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The ByTowne is now closed.

It's possible that, after the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and offer big-screen wonderfulness again.

The building is being maintained, with all its facilities and equipment intact,
in preparation for that hoped-for day.
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The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures Of Tintin is the first ‘performance capture’ movie that doesn’t look like it’s populated by wall-eyed zombies. The ripping adventure introduces Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s boy journalist (voiced by Jamie Bell), his faithful terrier, Snowy, and the boozy but noble Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) to a new generation. They’re solving a mystery involving model ships, a shady man (Daniel Craig) and pirate gold, among other things, but really it’s just an excuse for Spielberg to craft a series of amazingly ambitious action sequences, one of which is as complex as the great truck chase in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Without the restrictions of a physical shoot, the ‘camera’ can spin above, below and all around the chase as it plays out, with John Williams’s rousing score and some impressive effects adding extra punch. It’s thrilling and, incidentally, a much more satisfying follow-up to Spielberg’s original Indiana Jones trilogy than that thing with the crystal skulls.

    – Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

March Break Special! Children 12 & under get in for only $5!


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