OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

The lights will come on again!

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The ByTowne is now closed. But there's good news!

After the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and the ByTowne will re-open.

It may take a while for pandemic restrictions to be eased enough
that a feasible number of patrons can be allowed to watch a movie again,
but the new owners are working towards that day.

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12 Monkeys

Must-See Cinema! Bring an anti-vaccination person who needs a good scare!

Poster art for 12 MonkeysFor the first time since Brazil, the director Terry Gilliam unleashes his crackpot imagination at full throttle. The year is 2035. Humanity, or what’s left of it, has been driven underground by a plague that wiped out most of the earth’s population. A convicted criminal, James Cole (Bruce Willis), is strapped into a time machine and sent back to the pre-plague days so that he can learn how the deadly germ came to spread.

Gilliam plugs us so deeply into the moods he creates that we find ourselves making the same hallucinatory leaps that Cole does; the movie gets our heads spinning, too. Willis, eyes druggy and lost, is playing a guy who’s had the soul beat out of him, and it’s enthralling to see him recover it. As the jabbering psychotic Jeffrey Goines, Brad Pitt has a rabid, get-a-load-of-me deviousness that works for the film’s central mystery: We can’t tell where the fanatic leaves off and the put-on artist begins.

– Owen Glieberman, Entertainment Weekly

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