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The Pitch (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5)

The Pitch (Jan. 30 – Feb. 5)

It’s Groundhog Day at The Civic!

Reliving a day in the world of Thomas Pynchon’s imagination over and over again? What a mind trip.   A Bill Murray classic free Member Monday Movie, Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest and more this week at The Civic.

Starting on Jan. 30th, Joaquin Phoenix teams up once again with P.T. Anderson as a grittier, mutton chopped version of Jeffrey Lebowski.  The pot head P.I. motif however, is where the comparison ends between the Pynchon penned Inherent Vice (rated 14A) and the Coen Brother’s comic masterpiece The Big Lebowski.  “Doc (Phoenix) sees the Dude’s zonked worldview and raises it by about 6 degrees of justifiable paranoia.” – Howard Hampton, Film Comment. The Ornette Coleman take on traditional hard boiled themes is perfect from an author who has carefully avoided contact with reporters for more than forty years.  “Like the novel, Anderson’s Inherent Vice is a raucously convoluted, intellectually nimble take on the crusty mythology of the private detective as Don Quixote.”

On the split, Selma (Rated PG), A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 also opens on Jan. 30th.  Aside from Best Picture nominations for both the Golden Globes and Oscars, the film also won a best director nomination for it’s director Ava DuVernay at the recent Golden Globe Awards, the first nomination for a woman of colour and only the fifth woman ever to be nominated for this award.

This year, Feb. 2nd, the actual Groundhog Day holiday, falls on a Monday.  What better way to spend A Member Monday Groundhog Day then by taking another spin ’round with Bill Murray, recently on The Civic screen as St. Vincent.  1993’s Groundhog Day (rated PG) has been fully restored and presented here in a 4K DCP print.  Free for members of The Civic.  Memberships will be on sale at the screening for anyone wanting to relive the day they first saw this great movie.

Our Thursday film this week, the Swedish film Force Majeure (rated PG) brings our little Ski resort town to that of the French Alps.  A family is on holidays to enjoy a few days of skiing. The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during a lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With diners fleeing in all directions, mother Ebba calls for her husband Tomas as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, meanwhile, is running for his life… The anticipated disaster failed to occur, and yet the family’s world has been shaken to its core, a question mark hanging over their father in particular. Tomas and Ebba’s marriage now hangs in the balance as Tomas struggles desperately to reclaim his role as family patriarch.  This dark comedy was in the running for best Foreign language film at the Golden Globes and the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes.

What a line up! See you at the movies. (I’m having the oddest sense of deja vu right now)

Cheers,
Jason.

Coming Soon: Imitation Game, Paddington, American Sniper, Birdman

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Selma
Fri. Jan. 30 @ 7:00, Sat. Jan. 31 @ 9:30pm, Sun. Feb. 1 @ 4pm and Tues. Feb. 3 @ 7:00pm

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Inherent Vice
Fri. Jan. 30 @ 9:30, Sat. Jan. 31 @ 6:45 pm, Sun. Feb. 1 @ 7:00pm and Tues. Feb. 3 @ 9:30pm

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Groundhog Day
Mon. Feb. 02 @ 7:30pm

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Force Majeure
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