The Benefits of the Big Screen

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Taking in a film is not only a great way to relax, spend time with friends, and be entertained, but can also offer up some substantial benefits as well. A film can help us make sense of the world we’re living in and even inspire social change. They can help us process difficult life lessons, confront our emotions, and face our fears. They can even help reduce stress and anxiety and make us laugh, which, as the old adage says, is the best medicine.

We invite you to experience these amazing benefits of film for yourself, and some delightful air conditioning, at our Golden Ears Summer of Love Movie Series happening on the Mainstage Big Screen on select dates in July and August.

The Leisure Seeker | Saturday, July 6, 3:00 pm | PG | 113 minutes

The film stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as John and Ella Spencer who are trying to recapture their passion for life and their love for each other by taking one final and ill-advised road trip in their vintage Leisure Seeker RV. It’s a trip that provides revelation and surprise right up to the very end.

The Upside | Saturday, July 13, 7:00 pm | PG | 126 minutes

A remake of the record-smashing French film, The Intouchables (2011), and based on a real-life relationship between Philippe Pozzo di Borgo and Abdel Sellou, The Upside is a comedic, heartfelt look at the unlikely and unusual relationship between, Philip (Bryan Cranston) a billionaire with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record, Dell (Kevin Hart) who is hired to help him.

The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles) | Saturday, July 27, 3:00 pm | PG | 96 minutes | French with English subtitles

A Best Canadian Film winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, Fireflies brings to life the trials and triumphs of 18-year-old Léo, a teenager waiting to finish high school and escape her narrow life in a small industrial town. The story centres on the strong friendship between Léo and her much older guitar teacher, Steve, which defies expectations as it touches on the characters’ battling egos and negotiations of power.

Puzzle | Saturday, August 3, 7:00 pm| PG | 104 minutes

Isolated in a tight-knit Connecticut community, underappreciated suburban wife and mother, Agnes, lacks self-esteem and has put her dreams on hold to maintain order in her life. A simple birthday gift of a jigsaw puzzle unlocks hidden talents and unexpectedly opens up a new world of self-discovery and reflection.

Juliet, Naked | Saturday, August 10, 3:00 pm | PG | 98 minutes

Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd) an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances.

Colette | Saturday, August 17, 7:00 pm | PG | 112 minutes

Keira Knightley stars in this historical drama about celebrated French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, whose provocative debut – falsely credited to her husband – becomes the toast of Paris, triggering a battle for identity, equality, and self-determination at the dawn of the feminist age. Colette was not your average early-20th-century woman and Colette is not your average period drama.

Witness firsthand love in its countless shapes with six unique, curated films, brought to our big screen from the Toronto International Film Festival Circuit. Visit www.theactmapleridge.org/act-presents/gems-golden-ears-movie-series/ for details or call 604-476-2787.

Theatre to Big Screen

Also on the big screen are some familiar actors from screen and stage. Impeccably directed, these stage play recordings return to our big screen, straight from London. Mark your calendars for our National Theatre Encore Broadcasts from Britain’s most renowned theatre.

For more details on these unique screenings, visit season.theactmapleridge.org/national-theatre-encore-broadcasts.

Alexis Russell