Film line-up for FALL 2018
20-Sept – HEARTS BEAT LOUDLY
27-Sept – ANGELS WEAR WHITE
4-Oct – PUZZLE
11-Oct – THE CLEANERS
18-Oct – UNDER THE TREE
25-Oct – MANDY
8-Nov – THE GUILTY
15-Nov – EIGHTH GRADE
22-Nov – THE WIFE
All films start at 7pm at the Paramount Theatre, 503 Victoria street. See below for more info and film trailers.Would you like a hard copy of our schedule? Go to printfriendly.com and paste https://www.kamloopsfilmseries.ca/upcoming/ into the window. Voila! You’ll have a schedule you can print.Printed schedules are also available at Paramount Theatre and MovieMart.
ANGELS WEAR WHITE – Buy Tickets
Directed by Vivian Qu
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Rated PG: coarse & sexual language; violence
In a quiet seaside village in China, two victims of a brutal assault find themselves trapped in a web of danger and violence.
“It’s an excoriating story told with gentle sympathy; a lashing tale about the abuse and marginalisation of women; a shocking story of complicity and corruption – a Chinatown set in China”.
~Fionnuala Halligan, Chief Film Critic, Screen Daily
“The film looks heavenly, often bathed in light, as if Qu wants nothing more than to assuage these women of their suffering by suggesting paradise. But the brightness is just a veneer.”
~Andrew Crump, The Playlist
PUZZLE – Buy Tickets
Directed by Marc Turtletaub
Rated PG: coarse & sexual language
A woman who has a talent for assembling jigsaw puzzles sneaks away from her suburban town and goes to New York City, where she partners with a man for a puzzle tournament in Atlantic City. As she experiences independence for the first time, she begins to view her value and the pieces of her own life in a whole new light.
“Puzzle toes a tough line, managing to stay relentlessly good-hearted and deeply humane, even as Agnes herself plunges into deeper, more dramatic waters. It’s the kind of mid-life crisis story that so rarely centers on a woman and Macdonald shines in the role, riveting even in the quietest of moments.”
~ Kate Erbland, IndieWire
“Thanks to its most engaging, sympathetic stars, even the over-familiar path it takes lets us find the warmth in the first steps its characters take toward a richer life.”
~ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
THE CLEANERS – Buy Tickets
Germany, Brazil, Netherlands, Italy, USA
Directed by Hans Block & Moritz Riesewieck
Rated 14A: violence; sexual content
An expose on a peculiar underbelly of social media: the hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning, where the internet rids itself of what it doesn’t like, such as violence, pornography and even political content.
Join The Kamloops Film Series’ special guest speaker, Brian Lamb, as he draws connections between both the film and his impressive body of work, and experience navigating and deciphering the importance and impacts of the Internet, its applications, and our public and clandestine interactions with it.
Brian Lamb is Director, Learning Technology and Innovation, at TRU. For twenty years, he has lived and worked in the often-strange environments of online culture. Prior to the screening of The Cleaners, he will attempt to provoke discussion on the theme of “Information Pollution: Causes, Effects, Responses.” He mutters ill-tempered observations on his BLOG.
Pre Film Talk:
Where: Upper Mezzanine Kamloops Public Library (465 Victoria Street)
When: Thursday, October 11 at 6pm
“A sobering story of electronics and social media over-taking the world we inhabit and the morals we should hold dear, The Cleaners is perhaps one of the most terrifying portraits of 21st Century online life ever committed to the screen.”
~At Darren’s World of Entertainment
“Social media has produced insoluble problems so inconceivably vast and complicated that they paralyze the mind. The Cleaners is a very noble effort to backspace us into reality.”
~Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight
UNDER THE TREE – Buy Tickets
Iceland, Poland, Denmark, Germany, France
Directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
In Icelandic with English subtitles
Rated 14A: sexually suggestive scenes; violence
When Baldvin and Inga’s next-door neighbors complain that a tree in the couple’s backyard casts a shadow over their sun deck, what starts off as a typical spat between suburbanites soon spirals violently and unexpectedly out of control.
“You’ll find yourselves laughing and hating yourself for doing so because Sigurðsson doesn’t play scenes for comedy despite very obviously writing for it. This is a testament to his direction and the actors’ heightened states of borderline farce played with complete sincerity.”
~ Jared Mobarak, The Film Stage
“Unsettlingly perceptive as well as absurdly comedic, Under the Tree chronicles domestic tensions left to fester; when grudges branch out like a leafy tree in a suburban backyard, everyone suffers.”
