The Coen Brothers Are Coming to the Lightbox (Or, Their Films Are)

Michael Stuhlbarg in a still from A Serious Man. Image courtesy of TIFF's Film Reference Library.

Michael Stuhlbarg in a still from A Serious Man. Image courtesy of TIFF's Film Reference Library.

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

The films of Joel and Ethan Coen can be deliriously funny, wickedly macabre, and downright bizarre, often in the span of a single scene. Leading up to the release of their newest effort, Inside Llewyn Davis—a look at the folk scene in ’60s-era Greenwich Village, opening in Toronto on December 20—TIFF is offering audiences a chance to catch up on the duo’s uniformly excellent back catalogue. The ten-film retrospective is called Joel and Ethan Coen: Tall Tales.

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CJF J-Talk: Guilty Pleasure or Real News?

  • TMX Broadcast Centre, Gallery (130 King Street West)
  • 6:30 p.m.

There’s no doubt that we’ve become well acquainted with sensational news, thanks to you-know-who. The Canadian Journalism Foundation examines the phenomenon of celebrity gossip with their J-Talk, Guilty Pleasure or Real News? The lineup of speakers includes Malene Arpe (Toronto Star), Alison Eastwood (Hello! Canada), Jonathan Kay (National Post), and Ben Mulroney (etalk).

Details: CJF J-Talk: Guilty Pleasure or Real News?

Cinderella

  • Ryerson Theatre (44 Gerrard Street East)
  • 7 p.m.

The graduating class of Ryerson’s Theatre School is putting a new twist on a classic fairytale with its production of Cinderella. The show features all the familiar characters, but there are also some new faces in the mix.

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Boats

Boats (the band). Photo by Valentin Mittelstet.

Boats (the band). Photo by Valentin Mittelstet.

  • 8 p.m.

Winnipeg’s Boats follows up showcases in New York and Montreal this week with two nights in Toronto. On Thursday, November 28, the band headlines a Manitoba Music showcase at Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue) with fellow Prairie acts Federal Lights, Indicator Indicator, and Les Jupes. On Friday, November 29, Boats plays a Two Way Monologues showcase at the El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue) with Broken Bricks, Danger Bees, and Brothers of the North.

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It’s a Wonderful Quiz: Christmas Movie Trivia Night

From Miracle on 34th Street. Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

From Miracle on 34th Street. Image courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

  • The Charlotte Room (19 Charlotte Street)
  • 9 p.m.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is a only a few weeks away, so the spirit of the season should allow you to watch a bunch of festive movies without getting nauseous. Which is important, because you’ll need to brush up on them for It’s a Wonderful Quiz, a Christmas-movie trivia competition. In lieu of a cover charge, $10 gift cards are requested. They’ll be donated to women and children escaping domestic violence at The Redwood Shelter.

Details: It’s a Wonderful Quiz: Christmas Movie Trivia Night

Ongoing…

The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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