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The Pitch (What’s Playing May 26 – June 1)

The Pitch (What’s Playing May 26 – June 1)

Reservoir Dogs for a new generation and a Nova Scotian true story ~ This week at The Civic.

Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire (14A)executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival, is a bullet ballet set in a single warehouse location similar to the Tarantino classic, and like Tarantino, owes a debt to films and makers of the past. In this case, influences can be found from Peckinpah to Carpenter and further back to Howard Hawks and of course to Reservoir Dogs, that gave it’s own nods to The Killing and City on Fire.  

On the split with Free Fire, Maudie (PG)based on Maud Lewis, among the most inspiring figures in Canadian art. Afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she spent her early life dismissed for what was presumed to be her limited ability. But Lewis’ colourful paintings, made on surfaces ranging from beaverboard to cookie sheets, established her as one of our country’s premier folk artists. Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, this moving film explores Lewis’ life in all its heartbreak and triumph.

On Monday, May 29th, The Civic hosts its inaugural Community Curators’ program (working title). Community Curators strives to include patrons who love film in the selection of limited release, documentary, art on screen and independent films, with the caveat that these presentations also need to include adjacent programming, such as conversations with directors, panel discussions about topics in the films, or other activities that are related to the onscreen content, all organized by group members. Chicken People is a funny and uplifting look at the world of show chickens and the people who love them. Starting at the largest national poultry competition, likened to the Westminster Dog Show for chickens, Chicken People follows three top competitors over the course of a year as they grapple with life’s challenges while vying to win the next year’s crown. Both humorous and heartfelt, Chicken People is an unforgettable celebration of the human spirit. There will be a live chicken guest, door prizes and Q and A with director Nicole Lucas Haimes via Skype.  Don’t miss out.

On Wednesday, Kootenay Co-op Radio brings the cult classic, Withnail and I to the Civic! The time is 1969: Two out-of-work actors go on vacation by mistake and things go from bad to worse, to even worse. Hilarity ensues. Discounts for KCR members, memberships available at the show.

And finally, we cap off the week with a exceptional Thursday Night Movie, I, Daniel Blake winner of The Palme D’or winner at Cannes, tells the story of a 59-year-old carpenter who after having suffered a heart-attack, must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Coming next: Wonder Woman on the break.

Friday 26, May 6:45 PM, Saturday 27, May 8:45 PM, Sunday 28, May 2:00 PM, Tuesday 30, May 6:45 PM

Free Fire
Friday 26, May 9:15 PM, Saturday 27, May 7:00 PM, Sunday 28, May 6:45 PM, Tuesday 30, May 9:15 PM

Chicken People
Monday 29, May 7:00 PM

Withnail and I
Wednesday 30, May 7:00 PM (doors) 8:00 PM (show)

I, Daniel Blake
Thursday 1, June 7:30 PM