Docs Opening in Canada this Week (Aug. 3-9)

McQueen
Photo by Ann Ray, courtesy of Elevation Pictures


By Pat Mullen

The hits keep on coming! McQueen, far and away one of the best films at Hot Docs this year, starts its theatrical run this week at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. The spectacular portrait of iconoclastic fashion designer Alexander McQueen is not to be missed. The film culls through countless hours of archival footage and presents new interviews with McQueen’s friends and family to understand the troubled mind who revolutionized fashion and tragically ended his life at the peak of fame. “The most significant voice in the doc, though, is McQueen himself,” we wrote back at Hot Docs. “One must commend the filmmakers for combing through an exhaustive array of interviews and archival footage to let McQueen cover nearly every aspect of his brief career in his own words.” Read the review of McQueen here

Movie buffs and music connoisseurs get another taste of film on film with Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda. This soothing doc goes behind the scenes with Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, who won a well-deserved Oscar for The Last Emperor and moved audiences most recently with his hauntingly powerful score for The Revenant. Coda observes the composer as he reflects upon his life after receiving a cancer diagnosis and being inspired by the tragedy at Fukushima. Sakamoto commits himself towards creating innovative music that embraces life’s qualities and nuances while using his newfound perspectives on life to fight for a safer and healthier planet. “Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda sings with a whisper,” we wrote in the review of the film. “Coda is philosophically poignant melody about relishing each day on Earth.” Read the review of Coda here.

Scotty Bowers, pimp to the stars, opens up his little black book for a tell all on the sex lives of Hollywood’s finest. This doc from Citizen Jane director Matt Tyrnauer makes for uncomfortably salacious viewing as Bowers relishes in exposing the private lives of dead celebrities who can’t answer for their secrets. “One’s personal life is one’s personal life, and while Bowers certainly participated in many or all of the events chronicled in the film, these secrets are not his to reveal,” we wrote back at TIFF. “And really, who cares if celebrity X was gay?” To Tyrnauer’s credit, he really saves the film in its final act by assessing the larger story behind why the stars felt like they had to live lies for our viewing pleasure. Read the review of Scotty and the Secret History here.

Opening this Week:

The King
Dir. Eugene Jarecki | USA | 107 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9

Letter from Masanjia
Dir. Leon Lee | Canada | 77 min.
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Aug 3 – Sun, Aug. 5; Tues, Aug. 7; Thurs, Aug. 9
—> Director Leon Lee will be in attendance Aug 3 – 5

McQueen
Dir. Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui | UK | 111 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda
Dir. Stephen Schible | Japan/USA | 100 min.
-Toronto, ON: TIFF Lightbox – Fri, Aug. 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Sun, Aug. 5

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood
Dir. Matt Tyrnauer | USA | 98 min.
-Toronto, ON: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Vancouver, BC: Vancity Theatre – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Victoria, BC: The Vic – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9

Whitney
Dir. Kevin MacDonald | USA/UK | 120 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Metro Cinema – Fri, Aug. 3; Mon, Aug. 6
-London, ON: Hyland Cinema – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Oakville, ON: Cineplex Winston Churchill – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Eglinton Town Centre – Fri, Aug, 3 – Sat, Aug. 4; Mon, Aug. 6 – Tues, Aug. 7
-Toronto, ON: Cineplex Yonge and Dundas – Fri, Aug 3; Sun, Aug. 5; Tues, Aug. 7; Thurs, Aug. 9
-Vancouver, BC: The Park – Fri, Aug, 3; Sun, Aug. 5; Tues, Aug. 7

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Review | Interview
Dir. Morgan Neville | USA | 95 min.
-Edmonton, AB: Princess Theatre – Sat, Aug. 4 – Sun, Aug. 5
-Kingston, ON: The Screening Room – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Kitchener-Waterloo, ON: Princess Twin – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-London, ON: Hyland Cinema – Sat, Aug 4 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Ottawa, ON: Mayfair Theatre – Sat, Aug. 4 – Sun, Aug. 5
-Toronto, ON: Canada Square – Fri, Aug 3 – Thurs, Aug. 9
-Vancouver, BC: Rio Theatre – Sun, Aug. 5 – Mon, Aug. 6

Enjoy a week at the movies!

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