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Reel Toronto: Life

Toronto’s extensive work on the silver screen reveals that, while we have the chameleonic ability to look like anywhere from New York City to Moscow, the disguise doesn’t always hold up to scrutiny. Reel Toronto revels in digging up and displaying the films that attempt to mask, hide, or—in rare cases—proudly display our city.


Toronto has been a big part of Robert Pattinson making the shift from dreamy-eyed vampiric hunk to bona fide actor. He shot two movies here with David Cronenberg—Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars—before returning with Anton Corbijn to shoot last year’s Life. It came and went without too much fuss, but the story, about Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock and his relationship with James Dean, isn’t so bad.

If nothing else, it’s a cool opportunity for us to see our city portray mid-century New York City.

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Hot Docs: Weiner, The Last Laugh, De Palma, and Tickled

The unravelling of a democratic star, the rules of Holocaust humour, the career of film legend Brian De Palma, and the bizarre world of competitive endurance tickling—here's what's coming up at Hot Docs.

Directed by Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, USA, 100 min

Friday April 29, 3:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader (91 Charles Street West)

Saturday April 30, 1:00 p.m.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

Friday May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West))

This superb political documentary about the excruciating collapse of notorious politician Anthony Weiner’s campaign for mayor of New York in 2014 is an outstanding chronicle of the real-time immolation of a political figure in the modern age. The film depicts his initial fall from grace in the opening sequence, as the fiery Democrat congressman upbraids his colleagues for voting against extending financial support to 9/11 emergency responders, before his promising career is derailed by the revelation of sexts and sleazy photos sent to young women, circumstances especially damaging for a politician named…Weiner.

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Inherent Weisse: The Ontario Brewing Awards Strike Again

Here's what have been deemed the best beers in the province.

Photo by Robin LeBlanc

Photo by Robin LeBlanc

Last night, at the Great Hall on Queen and Ossington, the Ontario Brewing Awards (OBA) was held.

The OBAs, put on by Thirst for Knowledge owner and founder of the Prud’homme Beer Certification Program Roger Mittag, is a celebration of the best beers Ontario has to offer. With breweries entering in accordance to style, the beer is then judged by certified members of the Beer Judge Certification Program, headed by notable Ontario brewer Paul Dickey. To remove bias and encourage objectivity, the judges do not have information on which beer they are trying, so the winners of each style category, in order of gold, silver, and bronze, can often be surprising.

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