Adjustments to the Saturday night schedule in light of changes to the NHL season
Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story
Hockey great Gordie Howe retired after 25 winning seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. But he realized that retirement just didn't work for him... When his sons were drafted to the Houston Aeros in the fledgling WHA league, he came out of retirement to join the team! He was written off by many, who thought he was too old to be playing competitively. Set in the 1970s, it follows Howe's return to the ice at age 45.
Starring Michael Shanks and Kathleen Robertson
“Stargate” and "Saving Hope" star Michael Shanks plays Howe and former "90210" co-star Kathleen Robertson portrays Howe's late wife and manager Colleen
9 wins & 8 nominations (Canadian Screen Awards 2014, Leo Awards 2014) - including wins for Best Television Movie and Best Male Lead for Michael Shanks
Saturday March 21, 2020 at 7 PM
The life of a professional hockey player was not always a glamorous one. For legendary goaltender Terry Sawchuk, each save means one more gash to his unmasked face and one more drink to numb the pain. Even with a wife and seven children at home, he is haunted by the void left from his childhood which he tried to fill with cheering crowds. Sawchuk traveled across the country racking up 103 shutouts and 400 stitches to his face, proving that this is a man who lives, breathes, and dies a goalie.
Starring Mark O'Brien
Nominated for 5 Canadian Screen Awards 2020 including Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Mark O'Brien
Written & directed by Adriana Maggs who has also written for Little Dog, Caught, Frankie Drake Mysteries, Rookie Blue, ...and more
Saturday March 21, 2020 at 9 PM
Three men, three different paths, caught in conflict but brought together to save lives: a highly skilled sniper who can’t think of his targets as human; an intelligence officer who has never killed while on duty; and a legendary Afghan warrior who left war behind but gets pulled back to battle.
Written, directed by, and starring Paul Gross
5 wins & 12 nominations (2016: ACTRA Awards, Canadian Film Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, Directors Guild of Canada) - including wins for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, Sound, and Visual Effects
It was shown in the Gala Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 7 PM
The Right Kind of Wrong
In this comedy, Leo Palamino (Ryan Kwanten), a failed writer-dishwasher made famous for his many flaws and shortcomings in a blog called ‘Why You Suck’, written by his ex-wife. He meets Colette, the girl of his dreams on the day is marrying the perfect man. And so the ultimate underdog love story begins in which Leo, a fearless dreamer, risks all to show Colette and the whole world all that is right with a man famous for being wrong.
Cast includes Canadian favourite Catherine O’Hara (Schitt's Creek)
Based on the 1987 novel Sex and Sunsets by Tim Sandin
Premiered at the Gala Presentation Section of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Saturday March 28, 2020 at 9:30 PM
This 2016 biographical sports drama is based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, an African American athlete who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Trust onto the world stage, he faced off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. This enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance and friendship is an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
8 nominations, 4 wins at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Actor (Stephan James)
5 Prix Iris nominations (Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume, Best Hairdressing)
Saturday April 4, 2020 at 7 PM
Across the Line
Directed by Director X, Across the Line is set in North Preston, Nova Scotia where Mattie (Stephan James), a hockey player, is being considered for a professional career. His dreams of going pro are threatened by growing racial strife at his school while his brother Cater (Shamier Anderson) is involved in criminal activity.
Young, diverse cast
Unique perspective on a favourite Canadian pastime
Winner of Best Atlantic Feature 2015 (AFF)
Saturday April 4, 2020 at 9:30 PM
Hector and the Search for Happiness
Disillusioned with the tedium of his existence, psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) confesses to his girlfriend (Rosamund Pike) that he feels he is a fraud for dispensing recommendations to patients who never seem to improve or get any happier. He considers breaking out of his lackluster routine. Summoning up some courage, Hector gives his starved curiosity free rein and embarks on an international quest to find the right formula to bring him joy and vitality. And so begins a larger than life adventure with riotously funny results.
