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2014 Fall Schedule

Sep 10 The Grand Seduction
Sep 17 Chef
Oct 01 The Railway Man
Oct 15 The Trip to Italy
Nov 05 Tracks
Nov 12 Magic in the Moonlight
TBA Always much more coming!

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Screening times twice monthly on Wednesdays on what has become a somewhat irregular schedule- check the listings, below; 7:30 p.m., Galaxy cinema, 1000 Islands Mall, Brockville, Ontario.

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The Grand Seduction

Wed. Sep. 10, 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Theatre

The Grand Seduction A favourite among Film Circuit audiences, Jean-François Pouliot’s 2003 film La grande séduction was a box-office smash hit in Quebec and wowed critics at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. Now, a decade later, the classic Canadian tale returns to the screen as an English-language remake directed by the brilliant Don McKellar (Childstar, Last Night) and adapted by Michael Dowse (It’s All Gone Pete Tong, Fubar) and Ken Scott (Starbuck) who wrote the original.

Substituting the quaint charm of a fishing village in rural Quebec with the rugged beauty of a tiny coastal community in Newfoundland, The Grand Seduction charts the lengths to which the community will go to enchant a visitor from the city. Like many affected by the collapse of the fishing industry, residents of this once-thriving village are driven to seek employment in the city or, worse, queue for government assistance. The future looks brighter, briefly, when a plastics company proposes building a factory in the village—until the villagers learn that they need to secure a full-time doctor to serve the community’s needs, which is easier said than done. Enter Dr. Christopher Lewis (Taylor Kitsch; television’s Friday Night Lights, The Bang Bang Club), a young, cosmopolitan plastic surgeon banished to the physician-starved seaside due to a previous misdeed. In a hilarious attempt to charm him—without revealing their plan—the villagers take up the doctor’s beloved cricket and fall over themselves trying to persuade him that he has come to the most fascinating, desirable place in the world.

Gentle, whimsical and poignantly funny, The Grand Seduction is brought to life through tremendous performances from Ireland’s Brendan Gleeson (Albert Nobbs, Gangs of New York) and Newfoundland-born Canadian icon Gordon Pinsent (Away From Her, Saint Ralph). Shot on location in Trinity Bay, the film marvelously captures the colour and vibrancy of Newfoundland’s coastal landscape, and is certain to delight even the saltiest cynic.

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Chef

Wed. Sep. 17, 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Theatre

Chef Following the success of his blockbuster Iron Man franchise, writer-director Jon Favreau returns to his scrappy comedic roots with this hilarious and heartfelt story about a professionally frustrated chef in search of a second helping of happiness.

Favreau stars as celebrity chef Carl Casper, who reigns supreme in the kitchen of a trendy Los Angeles restaurant—so long as he continues to please the establishment’s demanding owner (Dustin Hoffman, Barney’s Version). After a restaurant blogger (Oliver Platt, Ginger and Rosa) pans Carl’s dishes as safe and predictable, thefurious chef becomes engaged in a nasty social-media spat with the carping critic; and when a video of his angry confrontation with the writer goes viral, Carl suddenly finds himself not just unemployed, but virtually unemployable. On the advice of his well-to-do ex-wife (Sofia Vergara, TV’s Modern Family), Carl returns to his hometown of Miami, where he got his start as a chef. With a little financial help from his ex-wife’s even better-off ex-husband (Robert Downey, Jr., in a scene-stealing role), Carl decides to refurbish a broken-down food truck as a way of jump-starting his culinary creativity—and reconnecting with his young son.

Reteaming Favreau with his Iron Man collaborators Downey and Scarlett Johansson (Her), featuring an all-star cast that also includes John Leguizamo (The Lincoln Lawyer) and Bobby Cannavale (Blue Jasmine), and offering mouth-watering views of the culinary delights in Carl’s kitchen, the savoury Chef will leave audiences hungry for more.

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The Railway Man

Wed. Oct. 01, 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Theatre

The Railway Man Marking the first collaboration between two of contemporary cinema’s most acclaimed and admired actors—Academy Award winners Colin Firth (Magic in the Moonlight, The King’s Speech) and Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco, Stoker)—The Railway Man recounts the incredible true story of Eric Lomax, a British soldier who endured gruelling conditions as a forced labourer on the infamous “Death Railway” between Bangkok and Rangoon after being captured by Japanese troops during World War II.

