Tag: mayfair theatre

ERROAR – Roar – film review

ERROAR – Roar – film review

ROAR     director: Noel Marshall     opens January 29th     Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank street     Remember the early days of colour tv, when Sunday afternoons were filled with cheapo Disney vignettes starring rascally vermin getting into all kinds of home alone mischief?  Pesky raccoons in the kitchen? Sly foxes in the den? Silly monkeys in the […]

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NOT FUNNY: I Smile Back – film review

NOT FUNNY: I Smile Back – film review

I SMILE BACK     director: Adam Salky     opens December 11     The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa     Hoping for a rib-tickling hijinx escapade with razor sharp witticisms from Sarah Silverman? Not happening. Instead, “I Smile Back” slaps audience faces awake with a desperate housemom coke binge scene. Its realism is disconcerting, and quite shocking. […]

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EXCRUTIATING: Entertainment – film review

EXCRUTIATING: Entertainment – film review

ENTERTAINMENT    director: Rick Alverson opens December 5th    Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa This, without a doubt, will be the toughest watch of 2015. Terrible stand up comedians have their place, and can offer entertainment value in some form or another. Enter Greg Turkington, who as his alter ego Neil Hamburger has been mastering the craft of truly unremarkable, offensive, […]

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BLACK AND WHITE – James White – film review

BLACK AND WHITE – James White – film review

JAMES WHITE    director: Josh Mond    opens: November 28th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa It’s all about James. James White is a young, upper middle class New Yorker, eager to party, easy to anger. He is hard to like, but easy to pal around with. James is a happy drunk, but only for a minute. James is […]

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FOOD FIGHT! – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon – film review

FOOD FIGHT! – Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon – film review

DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF NATIONAL LAMPOON     director: Douglas Tirola    premieres October 17th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa    Animal House, the Vacation movies, Saturday Night Live … all the glory resides on screens big and small, yet the germ of subversive, frat boy comedy under the National Lampoon banner belongs in […]

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REDRUM REDRUM – Goodnight Mommy – film review

REDRUM REDRUM – Goodnight Mommy – film review

GOODNIGHT MOMMY    directors: Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz    screens October 14th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street   Close your eyes. No really, close ’em. “Goodnight Mommy”, or the better translated title “I See I See” is one scary cinematic ride. Hop on board if you wish, but the warning stands. In the grand tradition of successful horror, this […]

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MOLLY ON THE BEACH: Fort Tilden – film review

MOLLY ON THE BEACH: Fort Tilden – film review

FORT TILDEN    directors: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers  opens October 10th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street    “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”, Yogi Bera.    What seems like an inoccuos day trip to the beach for a couple of truly unlikeable, priveleged millenials, turns into a distraction-filled anti-adventure slog. Why this makes for fascinating cinema is […]

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CH-CH-CHANGES: This Changes Everything – a film review

CH-CH-CHANGES: This Changes Everything – a film review

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING    director: Avi Lewis    special screening October 4th, with the filmmakers in attendance    regular run starts october 9th    The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street    “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate” is the full title of Noami Klein’s tome, and frankly, the documentary needs that crucial extension, else it becomes a bit of a guessing […]

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THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: welcome to Leith – a film review

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: welcome to Leith – a film review

WELCOME TO LEITH   directors: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker   opens September 26th,   Mayfair Theatre   1074 Bank Street       Forget cat leash and garage door colour bylaws; there are neighbourhood issues and then are neighbourhood issues. This is the rather engrossing story of a little North Dakotan intersection called Leith (population 24), which is […]

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A scene from Jon Watts' COP CAR, playing at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival, April 23 - May 7 2015.

