Film Group is a series of films that encompasses the broad variety of movies that are generally not mainstream releases. Other terms used to describe this genre of film product are: independent, art, international.

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Don't Talk to Irene
Rating PG
Showtimes Wednesday, March 21 7:30 PM  
Running Time 82 mins
Actors Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Anastasia Phillips, Scott Thompson, Geena Davis
Director Pat Mills
Country Canada

Irene Willis (newcomer Michelle McLeod) lives in a town deemed the most insignificant geographical location in North America. The cycle of life is predictable and bland, something 15-year-old Irene, “the fattest girl in high school,” might just be able to shake up. Fuelled by the dream of becoming a cheerleader, but constantly told by both her overprotective mother and society that she isn’t exactly a fit for the role, Irene turns to her confidante and all-around god: Geena Davis (Thelma and Louise, A League of Their Own). Speaking to Irene via the A League of Their Own poster on her bedroom wall, Geena provides the inspiration and tough no-nonsense motivation she needs to face her bullies and follow her passions. When Irene gets suspended and is forced to do community service at a retirement
home — run by discipline freak Barrett (Scott Thompson) — alongside her bullies and her new friend, Tesh (Andy Reid), an opportunity arises. If she can’t be a high-school cheerleader, maybe she can turn her new-found circle of elderly friends into an unlikely dance troupe.
Pat Mills established his off-beat humour with his dark comedy Guidance and brings his characteristic smart, sly, and sharp sensibility to Don’t Talk to Irene. This is an empowering comedy about acceptance on your own terms. Disarmingly honest, Irene goes through the world with no filter, quick repartee, and an underlying sense of potential achievement — she just needs a bit of a lift to soar.
The Leisure Seeker
Rating A14
Showtimes Sunday, April 1 3:45 PM  Wednesday, April 4 7:30 PM  
Running Time 112 mins
Actors Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Christian McKay
Director Paolo Virzì

Canadian acting legend Donald Sutherland and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren star in this wise and witty road movie set in today’s divided United States. The English-language debut of Italian director Paolo Virzì (Like
Crazy), The Leisure Seeker makes an entire country its canvas and a couple of aging adventurers
its lovable heroes.
Living their twilight years under the close supervision of their adult children
and an array of doctors and specialists, John (Donald Sutherland; Milton’s Secret, Pride and Prejudice) and Ella (Helen Mirren; Trumbo, Woman in Gold) yearn for one last adventure. Escaping in a 1978 “Leisure Seeker” RV, the couple hits the road in an effort to reclaim some independence and spontaneity in their lives. However, the trip may not be as carefree as John and Ella anticipate; both are suffering from serious health issues, prompting their children and doctors to keep close tabs on them at all times. Yet Ella, the driving force behind the road trip down the famous Route 66, refuses to let these hindrances keep her and John from truly experiencing the world and living life on their own terms for as long as possible.
Based on the novel by Michael Zadoorian, The Leisure Seeker is a pleasure giver. Despite the sombre rationale behind Ella and John’s journey, the film brims with humour, affection, observation, and more than a little satire.
Featuring standout performances from both its magnificent leads, the film unflinchingly chronicles the challenges that seniors can face, while simultaneously saluting the adventurous spirit that inspires these two to throw caution to the wind and embark on an improbable escapade together. With great respect and genuine affection for its characters, and an impressively nuanced take on the aging process as a journey of its own, The Leisure Seeker is a road trip unlike any other.

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