It's a pretty quiet weekend, cinematically speaking. The Amazing Spider-Man is expected to dominate the box-office, and there isn't a lot to counter it - Katy Perry? Oliver Stone? Woody Allen? Not likely.
I'd still hold up that restoration of Jaws, now in its second week at the Lightbox, as the best thing you can do with your movie dollar right now.
But if you're looking for something a little more diverse, let me direct your attention to a couple of other programs this weekend.
There's the North Korean Human Rights Film Festival, running tonight (Friday) through Sunday at Innis Town Hall. It's a collection of features and documentaries dedicated to raising awareness of the dire situation in that country ... which means you won't find much in the way of uplifting content, but you'll hopefully come away knowing a little more about things than you did going in.
Alternately, there's the film component of Harbourfront Centre's Expressions Of Brazil, which also runs today through Sunday and includes a film component comprised of shorts, documentaries and features selected by BRAFFTV, the Brazilian Film and Television Festival of Toronto. All screenings at the Studio Theatre; highlights include Marcos Prado's 2004 documentary Estamira (Saturday, 5 pm), which now plays like an unsettling prologue to Lucy Walker's Oscar-nominated Waste Land, and Hector Babenco's melancholy 1996 drama Foolish Heart (Saturday, 8:30 pm).
There, that's your weekend covered. And assuming the sun doesn't boil us all alive, there's next week's free outdoor cinema options to consider. Yonge-Dundas Square has Hal Ashby's Harold And Maude Tuesday at 9 pm, which is pretty much the Rosetta stone of contemporary American independent cinema; if you haven't yet got around to bringing home the new Criterion disc, catch it with a crowd and you'll wonder why you ever hesitated.
Wednesday, you'll have to choose between a free show of Zoolander at Harbourfront's WestJet Stage at 9 pm (introduced by your faithful aggregator) and TIFF's screening of Preston Sturges's The Palm Beach Story at 9:15 pm in David Pecault Square. I leave it to you to make the right choice there.
Rather stay indoors? The last of the Toronto After Dark Festival's summer screenings play the Bloor on Wednesday night, with Joseph Kahn's unquantifiable high-school head trip Detention playing at 7 pm and the new-wave horror omnibus V/H/S - with contributions from The House Of The Devil's Ti West and A Horrible Way To Die's Adam Wingard, among others - at 9:45 pm. Tickets are $13 per picture or $22 for the double feature, and can be purchased here. Also, there will be air conditioning. This week, that's definitely something to consider.