Category Archives: Fort St. John Film Society

FSJ Film Society: Flora & Son

Monday March 11th at 7:00 pm at the Aurora Cinema Centre. 

Tickets are $15.00 each. Flex passes are $65.00 (any 5 movies, non-expiring). 

Cash only please, FYI the movie theatre no longer has an ATM. Ticket sales will stop at 6:55 pm so our film loving volunteers can catch the beginning of the film.

Synopsis:The latest from writer-director John Carney (Once, Sing Street) features a revelatory performance from Eve Hewson as a young mother trying to connect with her teenage son through a shared love of music.
In films like the beloved Oscar winner Once and Sing Street, Irish writer-director John Carney (Begin Again, TIFF ’13) has reinvented the musical, swapping ornately choreographed razzamatazz for a disarmingly earnest indie simplicity. With Flora and Son, Carney has crafted his most soulful song cycle yet, setting a young single mother on a journey of self-discovery.

Flora (Eve Hewson) is something of a hot mess. She’s feisty, charismatic, and a trouble magnet. She loves to party — but she loves her 14-year-old son Max (Orén Kinlan) more, even if it seems like all they do is quarrel. In an effort to bridge the gulf between them, Flora gives Max a guitar, but Max’s ideal musical instrument is his computer, which he uses to construct infectious dance tracks.

Rather than let the guitar collect dust, Flora opts to develop her own musical chops, taking online lessons from Jeff (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a handsome troubadour who shows Flora how to form basic chords and introduces her to the genius of Joni Mitchell. Flora falls for Jeff, despite the fact that she’s in Dublin and he’s in Los Angeles. But as Jeff pierces Flora’s heart, he also inspires in her a creative urge that might lead to a whole new way of connecting with Max.

Carney’s films convey a profound understanding of how music lifts us out of life’s dead-end distractions and carries us to a place where we can be our best selves. Flora and Son is a soaring realization of this idea. It also marks the arrival of a major talent: with her magnetic, emotionally layered performance, Hewson is a revelation.

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FSJ Film Society: Dumb Money

Monday April 8th at 7:00 pm at the Aurora Cinema Centre.  Tickets are $15.00 each. Flex passes are $65.00 (any 5 movies, non-expiring). Cash only please, FYI the movie theatre no longer has an ATM. Ticket sales will stop at 6:55 pm so our film loving volunteers can catch the beginning of the film.

Synopsis: Paul Dano and Seth Rogen find themselves on opposite ends during a tug-of-war, in Craig Gillespie’s take on the outrageous battle of wits between amateur investors and hedge fund billionaires that became the infamous GameStop Wall Street scandal.
Director Craig Gillespie returns to the Festival after 2017’s I, Tonya with the story of another real-life scandal that stars Paul Dano and Seth Rogen on opposite ends of a tug-of-war within one of America’s biggest institutions: Wall Street.

Everybody expects GameStop to fail. With this struggling bricks-and-mortar business further drained by the pandemic, it feels like it’s only a matter of time. Hedge fund managers like Gabe Plotkin (Rogen) bet billions on the hope that it does. Keith Gill (Dano) thinks otherwise. Operating out of his basement as an amateur investor, he’s been adamant for years that the company is undervalued, posting regular updates and videos online to make his case. When a few average citizens start to pay attention, it sparks a bonfire. Keith’s wager becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as big-name investors like Gabe feel the squeeze of its rising stock price. It isn’t long before big money does everything in its power to throw water on the grassroots movement.

Dumb Money captures the rabid creativity of the internet and the power of community many found there in 2021. What started as a silly gamble quickly turned into a national battle of wits between the haves and the have-nots, with nurses, college students, and even rank-and-file GameStop employees jumping into the stock market to try and prove the billionaires wrong. Gillespie brings his wicked sense of humour to this outrageous story from our outrageous times, bolstered by an extraordinary cast that includes Pete Davidson, Shailene Woodley, and America Ferrera.

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Maestro

 Monday February 26th at 7:00 pm at the Aurora Cinema Centre.  Tickets are $15.00 each. Flex passes are $65.00 (any 5 movies, non-expiring). 

Cash only please, FYI the movie theatre no longer has an ATM. Ticket sales will stop at 6:55 pm so our film loving volunteers can catch the beginning of the film.

Synopsis: Bradley Cooper wears many hats (actor, director, writer) in this biopic about conductor Leonard Bernstein and his tumultuous relationship with Felicia Montealegre (Carey Mulligan).  

Mr Dressup

Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make Believe will be showing Monday February 12th at 7:00 pm at the Aurora Cinema Centre. Tickets are $15.00 each. Flex passes are $65.00 (any 5 movies, non-expiring). Cash only please, FYI the movie theatre no longer has an ATM. Ticket sales will stop at 6:55 pm so our film loving volunteers can catch the beginning of the film.

Synopsis:This heartfelt documentary celebrates the life and work of Ernie Coombs, the iconic Canadian children’s television personality who encouraged generations of kids to be their best selves.
Robert McCallum’s documentary looks at the life and work of Ernie Coombs, the nerdy American artist who became one of the CBC’s most beloved children’s personalities — a grown-up pal to kids across the country for nearly 30 years, both on his TV show and in innumerable public appearances. The film also explores the love story of Coombs, his wife Lynn, and their kids, who grew up sharing their father with every other child in Canada.

McCallum takes an almost cozy approach to the story, recreating the Mr. Dressup set (bringing in original puppeteer Judith Lawrence to play the beloved Casey and Finnegan for a framing sequence) and moving through Coombs’s life chronologically, mixing in archival interviews and behind-the-scenes footage while assembling a who’s who of Canadians influenced by the show: Michael J. Fox, Eric McCormack, Bif Naked, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Andrew Phung, Fred Penner, Barenaked Ladies, Graham Greene, Bruce McCulloch, Scott Thompson, Jonathan Torrens, Yannick Bisson, and more.

There’s some nostalgia at play here, of course, and it just feels good to see beloved sets and props lovingly revived by McCallum’s team. But there’s more to Mr. Dressup — and this documentary — than a trunk and puppets and tinkly music: it’s about the importance of raising children with kindness, compassion, inclusion, and empathy, and encouraging them to explore the world and make it a little brighter. Some construction paper required.

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FSJ Film Society: Who’s Yer Father?

Monday January 15th at 7:00 pm at the Aurora Cinema Centre.

Tickets are $15.00 each. Flex passes are $65.00 (any 5 movies, non-expiring). Cash only please, FYI the movie theatre no longer has an ATM. Ticket sales will stop at 6:55 pm so our film loving volunteers can catch the beginning of the film.

Synopsis:Who’s Yer Father? In the PEI-set crime-comedy caper, a down-on-his-luck private investigator (Chris Locke) is hired by Luke Thorne (Matt Wells), a rich businessman in the seafood industry, to investigate suspicious black-market lobster sales in Sandbar Cove. What Larry lacks in investigative skills, he makes up for in plucky optimism and enthusiasm. He takes the job and heads to the scenic rural community where he meets Rhonda (Susan Kent, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), a local convenience store clerk. When Larry and Rhonda discover a secret about Thorne’s wife, they hatch a plan to blackmail her and escape in pursuit of a new life together—but that plan quickly goes hysterically awry.

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