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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This Is Where I Leave You

Welcome Home. Get Uncomfortable.

Poster art for This Is Where I Leave YouThis Is Where I Leave You features a familiar premise – family reunites at a funeral – but director Levy’s got such a great cast, he’s able to spin it into a pleasurably unpredictable comedy. When her husband dies, celebrity shrink Hillary (Jane Fonda, hilarious as the over-sharing matriarch) gathers her four children to sit shiva. They don’t get along, and it doesn’t help that they’re receiving spiritual guidance from the rabbi they called Boner in school. (The scene in the ultra-contemporary synagogue is very funny). Jason Bateman handles his role as a cuckolded husband with appropriate world-weariness. Corey Stoll (tv’s ‘House Of Cards’) does uptight very well, and Tina Fey loses the glibness and shows some emotion as the sister whose husband isn’t paying attention.

But Adam Driver, playing an overgrown child, steals the pic from all of them, managing to be both irritating and lovable.

– Susan G. Cole, NOW Toronto

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