~Sarah Ward, Screen International
MANDY – Buy Tickets
Special Halloween DarkFest Film
Directed by Panos Cosmatos
Horror, Action, Thriller
Rated 18A: sexually suggestive scenes; explicit violence
In the Pacific Northwest in 1983, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with deadly fire.
The Kamloops Film Series is excited to present Mandy in partnership with…
Drunk in a Graveyard, in their own words, is “a lot of things, firstly, a horror and alternative media review site piloted by whiskey and crewed by the damned.” Seemed like a perfect fit to help us get the word out about this Cage and Rage fuelled horror extravaganza. Check out their website HERE. They’re going to be assisting us in making the screening of Mandy a little more special, a little more Halloweeny, and a lot more awesome.
“Insanely violent and ethereally beautiful, it’s a revenge movie for those who hate revenge movies.”
~Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“A Gloriously lurid mock – 80’s revenge quest that aims a raging, roaring Nicolas Cage at Villains from another dimension. It’s a lyrical epitaph that wears its many horror, sci-fi and musical influences with pride on its oily, leathery sleeve, taking the viewer on an exhilarating ride through the fiery gates of hell and way beyond.”
~Katherine McLaughlin, Sight & Sound
DON’T WORRY, HE WON’T GET FAR ON FOOT –Buy Tickets
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Comedy, Biography, Drama
Rated 14A: coarse language; sexually suggestive scenes
After nearly dying in a car accident, the last thing Oregon slacker John Callahan intends to do is give up alcohol. Encouraged by his girlfriend and a charismatic sponsor, Callahan reluctantly enters a treatment program and discovers that he has a knack for drawing. The budding artist soon finds himself with a new lease on life when his edgy and irreverent newspaper cartoons gain a national and devoted following.
“The film sings with creativity and a feel-good ’70s vibe and some fantastic dark humor.”
~Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun Times
“Leave it to filmmaker Gus Van Sant to make a film about a hopeless drunk who becomes a quadriplegic into a story that’s funny, dark, sad, sweet and even sort of inspirational.”
~Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
THE GUILTY – Buy Tickets
Directed by Gustav Möller
In English and in Danish with English subtitles
Rated PG: coarse language
An alarm dispatcher and former police officer, Asger Holm, answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.
“Every so often a movie comes along that simply hits every note perfectly and sets the bar just a little bit higher. It is even more rare for that movie to come out of nowhere with little fanfare….Möller directs this so confidently that it’s hard to believe this is his first feature.”
~ Carlos deVillalvilla, Cinema 365
“The Guilty is a riveting mystery creating a race against time that includes false leads, family drama, and the search for a van somewhere within a specific cell tower. It’s all filtered through the eyes of a flawed hero, frequently overstepping his bounds much to the dismay of co-workers and supervisors.”
~ John Fink, The Film Stage
EIGHTH GRADE – Buy Tickets
Directed by Bo Burnham
Rated 14A: sexual content
Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school — the end of her thus far disastrous eighth-grade year.
“I promise you, this one is different. Burnham’s film distinguishes itself in a number of ways, consistently and quietly proving that it’s not quite like any other teen movie in recent memory.”
~Josh Martin, Martin On Movies
“It’s hard to imagine that Eighth Grade won’t be as deserving of consideration as the many bigger, splashier productions sure to come along in Oscar season.”
~James Bernardinelli, Reelviews
THE WIFE – Buy Tickets
UK, Sweden, USA
Directed by Björn Runge
Rated 14A: coarse language
Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man’s wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.
“[The Wife] soars above the ordinary with a timely narrative and a magnetic performance by Glenn Close that is nothing short of miraculous…. Sympathetic without being either a victim or a Wonder Woman on a pedestal, she puts The Wife in lockdown and throws away the key.”
~ Rex Reed, New York Observer
“As the apparently-perfect wife of a Nobel prize-winning writer, Close gives arguably her best ever performance…. Her Joan is a study in marital pain, deceit and the sexual politics of prestige.”
~Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
HEARTS BEAT LOUD – Buy Tickets
Directed by Brett Haley
Comedy, Drama, Music
Rated PG: coarse language
In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.
“A truly sweet, funny and downright likable comedy.”
~Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert
“Grows more and more captivating as it progresses, with the picture building to a tremendously satisfying final stretch.”
~David Nusair, Reel FilmReviews