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Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 16 06:10 pm

Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw is marvellous as the extraordinary young singer who is propelled in to a rollercoast career in pop by her ambitious mother (Minnie Driver). The movie chronicles how the music industry remakes Noni in its own highly sexualized image, but suggests (with an element of wish fulfillment) that there is a way out, and true love can save the day.

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had this year." — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Magnificent ... On its surface [it] seems to be a candy-colored pop fantasy about the love between a beautiful hip-hop superstar and a hunky cop. To be fair, it’s not not that. But how bracing today to have a film that’s at once fun, patient, romantic, and real… Beyond the Lights is a deft, gorgeous movie ... As we watch this dreamy, colorful piece of musical and romantic wish-fulfillment, we get the distinct sense we’re watching real life unfold." — Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

Duration: 100 mins
Country of Origin: Brazil, 1959
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 09 06:30 pm

1960 Academy Award Winner and winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, Marcel Camus’s Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice against the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its magnificent color photography and lively soundtrack, this film brought the infectious bossa nova beat to the United States.

"A riotous, rapturous explosion of sound and color, Black Orpheus is less about Orpheus’s doomed love for Eurydice than about Camus’s love for cinema at its most gestural and kinetic." — Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: UK,Spain, 2010
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 09 08:45 pm

"Sexy, sunny and sweet-natured, this lovely animation by film-maker Fernando Trueba and artist and designer Javier Mariscal is a 1940s love story with all the brassy passion of a Barry Manilow number, set in the nightclubs of Havana and New York." — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"The year’s best musical and one of the year’s finest animated films, this utterly delightful Spanish movie is an affecting, funny, historically accurate and at times pleasingly erotic story." — Philip French, Observer

"A delightful riot of colour, design, emotion and music." — Ken Eisner, Georgia Straight

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 01 06:10 pm
Feb 02 08:45 pm
Feb 03 05:30 pm
Feb 04 08:30 pm
Feb 17 06:30 pm
Feb 18 08:30 pm

Meet "the happiest sound in jazz" — and maybe the brightest mentor, too. Clark Terry was Dizzy Gillespie’s favourite trumpet player, but he’s also an inspirational teacher — the antithesis of the character played by JK Simmons in Whiplash. At 93, Terry is still teaching, taking blind 23-year-old piano prodigy Justin Kauflin under his arm, just as he did with Quincy Jones and Miles Davis before him.

"Consider it this year’s “Rocky” of documentaries: a heartfelt, uplifting tale that celebrates the joy of life and the triumphs of succeeding against all odds. The film stands as a loving tribute to the affable 93-year-old Terry, who performed in the bands of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and seems to have influenced just about every jazz giant on the planet ... One need not be a jazz aficionado to enjoy this film. All that’s required is a smile." — David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Keep On Keepin’ On is ultimately an examination of the pursuit of greatness. It is a grueling and demanding endeavor, for sure, but also, for Mr. Terry and anyone lucky enough to enter his orbit, a source of unending joy." — AO Scott, New York Times

"As joyful as a jumping jazz riff, Keep on Keepin’ On is an inspiring story of devotion, dedication and multi-generational friendship." — Linda Bernard, Toronto Star

Duration: 185 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1970
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 23 06:30 pm

First shown in theatres just once, in 1970, this landmark documentary chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama, and culminating with his assassination in Memphis in 1968. It features dramatic readings by Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones and Paul Newman, among others, with archival newsreel footage to create a comprehensive record of Dr King’s work with the Civil Rights movement.

"History of immense power." — Los Angeles Times

Duration: 116 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 17 11:30 am

Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw is marvellous as the extraordinary young singer who is propelled in to a roller-coaster career in pop by her ambitious mother (Minnie Driver). The movie chronicles how the music industry remakes Noni in its own highly sexualized image, but suggests (with an element of wish fulfillment) that there is a way out, and true love can save the day.

"Magnificent ... On its surface [it] seems to be a candy-colored pop fantasy about the love between a beautiful hip-hop superstar and a hunky cop. To be fair, it’s not not that. But how bracing today to have a film that’s at once fun, patient, romantic, and real ... Beyond the Lights is a deft, gorgeous movie ... As we watch this dreamy, colorful piece of musical and romantic wish-fulfillment, we get the distinct sense we’re watching real life unfold." — Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

"One of the most pleasurable moviegoing experiences I had this year." — Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1979
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 16 08:30 pm

For many, stand up comedy reached its highest expression one night in December 1978, at a theatre in Long Beach, California. In a performance of such authority and control it will astonish anyone who only knows him from his movie roles, Richard Pryor channels searingly candid autobiographical tales of pain, hurt and humiliation into gales of hilarity.

The screening will be proceeded by a half hour set performed by stand up comic Dino Archie.

"Probably the greatest of all recorded-performance films. Pryor had characters and voices bursting out of him ... Watching this mysteriously original physical comedian you can’t account for his gift and everything he does seems to be for the first time." — Pauline Kael

"I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard at a stand-up act, and I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much about comedic influences in one sitting." — Michael W Phillips

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2014
Series:
Black History Month

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Feb 02 06:30 pm

"Mr. Harris’s film is a family memoir, a tribute to unsung artists and a lyrical, at times, heartbroken, meditation on imagery and identity. The film is always absorbing to watch, but only once it’s over do you begin to grasp the extent of its ambitions, and just how much it has done within a packed, compact hour and half ... Mr. Harris marshals an impressive collection of scholars, artists and photojournalists to help us understand what we see ... He is a wise and passionate guide to an inexhaustibly fascinating subject." — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"A sweeping narrative that traces from the 19th century to the 21st how African-Americans presented themselves in their own photos." — David Gonzalez, The New York Times online

"An extraordinary new documentary by filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris, is at-once a deep, rich dive into the history of African American photography and — transcending the subject at hand — a master class in visual literacy." — Mia Tramz, Time Magazine