work showing the Great War as you have never seen it before. This unique film brings into high definition the human face of the First World War, as part of a special London Film Festival presentation alongside a live Q&A with director Peter Jackson and hosted by Mark Kermode.

APOLLO 11
Runtime: 93 minutes   Rated: G
From director, Todd Douglas Miller (Dinosaur 13). Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission. 

ASK DR. RUTH
Runtime: 100 minutes  Rated: R
Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s most famous sex therapist. With her diminutive frame, thick German accent, and uninhibited approach to sex therapy and education, Dr. Ruth transformed the conversation around sexuality.

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Runtime: 98 minutes  Rated: G
Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

US
Runtime: 120 minutes Rated: R
Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. From the Director of “Get Out”.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
Runtime: 99 minutes   Rating: PG-13
In a manner that can be conservatively described as larger than life, Kurt Russell plays a macho truck driver who agrees to go to the San Francisco airport and pick up his friend’s fiancee, freshly arrived from China. Suddenly, a gang of Chinatown toughs kidnap the girl right before Russell’s eyes.

DIE HARD
Runtime: 114 minutes  Rated: R
It’s Christmas time in L.A., and there’s an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi’s high-tech safe.

THE TERMINATOR
Runtime: 108 minutes  Rated: R
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg who has been sent from the future on a deadly mission. It has been programmed to kill a young woman named Sarah Connor. Sarah has no idea that her life will have a staggering effect on the fate of mankind and that she is in danger of being killed at the hands of an inescapable machine known as the Terminator.

THE WORLD BEFORE YOUR FEET
Runtime: 95 minutes  Rated: NR
There are 8,000 miles of roads and paths in New York City, and for the past six years, Matt Green has been walking them all. It’s a five-borough journey that stretches from the barbershops of the Bronx to the forests of Staten Island, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, with Matt amassing a surprisingly detailed knowledge of New York’s history and people along the way.

Sir Lionel Frost (left) voiced by Hugh Jackman and Mr. Link (right) voiced by Zach Galifianakis in director Chris Butler’s MISSING LINK, a Laika Studios Production and Annapurna Pictures release. Credit : Laika Studios / Annapurna Pictures

MISSING LINK
Runtime: 95 minutes  Rated: G
Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Link recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La.

JOHN GRISHAM’S THE RAINMAKER
Runtime: 135 minutes    Rating:  PG-13
Francis Ford Coppola directs and scripts an exciting, star-packed adaptation of John Grisham’s novel about an idealistic young attorney who takes on the case of a lifetime.

The film’s producer, Fred Fuchs, will be in attendance to introduce the film, followed by a Q&A after the screening. 

CABARET
Runtime: 124 minutes   Rated: PG
Featuring a young Liza Minnelli. Cabaret chronicles Cambridge student Brian Roberts’ friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat nightclub, where the anti-Semitic emcee sets a tone of debauchery.

PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE
Runtime: 91 minutes     Rated: PG
Combining rock & roll, horror, and the classic tale of Phantom of the Opera, this musical makes fun of all three. The story centers on an aspiring rocker who sells his soul to find fame and ends up horribly disfigured and living in the bowels of a popular night club.

RED JOAN
Runtime: 110 minutes Rated: R
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Judi Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history.

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
Runtime: 91 minutes  Rated: PG
A testament to the immense complexity of nature, Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land.

SATURDAYZ WITH MISS  T

Song-singin’, and ukulele strummin’ afternoons with Miss T are fully interactive concerts that are fun for kids of all ages and their families.
Every Saturday beginning May 11th, 2019

$10 per person, Drop-ins Welcome!

Stay for the film matinee following the sing-along at half price.

CREATIVE SOUL with Special Guest

Murray McLauchlan

Intimate conversations & unplugged performances with some of Canada’s greatest songwriters.  Host, Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Thomas, talks with Canadian music legends on the creative process, inspiration and keeping one’s creativity alive.

May 16th, 2019
Doors Open 6:30 PM     Event Start 7:30 PM
Tickets: $40 Per Show (+ HST + Surcharge)
Sponsored by Leggat Ancaster Toyota

REEL EATS
MAY 9th, 2019
Food, Film, and Sharing with Host Mary Luz Mejia and Guest Chef, Jonny Blonde

Doors Open and Dinner: 6:30 PM
Film: 7:30 PM [1hr 55 min]
Q&A with Jonny Blonde & Mary Luz to follow
Your ticket includes the following 2 items prepared by Chef Blonde
inspired by the movie CHEF

 Jonny’s Canadian Cuban sandwich (made with all local ingredients)Herb-marinated porchetta, pickled red cabbage, Quebec Mont St. Benoit Cheese, roasted garlic aioli & local grainy mustard on toasted house-made ciabatta with pan-seared sweet potato (in place of Cuban tostones)

May 29 @ 6:30 pm 

“MedFest” is an international film festival held annually in universities and institutions all over the world.  Founded by the Psychiatrist, Dr. Kamran Ahmed, with the backing of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), MedFest was intended to use the power of film to bring important health issues to the forefront of the conversation. Since 2015, Dr. Nadeem Akhtar (Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, McMaster University) and the Psychiatry Interest Group have brought MedFest to Hamilton; the only Canadian event.

This year, MedFest explores the theme “Inside: Outside”. Through a series of exclusive short films followed by an expert panel discussion, attendees will embrace a journey addressing the inner turmoil of mental illness; where the “outside” of an individual can mask their “inside” state.”

Tickets $5 + HST 


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