At the movies in Kingston: September 20 edition

The Shadow of Gold, presented by Amnesty Kingston and Queen’s Backing Climate Action, is playing at The Screening Room on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The film, which offers a look at how gold mining impacts the environment and the people who struggle to make a living mining gold, has been called “a very important film that should be seen” by David Suzuki. Admission is by donation. Submitted image.

Welcome back to ‘At the movies in Kingston’. A space epic, an English manor, and an aging soldier compete for the top spot at the box office this week.

Here is what’s new at the Kingston theatres for the week starting Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

Landmark Cinemas

Ad Astra is the story of an astronaut named Roy McBride and his journey to find his father across the solar system. The sweeping space epic is produced by the same company that brought The Martian to the big screen.

Downton Abbey is back and on the big screen. The King and Queen of England are coming for dinner at the Crawley family estate. Fans of the British show this film is based on will love the period costumes and the societal tale that Downtown Abbey brings to the silver screen.

Rambo: Last Blood is supposed to be the final film in the Rambo saga. This time around John Rambo has retired to a sprawling ranch. The aging warrior is forced to confront past sins and atone for his actions in the only way he knows how, with a big knife and lots of explosions.

Friends 25th: The One with the Anniversary celebrates the 25th anniversary of the classic 90s show. Starting on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. and continuing for the next several weeks, several Friends episodes will play on the big screen. If you have fond memories of your ‘Must See TV’ Thursday nights, this is the event for you.

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

Cineplex Odeon

Saturday’s family favourite’s is the 10:00 a.m. showing of the hit DreamWorks animated tale, Puss in Boots.

Downtown Abbey, Ad Astra, and Rambo: Last Blood also opens this weekend at Cineplex.

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

The Screening Room

The Peanut Butter Falcon is the story of Zak, a young man with down syndrome who runs away from his nursing facility. On a journey to become a professional wrestler, Zak meets Tyler, a criminal on the run, and together they partner up, much like Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Before You Know It is the story of two sisters, Rachel and Jackie, who learn that the mother they always thought was dead, is alive and starring in soap operas.

Official Secrets tells the tale of a British whistleblower played by Keira Knightly. In the movie, Knightley’s character learns about an illegal spy operation conducted by the NSA, with hopes of pushing the UN into sanctioning a war in Iraq.

Jazz fans will want to check out Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes. This documentary goes behind the scenes and creates a vivid portrait of the studio that is home to countless great jazz musicians.

NaturePlay: Take Childhood Back compares the Scandinavian nature focused teaching and living approach to the North American test culture. This is a special event with special ticket pricing.

The Shadow of Gold is a special presentation by Amnesty Kingston and Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change. The film looks at the mining of gold from the large corporations that decimate the environment, to the small-time miners who barely make enough to put food on the table. The Shadow of Gold will do more than show you how gold is dug up. This is a film about the people in the gold business both rich and poor.

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

Weekend Pick:

Ad Astra looks like a great time at the theatres. Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Pitt as father and son should make an excellent team.

The Shadow of Gold looks compelling because it will not only highlight the affect on the environment that mining has, but also introduce viewers to all the people who mine for gold, from corporations to the solitary miner.

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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