At the movies in Kingston: August 9 edition

Hitchcock’s 1961 thriller Strangers on a Train returns to the big screen at The Screening Room on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Submitted photo.

Welcome back to ‘At the movies in Kingston.’ Several new releases this week hope to grab the crown from last weeks Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw. Will they have the muscle to claim the top prize? Not likely!

Here is what’s new at the Kingston theatres for the week starting Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Landmark Cinemas:
Dora and the Lost City of Gold takes the beloved childhood cartoon and gives her an update for modern audiences. Dora who has grown up on adventures with her parents in the jungles, must survive high school while leading a group of friends to rescue her family.

The Bravest is the story of Chinese firefighters who struggle to extinguish a burning blaze as a result of a pipeline explosion. The film is presented in Mandarin with English subtitles.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is the story of a book kept by Sarah Bellows who detailed all her horrifying secrets on the pages of her notebook. This book survives and the stories that Sarah has written become real and target a group of teenagers.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 starts on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. The pigs and birds of the hugely popular game continue their adventures in this sequel.

Paw Patrol: Ready Race Rescue sees Marshall take the wheel in the Adventure Bay 500 race as the other members of the group help him defend against a cheating opponent.

Check out the link below for showtimes for all films at Landmark Cinemas.

Cineplex Odeon:

The Kitchen is the story of three mobster wives who take matters into their own hands when their husbands go to prison. The women prove to be just as cunning and ruthless as their husbands and take over the vacated roles of their locked-up husbands.

The Art of Racing in The Rain is based on the popular book about a dog named Enzo. The film has Enzo recounting the life he lived with his race car driver owner Denny.

Saturday, August 10, 2019 has one showing of the André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert: Shall We Dance? at 12:30 p.m.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are also playing at Cineplex this weekend.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 also opens at Cineplex starting on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.

For further information about showtimes at Cineplex Odeon, check out the link below.

The Screening Room:
Push aims to shine a light on the skyrocketing housing prices in cities around the world, and how this cost is causing so many cities to be unlivable. Major cities around the globe are no longer affordable to live in causing tens of millions of people to move outside of the cities they work in. There is a panel discussion with Leilani Farha at the Saturday, August 10, 2019 screening of Push.

Farewell is the story of a Chinese grandmother who has little time left to live. Her doting family decides to keep her in the dark about the prognosis and decide to keep her distracted with a hastily planned wedding. The film is presented in Mandarin with English subtitles.

The Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Murdering Mind series continues with this week’s showing of the 1951 Hitchcock film Strangers on a Train. Starring Farley Granger, the film is about two strangers who meet on a train and discuss how they could commit the perfect murder. Each would commit the others murder thus there would be no link from killer to victim, and both men would achieve what they want.

For further details about times and movies playing at The Screening Room, check out the link below.

Kingston Family Fun World
This week Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and Yesterday are on Screen 1, The Lion King and Aladdin are on Screen 2, and Dora and The Lost City of Gold and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are showing on Screen 3.

Please check the link below for start times for each movie.

Movies in the Square
Movies in the Square brings the 2017 live action remake of Beauty and the Beast back to the big screen on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

Weekend Pick:
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw will win the box office crown again this week, beating back a slew of newcomers to the theatres. It’s the mindless action blockbuster that people enjoy and just look to go to and have a good time.

The Alfred Hitchcock love continues downtown at The Screening Room. Showcasing one of Hitchcock’s best (in my opinion), Strangers on a Train is a creepy thriller about chance encounters between ordinary people that with the right push, can commit unspeakable acts.

Have fun at the cinema this weekend. Take the time to catch up on any movies you missed before September begins.



Bill Gowsell was born and raised in Kingston. With an interest in history, food, wine, and all things Disney, Bill has been writing for the last eight years on a variety of topics. During the summers he can be found at the family cottage north of Kingston, or at the bottom of Lake Ontario… scuba diving.

Bill Gowsell

Bill has been an elementary school teacher for the last 12 years. His passion for writing includes a wide variety of interests, from history, food, pop culture, and anything to do with Disney. Recently he published his second book, Extra Magic Days: Thirty Years of Walt Disney World Vacations. Learn more about Bill...

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