Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Aug. 11-17)

Blessin Giraldo and the “Lethal Ladies of BLSYW” in Step.
Fox Searchlight Pictures


By Pat Mullen

Step on up to the best film film of the year so far. After inspiring audiences at Sundance and Hot Docs, the exhilarating and deeply moving Step is coming to theatres. Amanda Lipitz’s dance doc about the “Lethal Ladies” step dancing team at an inner city Baltimore high school just can’t be beat. Step brilliantly conveys the significance of the dance team for the girls—the first graduating class of their school—as they ready for college. Lipitz captures the boost of confidence that dance affords the girls and the positive effect it has on their performance in the classroom. This upbeat film set against the greater backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement has its finger on the pulse and its heart in exactly the right place. Read the POV review of Step here.

Also stepping up to the screen this week is an impressive expansion for eco doc An Inconvenient Sequel, plus Julian Schnabel at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a farewell to Maysles in Vancouver, and a POV presentation of Rumble at Open Roof Fest on Wednesday.

Opening this Week:

Dawson City: Frozen Time
Dir. Bill Morrison | USA | 120 min.
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Mon, Aug. 14; Wed, Aug. 16
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Fri, Aug. 11 – Tues, Aug. 15
-Toronto, ON: Revue Cinema – Tues, Aug. 15 – Wed, Aug. 16

The Gardener
Dir. Sébastien Chabot | Canada | 88 min.
-Ottawa, ON: ByTowne Cinema – Mon, Aug. 14 – Tues, Aug. 15
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Sat, Aug. 12 – Mon, Aug. 14
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug. 11

In Transit
Dir. Albert Maysles, Lynn True | USA | 78 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Aug. 11; Sun, Aug, 13; Wed, Aug. 16 – Thurs, Aug. 17

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Dir. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk | USA | 100 min.
-Calgary, AB: Cineplex Eau Claire – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Calgary, AB: Cineplex Westhills – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Edmonton, AB: Cineplex North Edmonton – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Edmonton, AB: Cineplex South Edmonton – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Etobicoke, ON: Cineplex Queensway – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Halifax, NS: Cineplex Oxford – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Montreal, QC: Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Ottawa, ON: Cineplex Scotiabank – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-St. John’s, NL: Scotiabank Theatre – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Don Mills – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Varsity and Varsity VIP – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Vancouver, BC: Cineplex Coquitlam – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Vancouver, BC: Fifth Avenue Cinemas – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Vancouver, BC: Cineplex International Village – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Vancouver, BC: Silvercity Riverport – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17
-Vaughan, ON: Cineplex Vaughan – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17

Integral Man
Dir. Joseph Clement | Canada | 62 min.
-Cobourg, ON: Cobourg Loft – Fri, Aug. 11 – Sun, Aug. 13; Tues, Aug. 15 – Wed, Aug. 16

Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait
Dir. Pappi Corsicato | Italy/USA | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World Feature | Review
Dir. Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana | Canada/USA | 102 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Aug. 15; Thurs, Aug. 17
-Toronto, ON: Open Roof Festival – Wed, Aug. 16
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre Fri, Aug. 11 – Sun, Aug, 13; Thurs, Aug 17

Step Interview | Review
Dir. Amanda Lipitz | USA | 83 min.
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge & Dundas – Fri, Aug. 11 – Thurs, Aug. 17

Tempest Storm
Dir. Nimisha Mukerji | Canada/USA | 82 min.
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Wed, Aug. 16 – Thurs, Aug. 17

Retro Screenings:

King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Dir. Seth Gordon | USA | 2007 | 84 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Tues, Aug. 15

Monterey Pop
Dir. D.A. Pennebaker | USA | 1968 | 78 min.
-Regina, SK: Regina Public Library – Fri, Aug. 11 – Sun, Aug. 13

An Unreasonable Man
Dir. Henriette Mantel, Steve Skrovan | USA | 2006 | 122 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Sun, Aug. 13

U2: Rattle and Hum
Dir. Phil Joanou | USA | 1988 | 99 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Mon, Aug. 14

Wild Style
Dir. Charlie Ahearn | USA | 1983 | 82 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Wed, Aug. 16

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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