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5 Must-See Free Films In Toronto This August
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5 Must-See Free Films In Toronto This August

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Updated: 4 January 2017
It’s August, the sun is shining and the birds are singing. Why would anyone want to spend an evening in a dark theater with gum on the floor? Dozens of movies are being shown outdoors for free across the city from Yonge and Dundas to the Harbourfront. Here are some picks for the season’s must-see flicks.
Christie Pits Film Festival | © Emily Reid
Christie Pits Film Festival | © Emily Reid
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

It’s Misery by way of Black Swan when Bette Davis faces down her long-time rival Joan Crawford in this psychological horror classic. Baby Jane (Davis) was the toast of the town until puberty and her sister, Blanche’s (Crawford) ascent into fame sent her own star crashing down. But when Blanche falls into Jane’s care after an accident, decades of resentment boil over into madness. Marked by pitch-black comedy and career-best performances from two of Hollywood’s great leading ladies, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is an excellent choice for suspense lovers when it plays on August 9th at the Christie Pits Film Festival.

Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

Under The Stars Film Series | © Siddharth Devalla
Under The Stars Film Series | © Siddharth Devalla
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Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

For people who’d rather be dancing at a movie rather than cowering, the Regent Park Film Festival is having a Bollywood Movie Night on August 12th as part of its Under the Stars series. The movie of the night will be Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, a colourful, heartfelt rom-com about a decade-spanning love triangle between three college friends. Before the movie starts, check out the Bollywood for a beginner’s dance class and on-site henna booth at 7:00pm.

Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 238 2453

Ghostbusters ECTO1 at the Arclight Hollywood | © Doug Kline/WikiCommons
Ghostbusters ECTO1 at the Archlight Hollywood | © Doug Kline/WikiCommons
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Ghostbusters

Brainchild of Canadian funnyman Dan Akroyd and the late Harold Ramis, this comedy classic answers the immortal question, “who you gonna call?” Re-live unforgettable moments with Venkman (Bill Murray), Stantz (Dan Akroyd), Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) as they battle specters, ghouls and save New York from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Ghostbusters will be shown on August 21st at 8:30pm at Shoreham Walkway as part of the TIFF In Your Park series.

Shoreham Walkway, 30 Driftwood Court, North York, ON, Canada

City Cinema | © Yonge-Dundas Square
City Cinema | © Yonge-Dundas Square
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Inside Llewyn Davis

Modern day beatniks and folk scene aficionados will love this Coen Brothers’ dram-com as it brings the heady heyday of the West Village back to life. Based loosely on Dave Van Ronk, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a down-and-out musician migrating from couch to couch as he struggles to choose between making music or making money. Funny, sad and poignant by turns, this critical hit is Midnight in Paris for anyone who wishes they could travel back to the sixties. Check it out at Yonge-Dundas Square at 9:00pm on August 25th.

Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 416 979 9960

Film still of The Triplets of Belleville | © M Anima/Flickr
Film still of The Triplets of Belleville | © M Anima/Flickr
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The Triplets of Belleville

Part of the TIFF In Your Park series, this quirky, French animated comedy follows Madame Souza as she ventures through the big city to find her grandson who was kidnapped by mobsters during the Tour de France, naturally, and falls in with the once-famed singing trio, the titular Triplets of Belleville. While the animation and characters are charming, the real star of the show is the catchy soundtrack, which is sure to send feet tapping and heads bobbing throughout the audience. The Triplets of Belleville will be shown on August 26th at 8:30pm at David Pecaut Square.

David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada