Contest: Win Passes to See SILENCE in Vancouver!

Silence opens in theatres on January 6, 2017 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on January 4, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Silence is one of Martin Scorsese’s passion projects, being twenty-eight years in the making. Scorsese snapped up the film rights to Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel of the same name back in 1989, and the film has been in and out of development since then. With the film now finally complete, SILENCE is perceived as his most personal and deeply felt work to date – a project he was so passionate and “obsessed” with, that it had to be completed.

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Contest: Win Passes to See FENCES in Vancouver!

Fences opens in theatres on December 25, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on December 19, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

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Contest: Win Passes to See ALLIED in Vancouver!


Allied opens in theatres on November 23, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on November 21, 7:00pm at International Village.


In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) encounters French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

The movie stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode and is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

We have 6 Double Passes to give away for a chance to see an Advanced Screening of Allied.

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Free Movie from RedBox This Thursday!

Redbox achieved an entertainment milestone this weekend having rented its two billionth movie and video game. The two billionth disc, Drive, was rented at a McDonald’s restaurant in Philomath, Ore. To thank America for making Redbox its destination for entertainment, Redbox invites everyone to enjoy a free, one-night movie rental on Thursday, March 8, by using a promotional code available on the Redbox Facebook page.

said Scott Di Valerio, interim president of Redbox:

“We’ve always known how much America loves easy, affordable entertainment, and today we can prove it two billion times over. Just 18 months ago, we rented our one billionth DVD and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this remarkable second rental milestone with our customers.”

Consumers can join in the celebration by visiting the Redbox Facebook page to share a promo code for a free, one-night DVD rental with friends and family. The promo code is valid on March 8 only. New-release titles now available include Hugo and In Time. Starting tomorrow, Footloose, Jack & Jill and Like Crazy will be available at kiosks nationwide.

Redbox is located where America shops with more than 35,400 kiosks nationwide across 29,000 convenient locations. Today, more than 68 percent of the U.S. population lives within a five minute drive of a Redbox kiosk. Finding the nearest Redbox location is simple on, via the Redbox iPhone and Android apps or by texting FIND to 727272.

Celebrate World Animation Day with the NFB – FREE!

For the last few years, the National Film Board has been celebrating International Animation Day with a series of free screenings, workshops and master classes aimed at celebrating the long running tradition of award winning Canadian animation.

This year’s events run between October 28th and November 7th with the roadshow making a pitstops in Toronto (October 26–31), Montreal (October 28–31), Winnipeg (October 28–31), Edmonton (October 28), Halifax (October 28–29, November 6–7), Moncton (October 31) and Calgary (November 6–7).

The Vancouver screenings are taking place at the Vancity theatre (three screenings in all), with master classes (the Vancouver class is hosted by Matthew Talbot-Kelly, the director of The Trembling Veil of Bones) and presentations taking place at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island and best of all, it’s all free!

There’s loads of information on both the Vancouver and other screenings taking place across the country at the official Get Animated website.

“Live Evil” Gets Release Date and a Free Screeing in Vegas

For those that missed Toronto After Dark and all the goodness it had to offer, I may have found something for you to take the bite from your pain; maybe not the same thing, but possibly the next best thing. For those of us who love our little indie horror flicks – specifically Vampires – director Jay Woelfel put together this little tale of survival called Live Evil in which a group of vampires are having trouble surviving in a world where the blood supply has become polluted by drugs and STDs.

The film gets a limited release on September 18th (playing about 300 screens) and hits DVD in early November. For those closer to the west coast, sin city will be hosting a free screening of the film on Devil’s Night at the Sci-Fi Center: a true grindhouse movie theater dubbed “The Underground Screening Room” that showcases arthouse, horror, cult, science fiction, fantasy and independent cinema not usually available at traditional theaters.

While I’m not sure if the limited screenings will hit my neck of the woods, this looks fun enough that I’ll certainly be tracking down a copy of the DVD as quickly as possible. Gotta love your indie horror.

Trailer is under the seats…
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Oscar Nominated Doc The Garden Free Screening [Montreal]

The Garden Movie StillThere are always a handful of Oscar categories where I don’t recognize a few, if not most, of the nominated titles and usually the two biggest culprits are the Foreign Language and Documentary categories. Over the past few years, I’ve been making more of an effort to see documentary films throughout the year and the local cineplexes have made it quite easy, screening a great assortment of both excellent and sometimes not so good but entertaining none the less fare. Still, though I’ve seen a couple of the nominees on the ballot, a few others have sort of popped out of no where and the case seems to be true for a lot of critics.

