The Insider for Sept. 17
Moviegoers get another last glimpse of late Toronto actor Tracy Wright in You Are Here, the feature debut of accomplished video artist Daniel Cockburn.
“Cockburn's mischievous celluloid poem on modern life's inanity defies description, except for one word: “Wow,” says Star critic Peter Howell. “It's as if he mixed the molecules of Guy Maddin, Norman McLaren and Arthur Lipsett in a Star Trek transporter tube, and then beamed aboard the result.”
The film melds a series of narratives that arise from a string of bizarre experiments: office workers at a mysterious call centre inexplicably track the movements of several urbanites; an archivist opens a puzzling inquiry into her self-created library of found documents; a scientist constructs a working-model scenario for “what to do if they shove Chinese writing under the door;” meanwhile, it’s Alan’s birthday; he’s lost his computer password and is looking for an explanation for a door that shouldn’t be there. Tonight at 7:45 p.m., AMC Theatre. Also on Sept. 19, 4:15 p.m., AMC Theatre.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story explores teen angst. A depressed adolescent (Keir Gilchrist) ends up spending a few days on an adult psych ward where he quickly learns the ropes of the ward, including how to navigate mandatory activities like group therapy and art class, with some help from his psychiatrist, Dr. Minerva (Viola Davis), and Bobby (Zach Galifianakis), a long-time resident.
Star scribe Linda Barnard says the film is “often touching and quite funny in parts, although it gets a bit too cute for its own good with multimedia hooks and camera-addressing asides. It's good to see Galifianakis in a role that shows there's more to him than buffoonery.” Today at 9 a.m., Varsity Theatre.