MURDER MONDAY: Zodiac

 
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WHAT: Zodiac
WHO: Directed by David Fincher
WHERE: The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 7:00 PM
WHY: In the late 1960s and 1970s, fear grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer called Zodiac stalks its residents. Investigators (Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards) and reporters (Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr.) become obsessed with learning the killer's identity and bringing him to justice. Meanwhile, Zodiac claims victim after victim and taunts the authorities with cryptic messages, cyphers and menacing phone calls.

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MURDER MONDAY: To Die For

 
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WHAT: To Die For
WHO: Directed by Gus Van Sant
WHERE: The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 7:00 PM
WHY: Adapted from a book of the same name by Joyce Maynard (which was inspired by the real life Pamela Smart case), To Die For features Nicole Kidman as Suzanne Stone, a weather reporter at a small-town cable station who dreams of being a big-time news anchor, but thinks that her middle-class husband (Matt Dillon) is holding her back.

So, what's a girl to do? Have him murdered, of course!

She enlists Jimmy (Joaquin Phoenix), a high school boy who's enamoured with her, and his clueless friends. The plan doesn't work exactly as she intended, though, and her husband's family starts to suspect that she was involved in his death.

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NO FUTURE: Heavenly Creatures

 
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WHAT: Heavenly Creatures
WHO: Directed by Peter Jackson
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 8:00 PM
WHY: Before he spent the better part of the 2000s transforming New Zealand into Middle Earth, Peter Jackson created the dream kingdom of Borovnia, the fantasy escape world of a pair of schoolgirl killers in his beguiling, romantic, and unsettling Heavenly Creatures.

Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet made their brilliant screen debuts as Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, the lovelorn Christchurch teens who in 1954 were convicted of the murder of Parker’s mother. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Heavenly Creatures resonates as a ‘90s queer cult classic about gay panic begetting a counter-cultural swing against the repressive violence of 1950s conservative parenting.

Jackson and longtime partner Fran Walsh take a sympathetic approach to the sensational and gendered true crime story, envisioning the girls’ relationship as a gothic twist on the all-encompassing imaginative friendships of Anne Of Green Gables. They wring incredible performances out of their young leads. Lynskey riffs off Winslet’s sunny Brit energy with the sullen, scowling intensity of a proto-goth, making their killer union a work of both destruction and creation. 

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EUROPEAN UNION FILM FESTIVAL: The Line

 
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WHAT: The Line
WHO: Directed by Peter Bebjak
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
WHEN: 
Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | 8:30 PM
WHY: Adam Krajňák is a respected family man and uncompromising community leader as well as the head of a criminal group that smuggles cigarettes across the Slovak-Ukrainian border. The failure of one of the transports triggers an avalanche of consequences that compels him to question his own boundaries, none of which he had planned on crossing until now. Inspired by real events from the Slovak-Ukrainian border.

🏆 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Best Director Award
🏆 Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Plaque Best Art Direction
🏆 Slovak national film award Slnko v sieti for 2017: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor

Admission to the festival is FREE but you can reserve your seats in advance to avoid the line-up.

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RETROPATH!: Eaten Alive

 
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WHAT: Eaten Alive
WHO: Directed by Tobe Hooper
WHERE: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON 
WHEN: 
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 | 8:00 PM
WHY: Loosely based on the story of American serial killer Joe Ball (or the Bluebeard of South Texas or The Alligator Man), who owned a bar with an alligator pit as a local attraction in Elmendorf, Texas and was known to have killed as many as 20 women in the 1930s. Although suspected of several murders, he was never formally convicted because he committed suicide before he was arrested. 

In Eaten Alive, a sex worker named Clara finds refuge in a decrepit little establishment called the Starlight Hotel—located deep in the swampland of rural East Texas—after narrowly escaping the perverted paws of a frisky customer named Buck (Robert Englund). There, she meets the business's deranged proprietor, a man named Judd (Neville Brand), who is driven so mad from his own delusions that he attacks her with a pitchfork and then feeds her to his pet Nile crocodile, who lives in the swamp beside the building. What follows is a parade of oddball hotel guests (including an acting masterclass in unhinged lunacy from William Finley), all invariably in grave danger at the hands of Judd and his vicious friend. 

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imagineNATIVE FILM + MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL: Indictment Programme

 
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WHAT: Indictment: The Crimes Of Shelly Chartier, screening as part of the Indictment Programme 
WHO: Directed by Shane Belcourt & Lisa Jackson
WHERE: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2, 350 King Street West, Toronto, ON 
WHEN:
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 | 8:30 PM
WHY: A riveting true story about the crimes of Shelly Chartier, a reclusive young woman from a small Manitoba First Nation who captivated the press and made international headlines. Sensationalized in the media as a high profile catfishing case involving an NBA superstar and an aspiring model, Shelly was portrayed as a master manipulator who used social media as her weapon. Through the sensitive and intelligent lens of directors Lisa Jackson and Shane Belcourt, the sensationalism is swept aside to reveal a much more compelling—and complex—story of a young woman caught in historical circumstances beyond her control and how she struggles to rebuild her life after incarceration. With in-depth access to Shelly, Indictment unpacks the crime and raises important questions about our justice system.

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