By Simon Coates
The Lebovic Centre for Arts and Entertainment ~ 19 on the Park is introducing new screening schedules for TIFF films for 2016. We often hear some of our patrons express disappointment at not being able to attend some of our film sessions and in an effort to provide our community with as many chances to see our wonderful films from the Toronto International Film Festival we are showing mid-week movies as both Matinees and evening shows. This means a film will be screened on its prescribed Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday date at both 2pm and the traditional 7pm time slot.
This is an exciting opportunity for members of the community who are reluctant to venture out during the colder nights of the season but may find themselves available during the daytime to catch these great motion pictures on our big screen.
We’re also introducing double feature nights: two films on one Friday every month, back to back, at 6:30 pm and 9pm. Come for one of them, or if you’re a cinephile who loves a marathon session – stay for both..!
February has a terrific line up beginning with Carol on Wednesday the 10th. Starring Cate Blanchett in her Golden Globe and Oscar nominated role, it also stars Rooney Mara, who is also nominated for Best supporting actress at the upcoming academy awards. It deals with a wealthy socialite and her relationship with a young store clerk in Manhattan during the 1950’s; a time where non-conventional romances were shunned.
On Tuesday Feb. 16, comedy-drama Grandma stars Lily Tomlin as Elle, a lesbian poet who has recently lost her long term life partner. A surprise visit from her granddaughter brings trouble; the girl is pregnant and needs money for an abortion. The two embark on a venture across Los Angeles looking to gather the funds for the procedure. A divisive and sensitive subject handled in a surprisingly touching manner, the superb Tomlin was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for a Golden Globe. Grandma is also certified fresh with a rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
February 19 sees the month’s double header screened with Carol playing at 6:30 pm and Grandma at 9 pm.
Our final film for the month is possibly the most interesting; Room, screening Feb. 24, is the little movie that could. Filmed in Toronto, it’s the story of a 5 year old boy and his Mother ‘Ma’, held captive by a mysterious man in a one room dwelling. When they find freedom, the outside world is a sensory overload for the boy who has never known existence outside the four walls within which his life has been confined. Room has been Oscar nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress – an accolade Brie Larson has already won for playing ‘Ma’ at this year’s Golden Globes.
See our website for session times and further details – 19onthepark.ca. Or call the box office at 905-640-2322 for further information.
By Simon Coates