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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Closet Monster
Rating A14
Showtimes Sunday, October 30 3:45 PM  Wednesday, November 2 7:30 PM  
Running Time 89 mins
Actors Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Aliocha Schneider, Sofia Banzhaf, Jack Fulton, Mary Walsh, Isabella Rossellini
Director Stephen Dunn
Country Canada

The coming-of-age (and out-of-the-closet) story gets an imaginative twist in the first feature by writer-director Stephen Dunn.
Winner of the Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the 2015 Festival and selected as one of the ten best Canadian films of the year at the 2016 Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, Closet Monster is ceaselessly inventive in its chronicle of an East Coast teen wrestling with his sexuality and learning to
find his own way in life.
High-school student and aspiring special-effects makeup artist Oscar Madly (Connor Jessup, Blackbird) needs out: out of the Newfoundland town that is stifling his budding creativity, out of his restrictive home life, and out of the closet, where he has fearfully remained after witnessing a brutal hate crime as a young boy. While he finds much-needed support from his best friend Gemma (Sofia Banzhaf ) and his pet hamster, Buffy (who talks to him via the voice of the great Isabella Rossellini, Enemy), Oscar is haunted by horrifying visions of the consequences of revealing his homosexuality — a fear that is compounded by the presence of his increasingly judgmental and erratic father (Aaron Abrams, TV’s Hannibal, Republic of Doyle). When Oscar meets the handsome Wilder (TIFF Rising Star Aliocha Schneider, Ville-Marie), he is immediately attracted and utterly terrified. With his fantasies becoming darker and ever more vividly real, Oscar finds that he must break free of the chains that bind him and live a life that is true to who he really is. Impressing his unique sensibility on every frame of his remarkably accomplished debut feature, Newfoundland native Dunn establishes himself as one of Canada's brightest young talents. Striking, sometimes shocking and often unexpectedly funny, Closet Monster is simply a stunner.
Last Cab to Darwin
Rating A14
Showtimes Sunday, November 13 3:45 PM  Wednesday, November 16 7:30 PM  
Running Time 123 mins
Actors Michael Caton, Mark Coles Smith, and Emma Hamilton
Director Jeremy Sims
Country Austrailia

In a moving, deeply spiritual film about an aging taxi driver dying of stomach cancer, the protagonist sets out on a drive across Australia to an ocean-side part of the country where euthanasia is legal. Is he frightened of dying? “Everyone is scared of doing things you’ve never done before,” says Rex Macrae, played note-perfect by Michael Caton as a man who lived alone and wishes to die the same way. Adapted from a stage play by Reg Cribb, Last Cab to Darwin is a scenic drama evocatively shot, with shafts of sunlight here and gritty blue-collar rurality there. Director Jeremy Sims probably uses a setting-sun metaphor more than necessary, but otherwise his decisions are immaculate and his film should hold audiences in thrall. On a journey of self-discovery, the metre keeps running. Might as well, Last Cab tells us, get your money’s worth
Love & Friendship
Rating G
Showtimes Sunday, November 27 3:45 PM  Wednesday, November 30 7:30 PM  
Running Time 92 mins
Actors Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel
Director Whit Stillman

Writer-director Whit Stillman departs from the milieu of the contemporary New York upper crust that he so memorably explored in such films as Damsels in Distress, The Last Days of Disco and Metropolitan for this sharp-tongued and riotously funny examination of 18th-century polite society. Adapting Jane Austen’s long-unpublished epistolary novella Lady Susan, Stillman creates a period piece whose spirit is unmistakably modern.
Love & Friendship revolves around the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale, The Aviator, The Last Days
of Disco), a recent widow who engineers all manner of wonderfully devious plots to bend the world to her will and land herself a wealthy new husband. Taking up residence at Churchill, her in-laws’ estate, she sets her sights on the dashing Reginald De Courcy (Xavier Samuel, Fury, Anonymous), and soon has him wrapped around her little finger. However, her plans are derailed when her beautiful daughter Frederica (Morfydd Clark, Madame Bovary) turns up at Churchill after being dismissed from boarding school. Fearing that Frederica will turn Reginald’s head, Lady Susan sets out to obtain her daughter a suitor of her own. Enter Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett), a well-meaning but witless older man who is utterly confounded by the fact that there is neither a church nor a hill at Churchill.
Brilliantly played by Beckinsale, Lady Susan possesses a confidence, audacity, and unapologetic dishonesty (“Facts are horrid things,” she laments after being caught in a lie) that paradoxically endow her with a winning charm, and make her an Austen heroine to rival Elizabeth Bennett and Emma Woodhouse. If you’re looking for a smart, fun, and scruple-free romp, Love & Friendship is definitely your cup of tea.

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