Film Noir series at Cinematheque

You just know she's up to no good! Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

You just know she’s up to no good! Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

Film noir has proven to be exceedingly popular with Vancouver audiences. Cinematheque, one of our two downtown art-house theatres (the other is Vancity), has an annual tradition of showing some of the best, darkest and/or most obscure gems that fit under that label, usually from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. This year is no different, as the series offers a respite from the hot, sunny August weather in a dark, cool theatre, where audiences can watch men and women plot and scheme against each other.

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A midsummer night’s Woody

A scene from Match Point (2005), showing as part of Vancity Theatre's Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Summer series.

A scene from Match Point (2005), showing as part of Vancity Theatre’s Woody Allen 4 Seasons: Summer series.

As part of its Woody Allen 4 Seasons retrospective, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) is showing some of the director’s best and most popular films that also happen to be set in the summer. They range from the broad hilarity of A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy to the dark murder drama Match Point. Two of the films – including the science-fiction comedy Sleeper – have already been screened, but you still have four chances to soak up some Woody on a Sunday summer evening.

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Enjoy the Silver Screen with Baby at Vancouver Movies for Mommies

Photo credit: Laura Grady/Vancouver Movies for Mommies

Photo credit: Laura Grady/Vancouver Movies for Mommies

Who says just because you have a baby doesn’t mean you can’t watch the latest blockbuster in the theatre? Not Vancouver Movies for Mommies organizer Laura Grady.

“What better way to feel a little ‘normal’ again then by packing up the baby and watching a flick on the big screen,” explained Grady recently in an email.

Every second Wednesday Grady coordinates Movies for Mommies, a morning movie event at Dunbar Theatre in Vancouver. She also partners with other theatres like the Vancity Theatre on Seymour Street to offer ad hoc movie or documentary screenings. The Movies for Mommies events are tailored to an audience of moms and dads, caregivers and grandparents, all encouraged to bring their newborn to 12 month olds to the theatre.  Continue reading:
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Vote for your favourite Philip Seymour Hoffman movie

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005).

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote (2005).

What do Boogie Nights, Capote and Synecdoche New York all have in common? They’re all movies starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) will screen one of them May 26. And YOU get to decide which one.

It’s all part of a plan to make movie-going more social, the way it used to be back in pre-Internet and pre-PVR days. Local developer 20 Year Media’s WannaWatch.it app lets moviegoers plan outings and, in this case, curate a movie theatre’s programming.

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Behind the cowl – UBC’s academic look at superhero movies

Cinephile journal cover

Vol. 9, issue 2 of UBC’s film journal is now available.

Like a malevolent villain – the Skrull, say, or Galactus (hey, do I know my stuff or what) – superhero movies have taken over the planet.

It seems you can’t turn on the TV, go to a movie or visit a website without coming across ads, trailers or reviews for the things (of course, some people even go see them in theatres!). Since The Avengers did a billion dollars in box office receipts and the continued success of the Thor and Iron Man series, not to mention the Dark Knight trio of flicks - and isn’t that Spider-Man swinging around the moviehouse this week? - Hollywood has gone comic-book crazy.

But what does it all mean? Sure, some movie critics in the serious mainstream press occasionally talk about the bigger picture, and how the latest X-Men move is actually about racial profiling or whatever. But there’s more going on here, and that’s the idea behind the latest issue of Cinephile.

Vol. 9 No. 2 of the film journal, a quarterly publication from the film studies department at the University of British Columbia, looks at The Superhero Film.

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