2 wins & 6 nominations (2015: Canadian Screen Awards, Leo Awards, Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival, and 2014 Golden Trailer Awards - including a win for Best Director for Peter Chelsom
Based on François Lelord's novel of the same name
Also stars Toni Collette,Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer
Saturday April 11, 2020 at 7 PM
Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she'd rather go to Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past: the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It's about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.
Ming is voiced by Sandra Oh (Grey's Anatomy, Sideways)
Ellen Page (Inception, JUNO) voices Kelly
2016 Best BC Film Award and Best Canadian Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival
Saturday April 11, 2020 at 9 PM
Parvana is an 11-year-old girl who lives under Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 2001. After the wrongful arrest of her father, Parvana cuts off her hair and dresses like a boy to support her family. Working alongside a friend, she soon discovers a new world of freedom and danger. Drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, Parvana embarks on an epic quest to find her father and reunite her family.
Based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis
Executive produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie
Premiered at 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
19 wins & 53 nominations - including a win for Best Adapted Screenplay at 2018 Canadian Screen Awards and a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards
Saturday April 18, 2020 at 7 PM
Based on a true story, MAUDIE is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
24 wins & 17 nominations - including 2018 Canadian Screen Award wins for Best Motion Picture, Sally Hawkins (Lead Actress), and Ethan Hawke (Supporting Actor)
Saturday April 18, 2020 at 9 PM
STILL MINE is an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with wry humor, STILL MINE tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his wife Irene who has dementia.
4 wins & 11 nominations - including 2013 Canadian Screen Award win for James Cromwell (Lead Actor), and 2013 Directors Guild of Canada win for Michael McGowan (Direction - Feature Film)
Saturday April 25, 2020 at 7 PM
BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Stars Saoirse Ronan, 4-time Oscar nominee - including Brooklyn & Little Women
Hugely popular, the film garnered 39 wins & 156 nominations - including three Academy Awards nominations for: Best Picture, Best Lead Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and a win at BAFTA Award for Best British Film
Based on the novel of the same name by Colm Tóibín
Saturday April 25, 2020 at 9 PM
Jean of the Joneses
The lives of 25-year-old Jean Jones and her multi-generational, middle-class Jamaican-American family of strong-minded, stubborn yet loving women come to an arresting stop when her estranged grandfather dies on the doorstep of the family's brownstone during a Sunday dinner. Tensions rise and old conflicts come to a boil as Jean uncovers the family's buried secrets. Throughout the film, the Jones women face their divorces, infidelities, and past transgressions. In particular, Jean faces the tough truths of her career and her crippling ability to move on from a past relationship to the love staring her right in the face. The semi-autobiographical screenplay was the first script to be penned by writer-director Stella Meghie.
Two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards, for Best Supporting Actress (Shepherd) and Best Original Screenplay (Meghie).
Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
Saturday May 2, 2020 at 7 PM
Claire Paxton is a rebellious teenager who is forced to repeat her senior year of high school. Moving between adolescence and adulthood, Claire finds herself confronting the inadequacies of both worlds and the relationships she has built within each.
Premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany's performance as Claire was widely celebrated
Audience Choice Award Winner at the RiverRun International Film Festival
Saturday May 2, 2020 at 9 PM
The Adventure Club
Three ten-year-old friends discover a wishbox--an ancient artifact with the ability to grant wishes. The three decide to use the box to save their local science center from bankruptcy, but in doing so they discover that there are some shady characters also after the box and who will stop at nothing to get it.
Cast includes Billy Zane (Titanic, Zoolander 2)
Suitable for audiences over age 9
Vivacious cast of child actors steal the show
Saturday May 9, 2020 at 7 PM
Into the Forest
Based on Jean Hegland's novel, Into the Forest tells the terrifyingly plausible story of a not-too-distant future where the power goes out for good, and two sisters (Page and Wood) must stick together in their isolated, rural home without gas, water, electricity or any of the technological conveniences that we take for granted.