A quiet, middle-aged radio and railway enthusiast, Lomax (Firth) meets Patti Wallace (Kidman) on a Scottish train in 1983. After a whirlwind courtship, the couple are married—but on their wedding night, and for many nights to come, Eric is gripped by paralyzing nightmares that he refuses to explain |to his new bride. Confused and hurt by her husband’s remoteness, Patti turns to Eric’s friend Finlay (Stellan Skarsgård, Melancholia), who finally reveals Eric’s harrowing story. Along with thousands of other British soldiers captured by the Japanese army, Eric was forced to work on the construction of the Thailand-Burma Railway, which claimed the lives of more than 10,000 Allied POWs and 90,000 enslaved civilians during the war—and in addition to the memory of this torment, Eric still bears the psychic scars of his brutal torture at the hands of a Japanese officer. Realizing that there is only one way to save her marriage, Patti sets out in search of this man whose shadow still haunts her husband’s mind and soul.

Featuring exquisite performances from its three leads, and a deeply affecting turn from Hiroyuki Sanada as Nagase, the object of Patti’s search, The Railway Man is a vital story of hope and redemption for a world often overcome by violence and hatred.

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The Trip to Italy

Wed. Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Theatre

The Trip to Italy Michael Winterbottom's largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon-or semifictionalized versions thereof-on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets' grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs. Re-whetting our palates from the earlier film, the characters enjoy mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as Batman's vocal register, the artistic merits of "Jagged Little Pill," and, of course, the virtue of sequels. Winterbottom trains his camera to capture the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed while keeping the film centered on the crackling chemistry between the two leads. The Trip to Italy effortlessly melds the brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon into quieter moments of self-reflection, letting audiences into their insightful ruminations on the nuances of friendship and the juggling of family and career. The result is a biting portrait of modern-day masculinity.

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Tracks

Wed. Nov. 05, 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Theatre

Tracks In 1977, a twenty-seven-year-old Australian woman named Robyn Davidson set out from Alice Springs to walk 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert to the Indian Ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson yearned for a solitary journey of self-discovery, and had no ambition other than to reach the ocean. She ultimately wrote about her desert adventure in her 1980 book Tracks, which became a cult favourite around the world and has now been beautifully adapted for the big screen by director John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore).

Robyn (Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland, The Kids Are All Right) spends two hardscrabble years in the Alice Springs area learning how to train and care for camels (feral herds of which number in the thousands in Western Australia) in order to prepare for the epic trek. Finally ready to embark on her journey, she realizes she is woefully underfunded and, despite her desire for self-sufficiency, accepts a fee from National Geographic in exchange for a written feature on her travels. The magazine adds a condition: she must allow photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver, The F Word, television’s Girls) to photograph her at selected stops along the way.

As adapted by Marion Nelson, Tracks captures two arduous journeys: Robyn making her way slowly through the outback, and her (arguably more perilous) inner search. The motivation behind her decision to test her limits, and the reasons for her preference for animals over people, are subtly revealed during the chronicle of the arduous crossing. Curran casts the harsh, red-baked land as much more than just Robyn’s antagonist—at different points it woos her, threatens her, comforts her, steals from her, and submits to her, and we feel privileged to share the journey.

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Magic in the Moonlight

Wed. Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Galaxy Theatre

Magic in the Moonlilght Following the triumphs of the Academy Award–winning Midnight in Paris and Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen returns to the Continent with Magic in the Moonlight. Set on the banks of the French Riviera amidst the high society of the Roaring Twenties, this sparkling, light-hearted charmer is part May-December romance and part comedy of manners.

Wealthy, middle-aged Englishman Stanley (Academy Award winner Colin Firth, The King’s Speech, The Railway Man) is asked to visit the household of a rich socialite in the south of France in order to debunk a supposed “spiritual medium” who has the family under her spell. However, Stanley soon has his ironclad scepticism put to the test when he meets the mystic in the flesh. Sophie (Emma Stone, The Help, Gangster Squad) is a beautiful young woman who has the ability to look into a person’s eyes and tell them things about their life that no one else could possibly know. Is it all a con—or could she actually be the real thing? As séances are succeeded by picturesque drives in the country and strolls along the shoreline of this holiday paradise, Stanley’s po-faced pragmatism begins to give way to the mysteries of magic—and the thrill of romance.

Firth and Stone are perfectly matched as the stoic Stanley and the effervescent Sophie, and Allen’s masterfully light touch recalls all the pleasures of his previous classics. With its irrepressible charm and stunningly beautiful setting, Magic in the Moonlight may just have you booking a ticket to the Côte d’Azur.

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