Bytowne Cinema on Rideau Street is one of Ottawa’s most treasured cultural venues. It is the place to watch ground-breaking and critically acclaimed international and independent movies of all stripes. We would like to feature the films being screened at the Bytowne Cinema this week:
Pride, November 19-20
Pride follows a group of gay activists who travel from London to South Wales in 1984 to support a small village as its citizens embark on a miner’s strike. Set in 1984 Britain and based on a true story, Pride is a funny and heartwarming film which tells a story of struggle and solidarity, of friendship and empathy.
The Skeleton Twins, November 19-21
Former Saturday Night Live castmembers Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig join forces in this “sad comedy” in which formerly estranged twins Milo and Maggie are reunited following Milo’s suicide attempt. The movie deals with dark themes but finds humour in the struggle of middle adulthood and ordinary lives.
Whiplash, November 19-27
Whiplash is a dynamic and energetic tale of a talented young jazz drummer and his problematic relationship with his drillmaster band leader. Lead by breakout star Miles Teller and character actor extraordinaire J.K. Simmons, Whiplash is being praised for its performances and could win some big prizes as award season nears.
The Theory of Everything, November 21-December 4
The Theory of Everything is a biographical film which traces the story of Stephen and Jane Hawking. Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones team up in this story of intellectual genius, physical frailty, and enduring respect, affection, and love. Redmayne embodies Hawking impressively and will garner much award attention as well.
Altman, November 23-25
Altman is a documentary about the life and work of the legendary American filmmaker. Featuring interviews with actors, directors, and Hollywood contemporaries and friends, Ron Mann’s documentary tackles both the highlights of the late director’s career (M*A*S*H, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park) and the lowlights, like the failed 1980 musical Popeye. Mann attempts to define “Altmanesque” and he enlists the help of his interviewees.