Film Kicks

Film Kicks

Thanks to our Film Kicks volunteer group for curating the film selections and hosting the film nights!
Golden Cinema. Shows at 7:30pm. All tickets purchased at the door. Cash only, please.
Adult Member $10, Student $5, Non-Member $12 + GST


Thursday Oct. 5, 2017


Determined to prove her independence to herself and her overprotective family, the Nova Scotian Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine, Happy-Go-Lucky) answers an ad for a live-in housekeeper for the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke, Born to Be Blue, Boyhood), but her artistic skills quickly eclipse her domestic duties. Director Aisling Walsh brilliantly captures Maud’s growth into one of Canada’s most celebrated folk artists. Maud has spent her whole life constrained by the effects of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, causing her parents and brother to have little faith in her ability to live independently. After the loss of her parents leads her brother to sell her childhood home, Maud sets out to make her own way in the world and pursue her passion for art.

“Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke are a beautifully matched pair who open up two closed people, unleashing torrents of feeling.”
Manohla Dargis The NYTimes

“Hawkins turns in a heartfelt performance as real-life painter Maud Lewis (1903-1970), carrying a biographical drama that’s lovely and gentle without ever becoming soft or sentimental.” Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media

Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast:: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kate Ross, Zachary Bennett
Year: 2016
Runtime: 115 mins
Country: Canada
Language: English


Thursday Nov. 2, 2017

A Man Called Ove

59 year old Ove is the block’s grumpy man who several years earlier was deposed as president of the condominium association, but he could not give a damn about being deposed and therefore keeps looking over the neighborhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family moves into the terraced house opposite and accidentally backs into Ove’s mailbox it turns out to be an unexpected friendship. A drama comedy about unexpected friendship, love and the importance of surrounding yourself with the proper tools.

“It’s a heartwarming tale about a stubborn, short-tempered man with steadfast beliefs, strict routines and the feeling that everyone around him is an idiot – and no reticence about telling them so.” Alissa Simon, Variety

A Man Called Ove review – black comedy with a big heart
Endearingly emotional Swedish cinema – Globe & Mail

Director: Hannes Holm
Cast:  Rolf Lassgård, Zozan Akgün, Tobias Almborg
Year: 2015
Runtime: 116min
Country: Sweden
Language: Swedish, Persian – English subtitles


Thursday Nov. 30, 2017

After The Storm

In the latest film from celebrated Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son; Our Little Sister), a divorced man struggles to regain his estranged family’s trust while sheltering them during a typhoon. After the Storm recalls the beauty of scenery after a summer rain, and the feeling that everything seems different, even though nothing has changed.

“Keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence.” Maggie Lee, Variety


Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Cast:  Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Taiyô Yoshizawa
Year: 2016
Runtime: 117 Minute
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese – English subtitles


Thursday Jan 18, 2018

The Big Sick

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

“Hilarious and heartbreaking with no clear trajectory, frequently catching viewers off guard, it’s a rom-com of both heart and brain about a couple tested by illness and clashing cultures.”  Peter Howell The Toronto Star

Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Michael Showalter
Cast:: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Year: 2017
Runtime: 119 min
Country: USA
Language: English, Urdu


Thursday Feb 8, 2018

The Other Side of Hope

Finland’s master of deadpan comedy, Aki Kaurismäki (Lights in the Dusk, Le Havre), returns with The Other Side of Hope, the story of an unlikely friendship between a Syrian asylum seeker and an elderly Finnish restaurant owner. Worthy winner of the 2017 Berlin Silver Bear for Best Director, it’s a beautiful, timely film from one of the world’s leading auteurs.

Khaled (Sherwan Haji) arrives at the port of Helsinki concealed in a coal container, fleeing war-torn Syria to seek asylum in Finland. Dazed and frustrated by the monolithic administration he encounters at the detention centre, he makes a break for it and heads out onto the streets. There he meets Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a former shirt salesman who has recently left his alcoholic wife for a new life as a bachelor restaurateur. Together, they help each other to navigate the adversities they face in these unfamiliar and often baffling new worlds.

With hilarious sight gags, poker-faced one-liners and a toe-tapping rockabilly soundtrack, Kaurismäki’s latest balances his unparalleled wit with a pressing critique of the unforgiving bureaucracy that greets vulnerable asylum seekers in modern-day Europe. Humane and sincere, it’s proof of cinema’s power to tell stories that matter, with beauty and heart.

“This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland’s maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy.” David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

The Guardian

Director: Aki Kaurismäki
Cast:: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Janne Hyytiäinen
Year: 2017
Runtime: 98 min
Country: Finland, Germany
Language: Finnish, English, Arabic


Thursday March 8, 2018


For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together – raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, BREATHE is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.

The Hollywood Reporter

The Guardian

Director: Andy Serkis
Cast:: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
Year: 2017
Runtime: 117 min
Country: UK
Language: English


Thursday April 5, 2018

The Leisure Seeker

The film stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and two-time Golden Globe-winner Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker, travelling from Boston to the Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West. They recapture their passion for life and their love for each other on a road trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose,” croons Janis Joplin in Me and Bobby McGee, the song that plays over The Leisure Seeker’s closing credits. The line is such a neat distillation of the film’s guiding spirit, it should really be painted on the back bumper of the Leisure Seeker itself – the vintage motorhome we’ve just seen dauntlessly chugging its way from Wellesley, Massachusetts to the Florida Keys with old marrieds Ella (Helen Mirren) and John (Donald Sutherland) Spencer on board.

This first English-language film from the Italian director Paolo Virzì, which premiered at Venice last night, is a consoling, teary-funny road trip comedy about an ageing couple who realise their days – of living independently, at least – are numbered.

See Full Review By Robbie Collin in The Telegraph

Leads: Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland, Kirsty Mitchell
Directed By: Paolo Virzì
Genre: Drama, Romance  Language: English
Runtime: 112 minutes  Rating:  R (for some sexual material)

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