Listening to a few podcasts and doing a little reading, I’ve discovered that The Garden has come out of left field. The film, directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, chronicles the hardships of South Central farmers in Los Angeles who, out of the ashes of the L.A. riots, created a 14 acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the US, which is then threatened to be destroyed by construction.

The film had its most recent run at the Palm Springs film festival but a few Canadians are going to have a chance to see it. The Montreal chapter of Cinema Politica is screening the film on Monday, February 9th at Concordia University. CP screenings are free and I assume this may be pretty busy so if you’re keen, be sure to arrive early! Additional details on the screening, including room information and start time, is available at the CP website.

Check out the great trailer which is tucked under the seat!

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Free Screenings of Helvetica

I was a pretty big fan of Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica, a documentary about typography, graphic design and the much used, loved and by some hated, font Helvetica.

The film has been on DVD for some time now and is one I highly recommend but let’s say that, for one reason or another, you still haven’t caught up with the film but want to. Here’s your chance. Via their Community Cinema program, PBS and ITVS have organized a number of free screenings prior to the film’s TV premiere on January 6th.

The screening dates and locations are tucked under the seat though if you’re looking for details on the venues, I urge you to check out the official website which includes additional links. In the meantime, I leave you with the trailer.

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Free Screenings for Slumdog Millionaire

Slowly becoming a new favorite in the third row, Slumdog Millionaire (Andrew’s review, John’s review) is on track to really take the public by storm come late November when it gets its wide release. A fan favorite at Toronto Int’l Film Festival and ended with huge applause even at my tiny screening in Minneapolis.

Though I personally like to stray from clips and watch a movie fresh, if you are so inclined, here are a few clips to check out from the movie:
Are you nervous? (moviefone)
I’m staying (MSN)
I will never forgive you. (Fandango)

Turns out you don’t have to live in New York or L.A. to catch a screening early. AND FREE! Look beneath the seats to find dates and location times; starting next Monday. Maybe one near you soon! If you see a screening you’d like to attend, be sure to head over to FOX SEARCHLIGHT and RSVP!
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Celebrate World Animation Day with the NFB – FREE!

GetAnimated!The National Film Board has, over the years, gained the reputation of being a powerhouse when it comes to animated shorts. With 70 nominations and 12 Oscar wins, they have proven that when it comes to animation, they are leaders and innovators. It’s only fitting that the NFB is helping Canadians celebrate World Animation Day with free screenings which are taking place across Canada.

From October 22 to November 9, the NFB will conduct a 13-city tour of Get Animated! a program showcasing new creations from Canada’s public producer. With stops Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Bouctouche, Caraquet, Edmundston and Kedgwick, chances are the tour is coming to a city near you!

Get Animated! will be in Vancouver on Friday October 24th at the Emily Carr University (Granville Island) and will feature two programs: “Get Animated! New Visions” will kick off at 7pm and then at 9pm there will be a screening of “Local Animation Program” featuring local artists working in the medium of animation. If that’s not enough, on Sunday, October 26th, there will also be a screening of “Get Animated! Children’s Program” followed by a workshop for kids. All events are free and open to the public.

If you’re interested in details of the local event in your area, be sure to check out the NFB’s webpage for all of the details.

Be sure to check back on October 28th to see how Row Three celebrates World Animation Day and maybe, just maybe, we may have a contest as well!

Free Movies at Harbourfront Centre [Toronto]

Free movies are always good but when they’re good free movies, it’s all the better.

Thanks to faithful reader Grga, I’ve been informed that every Tuesday, beginning July 8 and running through to August 12, the Harbourfront Centre will be screening a series of films, for free on their big outdoor screen.

The lineup looks pretty good:

July 15 – Rushmore

July 22 – Dick

July 29 – The Virgin Suicides

August 5 – Run Lola Run

August 12 – Sill undecided. Options are The Wild One, Monsoon Wedding, Touch of Pink or Motorcycle Diaries

For more information on the events, be sure to visit the website or you can call the Centre at 416-973-4000.