’70s American road movies at Cinematheque

Dirty Mary Crazy Larry

If you recognize the above movie still, then you probably know your ’70s American cinema.

And if that’s the case, you’ll appreciated a retrospective this weekend at Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.).

Two-Lane Blacktop is a retrospective of 1970s American road movies on Oct. 23 – Oct. 26. Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (above, 1974, starring Susan George and Peter Fonda) is just one of a number of free-wheeling treats, including a prime Clint Eastwood flick, a Roger Corman cult classic and even some artier, more existentialist fare.

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’70s American road movies at Cinematheque

Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this Halloween!

Max Shreck as Nosferatu (1922).

Max Shreck as Nosferatu (1922).

There’s no dearth of scary movie options this month in Vancouver, and horror movie fans are definitely going to have their hands full trying to choose what to see. From British and American classics to Canuck ’70s slasher films to a screening with live musical accompaniment by the VSO, there’s something to satisfy every movie fan’s dark cravings. Here are several options.

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Where to watch scary movies in Vancouver this Halloween!

Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Photo credit: Yaletown BIA | Flickr

Movie tickets at Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver are regularly priced at $12.99.  But on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 18, they’re absolutely free.

Scotiabank Theatre, along with nearly a dozen other Cineplex theatres in the Lower Mainland, will be showing free movies that morning as part of the annual Cineplex Community Day.  Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and movie start times range from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Apart from a free flick, you can also get cheap snacks: Regular popcorn, regular fountain drinks and selected candies are all $2. (Now that’s a “breakfast of champions.”) All proceeds are donated to the Free the Children Foundation.

So what’s showing?

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Free Movies at All Cineplex Theatres in Vancouver, Oct 18

Last days of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

Andrew Huculiak's Violent won this year's VIFF awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film. It has one screening left at this year's festival.

Andrew Huculiak’s Violent won this year’s VIFF awards for Best Canadian Film and Best BC Film. It has one screening left at this year’s festival.

If you haven’t taken advantage of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, it’s not too late. There are still four days left before the last movies screen on Oct. 10.

We’ve taken a look at the final days of the fest and come up with some highlights according to date. Note that some of these movies might have other screenings besides the ones listed, and of course there are tons more worthy flicks. You can find a full listing as well as screening times and ticket info at viff.org.

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Last days of the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival

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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Film Noir series at Cinematheque