Stars Ellen Page (Juno) and Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Winner of Best Feature Film at the 2016 Imagine Film Festival
Popular sci-fi thriller genre makes for great group screening
Saturday May 9, 2020 at 9 PM
The Journey Home
When Luke finds a young polar bear, he decides to help by returning the cub to its mother. The unlikely pair embark on an adventure through the frozen wilderness to bring the bear home.
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Shake Hands with the Devil)
Nominated for 2 ACTRA Awards
Aced Magazine called it "a thrilling family adventure."
Saturday May 16, 2020 at 7 PM
Two Lovers and a Bear
We are near the North Pole, in a town of 200 souls, where roads lead to nowhere. It is in this eerie lunar landscape that Roman and Lucy, two burning souls, will make a leap for life, a leap for inner peace.
Stars Tatiana Maslany, best known for her award noms & wins for Lead Actress in “Orphan Black”- including a Primetime Emmy win
Premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight section.
Winner of two Canadian Screen Awards, as well as two Prix Iris
Saturday May 16, 2020 at 9 PM
A movie about family and the uncertain times families live in. Milton is a 12 year-old boy growing up in an economically and socially unpredictable world. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is bullied at school. When his grandfather visits, Milton learns rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness.
Stars Academy Award Honouree for Lifetime Achievement, Donald Sutherland
Premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight section.
Saturday May 23, 2020 at 7 PM
REMEMBER is the contemporary story of 90 Zev,, who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is living in America under an assumed identity. Despite the obvious challenges, Zev sets out on a mission to find the guilty man and deliver long-delayed justice with his own trembling hand. What follows is a remarkable cross-continent road-trip with surprising consequences.
Stars Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer
Nominated for four 2015 Canadian Screen Awards, winning Best Original Screenplay
Winner of Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award at the Venice Film Festival
Saturday May 23, 2020 at 9 PM
In this romantic comedy, Deepak Veer Chopra is an Indian doctor who immigrates to Canada in hopes of starting a new life, but bureaucracy confines him to live as a taxi driver. After delivering a baby in his cab, he starts treating other passengers and practising medicine illegally. Chopra falls in love with Natalie Wilman, the woman whose baby he delivered and she uses her training as a (non-practising) lawyer to help him achieve his dreams.
Features actors Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory), Vinay Virmani and Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights)
Was the second highest grossing movie in Canada on its opening day in September 2014
Positive reviews for its appeal to multicultural audiences, light and funny tone and uplifting message
Saturday May 30, 2020 at 7 PM
This Canadian crime thriller stars Randeep Hooda as Jeet Johar, a loving single father, a dutiful son, a proud, observant Sikh and a ruthless gangster managing a team of stylish, charismatic but brutal and unforgiving young men. With the help of his recent recruit, the gang leader takes on an established crime lord in a battle for control over Vancouver's arms and drug trade.
From the Academy Award nominated director of “Water” and “Midnight's Children”, Deepa Mehta
The film is a fictional take based on real incidents
David Suzuki makes a cameo appearance (as himself)
Saturday May 30, 2020 at 9 PM
Kayak to Klemtu
When a prominent Kitasoo/Xai'Xais activist passes away, his 14-year-old niece Ella embarks on a kayak journey to take his ashes home to Klemtu. It's a race against the clock as Ella tries to make it back in time to speak on his behalf against a proposed pipeline that would bring oil tanker traffic to the waters around her hometown in British Columbia.
Winner of the 2017 imagineNATIVE Audience Choice Award
Saturday June 6, 2020 at 7 PM
Maïna, a young Innu woman, embarks on a journey to save her young friend after being captured by a group of Inuit travellers. When her rescue mission fails, the Inuit travellers take her captive as well and she joins them on their arduous journey to the Arctic.
Nominated for 6 Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture
Cast includes actress Tantoo Cardinal, a Member of the Order of Canada, and actor Graham Greene (The Green Mile, Dances with Wolves)
Saturday June 6, 2020 at 9 PM
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