BACON STASH: COP CAR movie review

COP CAR director: Jon Watts The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street starts September 11th In the fine tradition of a truly Grimm fairy tale, “Cop Car” tells the tall story of what can happen when little tykes cross that magical line of make believe. What pre-teen hasn’t dreamt of finding an abandoned cop car? With keys? With a radio? With a siren? […]

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LAST MAN STANDING: Z FOR ZACHARIAH movie review

LAST MAN STANDING: Z FOR ZACHARIAH movie review

Z FOR ZACHARIAH directed by Craig Zobel september 4 – 10th The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street Act locally, think globally; especially post apocalypse. Margot Robbie is the last supermodel, er God-fearing farmer on earth, wiling the lonely days away in what is probably the last unscorched valley, until the men invasion. One by one, two dudes stumble to town […]

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MAD BMaX

MAD BMaX

– TURBO KID directors: Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell [in attendance at August 28th screening] starts August 28th Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street Vroom vroom vroom! Let the circular sawing begin. Anyone a little squeamish about gushing dismembered body parts may want to take a pass, though when presented with low budget, cartoony panache, gorefests like “Turbo Kid” make […]

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GOIN OUT WEST

GOIN OUT WEST

SLOW WEST writer/director – John Maclean continues July 10th, The Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank Street) Not so much slow as methodical, this little gem breathes new life into the western coma corpse. “Slow West” starts as a typical odd couple adventure quest: pitting a fresh faced teen looking for his crush, with a grizzled gunslinger on the same track but for different […]

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BIG BOOM

BIG BOOM

  BIG GAME writer/director – Jalmari Helander opens July 10th, The Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank Street) Though not a sequel, this definitely has snakes on a plane, and Samuel Leroy Jackson on board. Win-win right? Right. “Rare Exports” creator Jalmari Helander swings for Hollywood fences in his sophomore film, and swats a dinger (see baseball dictionary for rudimentary translation). You […]

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OH THE HORROR

OH THE HORROR

LOST SOUL: THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU directed by David Gregory The Mayfair Theatre 1074 Bank Street If seeing Marlon Brando in heavy pancake makeup and wrapped in cheesecloth is something you missed when The Island of Dr. Moreau first ran (and quickly hid) back in 1996, then here’s a chance to right that wrong. […]

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WENG WENG AND AWAY!

WENG WENG AND AWAY!

  The Search For Weng Weng  Director: Andrew Leavold The Mayfair Theatre, December 19   For those unable to attend the Philippines’ 1981 Film Festival, the film craze that swept that party (and later Cannes) was all about a three foot James Bond. Actually 2’ 9” – according to Guinness Book of World Records. The name is Weng, Weng Weng, […]

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KUNG FOOL

KUNG FOOL

Kung Fu Elliot Directors: Matthew Bauckman, Jaret Belliveau  The Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street, Ottawa November 14 – 17   There’s a very painful scene in the shooting of self professed karate / kung fu / kickboxing champion Elliot Scott in his [as of yet unfinished] latest movie Blood Fight. It’s painful because the atrocious set up has his crew […]

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ROOM SERVICE: wrath for KAHN

ROOM SERVICE: wrath for KAHN

WELCOME TO NEW YORK   Director: Abel Ferrara   The Mayfair Theatre, October 10 – 17 Spoiler alert: Gerard Depardieu has let himself go. To hammer that point home Abel Ferrara puts him through a strip search ordeal with real cops at Rikers. It’s a powerful bit of realistic fiction, with Depardieu revealing a mammoth Family Guy girth. It’s an […]

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Twelve Years of Hair

Twelve Years of Hair

BOYHOOD Director: Richard Linklater The Mayfair Theatre, August 15 – 28 When prodded for opinion upon exiting the theatre I shrugged and coyly blurted, “Meh”. That was just a bit of fun, as everyone surely knows, Boyhood has been showered with universal acclaim and declared a landmark cinematic masterpiece. Shot over a twelve-year span with the same cast, Boyhood lets […]

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Don’t Drink the Kool Aid!

Don’t Drink the Kool Aid!

The Sacrament Director: Ti West The Mayfair Theatre, June 20 – 24 1074 Bank Street Found footage horror! It’s the latest craze kids. Tough to pull off though, especially when the filmmaker slips into crosscutting and slick, multi angle edits. Whoops. Anyhoo, any good horror film will suspend rational thinking about what silly craziness is happening on screen, and get the […]

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