No One Lives
What with NXNE Film, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival and TIFF's ongoing Century Of Chinese Cinema, if you can't find something you want to watch this weekend, you're just not trying. But once things quiet down, if you think you need something more, there are a couple of screenings happening in town that might be worth a look.
Tuesday evening at the Revue, for example, Jeffery Wright's ongoing Refocus series brings another American indie to a Toronto audience. This month, it's Chad Hartigan's This Is Martin Bonner, a character piece about two men (Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette) looking for purpose in Nevada.
The screening's at 9 pm, and admission is free. Wright has a habit of finding movies that are both extremely worthy and very hard to find later, so you should probably risk the trip out to Roncesvalles.
Wednesday night at 9:30 pm, Cineplex's monthly Sinister Cinema series unleashes Ryuhei Kitamura's No One Lives upon crowds across the nation. Like John Dies At The End and The ABCs Of Death, it's another title harvested from the Midnight Madness series of last year's Toronto Film Festival; unlike those films, it's a small-scale thriller that pits a handful of desperate people against a handful of even more desperate people.
If you missed it at TIFF, well, now's your chance to catch up to the mayhem. And if you can't make this screening, it starts a one-week run at the Yonge-Dundas 24 on Friday. Isn't that nice? Everybody wins!
Except that no one lives, I guess. Well, you can't have everything.
Speaking of Cineplex, if you live up around Yonge and Sheppard, you may experience some confusion this weekend. As of today, the Sheppard Grande megaplex in the Sheppard Centre will be shuttered, and its staff and programming moved one subway stop north to the newly renamed Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk.
Previously owned by Empire Theatres (and, before that, by Famous Players), the Empress Walk was shuttered without warning this past March; in April, Cineplex announced it would be taking over the premises, which offers 10 screens including one of those fake digital IMAX rooms. So, you know, if you sneak uptown to see Man Of Steel this weekend - it's okay, I won't be mad - don't freak out when you get to the Sheppard Centre and there's no theatre there any longer. Just walk five minutes north, and everything will be fine.