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When Voter Suppression Comes Calling

A documentary work-in-progress Preview, Forum and Tweetchat on electoral fraud.

At The Charlie white Theatre

7 pm Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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NOW PLAYING: Jan 23rd  – 29th



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MON - THU @ 7:15

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Paddington is a young bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.  Wildly entertaining, genuinely funny and endearingly heartfelt, Paddington is a family-friendly adventure you will fall in love with.  Rated G 1hr35



Based on the real life story of legendary mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing, The Imitation Game portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School to break the Nazi Enigma code during WWII.  The Imitation Game is a thoroughly engrossing film that honours the fascinating and heartbreaking story of Alan Turing.  The film features outstanding performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and Kiera Knightley. Rated PG (violence) 1hr55

Critics Consensus: Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.

 98% tomatometer  Average Rating: 7.9/10  2

Critics Consensus: With an outstanding starring performance from Benedict Cumberbatch illuminating its fact-based story, The Imitation Game serves as an eminently well-made entry in the "prestige biopic" genre.

 90% tomatometerAverage Rating: 7.7/10


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National Gallery


Saturday • Feb 7 3:00pm

Attention art lovers! If you love wandering galleries around the world, you will enjoy this film, based in London’s National Gallery. With the gallery’s collection of 2400 paintings spanning seven centuries, this film focuses on different aspects of the gallery, from restoring paintings to educational programs and the artists, scholars and curators that give the gallery its global reputation. Recently awarded the Venice Golden Leaf for Lifetime Achievement, Wiseman's work treats us to a view of who we are and who we have been.







Saturday • Feb 7 7:00pm

After his single mother is killed in a car crash, eleven-year-old Stet is uprooted from his small Texas home- town to an East Coast musical boarding school. Mourning, angry and out of his comfort zone, he finds himself in a conflict with the Choirmaster (Dustin Hoffman), who hears potential in Stet’s voice. This feel- good film has an impressive cast including Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, Josh Lucas and Debra Winger.








Sunday • Feb 8 3:00pm

Veteran Michelle Yeoh and newcomer Henry Lau both create fresh characters in a film where not just the food but also the people combine to make for memorable experiences. Final Recipe follows Mark (Henry Lau), a young man with a talent for cooking who, despite his ability, knows his grandfather insists that he take up a more stable profession. Things take a turn for the worse when Mark’s grandfather falls ill and the restaurant he built faces foreclosure. Bent on saving the restaurant, Mark enters a national cooking competition in Shanghai.





The Fifty Year Argument


Sunday • Feb 8 7:00pm

At a time when western culture is questioning the importance of the considered word, along comes The Fifty Year Argument, a documentary co-directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi that profiles the dynamic history of The New York Review of Books in a surprisingly accessible way.


The fall of communism, the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement and, of course, the books that shaped, and were shaped by, the changing cultural landscape of the time. This is a documentary of ideas and the personalities who wrote about them. The film recounts memorable pieces including one by Gore Vidal that led to a feud with Norman Mailer, Joan Didion’s questioning of the guilt of young black men accused of raping a jogger in Central Park, and many more.





Granny Power


Monday • Feb 9 7:00pm

"Well behaved women seldom make history." Granny Power is a documentary about a unique activist movement – the Raging Grannies. What started, 25 years ago, as a satirical protest group in Victoria, B.C., has since grown into an international movement. Filmed over 10 years, Montréal director Magnus Isacsson, who passed away before seeing his film finished, follows several passionate, activist grandmothers who use the principles of street theatre, guerilla action, and satire - as well as flowery hats - to demonstrate for social justice and the environment. This is a documentary about an important, growing and radically under-represented segment of the population, though the humour and audacity of the Raging Grannies make this film ‘serious fun’. 





Samba & Jazz


Tuesday • Feb 10 7:00pm

A warm musical beat to heat up February’s chilly weather. Samba & Jazz compares the samba of Rio de Janeiro to the jazz of New Orleans. Despite being continents apart and stylistically distinct, Samba & Jazz uncovers surprising harmonies between the two iconic music capitals and the sounds that defined them. With a cinema verité aesthetic, director Jefferson Mello takes the viewer into the heart of the authentic street culture of each musical metropolis, teasing out the rhymes and reasons why samba and jazz jive so well together.







