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Listen to Kathleen Turner’s husky voice on five separate occasions

Kathleen Turner (Image: Viva Vivanista)

In anticipation of Kathleen Turner’s upcoming role in the Mirvish production High (from May 8 to 13), Carlton Cinema has announced it will be hosting a free film fest on April 28 that will be screening Turner classics Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, The War of the Roses and Body Heat. We’re excited to see her endure a Florida heat wave and convince her lover to kill her husband on the big screen (it’s one of her sweatiest roles to date).

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The one thing you should see this week: a film about a prison with a storied musical past

Rita Chiarelli and inmate Ray Jones in Music from the Big House (Image: Caché Film and Television)

This week’s pick: Music from the Big House

Bruce McDonald is no stranger to the power of music. He’s built a large part of his career around it as the director of the punk mockumentary Hard Core Logo, the kinda-sorta concert film This Movie is Broken and the rock drama Trigger. His latest project sees him diverge, but only slightly: music is still the name, but documentary filmmaking is now the game.

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Reason to love Toronto: Because art house cinema is alive and well at the Carlton

(Image: Lorne Bridgman; film still courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics; photo-illustration by Ken Ogawa)

When the Carlton Cinemas closed last December (a casualty of Cineplex Odeon downsizing), it left a celluloid void in the city’s cinematic scene. Sure, the seats were rickety, the air conditioning putzed out mid-movie and some theatres still had mono sound systems, but where else would a tiny Japanese film like Departures play for 21 weeks, slowly building a word-of-mouth audience? The Carlton was one of the few theatres that took risks on Canadian movies, like Atom Egoyan’s first feature, Next of Kin, in 1985. For movie­goers wanting something more than the latest comic book cash-in, the theatre’s demise marked the end of an era.

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Free screenings today and tomorrow at the newly reno’d Carlton Cinemas

Indie cinephiles can line up at the Carlton Cinema again, enjoying a $1.5 million renovation and free screenings to boot. The charming film house shut its doors last December to the bitter disappointment of those who frequented the theatre for off-beat and critically acclaimed movies and a retro experience. Atom Egoyan, who tried to save the Carlton last year, will be at the theatre tonight to answer questions after the free 6:20 p.m. screening of his Toronto-filmed Chloe, a fitting start to the 29-year-old landmark’s next chapter. Today and tomorrow, Carlton Cinema will be showing free screenings of various films, including The Blind Side, Departures, Julie and Julia, The Class, The Cove, Crazy Heart, Up in the Air, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Away From Her and How to Train Your Dragon. Full schedule available at rainbowcinemas.ca.

Carlton cinema returns-with even fewer seats [Toronto Star]
Inside the new (and improved) Carlton Cinema [Blog TO]

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