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2016 Fall Schedule

Sep 07 A Bigger Splash
Sep 21 Everybody Wants Some (Paramount)
Oct 05 Our Little Sister
Oct 19 The Daughter
Nov 02 Dheepan
Nov 16 Sunset Song
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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.

The box office opens about 7:00 p.m. Seating is limited (200) and is on a first-come first-served basis, so come early. The ticket price is $9.00 (cash only; exact change is appreciated because that makes sales proceed quickly/smoothly). We are not equipped for debit/credit cards. Any change can be donated to the Brockville food bank.

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A Bigger Splash

Wed. Sep. 07, 7:30 p.m.

A Bigger Splash In A Bigger Splash, the lives of a high profile couple, a famous, reclusive rock star and a filmmaker, vacationing and recuperating on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria, are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old flame and his daughter - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion and, ultimately, danger for everyone involved. Director Luca Guadagnino draws four beautiful and well-balanced performances from his excellent cast, including brash, grandiose work from Ralph Fiennes. What Fiennes does here feels like jazz itself: It’s physical and primal, jumpy and funny in equal measure, and he manages to make an annoying, demanding character thoroughly entertaining. (125 minutes, R)

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Everybody Wants Some (Paramount)

Wed. Sep. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Everybody Wants Some Richard Linklater is obsessed with the peripheral, the seemingly unimportant or random. People in real life rarely stop dead in their tracks to have a profound moment, and they don't in his films either. The film takes place in 1980, tracking the lives of a group of college baseball players in the three days before classes start. There are two "baseball houses," rambling affairs on the outskirts of campus where the baseball team settles in to a routine of partying, philosophizing, and competition. Dancing, romance, conversation—all become battles for dominance. (117 minutes, R)

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Our Little Sister (Mongrel)

Wed. Oct. 05, 7:30 p.m.

Our Little Sister Adapted from the bestselling serialized manga Umimachi Diary, the new film from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son) is a deeply affecting drama about a fractured, all-female family. After their estranged father's death, three twentysomething sisters discover that they have a teenaged step-sibling whom they had never known of. Taking the shy young girl into their shared home, the sisters find their long-suppressed memories of their unhappy childhood stirred — and the painful past becomes fully present once more when the mother who had abandoned them suddenly reappears after 15 years. (128 minutes, PG)

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The Daughter (Mongrel)

Wed. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m.

The Daughter The tale of the prodigal son's return is typically a parable of forgiveness and reconciliation, but in this film, the return is a catalyst for upheaval, unrest, and the revelation of long-held grudges. Simon Stone's debut feature brilliantly adapts his acclaimed theatrical reimagining of The Wild Duck for the big screen, bringing Henrik Ibsen's timeless classic to life in unexpected ways. After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that's been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver's family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). When Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community, particularly Oliver's family, and the subsequent fissures release bitter secrets. The Daughter is a tension-riddled family drama, with Stone allowing his cast every opportunity to find their place in Ibsen's collective portrait and make the material their own. Cinematographer Andrew Commis creates a disarming intimacy with his use of handheld camera, while the film's emotional spectrum is carefully supported by Mark Bradshaw's lush, brooding score. While dysfunction and deception lie at the core of The Daughter, there is hope, too, with each of the characters imagining something better — a future unencumbered by the sins and betrayals of the past. (96 minutes 14A)

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Dheepan (Mongrel)

Wed. Nov. 02, 7:30 p.m.

Dheepan What happens to the millions of migrants who flee conflict zones to find new homes in the cities of the West? In the case of the Tamil family at the centre of the searing new film from Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust & Bone), conflict is never far behind. Seeking to flee Sri Lanka at the end of the country's civil war, a Tamil soldier (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) convinces two fellow refugees to pose as members of his family, which allows the trio to fool aid workers and win a passage to France. Once settled in the outskirts of Paris, they must use their hard-won survival skills to navigate their crime-ridden housing complex. Securing their position in a new country means making their false family real, but past violence and present threats combine to exert a rising pressure that is bound to explode. (114 minutes, 14A)

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Sunset Song (Unobstructed View)

Wed. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sunset Song Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day Closes, The Neon Bible, Of Time and the City, The House of Mirth: Terence Davies is responsible for some of the most important UK cinema of the past forty years, each film a nostalgic labour of love. Sunset Song, the long-awaited feature adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon's classic 1932 novel (a staple in Scottish classrooms), is another meditation on the past, delving into the life of a farming family in northeast Scotland. Exquisitely shot, each scene looks like an Old Masters painting as Davies applies his distinct "memory realism" style to a twentieth-century northern British milieu that many will recognize from the writer-director's previous films. Scratching a livelihood out of the stunning but harsh terrain, the Guthrie family cowers in obedient fear of its brooding patriarch (Peter Mullan), a man prone to sudden and ferocious bursts of anger. As Guthrie's long-suffering wife retreats into silence, the film's attention shifts to his daughter Chris (Agyness Deyn), a beautiful and intelligent young woman divided between her hatred for the coarse people in her village and her love of the landscape. Chris dreams, as does her brother Will (Jack Greenlees), of freedom and escape. The first comes suddenly. The second is more complicated: the arrival of handsome young Ewan Tavendale (Kevin Guthrie) into her life brings happiness, only for it to be disrupted by the Great War. Davies depicts the growth of relationships, the aura of unexpected bliss, with incomparable sensitivity. He identifies completely with the world he creates in Sunset Song, inhabiting Chris' life and its challenges with a palpable love for the character. But he also knows that actions are never simple, nothing is permanent, and that the outside world is often unkind. (135 minutes, 14A)

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