Wed • Feb 11 7:00pm

Nelly Lenz is a badly disfigured, concentration camp survivor, who has been collected by Lene, from the Jewish Agency, and brought back to Berlin for her reconstructive facial surgery. Once her face heals, her main focus is to find her husband, Johnny, even though he believes her to be dead. Once she finds him, he doesn’t recognize her but sees similarities and asks her to “be Nelly” so he can claim her inheritance from the govern- ment. A whole new meaning of doppelgänger is born...





Seventy-One Years


Thursday • Feb 12 7:00pm

In October 2013, three forestry engineers outside Port Renfrew stumbled upon the wreckage of a 1940's war-time aircraft, sparking an investigation into a mystery with a wing span of 71 years. On a routine navigational exercise out of what is now the Victoria Airport, an Avro Anson L 7056 aircraft went missing and was presumed lost at sea, along with its four-man crew.





All the Time in the World


Friday • Feb 13 7:00pm

For every Canadian curious about “going North”, Suzanne Crocker’s intimate documentary about a family going off the grid perfectly illustrates how disconnecting from today's technology driven society can reconnect us with our real priorities. Director Suzanne Crocker, her husband Gerard, and their three children leave their Dawson City, Yukon life behind and live in a cabin in the wild for nine months. Without electricity, plumbing, or even clocks, Suzanne and her family rely on the setting of the sun and the changing  of the seasons to tell the passage of time. "Inside is our storage space, outside is our home." Living a life outside of the hustle and hurry of modernity can offer a different perspective on the things that matter most.





Song of

the Sea


Saturday • Feb 14 3:00pm


A dazzling and wonderful animated adventure for the whole family from the Academy-nominated director of The Secret of Kells! Young Ben and his sister Saoirse lived alone in a lighthouse by the sea with their widow father. One fateful day though, they discover their moth- er's special shell-flute. Its enchanting melodies unlock deep memo- ries within them that will let them bring their mother's stories back to life once again. That is, if they can escape their overprotective grandmother.





Clouds of Sils Maria


Saturday • Feb 14 7:00pm

A rich study of an actors’ insecurity is central in this tantalizing psychological drama. Mature actress, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche), engages with her personal assistant, Valentine (Kristen Stewart), on everything from men troubles to career decisions. The two are on their way to collect a lifetime achievement award on behalf of the director who launched Maria’s career. En route, they learn that he has passed away.




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The Metropolitan Opera2014 – 2015 Season

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Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann 

German w/English subtitles

Sat, Jan 31, 2015 @10:00

Running Time: 3hrs45

Synopsis: The magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigolo takes on the tortured poet and unwitting adventurer of the title of Offenbach’s operatic masterpiece, in the Met’s wild, kaleidoscopic production. Soprano Hibla Gerzmava faces the operatic hurdle of singing all three heroines—each an idealized embodiment of some aspect of Hoffmann’s desire. Thomas Hampson portrays the shadowy Four Villains, and Yves Abel conducts the sparkling score.


Conductor: James Levine/Yves Abel
Featuring: Vittorio Grigolo, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Thomas Hampson


Double Bill

Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta

Russian w/English subtitles

Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle

Hungarian w/English subtitles

Sat, Feb 14, 2015 @9:30

Running Time: 3hrs40

Synopsis: On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (Iolanta)followed by an erotic psychological thriller (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle). Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in Iolanta, while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko. Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s. Iolanta also stars Piotr Beczala, and Valery Gergiev conducts both operas.


Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Featuring: Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala/Mikhail Petrenko, Nadja Michael



Rossini’s La Donna del Lago 

Italian w/English subtitles

Sat, Mar 14, 2015 @10:00

Running Time: 3hrs30

Synopsis: Bel canto superstars Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez join forces for this Rossini showcase of vocal virtuosity, set in the medieval Scottish highlands and based on a beloved novel by Sir Walter Scott. DiDonato is the “lady of the lake” of the title, and Flórez is the king who relentlessly pursues her, their vocal fireworks embellishing the romantic plot in this Met premiere production conducted by Michele Mariotti.


Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Featuring: Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez


Double Bill

Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci 

Italian w/English subtitles

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana 

Italian w/English subtitles

Sat, Apr 25, 2015 @9:30

Running Time: 3hrs30

Synopsis: Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Featuring: Marcelo Álvarez, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Zeljko Lučić. Marcelo Álvarez, Patricia Racette, George Gagnidze