Canadian authors, astronauts and enforcers follow up National Canadian Film Day – this week at The Civic.
Starting the three-way weekend/Tuesday split, Vancouver boy, Ryan Reynolds, goes to space with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson to find Life (14A) and bring it aboard the international Space Station. Its none to friendly to say the least.
Goon: The Last of the Enforcers (18A), directed and written by Jay Baruchel, Canadian comedian to the core, just check out his Canadian flag tattoo in Knocked Up, is sure to tap into the Canadian Hockey psyche. Co-Stars, the once Slocan Valley resident, Liev Schreiber. It’s a new day for the Halifax Highlanders. A pro lockout has reunited old teammates and brought a crew of new players to the bench; notably missing from the line-up, however, is everyone’s favourite enforcer and heart of the team, Doug “The Thug” Glatt. Sidelined after one too many hits and now married with a baby on the way, Doug is hanging up his skates and settling into life as an insurance salesman. But when Doug’s nemesis, Anders Cain, is made captain of the Highlanders and new ownership threatens to tear his team apart, Doug is compelled back into action. Ignoring the wishes of wife Eva, Doug heads to the rink, discovering an unlikely training partner in fellow retired enforcer and one-time arch rival, Ross “The Boss” Rhea (Liev Schreiber). Together with grit, passion and unrivaled loyalty, they will grind out one last chance to do what they do best…protect their team.
The Shack (PG) plays as our third film in the Canadian trinity main-run split. Shot in beautiful BC and based on the book penned by Canadian author, William P. Young, a father receives a letter, he suspects is from God, asking him to return to The Shack where his daughter Missy may have been murdered. After contemplating it, he leaves his home to go to The Shack for the first time since Missy’s abduction and an encounter that will change his life forever.
Our Doc Weds. and Thursday Night movies make a return!
My Scientology Movie follows filmmaker Louis Theroux as he is denied admittance into the Church of Scientology’s headquarters, setting into motion a clever, confrontational and funny plan to try and reveal the inner workings of the mysterious organization. If you are familiar with Louis Theroux (son of author Paul Theroux), you will be aware of his particular brand of journalism and dry sense of humor that has gained him intimate access to some very colourful fringe people and/or organizations like Tom Metzger, dubbed “the most dangerous racist in America” in the documentary Louis and the Nazis and the family at the core of the Westboro Baptist Church in his film, The Most Hated Family in America.
Danish Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Land of Mine (14A) finally screens as the week’s Thursday movie entry. In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs is forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.
Also filling up this busy week (fitting in diversity while we can among these single feature weeks), we are happy to have a couple of community presented pieces, both at no charge to the public.
Bob Bourke treats families of the community, in association with Kootenay Kids, to a FREE screening of Sing (G), on Sat. Apr. 22 @ 3pm. A Theatre, not unlike The Civic, is under threat of closure and it is up to a visionary Koala to save it through a singing competition that becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists’ find that their lives will never be the same.
Kootenay wildlife photographer, Jim Lawrence and The Wildlife Defense League, also offer the community a free screening. This one an effort to artfully protest Grizzly bear trophy hunting in BC. Trophy offers an in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa and unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities. Jim Lawrence’s award winning short, Kootenay Rambles, will also be screening, as well as a lively post film discussion with both Michelle Mungall and Kim Charlesworth taking part.
Coming next: Beauty and the Beast
See you at The Civic.
Friday 21, April – 7:00 PM, Saturday 22, April – 9:00 PM, Sunday 23, April – 6:45 PM
Saturday 22, April – 3:00 PM