WIFF’s Weekend Watch List — 06/10

THE CONJURING: THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT

(If you want the hottest new summer film)

Vincent Georgie: The third film in the very popular series, what makes this instalment so compelling is the fact that it is rooted in the real-life experiences of the relatable married couple/paranormal detectives. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga add both humanity and tension to the entertaining story. This film has been an early Summer bright spot with excellent ticket sales throughout the US already, as cinemas start to re-open there.

Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren take on one of the most sensational cases of their careers after a cop stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied young man walking down the road. Accused of murder, the suspect claims demonic possession as his defense, forcing the Warrens into a supernatural inquiry unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

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WE CAN’T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE

(If you want to see change happen)

Vincent Georgie: The tragedy of residential school children in Kamloops is unshakably sad and infuriating. With this in mind, I would turn your cinematic attention to Alanis Obomsawin’s urgent and immersive saga on the rights of First Nations children. This was certainly one of the most powerful films seen at WIFF 2016.

Synopsis: Documenting a 2007 court case which argued that First Nations children living on reserves or in the Yukon received a lack of funding from Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

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IN THE BEDROOM

(If you want amazing performances)

Vincent Georgie: This slow-burn drama is probably one of the best-performed films I’ve ever seen. Receiving triple acting Oscar noms for stars Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson and Marisa Tomei, they are impeccably supported by an ensemble of character actors that, most importantly, are believable as an ordinary small community reacting to a personal crime of violence. This one’s deliberately paced but always simmering with tension. Daily interactions are ringing with tension, grief and anger.

Synopsis: Summertime on the coast of Maine, IN THE BEDROOM centers on the inner dynamics of a family in transition. Matt Fowler is a doctor practicing in his native Maine and is married to New York-born Ruth Fowler, a music teacher. He is involved in a love affair with a local single mother. As the beauty of Maine’s brief and fleeting summer comes to an end, these characters find themselves in the midst of unimaginable tragedy.

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DOUBLE FEATURE

AN OFFER YOU CAN’T REFUSE

No surprise that these two masterpieces make for an incredible evening of entertainment but when is the last time that you actually watched them together? Worth the time.

THE GODFATHER

Synopsis: Don Vito Corleone, head of a mafia family, decides to hand over his empire to his youngest son Michael. However, his decision unintentionally puts the lives of his loved ones in grave danger.

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THE GODFATHER PART II

Synopsis: Michael, Vito Corleone’s son, attempts to expand his family’s criminal empire. While he strikes a business deal with gangster Hyman Roth, he remains unaware of the lurking danger.

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