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The free event was facilitated by Canadian Film Institute (CFI) staff, active supporters and sponsors, local embassy partners, Canadian filmmakers and actors, alumni of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, and local film fans.

A pioneer of the black comedy film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a brilliant satire of international relations and ideological paranoia. This movie explores the hypothetical scenario of a deranged American general ordering all bomber planes under his command to execute a nuclear strike on the USSR, and the group of politicians who try to stop him.

An uncomfortable moral quandary has reared its ugly head at the tail end of the summer movie season with the release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For being coupled with the knowledge that its creator Frank Miller is a total jerk bag in real life.

The young, bored, and rebellious Photo courtesy of Emily Marruci, SKH Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto”  leaves viewers wondering what they have just seen. The film explores the short stories of James Franco’s novel of the same name through a slow and simple plot line. It focuses on a group of privileged Southern California teenagers as they explore …

Why it’s famous:  Scarface is probably one of the most famous, adored, and dramatic gangster movies of all time. It’s a story of greed, corruption, and hunger for power and features a sometimes unintentionally hilarious Al Pacino in the role of a ferocious Cuban gangster making his way up the social ladder of the Miami …

A second helping of Indonesian ass-kicking Back in 2011, the Indonesian martial arts extravaganza The Raid was a surprise hit with North American audiences, as many were drawn to its unique setting and no-nonsense approach to action. For the sequel, Welsh director Gareth Evans has the arduous task of trying to top the original film’s spectacle, …

Must-see movies required for a successful existence Why it’s famous:  This neo-Western thriller set in the 1980s is probably one of the most famous Coen Brothers flicks. With four Academy Awards and numerous appearances on critics’ top 10 lists, this suspenseful story of cat-and-mouse takes the screen with gripping scenes, brilliant screenwriting, and probably one …

Campus screening of Birth 1871 tells the story of India’s denotified tribes  Photo by Mico Mazza From anger can come the seeds of creativity and social change. On March 8, the University of Ottawa was host to the world premiere of the documentary film Birth 1871 by Indian director, scholar, thespian, and activist Dakxinkumar Bajrange. “When …

Why it’s famous: Featuring a great number of Mozart’s most famous compositions, this eight-time Oscar winner brings together a brilliant cast, mind-blowing sets, and unparalleled costume design to tell the story of one of the world’s most beloved geniuses through the eyes of his bitter rival.   Famous lines: Salieri: You don’t mean to tell …

Enemy reunites Jake Gyllenhaal with director Denis Villeneuve for the second time, following their 2013 film Prisoners. It tells the story of a young history professor who is dissatisfied with his life. He watches a movie in which there is an actor that looks identical to him. Falling into a sort of obsession, he arranges …

Airplane action movie starts strong but ends in a nosedive Non-Stop is an above average thriller that gets you in the theatre and thoroughly entertains you for 110 minutes. During your stay, you are treated to a great cast of actors in low-key roles that build tension as they bounce conflict off one another. This …

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